Why Pilot Projects Fail
Megan McArdle: Rolling something out across an existing system is substantially different from even a well run test, and often, it simply doesn't translate. Sometimes the success was due to the high quality, fully committed staff. Sometimes the program becomes unmanageable as it gets larger.
Getting Serious About Improving Head Start:
New America: Among them were the New York City Administration for Children’s Services; Northern Virginia Family Services, and the cities of Baltimore, Detroit and San Antonio. Also on the list are the public schools of Pittsburgh, PA; New Haven, CT; Richmond, VA; and Milwaukee, WI.
Education reform paralysis — and how to fix it
The Answer Sheet: Don’t you get bored repeatedly reading about variations on the same topics? Standardized testing, useful or harmful? Charter schools, the answer or the new problem? Teachers maligned, teachers defended, teachers resistant to change. No Child Left Behind, revise or eliminate?
Politico: A survey of 50 current and former administration, Capitol Hill aides and state level leaders found that the National Education Association, Education Trust and The Council of Great City Schools are the top three most effective education lobbyists in Washington (via @eduwonk).
The Best and Worst in Education 2011 Rick Kahlenberg: Some charter schools make terrific progress, but most are mediocre. And it’s hard to imagine how they will attract great teachers for the long haul when... one of the “innovations” at some charter schools is to save money by offering teachers no pensions whatsoever.
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