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Just How Much Do Students Know About Government? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Can you name the three branches of the American government, their powers, and how other branches limit their powers? If so, you have a leg...

Putting The Rumors To Rest: The Truth About The D.C. Schools Investigation

Michelle Rhee | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Michelle Rhee

USA Today's reports on the reliability of student test scores unfairly leave the impression district leaders avoided an investigation into possible cheating. Further, it implies cheating was widespread. I'd like to set the record straight.

My Conversation With Michelle Rhee

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Tavis Smiley

2011-03-28-tavisrhee.gifI spoke with former Washington, DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee about a wide-range of subjects including a story this morning questioning the validity of test scores in DC.

Conservative Pie: Republicans Introduce Legislation Redefining Pi as Exactly 3

Ian Squires | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ian Squires

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205: The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3 in an effort to improve test scores.

In the World of Corporate Ed Reform, Failure Is no Impediment to Success

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Zeke Vanderhoek gets more publicity for failure than most people do for success.

Time for Obama to Become Our Teacher-in-Chief

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We need to have a deeper reflective conversation about what powerful learning and teaching actually look like so that we can start to realign our system

New Mexico Schools May Get Letter Grades Based On Students' Test Scores

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Like many states, New Mexico's leaders are pressing forward with education reforms intended to improve the state school system. This week, Sen. Verno...

Gates' Evidence versus Gates' Spin

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Advocates of test-driven accountability are cheering the new study by the Gates Foundation. The However, there is a difference between the report's evidence and the spin that they are attaching.

Technology Not the Fix for Low U.S. International Ranking

Nancy Pine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

There are no magic bullets in teaching, including the use of technology. Without supporting the teachers in substantive and long-term ways, expensive computers will be relegated to simplistic tasks.

Waiting for Superman or Godot?

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jonathan R. Cole

It's not news to say that our educational system is at risk. The problem is that things are getting worse rather than better.

Is Michelle Rhee Putting Students First?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

I wish Michelle Rhee would use her influence to help a million Americans urge their elected officials to pass policies that will usher in a new era of school improvement.

LA School Board Presses Ahead With 'Value-Added' Teacher Evaluations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The national debate over "value-added" teacher ratings has found an especially contentious battleground in Los Angeles. Over the summer, Los Angeles ...

Student Grades, Test Scores, and Rankings

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

How much does how we assess, grade, and rank our students do them a disservice? Why do we not simply have two grades -- needs improvement and meets the requirements?

High-Performing, Dual-Language NYC School Under Investigation For Unfair Practices

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When it opened in 1998, the Shuang Wen Academy was heralded as a new kind of boutique public school, rooted in a mission of cross-cultural understandi...

Why do the Education Reformers Ignore Finland's Best Practices?

Sharon Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sharon Higgins

Best practices should be emulated, but this is not happening in the current U.S. public education reform scheme of things.

Let's Address the Real Problem in Education

Jennifer Havenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jennifer Havenner

Individual schools should create their own evaluation system that takes into account administrator and peer observation, student evaluation and performance on a variety of standardized tests.

The Case for Closing Schools

James Merriman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Merriman

It isn't right to allow failing schools across the city to continue to enroll students if they cannot provide them with a high-quality education.

Did New York Allow Superman to Pass us by?

Andrew Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Andrew Wolf

Everyone seems to be waiting for Superman, and that includes New York's mayor Mike Bloomberg and his schools chancellor, Joel Klein.

Lessons From Grading Schools With Test Scores

Beth Fertig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Beth Fertig

Now that the city and the state are moving ahead with a new way of measuring teachers, everyone will be watching the role of test scores.

Brockton High School Teachers Turn Things Around For A Failing School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

CORRECTION: According to the "How High Schools Become Exemplary" report, published by Harvard University's Achievement Gap Initiative, Brockton High S...

Is It Really All About the Benjamins?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

The best learning environment for kids is an environment where highly-qualified adults work collaboratively. We need to incentivize cooperation, not competition, among our educators.

Standardized Testing: How to Stop the Testing Trend

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jenifer Fox

Now you can do something to help end the culture of testing.

Nine Myths About Public Schools

Gerald Bracey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Bracey

The schools were to blame for letting the Russians get into space first: Granddaddy of all slanders and a great illustration of the absolute nuttiness with which people talk about education.

Real Progress in My Partnership Schools

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Antonio Villaraigosa

In Los Angeles, we have shown that even in schools that have been neglected for decades, when you raise standards and hold schools accountable, the kids will respond.

Tougher Tests Just the First Step to Improving Chicago Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.