Brian A. Jacob
New evidence from Chicago shows they fire the least effective teachers
Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading
In affluent schools, other things matter
Illustration by Noah Woods. As the first large urban school district to introduce a comprehensive accountability system, Chicago provides an exceptional case study of the effects of high-stakes testing-a reform strategy that will become omnipresent as the No Child Left Behind Act is implemented nationwide. One of the most serious criticisms of high-stakes testing is […]
The pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop them.
The best—and the worst—stand out
By shining a spotlight on states with particularly low student performance, the department can bring attention to the struggles facing public education in these states.
Mandatory grade retention is clearly popular, at least among many state legislators. But is it good policy?