Five Best Blogs: Better To Be "Low-Performing" Than "Achievement Gap"?
Achievement Gap Schools by the Numbers Education Sector: Persistently Low-Achieving sounds like the harsher label of the two. But not in reality. There is less guidance for how AG Schools will be improved and less time to make these improvements, with tougher consequences if improvement doesn’t happen.
Harkin ESEA Reauthorization Bill is Silent on Title I Funding Formulas New America: States like Wyoming [currently] receive far more support per poor pupil than much more impoverished states like Arkansas and New Mexico. [ALSO: Strides in Fixing Title I Teacher Comparability.]
NYC, Los Angeles school systems failing English language learners Valerie Strauss: The two largest public school systems in the country — New York City and Los Angeles — this week acknowledged that they had been failing to meet the needs of English language learners and promised to implement new programs to improve the situation.
The Constituency for Change PIE Network: Organizing any constituency for change is hard, hard work, but it's being done all across the country by the network's 34 member organizations working to change state policies to improve education.
NYT on Edu-software Reform Reform: It’s not just the hapless school district officials who’ve been misled by Carnegie’s marketing.
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ESEA—effective teachers and leaders are key StudentsFirst: The diverse group of organizations involved includes: Center for American Progress, National Council for La Raza, Educators 4 Excellence, Connecticut Parents' Union, Students for Education Reform, Teach Plus, California Business for Education Excellence and Democrats for Education Reform.
A Handy 2012 Rolodex Supplement for Edu-Reporters Rick Hess: A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the ed press's disconcerting habit of relying almost entirely on professional Democrats or Democratic-leaning academics to provide commentary on Republican education proposals when it comes to the Presidential contestants.
Checker Finn: Public (education) enemy #1 Education Gadfly: We take it as a compliment that the folks at UESF find Checker to be as influential in the policy sphere as Jeb Bush and as well-connected as Rupert Murdoch. But we wonder why they didn’t single out Sal Khan (guru behind the Khan Academy videos) or Melinda Gates, both of whom are giving keynote speeches during the summit, along with Murdoch. Maybe Checker is just more photogenic.
Results from Khan Academy Reform Reform: State-mandated test scores (the California Standards Tests) showed an increase from 23% to 41% of 7th-graders at “proficient” or above.
John White: Big Easy's School Revolution Whitney Tilson: I LOVE his willingness to say that lousy teachers are committing "a criminal act against kids" – how true! I'm sure Randi and Ravitch, as they always do, will call this comment anti-teacher, but of course nothing could be further from the truth.