Valerie Strauss, in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, argues that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's decision to fire 165 teachers for poor performance last week was driven by a dubious teacher-evaluation system.
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In his recent address at the American Federation of Teachers conference, Bill Gates ruffled some feathers by mentioning student achievement but managed to draw a largely positive reception.
July 14, 2010
A psychology professor at the University of Virginia believes that teachers aren't the only ones in schools who need to be held accountable.
July 07, 2010
An education blogger thinks that the statistical fanaticism of baseball's sabermetrics applied to the teaching profession could have beneficial results.
July 02, 2010
In May, Chris Janotta, an Illinois language arts teacher, started the website Save Our Schools Million Teacher March. The plan was to organize a march in Washington on July 30th to protest a lack of respect for the teaching profession. On his website, Janotta mentions high stakes testing, unfair ...
June 18, 2010
A first-year, second-career teacher suggests how to make test-based accountability fairer for teachers.
June 01, 2010
An education professor argues that efforts to tie teachers' professional status to student test scores could stifle good instruction. Is he right?
May 24, 2010
The education-policy community is abuzz over an article by journalist Steven Brill that appeared in the New York Times Magazine yesterday (though it's been online for a few days). Titled "The Teachers' Unions' Last Stand," the piece looks at the powerful reform forces that have coalesced around the ...
May 17, 2010
Will Richardson posits that one problem with evaluating teachers on the basis of student test scores is that it values knowledge over learning.
May 14, 2010
The 93 teachers who were all fired from a Rhode Island school can now reapply for their jobs, but only half can be re-hired and they're facing off against 800 other applicants.