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August 06, 2014

Remaking Accountability in California: Getting Beyond Test Scores

A 2012 California law requires changes to its Academic Performance Index by 2015. What's the progress and what are lingering challenges?

July 31, 2014

California Rising: An Interview With Mike Kirst

Marc Tucker interviews Mike Kirst, President of the California State Board of Education, on the state's transformation of their education policymaking system and school finance legislation.

July 24, 2014

Nebraska Agency to Track Effects of 'Whole Child' Factors on Achievement

The effort fits into a larger national picture of schools taking a closer look at how student wellness affects academic success.

July 18, 2014

Five Inconvenient Truths for Traditionalists

In the second of two posts, Jal Mehta argues that neither reformers nor traditionalists have all the answers in moving towards deeper learning for all. This post highlights five blind spots of traditionalists that he thinks are worthy of more open discussion.

July 16, 2014

The (Il)logic of Teacher Evaluation

Why the current incentive structure for school leaders does not support the goal of substantially improving student performance.

July 10, 2014

Critics Cast Doubt on Academic Progress in D.C. Schools

A national group critical of improvement strategies used in recent years in the District of Columbia public schools says education leaders in the city have overstated improvements in student achievement.

July 10, 2014

Ethics Panel Absolves Tony Bennett of Wrongdoing in School-Grade Changes

The Indiana State Ethics Commission said former state Superintendent Tony Bennett committed no ethics violation in changing certain school grades in 2012.

July 02, 2014

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children

Test-based accountability forces teachers to abandon their interest in helping students develop many of the qualities that will actually help them succeed in workplace and life.

July 02, 2014

The Pros, Cons, and Caveats to Automatic Closure Laws

Default closure laws are a growing trend, and although they increase accountability among charter schools, there can be downsides.

July 01, 2014

Districts Say Diversity Is a Priority--When They Have Time for It

Good intentions for desegregation don't have the same impact as legal requirements, even when the federal government tries to support districts' diversity plans, a new series of reports shows.

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