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June 12, 2012

Academic Fraud: Does Anyone Care?

As the pressure to reach the targets get tougher, many districts are devising ways to raise their graduation rates that have nothing to do with thinking and learning. A prime suspect is credit recovery.

May 31, 2012

One Million Teachers Just Choked

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data...

May 23, 2012

Debate Rages Over Accountability for English Learners in Florida

District leaders, advocates for English-learners and Hispanic politicians argue that Florida's new school grading system is unfair to ELLs

May 22, 2012

Fix the Fixation on Testing

AFT's Marla Ucelli-Kashyap calls on education stakeholders to end the fixation on low-quality, high-stakes assessments in favor of an accountability system that integrates testing with teaching and learning, and measures deeper subject matter knowledge and whether students have the skills to use it.

May 17, 2012

Sahlberg's New Book is Worth the Read

In case you missed my book review published on Catherine A. Cardno's blog BookMarks, also a part of Education Week, I thought I would provide you another opportunity. Book Review: Wilson on Sahlberg, Finnish Lessons We have studied them. We have admired them. We have envied them. What we have no...

May 17, 2012

N.Y. PTA President Testifies about Parent Engagement

The New York State PTA president testifies before a Congressional subcommittee that public school choice is a good thing, but it should not be viewed as an engagement strategy.

May 17, 2012

Virtual Schools Need a Grounding in Reality

Though little research indicates that virtual schools are effective, state legislatures are approving these institutions (which typically operate with few accountability measures) at a remarkable rate. NSBA Executive Director Anne Bryant urges lawmakers to tread more cautiously in this arena.

May 11, 2012

Faulty Data Leads to Mix-Up in High School Rankings

The U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation's best high schools used faulty state and federal information in its calculations for at least one school, officials acknowledged.

May 08, 2012

Teacher Quality and Teacher Accountability

Marc Tucker argues for converting teaching from a blue collar occupation into a high status profession that offers profound satisfaction and reasonable compensation.

May 03, 2012

Ten Steps in the Right Direction: How Feds Can Strengthen Public Education

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech offers ten steps that the federal government can take to strengthen public education in the United States.

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