In last week's blog, I welcomed the good work Results for Amer...
VAM (Value-Added Measure) is a concept borrowed from manufacturing. If I take one dollar's worth of sheet metal and turn it into a lovely planter that I can sell for ten dollars, I've added nine dollars of value to the metal.
In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.
Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.
Diversity in education matters for a whole host of reasons. Nationwide, more than 40 percent of students are children of color, compared to less than 20 percent of teachers.
There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.
The Common Core is not a national curriculum, because it is not a curriculum at all. It is only a set of standards, and that's completely different from the scope and sequence of curriculum planning. But like that terrible Match.com date you went on, the standards/curriculum distinction only looks good on paper.
Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.
There's no legal limit to what you can be paid as the charter school operator. The only limits to your salary are the limits set by your own sense of shame. If you have no shame, then ka-ching, my friend. Ka. Ching.
We love to hold fast to our points of view without regard to evidence to the contrary. This is particularly the case in so-called educational reform, where most of the prescriptions for what ails education are based on assumptions that are simply not true.
I cannot help but wonder how so many people from around the world speak at least their native tongue, English, and maybe more, while most Americans only speak English.
As time goes on, Results for America is making significant inroads in the policy world, helping political leaders of all stripes get comfortable with the idea of heightening the role of evidence in policymaking.
The most useful information comes when parents, educators, and others with a stake in education have access to data that help them understand how well our kids are doing and empower them to make better decisions that improve student achievement.
What do we mean by "appreciation" when we talk about our nation's teachers? How do we appreciate those who give so much of themselves while constantly hearing the fabricated refrain of public school failure?
It seems that the more students, teachers, and families express concern about Common Core and high-stakes testing, the more its proponents rush to defend the indefensible with unsubstantiated claims for their wonderfulness.
Once again, I would like to thank the American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess and the Gates Foundation's Steve Cantrell for a dialogue on school ref...