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January 20, 2015

California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.

January 19, 2015

California Gets D+. Does Anyone Care?

California's schools just got a D+ grade. Mostly folks here have shrugged their shoulders about the Education Week's "Quality Counts" mark, which places the state in the lowest tier.

January 16, 2015

To See the Future of Education, Look Beyond ESEA

Two relatively unheralded events in Washington, DC, show that ideas about the future of education are on the table.

January 13, 2015

We Want to Give You a Choice of State Tests, Wis. Legislators Tell Districts

A Wisconsin bill backed by powerful state legislators would give schools a choice of certain state assessments. What are the complexities and consequences of that proposal?

January 13, 2015

Where is the Accountability in Education?

We must hold ourselves responsible for imposing accountability in education. Why we need credible evaluations and content and programs to show ability for renewed competition to improve the tools we give our teachers.

January 12, 2015

Credit Card Spending by Minneapolis District Leaders Raises Questions

The questions about spending and financial record keeping of expenses by Minneapolis school officials come at a time when the district is facing a $5 million-plus budget shortfall.

January 12, 2015

Light the Way to Systems Thinking

A tool developed by New Visions for Public Schools enables school leaders to use data as a flashlight, rather than as a hammer.

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan to Push Annual Tests, More Resources, Early Ed. in NCLB Rewrite

The education secretary won't back away from policies the Obama administration has embraced from the get-go, a senior administration official has signaled.

January 08, 2015

California's Window of Opportunity

California has a chance to show how a state can dodge the supposedly silver bullets of weaker education reform efforts, and move towards meaningful structural changes that benefit students and schools.

January 02, 2015

Growth of Ohio Charter Schools Slows Following Rocky 2014

The Columbus Dispatch reports that only 11 new schools opened last year, compared to over 50 in 2013.

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