EdStat: By 2016, 44 States Had Passed Legislation Mandating Major Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?

EdStat: 61 Percent of Respondents Liked the New California School Dashboard Accountability Site

According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.

EdStat: 71 Percent of New Mexico’s Teachers Rated Effective or Better

The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.

EdStat: 48 Percent of Parents Support Testing Preschool Students

Even though controversy has sprung up around the new International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests.

ACT/SAT for All: A Cheap, Effective Way to Narrow Income Gaps in College

A universal test opens the door to more effective, targeted efforts to draw talented, disadvantaged students into college.

Why We Need State-by-State NAEP Scores for 12th Graders

Participating states would be given a valid and reliable metric for how many of their students are truly college-ready at the end of high school.

Are We Committed to Raising School Standards?

Here are some recent signs of the deep ambivalence we have toward the steps that would actually have to be taken to transform our education outcomes.

A Realistic Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

We need to face up to the findings of three decades of research on the effects of test-based accountability and engage in a vigorous debate about how best to move forward

A Gloomy Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz

State Policies to Maximize the Utility of Testing Data

How assessments are administered and results are reported can make a difference.

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.

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