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December 05, 2013

The Meaning of PISA

Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.

December 03, 2013

High Performance Is Not a Function of Accountability Alone

When it comes to creating more high-performing school cultures, increasing accountability is all the rage. But what if there's a better, less traveled way to transform schools? Kim Farris-Berg suggests that there is, and that the research supporting its path is clear.

November 25, 2013

Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.

November 21, 2013

Tom Friedman's Right: There Is No Shanghai Secret

Marc Tucker argues that in order to greatly improve U.S. student achievement, we need to focus on developing the teachers we already have instead of driving them away with punitive accountability systems.

November 07, 2013

A-F Accountability in Oklahoma; Plurality of Schools Receive 'B' Grades

A plurality of Oklahoma schools received B grades on the latest A-F school accountability results the state released Nov. 6.

November 05, 2013

Terry McAuliffe Wins Va. Governor's Race: More Money for K-12?

Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli to be Virginia's next governor, setting the stage for potential education policy debates over funding and accountability in that state.

November 04, 2013

New Indiana A-F Rating for Schools Could Focus on Student Growth

A new Indiana A-F school accountability system approved by a legislative panel Nov. 1 would put more emphasis on student growth.

November 04, 2013

Okla. School Ratings War Gets Hotter as Governor, Districts Feud

School district leaders in Oklahoma are increasingly unhappy with the state's A-F school accountability system following data problems, but Gov. Mary Fallin wants them to knock off the criticism.

November 01, 2013

Leading Educational Change: International Perspectives

Helen Janc Malone closes the International Perspectives on Education Reform Blog with a call for collective action and a comprehensive approach to educational change.

October 27, 2013

Whole System Change

Helen Janc Malone introduces the final blog week with a theme "whole system change."

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