The challenge is to identify who the best teachers are in a fair and transparent manner and pay them more.

A more accurate picture would require districts to report both the current high school graduation rate and the college-ready rate.

The value-added model is so complex even psychometricians don't fully understand it.

At no time in American history have classroom teachers been subjected to as much pressure from outsiders about what and how they teach.

So much of the success of teachers depends on the students they happen to inherit, rather than on the quality of the education schools they attended.

Teach for America's noblesse oblige has irresistible appeal for the media.

Without innate ability, all the instruction and practice in the world cannot develop the talent seen in the performing arts.

I wonder if teachers' unions would be as adamant in their opposition to the Common Core if the standardized tests were used strictly for diagnostic purposes and the results were never made public.

By reducing the list of vocabulary to "high-utility" words, the new SAT shortchanges students.

I don't believe that parental behavior has no benefit on academic performance any more than I believe that biology is destiny when it comes to health.

The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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