New York Times | May 19, 2013 | by Javier C. Hernandez
English tests? Check. Math tests? Check. Summer vacation? Not so fast.
Washington Post | May 15, 2013 | by Valerie Strauss
In this piece Finland's Pasi Sahlberg, one of the world's leading experts on school reform, writes about whether the emphasis that American school reformers put on “teacher effectiveness” is really the best approach to improving student achievement.
New York Times | April 30, 2013 | by Motoko Rich
NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit that started out channeling philanthropic donations to charter schools and that now invests in a range of education groups and businesses, is entering into a partnership with a new venture capital fund that could result in millions more in financing.
The Atlantic | April 25, 2013 | by John Tierney
I'm not an expert on revolutions, but even I can see that a new one is taking shape in American K-12 public education...
New York Times | April 27, 2013 | by Sean F. Reardon
Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families....
Boston Globe | April 24, 2013 | by James Vaznis, Andrew Ryan and John R. Ellement
Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson will step down at the end of the school year, the school system said today. On Tuesday Johnson spoke as if she was going to remain in her post, telling the Globe that she is committed to increasing diversity of the teaching force in Boston.
Boston Globe | April 24, 2013 | by James Vaznis
The Boston Teachers Union demanded Tuesday that the School Department launch an independent review of its new teacher evaluation system to determine why black and Hispanic teachers are more likely to be targeted for possible dismissal. Union officials made the request after analyzing School Department data and finding that black teachers were three times more likely than white teachers to be placed on a “directed growth plan” or an “improvement plan,” a move that can lead to termination if an evaluator determines a teacher has failed to overcome shortcomings in the classroom.
Diane Ravitch's Blog | April 4, 2013 | by Diane Ravitch
I read this article “by Bill Gates” with a growing sense of incredulity. I kept hearing echoes of many things I and others have written since Gates decided to make teacher evaluation the biggest crisis in American education. In 2008, he dropped the small schools movement and determined that teachers are our biggest problem...
Universal Hub | March 23, 2013 | by Staff
Check out this video by teachers and students at the Dever-McCormack School on Columbia Point.
Washington Post | March 18, 2013 | by Valerie Strauss
The obsession among school reformers with standardized test scores and merit pay has led to this: A fourth-grade teacher at a charter school in New Orleans won a $43,056 bonus because her students’ scores skyrocketed at a school with a “D” state rating. But there’s more....