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Race to the Top

Research Calls Efficacy Of Education Reforms Into Question

David Bloomfield | Posted 08.26.2011 | Education
David Bloomfield

Two new reports on standards-based accountability and incentive systems should end the current thrust of U.S. education policy.

Teaching to the Test and Calling It Success Is Like Landscaping Ghettos and Calling Them Condos

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

The assumption is that if students are passing tests then they must be learning. That's a very dangerous assumption.

Are We Testing Too Much?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if this extreme focus on testing is driving us away from what students need? What if the current test-driven mania in the United States is wrong?

NY Times Wrong About Teacher Evals, Race To The Top

Peter Meyer | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

Instead of hailing a successful teacher evaluation program, Winerup turns his story into another excuse to throw punches at the school reform movement.

T.V. Special To Spotlight High School That Won Race To The Top Commencement Challenge

Posted 08.07.2011 | Education

Cable viewers across the country will soon get an inside look at the journey of South Memphis students vying to win a coveted commencement address fro...

Making Evaluations Matter

Grace Snodgrass | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Grace Snodgrass

I've been working with Education 4 Excellence's policy team to come up with recommendations for how teachers should be evaluated. We believe our proposed evaluation system is fair to teachers and students alike.

'Race To The Top' Takes Down Effective Teacher Evaluation Process In Maryland

The New York Times | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The Montgomery County Public Schools system here has a highly regarded program for evaluating teachers, providing them extra support...

Feds Offer $150 Million In Grants For Innovative Education Ideas

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 08.03.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — The federal government is trying to make it easier to apply for one of its grants for innovative ideas to improve education, but with ...

Cooperation Not Competition: Finland's Model For Education Success

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.01.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The Finns had a crisis," professor Tony Wagner explains. Starting with the principle that cooperation is a key pillar of success, the Finns revised their educational framework.

Delaware Strives To Deliver On 'Race To The Top' Promises

Education Week | Michele McNeil | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

In one English classroom here, Delcastle Technical High School teacher Nicole Irani experimented over the past few weeks with open- and closed-book q...

UPDATE: Colo. Loses Race To The Top... Again

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.16.2011 | Denver

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Colorado has been selected as one of nine states eligible to pursue the third round of Race ...

3TK (Testing Teachers by Testing Kids) Is an Awful Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York City DOE plans to spend one-quarter of its $256 million share of the federal money, approximately $64 million creating new tests.

Curriculum for the Ages -- How do you Measure This?

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Our students realized that the distance between age 10 and 90 is only an arm's length, if you open your heart and mind.

Feds Announce $500 Million In State Grants For Preschool

AP | DORIE TURNER | Posted 07.25.2011 | Education

ATLANTA — A new $500 million federal grant competition announced Wednesday aims to do away with an uncoordinated system of preschool programs th...

Joy Resmovits

New York State Senate Considers Alternatives To Streamline Teacher Termination Hearings | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- A state Senate hearing in Albany on Monday explored ways to make the process for disciplining teachers suspected of incompetence or ethica...

Educating for Democracy: Are We Really Serious About Education?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Just who are we fooling? Other countries are really serious about education; we seem to prefer to pretend we are.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Memphis High School

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Offering a lift to a flood beleaguered city, President Barack Obama hailed the transformation of a once struggling but ven...

NEA Endorsement of Obama: A Suicide Pact for Public Education?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

By casting your lot with Barack Obama, and it pains me to say this, you are endorsing the president who has done more to destroy what is good about public education than any president in history.

Announcement Delayed: Which School Will Win Obama Commencement Speech?

CNN | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- Three academically competitive high schools from different areas of the country are competing for a lofty prize: an appearance and...

Tiny, Rural School Makes Finalists In Obama Commencement Speech Contest

AP | SHANNON DININNY | Posted 07.06.2011 | Education

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. — This rural farm town tucked amid Washington's apple and cherry orchards seems an unlikely stop for a U.S. president. Yet Br...

An Open Letter to Arne Duncan

Randy Turner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

"Data" and "accountability" are code words for an educational system that embraces the same kind of failed business model that put this country in the economic crisis it is in today.

Can We Teach About Osama Bin Laden's Death If It Is Not On The Test?

Randy Turner | Posted 07.02.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

How fortunate is it for students across America that bin Laden's death took place at a time when standardized tests have been completed for this school year?

Will Common Core Standards Make Students College-Ready?

Posted 06.27.2011 | Education

UPDATE: Since this story was first published, it has been clarified that 44 states and U.S. territories, not 48, have stated an intention to adopt the...

Add Trash to the Curriculum?

John Merrow | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Here's what I envision: Working in teams, middle school kids could use a phone to "map" their neighborhood intersections with photos that answer one question: is there a trash can on the corner?