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For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

In pursuit of the unattainable aim of "100 percent proficiency" for all students by 2014, nearly every public school in the United States has been deemed "in need of improvement" or "failing," and is meant to be in some form of intervention.

Helping Struggling Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

There are a lot of schools in the U.S. that need to be achieving much better outcomes. However, there is a much smaller group of schools in which achievement levels are appalling. The solutions for garden-variety low-achieving schools are arguably different from those for schools with the very worst levels of performance.

Accountability and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The way we can find out what works is to compare schools or classrooms assigned to use any given program with those that continue current practices. Ideally, schools and classrooms are assigned at random to experimental or control groups. That's how we find out what works in medicine, agriculture, technology, and other areas.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

Accountability for the Top 95 Percent

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Moving to a focus on evidence-based reform will not solve all of the contentious issues about accountability, but it could help us focus the reform conversation on how to move forward the top 95% of teachers and schools -- the ones who teach 95% of our kids -- and how to put accountability in proper proportion.

Test-Based Accountability, Inspectors, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

There is certainly little evidence to support test-based accountability with substantial consequences for schools and teachers as it is being used today.

Davis Guggenheim Gets Schooled

Jane Williams | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

The Waiting for Superman director discusses what it takes to be an effective teacher today and his hopes for his children. "It would be the happiest day of my life," says Guggenheim, "if my son or daughter came to me and said, 'Dad, I want to be a teacher.'"

Data Drunk -- Let's Take the Ass Out of Assessment

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Larry Strauss

Measuring student learning isn't like measuring the vacancy rate of a motel -- or the gross sales of a retailer or productivity in a factory. In education, the infatuation with data tends to produce expedient and pedantic solutions to often complex challenges.

Are You Ready?

Jon Whitmore | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Jon Whitmore

Are you ready to move on to the next course in school? To advance to the next level of piano, karate, dance or swimming lessons? To succeed in college? To begin your career? To earn a professional license or certification? To pass the bar exam?

Joy Resmovits

Are Teachers Prepared To Learn From Standardized Tests?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education

These days, it's not enough for teachers to know how to manage a classroom, impart knowledge and deliver lesson plans. In the wake of test-heavy po...

Teachers As Publicists

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I'm not asking teachers to change how they practice. I am encouraging them to change how they brag

Google's Top 10 Golden Rules -- What Can We Apply To Education?

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

People need to acknowledge and realize that the uniqueness of our clientele (the students of this country) and our product (their viability in the future) make education a unique business.

The High Price of Housing Whoha

Jodie Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodie Allen

As hordes of now hard-pressed homeowners storm their precincts demanding cuts in property assessments, local governments gaze with horror upon the vast and growing hole.