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Can We Bridge the Divide Between Accountability and Learning?

JD Hoye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
JD Hoye

There is a fundamental tension between assessment for accountability and assessment for learning.

Standardized Testing: The New Wild West

Todd Farley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Todd Farley

Like the maddeningly successful author Diane Ravitch, I, too, have changed my mind about No Child Left Behind.

Congress Poised to Call Novice Teachers "Highly Qualified" and Allow Concentration in Poor, Minority Schools

John Affeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Affeldt

Buried deep in the nearly 2,000 page Senate omnibus appropriations bill that Harry Reid pulled Thursday night was an amendment slipped in on Tuesday t...

Duncan from the PISA Hole: 'Keep Digging'

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the PISA scores released this past Tuesday were "a massive wake-up call.

Tea Party vs. The Department Of Education

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

When it comes to school reform, President Obama and his secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, intend to spend 2011 pursuing more federal influence over...

730 US Schools Reinvent Themselves

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — The federal government has enticed 730 schools across the nation to reinvent themselves this school year, and nearly a third have chosen t...

Performance Funding: No College Student Left Behind?

Christine Brandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christine Brandel

Recently Teresa Lubbers, Indiana's Higher Education Commissioner announced that colleges and universities should expect more funding to be tied to per...

Poor Schools Continue To Have High Rates Of Unqualified Teachers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to a recent report published by the Education Trust, there continue to be high rates of unqualified teachers in American schools. Many are ...

Students Flood High Performing Schools, Effect Of No Child Left Behind

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Successful schools nationwide are opening doors to students from low-performing schools as a result of the No Child Left Behind law. The Washington P...

A Thanksgiving Miracle for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

Terrance Stevens, who is paralyzed and fully reliant on a power wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy, had prayed for a miracle. His prayers were answered last week when In Arms Reach was awarded funding.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners

Pam Lowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pam Lowe

Over the course of my educational experience I've collected a list of criteria that I believe create an atmosphere ripe for improving student achievement. Here I will call it: Top 10 Ways to Improve Student Achievement and Create Learners.

Open Classrooms v. Charter Schools (VIDEO)

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

What exactly is a regular public school, as opposed to a charter school? Is there such a thing? For that matter, is there a typical charter school?

With Divided Congress, Tough Road For Obama's Education Reform

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The Obama administration has pushed an ambitious education agenda in the last two years, sending $100 billion to states thorough the stimulus package ...

Time for Schools to Stop Damaging Children

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

Our schools are turning millions of normal children into dropouts and failures. This isn't because of a few bad teachers or principals, but because the natural learning behaviors of children are routinely penalized instead of praised.

Charters and the New Version of Two-Tier Education

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Charter operators and their lobbying groups have dis-empowered teachers and turned charters into a self-interested, anti-public school, anti-union entrepreneurial venture.

The Two Politicos

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I am tired of the hubris of non-educators, who use tactics from their own realms to leverage change in schools, in order to then leverage change in other political and/or economic arenas.

Bush's 14 Decision Points

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Former President Bush is this week selecting for retrospective public examination the fourteen major decisions of his life or presidency, beginning wi...

Education on a Shoestring Budget and Determination

Pam Lowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pam Lowe

From an educator's perspective, a big part of our problem right now is money; the lack of it and how it is dispersed.

How Will Republican Wins Affect Federal Education Policy?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As Republican candidates gain dozens of seats in the House, claiming a majority over Democrats, education leaders wonder how the shift will impact fed...

Strengthening Our Schools: A Legislative Framework to Remove Poverty-Related Barriers to Learning

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Laracy

We all know that a quality education is our best tool in the fight against poverty. But it's up to all of us to ensure that tool is as effective it can be.

Education's 15 Minutes of Fame

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elory Rozner

The medium is the message, right? Maybe the mainstream attention education reform is receiving is our best or only way to provoke action right now.

Atlanta School Probe: Teachers Alter Student Scores?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

A federal investigation has been launched to examine 250,000 grade school exams with heavy erase marks. The "improved" scores, which evaluate children...

The Real Problem With Waiting for "Superman"

Aaron Swartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Swartz

Despite repeatedly insisting poor kids just need better teachers, Waiting for "Superman" never says what it is that better teachers actually do.

Education Reform and the Children Still Left Behind

David Chura | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Chura

Students should be held to rigorous academic standards. However, teachers should be allowed some flexibility to evaluate their students' readiness and plan accordingly.

Schools or Teachers: Which are More Important?

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Eric Tipler

Let's not forget about schools and community, and let's also remember that teachers must be our allies, not our enemies, in the process of making schools better.