April 2007 Archives

Can performance assessment lead to better student outcomes than accountability testing alone? Can nontraditional strategies coexist and survive in an accountability-oriented education system?


Do American schools focus too much on problem-solving at the expense of basic, foundational skills? Do Chinese schools focus too much on math and science at the expense of creativity? Is there a happy medium?


Reactions to Quality Counts 2007, and the Chance-for-Success Index varied greatly, from state officials praising the cradle to career focus, to organizations lamenting a perceived focus on state demographics rather than state standards. What do you think of the report's new focus? Is the Chance-for-Success Index a fair assessment of the states?


How can states and districts assure the quality of charter schools? How can the charter system work in tandem with traditional public schools to improve education in general?


Is pay-for-performance a viable strategy for educational reform? How can it be improved?


Should schools do more to help teenagers mature? Is education isolating young people from the adult world?


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