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March 05, 2012

Jack Hassard: A Skeptical Look at Science Standards

Guest Post by Jack Hassard. Over the next two posts I am going to focus on standards- and test-based educational reform with an eye toward opening a conversation about how standards and high-stakes tests might actually impede science teaching and learning. We begin by examining the science standar...

February 19, 2012

Jack Hassard: Test-Based Reform: What Values are we Adding?

Guest post by Jack Hassard. You can read Part One here. Practicing teachers, clinical professors, and researchers who work in the field know that assessing teachers or students requires much more than simply looking at test scores. And indeed, researchers who have examined the value-added assessm...

February 18, 2012

Jack Hassard: Test-Based Reform: Where is the Common Core Leading Us?

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Part 1 of 2. In my post of a week ago, I reported that Georgia's Cobb County School System rejected the superintendent's proposal to hire 50 Teacher for America teachers for schools located in South Cobb. Many of the South Cobb schools are underperforming schools. I s...

February 07, 2012

Texas Republican Blows the Whistle on the Techno-Scholastic Complex

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In 1961, a Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, closed his term with a speech that carried a prophetic warning. He said: Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and...

January 17, 2012

Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Patrick Ledesma offers an interesting window into the world of "teacher leaders" in his post this week. I share some history with Patrick. He and I met about eight years ago when we were both members of Apple's Digital Edge project. More recently, we were both a...

January 15, 2012

NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain

Guest post by Jack Hassard. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) wants to insure that every teacher in the U.S. is evaluated on the basis on student progress on high-stakes achievement tests. To achieve this, the DOE will issues waivers on some aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange ...

December 16, 2011

Duncan's Dilemma: What will be Done to States without NCLB Waivers?

As No Child Left Behind becomes an ever bigger disaster, Secretary Duncan faces a major dilemma. How can he continue to enforce this law he has declared a train wreck? Last spring, in an attempt to goad Congress into accepting his formula for revising No Child Left Behind, Education Secretary Arne...

November 20, 2011

LA Times backs California's NCLB Defiance

Follow me on Twitter: @anthonycody Today the Los Angeles Times, the largest circulation newspaper in the largest metropolis in the most populous state in the nation, came out in support of the decision by Governor Jerry Brown and Superintendent Tom Torlakson to ignore the Department of Education's ...

November 08, 2011

NCLB Waivers get a Reality Check

The trajectory of our nation's schools from the train wreck of No Child Left Behind to a new and fresh set of calamitous policies has been checked by the ways in which these so-called reforms are playing out across the country. First, what is happening with student achievement? The latest results ...

November 07, 2011

NCLB Waivers are not Worthy Reforms in California

A slightly abbreviated version of this post ran as an op-ed column in yesterday's Sacramento Bee. No Child Left Behind has put the schools of California in a vise. Next year, the vast majority of our schools will be declared "failing" based on our inability to make every child in the state profici...

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