But, sadly, the corporate reformers and government overseers do not actually plan to fund or support more thorough teacher
Republicans have long favored the use of competition to drive government reform. The Obama administration seized on this
In Florida, music teachers must administer computerized tests to assess themselves. It is a setup. If students have difficulty
Now that the first month of school is over, parents can get ready for the next milestone of the school year - they will soon get reports of the state tests their children took last year.
The Obama administration played a small but significant role in advancing all of these positive outcomes, offering financial
A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.
"Racism is alive and well," one researcher says.
So far we have been discussing educating the minds of our students and developing their self-esteem and confidence, but lastly
This new law can create positive change. States will now take the lead on accountability, interventions and teacher evaluation systems. While some states will mess up, we hope most will learn from the failures of NCLB and give teachers and schools the latitude and support to deeply engage students and to focus on the whole child.
Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has posted its 2015 "report card." NAEP measures student achievement and is given periodically to students across the United States. It will come as no surprise to many educators that the scores are down.
It seems like we as a nation put teachers through a cycle of professional development and improvement so that they can become excellent teachers. And we hope this works. At the same time, the responsibility is on all of us (leaders, teachers, and even our students) to help make this process works.
I've had many conversations with proponents of making VAM a defined percentage of teacher evaluations, and not a single one has been able to explain why their approach to VAM is better than an alternative approach that focuses on aspects of teaching practice.