Five percent. It's a figure that turns up again and again in reformster rhetoric, usually teamed up with the word "bottom." It has a fine long history, all the way back from June 2009. That was six years ago. Since then, the five percent have been cropping up regularly.
No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again.
Over the next year we can expect to hear a lot from Republican presidential candidates about school choice- the word of choice to marshal political support to expand the number charter schools and vouchers for private schools.
The goal of education reform is to empower locals to lead, says Andre Perry. And the massive reform effort in New Orleans has failed that test.
The assertiveness of the Gates Foundation in funding its approved version of education reform takes on head-tilting meaning when one considers the organizations that Gates funds "for general operating support."
Education is about children -- real, living, breathing, complicated, tender, diverse children. There is no model, no assembly line, no template or standard methodology that can serve them well.
As the Vietnamese deputy commissioner said, PISA measures only one dimension: test-taking skills. Whatever value the standardized tests have is overshadowed by the collateral damage they do to the quality of education and to the standardizing of young minds.
There were times when our dreams were big. They can be again. The times demand it. A look back at what values and actions have broadened access to a decent life for all can illuminate a path toward greater equity in the future.
Young people almost always know what is going on in the adult world. So, if you want to know what is working in the classroom or in a school, just ask the students.
The questions we're asking go beyond Urban Prep's specific practices. This is about the ethics and fiscal responsibility of Urban Prep and all charter schools.
As word of charter schools' success spreads, more parents are trying to enroll their children. That's a positive sign, but also a big challenge, because charter schools can't yet meet this growing demand. Across the country, there are about 1 million names on charter school wait lists -- a figure that's grown 186 percent since 2008.
How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.
The clear, repeated, detailed, and undeniable limits on the authority of US secretary of education and the absence of any discussion of Title I funding portability are my chief reasons for supporting the Senate ESEA draft. And I think this bill could realistically garner enough votes in Congress to rid us once and for all of NCLB.
What concerns me the most isn't the school, which seems like the people are genuinely trying, but the strategy. These schools are the result of a belief that if we get all of our students to be ready for college and a career, we can end poverty.
Let's say that RSD high schools are graduating a lot more students in recent years than in the past. How is it, then, that so few of these RSD graduates qualify for the state tuition waiver to attend even the state's community colleges?