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McREL report identifies what matters most to change the odds for student success

Wednesday, Jul, 28 at 12:04 pm,

7.29.10 – Denver — A new report from McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning), a Denver-based nonprofit, nonpartisan education research organization, concludes that changing the odds for student success does not necessarily demand a wholesale reinvention of the system nor technology-driven innovation, but rather, a clear focus on simply doing what matters most for raising student achievement.

AERA Will Not Site Meetings in Arizona Given New Immigration Law

Tuesday, Jul, 27 at 9:05 am,

This Council resolution was adopted on April 30, the opening day of the Association’s 91st Annual Meeting in Denver. Approximately 13,000 education researchers from 60 countries are attending this five-day meeting which ends May 4.

Council of Chief State School Officers Releases Core Teaching Standards for Public Comment

Monday, Jul, 19 at 1:05 pm,

Washington, DC, July 19, 2010 — The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released for public comment new draft core teaching standards. The release of the standards signals the beginning of the public comment period which will run until October 15, 2010, during which time CCSSO seeks broad input from the education community and the public at large.

Somebody Explain This to Me

Tuesday, Jul, 13 at 8:29 am,

For the past eighteen years I have worked as a high school/middle school principal along side a dedicated staff and a committed community to improving a school. In that time we have increased graduation and college going rates, engaged our students in more internships and college courses, created an advisory system that keeps tabs on all of our students,

Authorizing Charters

Friday, Jul, 09 at 7:25 am,

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation’s long and deep immersion in Ohio education policy, particularly in the charter-school realm, includes a half decade of direct experience as “authorizer” of several charters. To recount and draw lessons from that experience,

Selectives are 'causing academic apartheid' ANNA PATTY AND ANDREW STEVENSON

Monday, Jul, 05 at 10:43 am,

7.5.10 – Dr Pandula Siribaddana – We use different methods of assessment in relation to Education and one of the challenges that we face would be to assure the test items behave as we expect it to behave in an exam setting. The intended behavior of such test items could be gathered according to the following queries,

The Next Generation of Science Standards

Tuesday, Jun, 29 at 10:48 pm,

As the nation prepares for common core standards in math and English language arts, a framework to guide new science standards is getting closer.

Student Evaluations, Part Two

Tuesday, Jun, 29 at 5:50 am,

STANLEY FISH – Further discussion, with readers taking part, on the pros and (mostly) cons of students' evaluations of teachers.

Is the Learning Disabilities Epidemic Waning?

Friday, Jun, 25 at 6:38 am,

6.25.10 – Michael Petrilli – Almost a decade ago, Fordham and the Progressive Policy Institute published a phone book-sized treatise, Rethinking Special Education for a New Century. One of its most important chapters was “Rethinking Learning Disabilities,” written by a who’s who of cognitive psychologists and reading experts, including Reid Lyon, Jack Fletcher, Sally Shaywitz, and Joseph Torgeson.

Linda Darling Hammond group on teacher evals

Thursday, Jun, 24 at 7:42 am,

6.24.10 – To be realistic vehicles of school improvement, teacher evaluation systems need to be revamped to utilize more clearly elucidated professional standards and include bona fide assessments of both classroom practice and student work…. [Including] integrating into [evaluations,] analyses of a range student outcomes and “agreed-upon indicators” of student mastery, including not only standardized test scores but formative classroom assessments, demonstrations of content learning (through project-based results), and improved learning habits….

Teach For America: A False Promise

Wednesday, Jun, 09 at 10:39 am,

6.9.10 – EAST LANSING, Mi., June 9, 2010 — Teach For America has generated glowing press reports, but the evidence regarding whether this alternative teacher-training program works is very unclear, according to a policy brief released today by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Churning the School System

Wednesday, Jun, 02 at 10:54 pm,

6.9.10 – BOULDER, Colo., and TEMPE, Ariz., June 2, 2010 – A new reform approach, whereby school district leaders compile and run a "portfolio" of independently operated schools, is being used in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.,

Valedictorian Validation

Tuesday, Jun, 01 at 6:31 pm,

6.2.10 – Del Stover – For decades, the tradition at high school graduation ceremonies has been for the valedictorian — the top-achieving student in the class — to offer a farewell speech to fellow graduates as they listen quietly in their caps and gowns.

See what condition "The Condition of Education 2010" is in

Sunday, May, 30 at 9:39 am,

5.30.10 – The National Center for Education Statistics has released The Condition of Education 2010, a Congressionally mandated report to the nation on education in America. It covers all aspects of education, with 49 indicators that include findings on enrollment trends, demographics, and outcomes.

Who will be Left to Teach? Pink Slips + Retirements = Empty Classrooms

Wednesday, May, 26 at 5:37 pm,

5.27.10 – When March 15 rolls around each year, districts, schools and teachers are sent into a frenzy of planning, anticipating, and dreading the annual distribution of pink slips. This year, 26,000 pink slips were issued — last year there were 26,500 pink slips issued by the March deadline.

Reimagining Education in Small Towns

Sunday, May, 23 at 5:53 pm,

5.24.10 – Things are not going so well in small-town America. While the so-called “Great Recession” of the moment has focused considerable attention on the travails of Main Street and Middle America, the truth is that the troubles that plague such places have been a long time in the making.

A Classroom Teacher at Heart

Sunday, May, 23 at 5:45 pm,

5.24.10 – Her heart still lies in the classroom, which may be why Cynthia Stevenson was an appealing selection as a finalist in the 2010 superintendent of the year competition.

NCTQ Offers Useful Summary of Teacher Layoff Issues

Wednesday, May, 12 at 9:51 am,

5.12.10 – In a recent report, the National Council for Teacher Quality urges making teacher-layoff decisions on the basis of teacher quality and performance. A Think Twice review of that report credits it for being straightforward and reasonable but notes that its proposals are not unique or easily implemented.

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