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Why the School Turnaround Experiment Is Failing

John Thompson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
John Thompson

For the last 20 years, however, non-educators have rolled the dice in the quest for "transformative change." They have tried to blow up "the status quo" in the faith that something better would naturally emerge.

Students Getting Science Grades For Never Taking Science

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

As many as one in five teachers in Kansas and neighboring states are reporting science grades on student report cards, without actually teaching it or...

NCLB Waivers: Closing Achievement Gap Requires Policy Overhaul, Not Tweaks

Kate Casas | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Kate Casas

What we should have learned from No Child Left Behind is that you can set a goal of 100 percent proficiency for all students, but if you don't have the policies to support that goal, you are going to fall far short.

Flap in Virginia Shows Reformers' Fealty to Ideology Over Implementation

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

America's schools aren't doing nearly well enough, especially for our neediest children. We need accountability systems that create urgency and push for significant gains every year. Ideological arguments and utopian objectives don't help.

Virginia Schools Will Redo Academic Standards To Help Struggling Students

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

After criticism for its unfair academic achievement standards, Virginia and the U.S. Department of Education have come to an agreement to revise the s...

No Child Left Behind: Not Dead Yet

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Joy Resmovits

No Child Left Behind Waivers Granted To 33 U.S. States, Some With Strings Attached | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

By Thursday, the Obama administration will have waived 32 states and Washington, D.C. from No Child Left Behind -- sort of. U.S. Secretary of Educa...

5 More States Granted No Child Left Behind Waivers

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

-- Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given wa...

Arne Scorns Iowa: Political Courage or Political Suicide?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Iowans love their schools and their teachers; it's not going to be hard to paint this as a classic case of Washington bureaucrats gone wild.

Now This Is a Sputnik Moment

John M. Eger | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

We have been living with such a false divide in our understanding of education. The belief that art and science were two separate disciplines demanding different teaching methodology is not serving our students or our economy very well.

A States' Rights Revolt Led by ... California?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Three cheers for California's governor, state superintendent, and state board chair, for applying for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka No Child Left Behind) that doesn't kowtow to Washington.

Schools Nationwide Flagged For Possible Cheating, Some Question Analysis

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

ATLANTA — Hundreds of school systems nationwide exhibit suspicious test scores that point to the possibility of cheating, according to an investigat...

26 States Seek Relief From No Child Left Behind

AP | By KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- More than half of all states applied by this week's new deadline to be freed from the most strenuous requirements of the Bush-era No Chi...

House GOP Push Ahead With Plan To Update No Child Left Behind

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Thursday pushed ahead with a plan to update the federal No Child Left Behind education law by shifting more co...

New Mexico Receives Waiver From No Child Left Behind

AP | By BARRY MASSEY | Posted 02.16.2012 | Education

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is becoming the latest state to free itself from an unpopular federal system of rating public schools. President Barack ...

ESEA Waivers: Are They Worth the Trouble?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.15.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

With a week to go until the February 21 deadline for the second round of Secretary Duncan's ESEA Waiverpalooza, states nationwide are studying the results of round one to figure out what federal officials did -- and didn't -- approve.

Why I Respectfully Disagree With Obama's NCLB Waivers

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Don't get me wrong, President Obama is my guy, but issuing waivers exempting 10 states from the 2014 reading and math proficiency deadline is a step in the wrong direction.

Citing Politics, Some States Forego Waivers And Stay With No Child Left Behind

AP | By KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 02.10.2012 | Education

PITTSBURGH -- Some of the nation's largest states are questioning whether the Obama administration's offer to let them escape certain mandates of the ...

The Debate on NCLB's Failure Is All Over but for the Shouting

John Thompson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
John Thompson

Education bureaucrats who worked with pieces of paper can claim innocence due to their lack of knowledge of poor schools, but a decade ago educators predicted precisely how and why NCLB would backfire.

States Grading Teachers More Stringently, Using Numerous Measurements

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days. They're being graded on more than student test ...

In First Round, 11 States Look To Dump No Child Left Behind

Posted 01.15.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that 11 states have formally submitted requests for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Be...

Colorado Taking The Lead To Dump NCLB

AP | Posted 11.14.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- Colorado is among the first states asking for federal permission to overhaul how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child ...

Number Of Schools Cited As Needing Improvement Skyrockets

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

An unprecedented 1,325 schools across 123 New York districts have been identified for improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Of t...

A is for Accountability*; What's at Stake in the ESEA Debate**

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

We know that setting annual (and ever-rising) targets in NCLB put pressure on states to keep their "cut scores" modest so they didn't unintentionally label every school in their jurisdiction as failing.

Joy Resmovits

Federal Government's Role In Grading Teachers At Center Of Legislative Fight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) shifted a major teacher evaluation requirement out of his rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- known as N...