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It's Time to Reimagine School Information

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

By John Bailey and Tom Vander Ark "Let me Google that." "Google" has become a universal term for finding information online, and was officially reco...

Being Brave About Bullying

Ally Del Monte | Posted 04.06.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

My high school now takes bullying seriously. Not every school does. There has got to be a way for every school, everywhere, to know this is a serious problem and it's not going away. They have to be held responsible to take action -- real action, not just placating the bullied and letting the bully get away with it.

Joy Resmovits

America's Teachers May Be Getting Smarter

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

American teachers may be getting smarter. Still, scrutiny of their work and cries to overhaul the education system intensify. The education ref...

Joy Resmovits

Texas Drops Major Bush Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

It's official. Texas is leaving behind George W. Bush's baby -- the No Child Left Behind education law. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan an...

Parents OUTRAGED Over Slavery Reenactment Field Trip

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices

A Connecticut school is facing backlash from parents following a controversial school trip that took place last year. James and Sandra Baker, pare...

Fire the Reformers! Education Should Develop Individuals, Not Worker Bees

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Joseph W. Gauld

Education today is a terrible violation of every student's individuality and spirit. They are all cast in a formulaic worker-bee system designed to increase their value to the nation's workforce. Each student is unique; our goal should be helping them.

The Problem With Proficiency

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Others (especially reform critics) have made the same arguments countless times before. Yet an emphasis on proficiency rates over student growth is still entrenched in state and federal policy.

Joy Resmovits

Senator Tells Schools Chief: 'We Are In Regulatory Purgatory, Sir'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration's workaround...

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...

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...

Justin Snider: Thinking We Know What We Test

| Justin Snider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. An op-ed in The New York Times on August 20th, "Testing What We Think We Know," argued tha...

GOP Gov: High Schools Should Pay For Graduates' Remedial College Classes

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

Maine Gov. Paul LePage thinks school districts should be responsible for their graduates' remedial courses in college. So in a plan to improve educ...

Struggling Newark School Prepares, Again, To Reinvent Itself

| Sara Neufeld | Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. A new spirit of reform pervades Quitman Street Community School in Newark, N.J. In recent ...

We Don't Judge Teachers by Numbers Alone -- The Same Should Go for Schools

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

The correct response to the unintended consequences of accountability isn't to end accountability, but to make it work better. That could have positive consequences for many years to come.

Joy Resmovits

Will Education Be A Decisive Election Issue In 2012?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education

After a presidential primary campaign so far largely devoid of debate on education, the topic could be a decisive one in 2012, according to a new surv...

Whither the District: Leaders Must Lead on School Reform

Teach Plus | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Missing from the conversation about education reform has been a larger discussion of district and principal accountability.

Believing That a "Meteor" or Some New Accountability System Will Destroy the Educational Status Quo

John Thompson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Education
John Thompson

As the tenth anniversary of No Child Left Behind approaches, the obvious question about bubble-in mania is being asked by Mark Schneider in "Has the Accountability Movement Run Its Course?"

Should Schools Alone Be Held Accountable For Student Achievement?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. What if schools didn't have to work alone to improve student achievem...

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...

NCLB Waivers Should Not Be Unconditional: New Accountability Strategy Needed

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Gary M. Ratner

What is desperately needed is a new accountability strategy -- not one, like NCLB, that continues to demand that schools dramatically raise student achievement and then abandons them to flail on their own.

Joy Resmovits

Walker Pushes For New Schools Accountability Model

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.10.2011 | Education

After slashing education funding and reducing teachers' collective bargaining rights earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced his ...

How Can President Obama, Diane Ravitch, and Paul Tough All Be Right on Education?

Bill Tucker | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
Bill Tucker

If you factor in where students start, Bruce Randolph is doing an exceptional job. And, while Tough is right that students deserve better, Bruce Randolph appears to be part of the solution, not the problem.

A New Approach to Holding Charter Schools Accountable

Seth Andrew | Posted 06.04.2011 | New York
Seth Andrew

On paper, Harlem Day Charter School should be a resounding success. It spends more per pupil than most suburban schools. Class size is small. Yet student achievement is unacceptably low.

The Trouble with Accountability

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

In addition to deteriorating high academic standards, an obsession with accountability can have a negative impact on school culture and environment.

Playing Games with Data is Actually Playing with Students' Educations

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

As Michelle Rhee takes her dog and pony show to Florida, another bastion of data-DRIVEN accountability, we should take note of the latest study of the misuse of data in the DC schools.