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December 19, 2013

Companies Offer Big Data Tools to Predict Teacher Candidates' Impact

Two companies have launched new algorithm-based screening tools they believe can predict the impact teacher candidates will have on student performance.

September 30, 2013

What High-Scoring Countries Do Right in Math, Reading, and Science

A new study analyzes key factors in schools, homes, and teacher practice that correlate with high achievement on the TIMSS and PIRLS exams of math, science and reading.

June 11, 2012

Court Rules L.A. Must Include Student Progress in Personnel Evaluations

The Los Angeles school districts must link personnel evaluations to student achievement, according to a tentative court ruling.

August 13, 2009

The Symphony is About to Begin: A Conversation Starter

The new school year has just begun for some and for others it is just around the corner. Perhaps I have been playing too much Wii Music but as I reflect on my own experiences at this time of year it feels like I am conducting a rather large orchestra. All the various parts of the orchestra are in th...

April 23, 2009

Common Sense Change

In 1905 a young engineer named Henry Ford invented a strange looking box with four wheels known as the Quadricycle. This creative engineer was able to accomplish this feet of industry using the skills he obtained while learning in the city of Detroit as an apprentice machinist. Even then the ...

February 15, 2009

Learning from the Research

When do we practitioners have time to read current research studies that can assist us with our daily work? And, why does it seem so difficult to wade through the research terminology (e.g. standard deviation, fixed effect, coefficients, regressions) I recently took the time to read the 2008 paper S...


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