Sent to the Seattle Times, August 30. 2010Dan Goldhaber (“Getting ahead of the teacher-accountability curve,” August 29) points out some of the problems with using growth on standardized tests (value-added analyses) to measure teacher effectiveness. He points out that small differences may not be statistically significant and that factors other than the teacher influence test […]
Here’s more buzz on the new documentary on education, Waiting for Superman. The director’s last film, An Inconvenient Truth, pointed the national discussion towards global warming and climate change. Inasmuch as I agree with many of the film’s conclusions, I think it backfired a bit and no longer captivates people as much as it did […]
Yesterday: The D.C. mayoral race is deeply split on most issues, but everyone agrees on one thing: We must reduce the achievement gap between minority and white students. It is too bad, then, that that the gap is such a mindless measure of school progress. Obviously, Jay has joined other bold reformers such as the […]
Check out the following exchange on ABC about performance pay. Oh that Arnie Duncan, how will you fail our schools again? UPDATE: Ack, I can’t embed a flash player here. So, here’s the link instead and one to the transcript.
This is a recent PR piece from the Imagine Schools: Three Imagine Community Schools Demonstrate Great Strides Another Year of Focused Academics Produces Stronger Results Aug 27, 2010 – Today, with the release of academic ratings for the 2009-2010 school year, the state of Ohio found significant academic improvement for three Imagine community schools. Imagine […]