Former Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked about his support of President Obama’s Race to the Top program during tonight’s NBC-POLITICO debate. He said he supported it because it talked about charter schools. He said he wants to promote school choice. The problem Mr. Speaker is that this program doesn’t promote true school choice, it may […]
Jay Mathews Gets It Right on National Standards Jay P. Greene’s Blog September 6th, 2011
Is Anybody Up for Defending the Common Core Math Standards? Rick Hess on September 6, 2011 Education Week The notion that Common Core proponents needn’t make their case is an affront to democratic values. When seeking to make substantial changes to public institutions, the burden is supposed to be on the would-be reformers.
Your Teacher Said WHAT? Nancy Flanagan on September 5, 2011 Education Week In the end, not much will have changed. Good schools will still be good schools, terrible schools in poor neighborhoods will still be failing–and “delivering content” via technology will still be promoted as the Next Big Thing, an exciting option to make education […]
Tax Dollars Fuel Unlawful Nationalized Curriculum, Parent-Bypass BEVERLY K. EAKMAN 08 AUGUST 2011 New American Federal spending for K-12 education increased by approximately 1,050 percent between 1970 and 2009 (the most recent years for which firm figures exist). But public schools — the ones almost 90 percent of U.S. children attend — have seen negligible […]
Deborah Thornton, a research analyst at the Public Interest Institute in Mt. Pleasant, IA, pointed out in a guest post at Caffeinated Thoughts that even though education spending has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, results have not. Thornton writes: For example, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2007 reported that 12th […]
Assessment Consortium Releases Math Content Specifications Catherine Gewertz on August 30, 2011 Education Week SMARTER Balanced’s math content specifications rest on four statements that describe the end goals of the assessment system. For each of those claims, the consortium specifies the types of evidence that would show that students have met those goals. Here are […]
National “Common Core” Standards by Marcia June 2011 What Would tThe Founders Think?
ED Finalizing New Data Privacy, Grant-Making Rules By Sarah D. Sparks on August 29, 2011 Education Wee
Ed. Dept. Allows Montana to Rewrite Its NCLB History By Michele McNeil on August 15, 2011 Education Week Montana and the U.S. Department of Education have ended a No Child Left Behind showdown after federal officials agreed to let the state reset its proficiency targets so more schools would make “adequate yearly progress” this […]