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March 14, 2012

Changes Eyed to Ramp Up NAEP's Influence on Policy, Practice

The governing board for NAEP is exploring changes to expand and make far greater use of the background information collected when NAEP is administered.

March 13, 2012

Why Are Teachers So Upset?

It cannot be accidental that the sharp drop in teacher morale coincides with the efforts of people such as Michelle Rhee and organizations such as Education Reform Now and Stand for Children to end teacher tenure and seniority.

March 12, 2012

Teacher Morale Plummets

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirms what we have known for the last two years--teachers have become less satisfied with their jobs. The survey statistics indicate that job satisfaction has dropped 15 points in the past two years, and now stands at 44 percent. This is the lowest level...

March 08, 2012

Phony Stories About Schools

Our fight for public schooling is a fight for democracy, for one-for-all-and-all-for-one solutions to our problems.

March 07, 2012

When Value-Added Scores Don't Make Sense ...

In a July 2011 blog post, I pointed out that the D.C. public school system was using test scores from 100 schools still under investigation for cheating to calculate value-added scores that would eventually be incorporated into teacher evaluations. So some D.C. teachers were at risk of having studen...

March 07, 2012

What Constitutes A Strong Common-Core Implementation Plan?

Two organizations create a framework for states to use in thinking through their common-standards implementation plans.

March 06, 2012

Ohio to Retest Teachers in Struggling Schools

Still more from the ever-active teacher-accountability front: Under a provision in Ohio's new state budget law, thousands of teachers in the state's lowest-performing schools will have to take licensure tests anew this fall, according the Dayton Daily News. The requirement—apparently the fir...

March 06, 2012

Utah Has 'Complete Control' Over Standards, State Supe Tells Duncan

Reverberations continue from common-standards opposition in South Carolina and Utah.

March 02, 2012

Debate on Testing Mandate for Science Is Deferred

A measure to retain a federal mandate for science testing did not get its day in committee this week.

February 28, 2012

D.C. Schools Chancellor Says Districts Need Cheating Investigation Guidelines

The District of Columbia school system is under investigation by federal and local officials based on allegations of test tampering.

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