Helen Janc Malone introduces this week's blog theme, "accountability and assessment systems." She writes that at the heart of the current accountability debate is a fundamental question, What is the purpose of all the collected assessment data? Are they an end game or a starting point to educational change? And, should the focus be on external accountability or, should we refocus attention on professional responsibility and internal accountability? How do we have both?
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October 20, 2013
October 18, 2013
Stanford's Tom Dee and UVA's Jim Wyckoff have just published an important study on Washington DC's controversial teacher evaluation system. The study, published as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, notes that IMPACT appears to aid students both by "avoiding the career-long retention of the lowest-performing teachers and through broad increases in teacher performance." Unfortunately, in the giddy chest-thumping to which would-be reformers have shown themselves all too susceptible, it can be easy to overlook some of the factors that help qualify the broader significance of the findings.
October 17, 2013
Oklahoma's A-F school accountability system places too much weight on test questions and hides low performance by needy students, an October study reported.
October 14, 2013
A report using newly available data that links school and child welfare data in California shows that foster youth in the state's public schools lag all other subgroups on major academic indicators.
October 10, 2013
Marc Tucker argues that the next version of ESEA should require tests that actually measure higher order thinking skills and, at the same time, require accountability testing no more than three times in a student's career.
September 24, 2013
Fewer states reported meeting all their federal academic goals for ELLs over the two school years that spanned 2008-10.
September 23, 2013
Marc Tucker reflects on why our increasing access to education has decreased while the amount of money we pour into schools and colleges has only increased.
September 19, 2013
Four schools in Massachusetts are facing state takeover based on 2013 test scores, while momentum builds behind a lawsuit over takeovers in Virginia.
September 16, 2013
Marc Tucker interviews Bob Linn, an expert on American testing, and Howard Everson, the Vice-President for Research at the College Board, on the country's current direction in standards and assessments.
September 16, 2013
Secretary Duncan's threats to withhold funds from California if they do not continue to give tests that are not aligned with common core makes no sense. California has a better plan.