Some schools are experimenting with the idea that we might actually know more about what students learned in school if we gave them performance assessments instead of standardized tests. Not only is this a good idea, but it might actually get us closer to finding out what we hoped to find out by giving standardized tests in the first place.
All Blog Posts With education policy Tag or Category
December 19, 2014
December 15, 2014
Congress just passed a huge appropriations bill filled with riders that funded, and de-funded, some significant programs. What if it spent money on education the way it spends money on other things?
December 14, 2014
One path to education innovation may be the reinvent-the-wheel approach. Because the wheel can be reinvented.
December 11, 2014
Only one of the eight new GOP members of the House education panel have any real education policy experience.
December 04, 2014
But then we see the typical Duncan flaw in the policy; testing data included where they don't belong, and the threat of reduced funding as a potential consequence for low scores.
December 02, 2014
Education is full of zombie ideas—those bad ideas that just won't die. Don't look now, but here's another one coming back down the pike: segregating classrooms by sex.
November 26, 2014
This new network pulls people into dialogue, and will offer suggestions and resources that acknowledge the complex and diverse settings in which changing approaches to discipline need to develop.
November 24, 2014
You've probably heard the argument that common core will kill creativity—if it doesn't kill everything else first. But is it possible that standards could actually make creative teaching more likely? Can we imagine a world where standards actually make creative teaching possible by validating the work that has to be done to give it life?
November 19, 2014
Join us tonight (Wed.) at 8 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat (#ewedchat) on how schools can better support good teaching.
November 18, 2014
Everybody seems to assume that they know both what needs to be done to fix schools and that schools need to be fixed in the first place. In times like these it's important to start challenging weak ideas by asking the hard questions--not just about what schools do, but about what they can do. It's time, in other words, for a few more of us to get in touch with our inner contrarian. Let's get started.