Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.
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February 21, 2014
February 20, 2014
A new analysis finds that NCLB flexibility waivers too often continue flawed accountability practices of the original law rather than considering non-test-based indicators, student growth, student demographics or results from subjects other than reading and math.
February 14, 2014
Marc Tucker interviews Pasi Sahlberg about Finland's fall in the rankings on the 2012 PISA.
February 11, 2014
Fifteen countywide or suburban district superintendents call for a lot less testing and much more leeway for states and districts on setting and achieving goals in any new version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
February 07, 2014
How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.
February 03, 2014
An official with the National Association for the Education of Young Children worries that kindergartners have less choice these days to pursue their own interests.
January 31, 2014
Those who follow New York City schools have been witnessing a time-honored ritual -- pro-testing school reformers have mightily overreached, inviting pushback that's now poised to dismantle much of their useful handiwork. Mayor de Blasio has said that he and his new chancellor, Carmen Fariña, will "do everything in our power to reduce focus on high-stakes testing." At the press conference where he introduced Fariña, de Blasio said, "[Testing] has taken us down the wrong road and, within limits of state and federal law, we will do all we can to roll back that focus." This strident stance is misguided and likely to yield unfortunate results.
January 29, 2014
Applications for six independently managed, fully online schools were denied, in part due to concerns regarding close relationships between board members and proposed vendors.
January 21, 2014
The state's department of education is creating a rule that will make teachers accountable for students who might be absent for the first several weeks of the school year.
January 17, 2014
Marc Tucker explains why US students have such poor writing skills and what we can do to change that.