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February 12, 2015

Can We Do School Improvement Without Tests?

Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.

February 09, 2015

Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.

January 21, 2015

Go Beyond Method to the Civic Purposes of Science

Almost a century ago, John Dewey urged educators to move science education from memorization to method. But as guest contributor John L. Rudolph writes, the goal was a better society, not just better scientists.

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 12, 2015

Big Ideas Provide Big Opportunities for Teachers' Unions

California's teacher unions face an unprecedented, but short window, of opportunity to reshape instruction and teacher evaluation. Will they seize it?

December 18, 2014

Why California's Accountability Reforms Are a Big Deal

More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.

November 17, 2014

Invisibility Cloak Lifted From California Foster Youth

California's new school funding formula brought foster-care youth into public attention, along with their stories of struggle and triumph. Before getting to policy issues, let's just listen to them.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

October 28, 2014

Local Control Funding Gets High Marks From Educators

People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.

October 22, 2014

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability

State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.

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