Accountability’s End?

If the debate around the federal role in accountability is coalescing, a much bigger question remains wide open: Could we be watching the beginning of the end for the accountability movement in toto?

Regardless of Who is to Blame, Accountability and Merit Pay are Taking Some Heat in Texas

I am encouraged when Sandy Kress tells me that the moves away from accountability and merit pay that have taken place recently in Texas were forced upon Governor Rick Perry and Robert Scott, the state’s education commissioner, by legislative pressures beyond their control.

In Defense of Rick Perry

Governor Perry has been a strong leader on education and a fervent supporter of accountability and other policies designed to improve student academic results.

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No Child Left Behind: The Early Years

While everyone is wondering what will happen to NCLB, Nathan Glazer looks back at the law’s past, reviewing two books that explore the development of the law. The review will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Ed Next. The books are Schoolhouse of Cards: An Inside Story of No Child Left Behind and Why […]

Duncan Can’t Make New Laws

The Secretary of Education’s authority to undo law and regulation in No Child Left Behind is not as broad as a recent story in the New York Times seems to imply.

Evaluating NCLB

Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading

Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading

Voice in the Wilderness: Save NCLB!

Despite the bashing the ten-year-old federal law has been taking–much of it deserved–on the ground, in the provinces NCLB has succeeded in beginning a much-needed change in the culture of public education: from a system focused on adults to one looking behind all the curtains to see how kids are doing. It hasn’t been a pretty launch, of course, but the ship is only barely out of port.

Straddling the Democratic Divide

Will reforms follow Obama's spending on education?

Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?

Demography as Destiny?

Hispanic student success in Florida

Hispanic student success in Florida

The Future of No Child Left Behind

End it? Or mend it?

End it? Or mend it?

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, Now What?

Is court involvement in school spending essential to reform, or can we use education funding to drive reforms that promise better outcomes for students?

The Turnaround Fallacy

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

What To Do About NCLB

Three separate lines of inquiry provide evidence that existing accountability systems have led to larger gains than expected in a world without them. At the same time, accountability is a relatively new invention, and it needs to be refined and improved.

Few States Set World-Class Standards

In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless

In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless

Evidence Doesn’t Support Investment in School Turnaround Efforts

New school start ups and replications of high performing charter school models provide a better solution

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The Ordeal of Equality

If Secretary Duncan is serious about “listening” to ideas for the next ESEA reauthorization (aka “fixing what’s wrong with NCLB”), he would do well to start with this important and depressing book.

Arne Duncan’s Planned Speech Shows Obama Administration Slowly Wading into NCLB

Secretary Duncan makes clear that he’s in no hurry to dive deep into NCLB. He’s inviting more input and advice as to how to set it right. (Never mind that there’s already a five-foot shelf of books and studies regarding NCLB’s shortcomings and needed repairs.)

New Ed Next Podcast: What Congress Is Not Working On

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. discuss the week’s education news in a brand new podcast.  This week they gab about NCLB, and consider whether the law will be reauthorized by 2014, which is the deadline for all students to achieve proficiency. Click here to get to the podcast.

What Congress Is Not Working On

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. gab about NCLB this week, and consider whether the law will be reauthorized by 2014, which is the deadline for all students to achieve proficiency.

High Achieving Kids Need Options, Too

On Friday, Tom Loveless and I published an op-ed in the New York Times that argued that our nation’s highest-achieving students are only making minimal gains in the era of NCLB, while low-achieving students have made huge strides since 2000.

Education Next Forum on the Future of No Child Left Behind: Mend It? Or End It?

Education Scholars Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb Debate the Pros and Cons of the Controversial Federal Education Policy. Read the full article, The Future of No Child Left Behind, with Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb

By Education Next    No Child Left Behind, Press  

More Money for Less Accountability?

I don’t think so!

I don’t think so!

Court Jousters

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Accountability Left Behind

U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements

U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements

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