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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%"

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."

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