Five Thoughts on Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade

Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.

In the News: Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

Researching the Ambiguities of School Accreditation

Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?

Betsy DeVos Promotes Parents as First Line of Defense on School Accountability

But is the parent marketplace a good enough mechanism for gauging and producing effective schools of choice?

Support for Common Standards Has Rebounded

Local control has its place—but, as Americans told Education Next, it also has its limits.

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

Pooling data across years and grades may provide an opportunity to include students in accountability systems in cases where subgroup size is otherwise too small.

The Disconnect Between Educational Measures and Life Outcomes

A new study examines the connection between teacher reports about behavior when students are 11 and later life outcomes for those students.

Reading and Math Scores: ‘Handle with Care’

Just how much do gains on reading and math gains on state tests tell us about school quality?

What We’re Watching: Contract-Based Accountability for All Public Schools?

What if all public schools were held accountable through contracts that gave them freedom in return for results?

Don’t Let Personalized Learning Become the Processed Food of Education

Let’s make sure not to break learning into little bits and scraps and bytes of disparate skills, disconnected from an inspiring, coherent whole.

Fancy Private Schools Want to Abandon High School Transcripts and Grades

What this is really about: Making it appear that all graduates of elite schools are above average.

How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction?

If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.

How Did Chronic Absenteeism Become a Thing?

If you look at the accountability systems states are developing to meet federal requirements, you’ll see a growing number are using chronic absenteeism as a metric.

Colorado’s Plan for Rating Schools Gets the Fundamentals Right

For starters, Colorado uses a bona fide growth model to gauge the progress a school is making with students.

Unintended Consequences of Test-Based Accountability

School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.

Is Common Core Working? It May Be Too Early to Tell

Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card

Towards a more productive way of measuring students’ “soft skills.”

A Flexible Way Forward for a Wobbly Standards-and-Testing Apparatus

What if we create a common pool of test items that states would use on a voluntary basis?

Three Thoughts on the Ugly New PISA Results

Everyone would be well-served if they spent less time claiming this or that test result proved that a grand federal agenda was the right one.

School Accountability and the Infinite Information Problem

We should recognize the government’s limited ability to collect, analyze, and make use of the extraordinary amount of information relevant to school quality and family preferences.

In the News: Many State Report Cards Leave Parents in the Dark About School Achievement

A new study by the Data Quality Campaign reviews school report cards issued by each state and finds many of them lacking.

Graduation Rates: What Does a Diploma Tell Us?

As policymakers reconsider the “college for all” mindset, they face tough questions about what a high school diploma should mean and how best to ensure that every young adult has the chance to build a professional future that’s honored, fruitful, and rewarding.

How States Should Redesign Their Accountability Systems Under ESSA

States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.

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