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November 17, 2011

The 'Revolving Door' Problem in English-Learner Accountability

The ELL subgroup is in a state of constant flux, making it impossible for schools to take credit for the longer-term success of English-learners and to be held accountable when the students struggle.

November 08, 2011

Hooray for the Long Island Principals!

Their letter is historic. It's the first time that a large number of administrators have spoken out in opposition to bad ideas. It represents hundreds of educators who are willing to stick their necks out, hundreds of educators wiling to speak truth to power, hundreds of educators who put their name on a statement to the state's highest education officials, with this simple message: "Stop! What you are doing is wrong. What you are imposing on us is untested. We believe it will be harmful to our students."

October 27, 2011

There Are No Quick Fixes

We CANNOT afford the existing gross confusion between achievement and test scores. It has led us to promote the kind of education quick fix no one would propose for its "ruling class."

October 18, 2011

If You Believe in Miracles, Don't Read This

But as long as public officials insist on making test scores the measure of teacher quality and school success, then their claims should be closely scrutinized using the metrics that they themselves have made the coin of the realm. Many of the schools that politicians hail as successes have records no different from other schools that the politicians are closing.

October 11, 2011

Resolution Reached in Los Angeles District Civil Rights Probe

The Los Angeles school district agrees to set up a new master plan for English-language learners and provide more resources for African-American students in resolving a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.

October 11, 2011

What Can We Learn From Finland?

Finland rightly deserves attention today as a nation that treats its children as a precious resource and that honors the adults who make education their passion and their career.

September 27, 2011

Why Naming Names Is Wrong

Even researchers who support the use of value-added assessment for teacher evaluation have warned that it is wrong to name names.

September 20, 2011

Kansas City Loses State Accreditation

The state vote gives the school system two years to turn around, or face a state takeover.

August 22, 2011

Cheating Scandal Newsflash: Teachers Aren't Plaster Saints!

As I noted last Thursday, I'm fairly confident that isolated cheating scandals will eventually snowball. After all, I'm a pretty bleak person, and yet even I've been surprised to learn just how incredibly lax test security was in cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, and DC--even as we amped up the si...

August 18, 2011

More Cheating To Come ... & Lessons Reformers Can Take from Atlanta

Bulletin: a large urban school district is dealing with a brewing cheating scandal. This time, it's the School District of Philadelphia (the nation's 10th largest district). Again, the situation has been marked by foot-dragging and half-hearted revelations. After being directed by the state to ex...

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