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The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Linda Darling-Hammond

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.28.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Investing in high-quality teaching is the centerpiece of any successful educational system. Intelligent societies understand that teaching is the profession on which all other professions depend."

Should State Education Chiefs Be Elected?

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 10.26.2012 | 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...

Party Like It's 1918 -- Values Over Tests

Glen Lineberry | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

The disconnect between what standardized testing measures and what schools are really about -- preparing students to be lifelong learners, developing minds, educating citizens to continue the Republic -- is confusing enough. What really gets my goat, though, is that this was all figured out nearly a century ago.

Virginia Approves New 'Progress Metrics' To Close Math Achievement Gap

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Zachary Reid | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Board of Education unanimously approved new goals for closing achievement gaps in math scores Thursday, but the state's ...

Wealth of Intelligence Can Lead to the Wealth of a Nation

Ronnie Cameron | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Ronnie Cameron

We need to refocus our attention on school and its importance. We have to create a culture where education is of utmost significance and that it is the key to economic freedom and success in this country.

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.

'Resounding Negative Perception'

The Orlando Sentinel | Leslie Postal | Posted 12.20.2012 | Miami

The State Board of Education looked prepared to vote -- without discussion or debate -- when board member John Padget pointed out a passage on page 16...

High School Principles

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

What we need the most is a comprehensive reform of public education that is attentive to raising the ceiling but that does not accomplish this worthy goal by making it even more likely that we will leave many a child behind.

Florida Sets Math, Reading Goals Based On Race, Ethnicity

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

Just a few weeks after a similar move by Virginia was met with controversy, Florida has also adopted achievement standards based on race and ethnicity...

Thanks to Biden, Ryan for Not Talking About Education

Randy Turner | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

It is not that I don't think education is a subject worthy of national debate -- it is a critical issue in our society -- but it has been so botched by our two major political parties that I cringe every time education is mentioned in a political speech or debate.

Obama: Romney Education Plan 'Not A Recipe For Growth'

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. In the first presidential debate Wednesday night, President Obama and R...

Report: Teacher Evaluation 'Binge' Has Unforeseen Consequences

Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

With No Child Left Behind waiver applications and related legislation ushering in new teacher evaluation systems in upwards of 20 states, a report out...

When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

Obama: 'We Can Step Up Our Game" In American Education

Posted 11.25.2012 | Education

The president couldn't join the live Education Nation discussion at New York Public LIbrary Tuesday, but did a pre-taped interview with NBC's Savannah...

5-Year-Olds Put To The Test As Kindergarten Exams Gain Steam

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

(Repeats with text unchanged) * At least 25 states mandate kindergarten assessment * Critics worry testing 5-year-olds i...

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

The #CTUStrike: Education for the Best of Us Versus the Rest of Us

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

The battle in the Windy City is essentially about one thing: education for the best of us and then for the rest of us. This isn't just a clever phrase, however. There are drastic inequalities between the best and the rest.

Teacher Evaluations At Center Of Chicago Strike

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

CHICAGO — Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city's school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require perform...

Teachers' Unions Will Still Push Hard For Obama Despite Strike Tension

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The head of one of the country's largest teachers unions knows all too well the frustratio...

Education In America: Why It Matters In The Election

AP | CAROLE FELDMAN | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education

The issue: States and local governments have the primary responsibility for education in the United States. But the federal government gets a big say...

Dubiously Closing the Achievement Gap

Anjali Deshpande | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education
Anjali Deshpande

The Virginia Department of Education has essentially institutionalized low expectations.

No Adult Left Behind

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

If the primary goal of school is "educate and prepare tomorrow's leaders," then teachers, school boards, policymakers, and others need to recognize the extent to which education has a new target audience: older adults.

Joy Resmovits

Texas 41st State To Back Away From Bush's No Child Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education

Texas, the state that launched school accountability as an experiment, has applied to untangle itself from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind m...

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.

Study: Reducing Special Education Staff Could Save Districts $10 Billion Collectively

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

A study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has found that if high-spending public school districts reduced their special education ...