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Cheap (or 'Free') Is Not the Only Answer for Higher Education

Chris Maples | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Chris Maples

Why do I believe that the current suite of cost-reduction options do not really address the needs of higher education into the future? Because these mostly politically motivated proposals address price borne by students (as opposed to actual cost) and completely ignore value.

Teaching and Learning Over Testing

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Will the powers-that-be continue to be more concerned with creating a testing and data system that ranks and sorts schools and educators, in the quest for the perfect industrial algorithm to judge teachers, students and schools? Or will they look at the evidence and join educators, students and parents in fighting to reclaim the promise of public education?

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

Another Casualty of Excessive Testing: Great Teachers

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Teachers who object to being judged on the basis of their students' test scores are labeled as weak or unwilling to be held accountable. Their assertions that test-based evaluations are inaccurate and unreliable are countered with suggestions that there is no better alternative.

Districts Face Roadblocks In Developing Teacher Evaluations

| Jackie Mader | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attemp...

New Goals for American Corporations

Ralph Gomory | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

The great American corporations today are doing well for their top executives and shareholders, but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole.

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Florida Education Department Retracts Botched Teacher Evaluations

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

Florida's Department of Education released the first results of a sweeping new teacher evaluation system Wednesday morning that sought to provide more...

South Carolina Teachers Question How They'll Be Graded

Florence Morning News, S.C. | Ellen Meder | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education

FLORENCE, S.C. -- State education superintendent Dr. Mick Zais could be facing a potentially angry mob of teachers Thursday night at a Florence meetin...

Teachers Union Just Cost Us $40 Million

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.30.2012 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unifed School District (LAUSD) has just lost out on $40 million of free federal money because the teachers union has declined to sign ...

Pennsylvania Teacher Evaluations Will Be Tied To Schools' Test Scores

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Eleanor Chute | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

When the new statewide teacher evaluation system takes effect next fall, teachers will be judged not only on how they do in their own classrooms but o...

Study Examines Impact Principals Have On Student Achievement

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

It's indisputable that great teachers lead to successful students, as the presidential candidates have touted, but what about students' connection to ...

Don't Rely on Your Boss to Advance Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 12.09.2012 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Don't rely on your boss to grow your career. You alone have accountability for where you want to go.

Bumps in the Road? Or Signs of Derailment?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Recent news out of Tennessee about "bumps" in the teacher evaluation component of its Race to the Top education reform efforts are emblematic of larger, systemic concerns about RttT generally.

Bloomberg: Schools Will 'Call Every Single Parent' For Teacher Ratings

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.25.2012 | Education

Parents of New York, beware: The mayor will be calling you. New York's state legislature passed a law Thursday that would prevent school districts ...

Tennessee's Teacher Evaluation System Is Reviewed

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) on Thursday released a report regarding Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system. The report com...

Advice for Teachers' Unions

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Rank and file members must first help their neighbors understand that collective bargaining benefits the children and the community school. When children and schools benefit, the entire community thrives.

Publishing Teacher Effectiveness Rankings Draws More Criticism

| Louis Freedberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. The release last month of "value-added" rankings of New York City teachers based on...

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.

Confessions Of A 'Bad' Teacher

The New York Times | William Johnson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education

I AM a special education teacher. My students have learning disabilities ranging from autism and attention-deficit disorder to cerebral palsy and emot...

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...

The Value Behind "Value-Added"

John Merrow | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Because evaluating teachers using student achievement scores is here to stay, it's in teachers' interests to argue for better measures of achievement. We need better ways of assessing the value that teachers add to the lives of the children they teach, beyond test scores.

The Evil Economics Of Judging Teachers

The Awl | Maria Bustillos | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education

The Times and a host of other publications heralded last week's new study extolling the lifelong money-earning benefits of having a good primary/middl...

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...

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.