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.
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February 12, 2015
February 09, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.