Five Best Blogs: Value-Added Becoming The New Widget
“Widget Effect” report is rolling in its grave Sherman Dorn: There is something naive or creepy going on when advocates of doing so leave out all the caveats and problems in plunging in without caution..All these sparkly-new teacher evaluation systems that put a heavy weight on student test scores for every teacher, willy-nilly? The new widget effect.
On Abolishing the Department of Education Checker Finn: One could make a powerful case, and I (and many others) have, for radically altering the federal ROLE in education to make it more targeted, less controlling, smarter, more efficient.
Big Win for Unions in Ohio Mike Antonucci: Somehow the One Percent control all of the nation’s wealth, but never seem to be able to come close to outspending the teachers’ union.
Adult Marshmallow Tests Michael Goldstein:Is there an Adult Marshmallow Test not just for new parents, but new teachers? Yes. My colleague Orin describes it.
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Vouchers and Low-Income: Reality Check JPGB: The quickest way to unlock educational innovation and deliver better education to low-income students is to give vouchers to everyone. That way the innovations will, you know, actually happen.
i3 Finalists Give Insight Into Cost Per Student of Innovative Reforms New America: What is the ideal cost per student for an innovative education project? At this point, no one can really say for sure; we don’t have enough evidence on successful reforms. Hopefully, that will soon change.
More information but no bottom line on charter school management organizations NCTQ: Given the increasing penetration of these organizations into an educational landscape that is already chock-full of bureaucracies, it sure would be nice to know if they do add value sooner rather than later.
What We Can and Cannot Learn From International Comparisons Robert Slavin: International comparisons are intriguing, but never tell us what to do. We cannot assume that because a given high-scoring country uses a particular practice, that practice is what causes their high scores or is good for us.
Mobilizing the Facebook Generation to Reform Education PIE Network/SFER: Once that energy is unleashed, the education policy world will have an entirely new, vocal stakeholder group: a movement of students united by high expectations and dedicated to ensure that our schools follow through on their promises.
Infographic: Pulling Back the Meritocracy Veil GOOD: schools face greater challenges and setbacks with students' special needs, language unfamiliarity, and lower socio-economic status, yet are still able to achieve significant success in graduation rates.