I would be remiss to not continue with a (online) debate I’m currently having with Jason Glass who is the Director of the Iowa Department of Education. I had to set it aside last week to focus on straw poll activities, but now I wanted to pick it back up. I critiqued a speech he […]
The Boston Herald, not a conservative or limited government bastion by any stretch of the imagination, railed against the common core state standards for science. These are the same standards that Jason Glass and the Iowa Department of Education want to align the Iowa Core Curriculum to. The Herald’s Editorial Board writes: An influential body […]
State Challenges Seen as Whittling Away Federal Education Law SAM DILLON August 14, 2011 The New York Times “Pretty soon all the schools will be failing in America, and at that point the law becomes meaningless,” said Larry K. Shumway, superintendent of public instruction in Utah. “States are going to sit and watch federal accountability […]
GOP Candidates Take on the Department of Education Anthony Cody on August 14, 2011 Education Week What do you think? Has the Department of Education become overly intrusive? Will this play a part in the 2012 presidential campaign?
Fixing No Child Left Behind August 13, 2011 Los Angeles Times The Education secretary’s plan sacrifices some of the best features of the law to fix the worst.
I was able to ask Congressman Thad McCotter (R-MI) a few questions in the “spin room” last night after the presidential debate in Ames, IA. At about 2:45 in the video below I asked (not as clearly as I would have liked) about a federal role in education – in particular the common core state […]
Common Core Standards, ALEC, Jeb Bush and the “Frozen People” (American Taxpayers and Citizens) At the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting in New Orleans this past week, Jeb Bush’s “progressive conservative” organization squashed effective discussion between legislators who wanted to discuss slowing down/stopping implementation of common core standards. Neal McCluskey writes: In this space, […]
Calif. Forgoes Data Grant, Jeopardizes Other Stimulus Funds Michele McNeil on August 9, 2011 Education Week When California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed spending $2.1 million in federal funds to help build a longitudinal data system for teacher information, he might have done more than just jeopardize that particular grant. By giving up federal funding to […]
Consortia Flesh Out Visions for Common Tests Catherine Gewertz August 10, 2011 Education Week But Mr. McRae, who helped shape California’s testing system, said he is concerned that content frameworks and similar documents are being created by the same people who are planning the assessments, and at the same time as the test design is […]
In Common Core, Little to Cheer About Andrew C. Porter August 9, 2011 Education Week Reformers, myself included, have been saying that U.S. schools need to teach more higher-order thinking skills if we’re going to catch up with other countries’ educational systems. But curricula in top-performing countries we studied—like Finland, Japan, and New Zealand—put far […]