John Walker: California education policy is an unmitigated disaster, and when it’s over the blame will rest in the hands of the SBE led by Michael Kirst and the State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson. If the legislature cannot find the courage to act, they are just as much to blame.
Could an exposure to lead in Flint, MI’s drinking water cause a drop in test scores? Some are claiming that, and if any city could point to that as a possible cause it would be Flint. The data does not appear to back that up, however.
There are 36 gubernatorial contests in 2018 with 269 declared candidates. What are they saying about education? According to Rick Hess and Sofia Gallo at American Enterprise Institute, not so much.
It appears that North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kristen Baesler learned the wrong lesson about the number of homeschoolers doubling in her state.
A bill filed in the Florida House and in the Florida Senate allows Florida school districts to write their own standards provided they are equivalent to or better than the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
J.R. Wilson: The education system has changed so much so rapidly in the last fifteen to twenty years that it is anyone’s guess as to what will happen in the future. Here are a few of my guesses for 2018.
Shane Vander Hart responds to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s complaint that education reform is not keeping pace with the rapidly changing economy.
If Common Core is all that it is cracked up to be, we should have seen an increase in scores on assessments like PIRLS, not a decline.
The South Dakota Board of Education is in the middle of the hearing process for proposed education standards having completed two of four required hearings.
The Maryland State Board of Education will not require students to pass PARCC in high school in order to graduate until 2024.