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January 12, 2012

NCLB and the Issue of Accountability

Marc Tucker reflects on how ESEA and NCLB treated the issue of accountability.

January 11, 2012

Florida's NCLB Waiver Plan Needs More for ELLs, Ed. Dept. Says

Peer reviewers are asking the state to more explicitly explain how it will address the needs of English-language learners.

January 10, 2012

NCLB: The Death Star of American Education

After 10 years of NCLB, we should have seen dramatic progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but we have not.

December 30, 2011

District Dossier's Year in Review: Scandals and Superintendent Moves

Test tampering in Atlanta, Arlene Ackerman's departure from Philadelphia: both were among the most-read blog posts in District Dossier in 2011.

December 30, 2011

Connecticut Superintendents Join Forces for Education Reform

The state's school leaders have offered unanimous support to a package of wide-ranging proposals they say will improve education in the state and reduce achievement gaps.

December 16, 2011

The Accountability Plateau, Double-Standards, and the Defense of Sloth

Hey, it's a hectic Friday, so just three quick things that I want to touch upon today. First, Fordham yesterday released Mark Schneider's new paper "The Accountability Plateau." Mark, former NCES Commissioner (and a visiting scholar at AEI), makes a compelling argument that the accountability effo...

December 13, 2011

How English Learners Figure in States' Waiver Proposals

Massachusetts and New Mexico offer different approaches

December 06, 2011

Do You Believe in Miracles?

There are no silver bullets in education. There are no magic feathers that enable elephants like Dumbo to fly. It's hard work to improve schools. It takes dedication, resources, and time. And the work is never done, the magic number of 100 percent is always out of reach.

December 01, 2011

Massachusetts Takes Over District with Majority Hispanic Enrollment

'Appalling' dropout rates and chronic underperformance in Lawrence city schools prompt first-ever state takeover.

November 22, 2011

Fla.'s NCLB Waiver Request Tries New Tack With English Learners

The performance of some ELLs and other historically low-performing students would be measured as part of a subgroup called "Lowest-Performing 25%"

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