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A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

How Do We Hire the Very Best Teachers?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Note: Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of Joel Sacket, who has been helping organizations realize their digital visions for almost a decade. Jo...

Are Math Teachers Really Better Than Social Studies Teachers? Everything Depends on the "Cut" Score

Alan Singer | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State's latest test results tell us very little about student and teacher performance and have nothing to do with rigor. We also do not know what they say about college and career readiness.

VAM for Dummies

Peter Greene | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

VAM (Value-Added Measure) is a concept borrowed from manufacturing. If I take one dollar's worth of sheet metal and turn it into a lovely planter that I can sell for ten dollars, I've added nine dollars of value to the metal.

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Data Drunk -- Let's Take the Ass Out of Assessment

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Larry Strauss

Measuring student learning isn't like measuring the vacancy rate of a motel -- or the gross sales of a retailer or productivity in a factory. In education, the infatuation with data tends to produce expedient and pedantic solutions to often complex challenges.

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

The Global Search for Education: What Is the Fourth Way?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Even after one has identified that the old ways of doing things are no longer working, coming up with system-wide comprehensive solutions as to how to develop better schools and school systems is challenging.

Millions Spent On Improving Teachers, But Little Done To Make Sure It's Working

| Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Helping struggling teachers improve has become a big concern–and a big business–across...

Maybe it's Time to Ask the Teachers?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

We have never heard more policy rhetoric about developing, recruiting and retaining strong teachers. Ironically, our policies have also never done more to ensure that good teachers have little incentive to serve and stay in those schools.

The Rational Middle

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Our national debate over evaluation lacks the courage and nuance of the real-life conversations I have with hardworking, rational teachers. Instead, the debate is dominated by polarizing sound bites that inspire fear, not rational discourse.

Death by Algorithm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

If the school reformers truly believe that teachers are the key to the success of children --- and I agree, they certainly are one of the keys --- then the reformers must reconsider the mindless application of the deadly algorithm.

Measure for Mis-Measure with New York City Teacher Assessments

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Maybe New Yorkers can find a way to force Cuomo and Bloomberg to be honest about the politicalization of education in New York City and State and its negative impact on schools, teachers, and children.

Minn. Senate Passes Bill To Let Schools Fire Teachers Based On Performance

AP | By ALEXANDRA TEMPUS | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would let schools lay off teachers based on their performance in the classroom rathe...

Memphis' New Teacher Evaluation System Adopted From Controversial D.C. Program

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the third in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comme...

Using Value-Added Data To Evaluate Tennessee Teachers

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the second in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comm...

Gates Foundation Report: Teachers Should Be Graded On Three Criteria

Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

As teacher evaluations are becoming more prevalent in schools across the country amid a growing debate on how best to grade teachers, a new report out...

School Board Member Who Took State High School Exam: Tests Lack Accountability

Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

To take state standardized exams to the test, a Florida school board member sat down to take a version of the state's high-stakes 10th grade math and ...

States Grading Teachers More Stringently, Using Numerous Measurements

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days. They're being graded on more than student test ...

Let's Blame All the Teachers!

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

For teachers who choose to devote their life's work to some of the most difficult classrooms in America, such as here in D.C., the testing imperative becomes a monumental disincentive to stay in the classroom for any length of time.

Report Offers Comprehensive Guide To Developing And Sustaining Teacher Evaluation Systems

Posted 12.04.2011 | Education

In time for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's presentation of the Obama administration's reforms to teacher preparation programs last week, a new r...

Order To Rehire 75 D.C. Teachers Fired During Rhee Era Is Upheld

The Washington Post | Bill Turque | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

The District's labor-management relations board has upheld an arbitrator's decision ordering the D.C. Public Schools to rehire 75 new teachers fired i...

Dennis Van Roekel: The NEA Plan For Teacher Accountability

| Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, w...

Pilot Teacher Evaluation Program Equally Weighs Testing And Class

Posted 11.01.2011 | Education

New Jersey launches a pilot program today that will evaluate teachers at 10 schools by equally weighing a student's academic and classroom performance...

TFA Selection Criteria Linked To Student Gains

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education

Certain aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains--a sign that it's possible to recruit candid...