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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.

February 27, 2012

To Test—or Not to Test—in Science? Lawmakers to Debate Measure

A House Republican is seeking to retain NCLB's requirement for science testing.

February 23, 2012

Buyer Beware

But there is also some renewed optimism that we might, just might, see a resurgence of energy for saving democracy.

February 22, 2012

Questioning the 'Rigor' of Teacher Evaluations

Aaron Pallas, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, makes the argument on his blog that, within current discourse about teacher evaluation, the word rigor "is getting distorted almost beyond recognition." In science, he writes, rigor is determined by a study...

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