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April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 25, 2014

Do Standardized Tests Measure What We Value?

Are standardized test scores too narrow? Are they objective? Do they measure what we value?

April 23, 2014

Four State Education Chiefs Rally Behind Common-Core Implementation

Education leaders detail their work to implement the common core and their struggles to deal with various kinds of opposition to the new standards.

April 23, 2014

Despite Common-Core Politics, Chiefs Say Standards, Accountability Will Remain

Four state education chiefs say they remain committed to using the Common Core State Standards and holding schools and teachers accountable for their progress.

April 23, 2014

Disagreeing About the Use of Value-Added Measures

Continuing our discussion about standardized tests, we sort through the uses and abuses of the "value-added" model in teacher evaluation.

April 22, 2014

The Proposed Accountability Plan: A Commentary

A call for changing the culture of schools so that teachers are accountable to their professional colleagues and have more time during school hours to collaborate.

April 22, 2014

Policy Tension in Florida Over Testing and School Choice

Negotiations over accountability for tax-credit scholarship students in Florida highlights competing desires for many state lawmakers.

April 17, 2014

Memo to Washington: 'Physician, Heal Thyself!'

Theresa Rouse of King City Union School District, California responds to James W. Pellegrino and uses the analogy of a three-legged stool to explain the three major components of education reform: standards, assessment, and accountability.

April 16, 2014

Learning From the Reform Mistakes of the Past

James W. Pellegrino of University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that the assessment system should be built from the bottom up or inside out - starting with the classroom level and working towards the monitoring level -- just the REVERSE of what we have done with Common Core ELA and Math.

April 15, 2014

Seat Time or Results?

Dr. Terry I. Brooks who is the Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates talks about the need to revisit seat time versus results.

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