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January 03, 2014

For NYC Schools, the Ultimate New Year's Resolution

What would be the biggest game-changer when it comes to American public education? And what if we tried it in New York City? Sam Chaltain has a New Year's resolution for the new mayor.

December 30, 2013

Eight Edu-Resolutions for 2014

In the hope that we might work towards a more fruitful and less vicious discussion of education policy in 2014 than we suffered through this past year, here are eight resolutions we might all do well to heed:

December 26, 2013

Quick Thoughts on the Screwed-Up DC IMPACT Ratings

Usually big edu-news doesn't break during Christmas week. But, on Monday, DC Public Schools officials announced some troubling news concerning their acclaimed IMPACT teacher evaluation program. As the Washington Post's savvy Nick Anderson reported,"Faulty calculations of the 'value' that D.C. teachers added to student achievement in the last school year resulted in erroneous performance evaluations for 44 teachers, including one who was fired because of a low rating."

December 17, 2013

NCLB Waivers May Have Provided Escape Hatch for Many Low-Performing Schools

A report from the New America foundation raises the question of whether states are intervening in the rights schools under their NCLB waivers.

December 13, 2013

Nebraska Picks Regional K-12 Official Blomstedt as New State Superintendent

Matthew Blomstedt told state board members during his interview that it might make sense to align Nebraska's academic standards with the common core.

December 13, 2013

PISA On the Teacher as Professional

Marc Tucker explains how fundamental changes in the way schools are managed could both attract better teachers and enable them to do their best work.

December 05, 2013

Department of Ed. Outlines Proposed Priorities for Charter School Grantees

Charter school operators competing for federal grants are getting a first look at what the U.S. Department of Education would like to see in this year's applications.

December 05, 2013

The Meaning of PISA

Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.

December 03, 2013

High Performance Is Not a Function of Accountability Alone

When it comes to creating more high-performing school cultures, increasing accountability is all the rage. But what if there's a better, less traveled way to transform schools? Kim Farris-Berg suggests that there is, and that the research supporting its path is clear.

November 25, 2013

Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.

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