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 real problem is the failure of existing schools and programs to do right by those who need the most help
Ending statewide, comparable, annual testing is an overreaction that creates more problems than it solves.
Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.
The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would show America that bipartisan governance is possible, even in Washington.
The most recent exercise of mission creep and nanny-statism by the Office for Civil Rights involves what the enforcers call “equal access to educational resources.”
Because there are achievement gaps at Sawgrass Elementary School, the folks in Washington don’t think this school deserves an A.
If teachers are the most-important in-school factor for student growth, we certainly don’t act like it.
My admittedly late thoughts on last night’s results.
What candidates running for governor and the U.S. Senate have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K.
There’s been no problem too big or too small for Arne Duncan’s Department of Education to tackle. His Office of Civil Rights has been a prime example of executive overreach and federal interference run amok.
If the Republicans take the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander would take the helm of the Senate HELP Committee, which is a big deal.
I’d love to see charter associations ask OCR to investigate states that don’t do enough to provide equitable funding to charter schools serving high proportions of poor and minority children.
When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.
Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.
Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.