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Retired D.C. teacher says he was thrown out of ed data summit Valerie Strauss: A retired D.C. teacher who has written critically about Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Michelle Rhee said security guards escorted him out of an education data summit where the two were speaking on Wednesday.

Follow up on Fire First, Ask Questions Later schoolfinance101: You don’t just unload your bottom 5%  or 15% players in on-base-percentage and hope that players with on-base-percentage equal to your team average will show up on your doorstep. 

How to measure teacher effectiveness fairly? Hechinger Report:  The problem with the approach that Friedman and others advocate is that it assumes we have all these wonderful, high-quality teachers just waiting in the wings to take over the jobs of the bad teachers we fire. 

The Ringer Gary Rubinstein:  When I started working on the application I thought I might be shut out because of my outspoken criticism of TFA, but by the time I finished the application which also included a video taped lesson, a series of lesson plans, and samples of student work — all which were great — I thought there was really no way I could lose. The lesson here is ‘never overestimate TFA.’

Classroom Practices That Need to Be Reconsidered Robert Pondiscio: An increasingly common feature in classroom are data walls—bright, cheerful displays that show if students are advanced, proficient.


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