Frustrated With the Pace of Progress in Education? Invest in Better Evidence

The primary obstacle to faster progress in U.S. education reform is the infrastructure we never built for identifying what works.

It’s Not Looking Good for ESEA Reauthorization

It’s looking increasingly like Secretary Duncan is going get to keep on enjoying his waivers through January 2017.

The State-Led ESEA Compromise

A compromise around the idea of accountability for results would require the right to agree to include explicit performance targets and the left to agree to give states greater flexibility in tackling challenges.

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests.

The Conservative Case for HR 5

The “Student Success Act” would, if enacted, be the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century.

Preserving the Federal Role in Encouraging and Evaluating Education Innovation

Increased reliance on competitive grants has been arguably the defining feature of the Obama administration’s K-12 education policy.

ESEA Testing Proposals in One Picture

NCLB assessments appear safer than I would’ve guessed sixty days ago.

Behind the Headline: Title I Portability Sticky Wicket in NCLB Rewrite

While the debate over annual testing has gotten a great deal of attention, the issue of Title I portability is emerging as possibly a bigger obstacle to agreement on reauthorization of NCLB, notes Lauren Camera of Politics K-12.

Teacher Evaluations: Uncle Sam, Exit Stage Left

The work of teaching is so extraordinarily complex and teachers are so tightly woven into the fabric of school communities that any attempt by faraway federal officials to tinker with evaluation systems is a fool’s errand

The Future of School Accountability

Telling states how to operate their accountability systems hasn’t worked. It’s time to put the accountability monkey back onto the backs of states.

NCLB Accountability is Dead; Long Live ESEA Testing

Despite frantic efforts by a number of groups to preserve some sort of federal accountability mandates in the next ESEA cycle, I think these should go away and almost surely will.

Obama’s Year-Seven Budget

Given today’s political conditions, President Obama’s education request is actually quite savvy. It retreats where necessary, digs in where possible, and has an eye on history.

The Problem With NCLB-Style ‘Political Cover’

As Congress debates the reauthorization of ESEA, those arguing for keeping NCLB-style mandates claim that reform-minded leaders in the states require “political cover” from Washington.

Nine Questions: What Does It Even Mean to Oppose the Common Core?

What does it mean when Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul, or Bobby Jindal says he “opposes” the Common Core?

The Case Against Federal Accountability Mandates in Education

Instead of demanding that states intervene in failing schools, allow students to escape the worst schools through the powerful mechanism of parental choice.

To Empower State and Local Leaders, ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Competitive Grants

Competitive grant programs do not weaken local leadership. They strengthen local leadership much more effectively than block grants do.

Behind the Headline: What the New Senate Education Chair Thinks About No Child Left Behind

Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke with Time about his views on fixing NCLB. Alexander is still struggling to make a decision on whether a revised NCLB should include annual tests required by the federal government.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Oral Testimony of Martin West

Congress should maintain the law’s current annual testing requirements while restoring to states virtually all decisions about the design of their accountability systems.

Grade-Span Accountability Is A Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT

Rather than having regular check-ups on student progress, with relatively low stakes on those results, we’d have much higher stakes attached to a smaller number of test scores.

The Not-So-Secret Recipe for ESEA Reauthorization

As the edu-intelligentsia anxiously anticipates another attempt at updating the law, it’s worth revisiting how we got our last reauthorization.

ESEA Update: More Red Than Green in Lamar Alexander’s Reauthorization Bill

Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the HELP Committee, has released a draft bill. Here’s where it stands on various issues

Barack Obama’s Love Affair With Universality

The real problem is the failure of existing schools and programs to do right by those who need the most help

Three Thoughts About Secretary Duncan’s ESEA Speech

The administration is leaving itself room to sign a bill that would give heartburn to its allies in the reform and civil-rights communities.

Ten Things To Know About Secretary Duncan’s ESEA Reauthorization Speech

It’s pretty clear that the coming reauthorization debate is going to focus on accountability. But in addition to early childhood and more funding, Duncan also talked about educator evaluation, teacher preparation and support, and more.

State Chiefs Speak on ESEA

State education chiefs may have helped turn the tide against what appeared to be a mounting anti-assessment, anti-accountability wave.

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