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July 29, 2013

Tony Bennett's Overhaul of Indiana's A-F Grading Linked to One School

Emails obtained by the Associated Press show former Indiana K-12 chief Tony Bennett pushing to change the state's accountability system after seeing one school's mediocre performance.

July 22, 2013

Texas Seeks Waiver From Feds on Test Exemptions

Texas is waiting on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to exempt certain students from reading and math tests.

July 22, 2013

Get the Feds Out of Teacher Evaluations

The amendment to the Student Success Act, the U.S. House re-authorization bill for ESEA, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations. This should be applauded because the federal government has no business telling local employers how to evaluate their employees.

July 18, 2013

True or False: Teacher Evaluations Improve Accountability, Raise Achievement

Marc Tucker discusses the role of teacher evaluations in an effective teacher quality management system.

July 16, 2013

Florida Relaxes A-F School Accountability for Common-Core Transition

The Florida State Board approved a relaxation of the state's A-F accountability system at the behest of state K-12 chief Tony Bennett.

July 12, 2013

Districts Accountable for Foster Youth in New Calif. Funding Scheme

California schools and districts will have to track academic achievement of students in foster care as a separate accountability subgroup.

July 01, 2013

Pop Music Star Kicks Off National Charter Schools Conference

Music star Armando Christian Perez, who is helping open a new charter school in Miami, and others rally charter advocates to strengthen community support.

June 27, 2013

Five State Education Reform Tidbits From New NCES Data

The National Center for Education Statistics today released updated data on states' policy changes on accountability, testing, finance, school choice, and other education issues.

June 14, 2013

What Will It Take to Ensure Educators Have the Freedom to Teach?

Guest post by Zac Chase In his essay "I - Thou - It," David Hawkins describes the triangular relationship between the teacher, the student and the content of learning. He refers to that final piece as the "It" of education -- the larger themes of a unit and the key principles a school espouses and ...

June 11, 2013

State Test Results Released in Texas, Florida: How Did Students Do?

Test results from Texas and Florida released in early June show flat results on many tests, but improvement on some.

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