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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.

July 01, 2014

Principal Surveys to Help Build Better ELL Policy

Researchers have launched a new tool to help policymakers better analyze and report the needs of shifting English-learner populations at schools from year to year.

June 26, 2014

ELL Accountability Could Complicate Florida's Bid for Waiver Extension

In its request to extend its waiver from No Child Left Behind, Florida seeks to return to its previous practice of waiting until recently arrived ELLs have been in U.S. schools for two years before factoring their scores on content tests into school accountability.

June 23, 2014

Michigan Charter Schools Perform Low at High Cost, Newspaper Investigation Finds

A year-long investigation by the Detroit Free Press finds poor oversight and performance in Michigan's charter schools.

June 12, 2014

What Should New Accountability Systems Emphasize and Measure?

A high-powered panel discussion in Washington focused on school and student accountability, but revealed disparate attitudes about the importance of testing.

June 10, 2014

NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says

A new study finds that NCLB has had a limited influence on teachers' perceptions of their jobs.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation: Teachers, Students Should Get Two-Year Accountability Pause

"A rushed effort to apply the assessments could punish teachers as they're trying new things," a Gates Foundation official wrote in announcing the group's new stance.

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