Choosing the Right Growth Measure

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

The Principled Opposition to Common Core

George Will’s column isn’t the real story here. It’s what the column represents: the quiet but growing and hardening principled opposition to Common Core.

Behind the Headline: Student Test Scores Depend on Accountability

The scores of U.S. students on PISA tests in math and science rose significantly in 2009, but fell in 2012.

The 10 Things to Know About NAEP TUDA 2013

The performance of students in urban districts is distressingly low.

Common Core and the Food Pyramid

The idea that the Common Core might be a “game-changer” has little to do with the Common Core standards themselves and everything to do with stuff attached to them, especially the adoption of common tests that make it possible to readily compare schools, programs, districts, and states.

Stop Requiring Choice Programs to Take State Test

Testing requirements are a concession that should only be granted if necessary to expand choice. And a requirement that choice schools take any one of a long list of standardized tests is much more desirable than requiring the state test.

Behind the Headline: ‘White Moms’ Remark Fuels Common Core Clash

Parents are reacting to a comment by Arne Duncan that some of the opposition to Common Core standards comes from white suburban moms who are upset that their children are not doing well on the new common core-aligned tests.

Of Course We Want Instructional Change. Don’t You?

The main reason there’s been so little achievement gain over the past few decades arising from the reforms that so many of us have been pressing is precisely because neither curriculum nor instruction much changed.

Examining High-Stakes Testing

Education Next talks with Joshua Starr and Margaret Spellings

Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings

By Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings    Homepage, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

Assessments Are Vital for Healthy Schools

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

A Testing Moratorium Is Necessary

Great instruction needs great assessments

Great instruction needs great assessments

Alternative Charters and Alternative Accountability Systems

It makes sense for states to develop accountability systems that make space for alternative schools.

What We’re Watching: The Nation’s Report Card Is Out

Paul E. Peterson discusses the latest NAEP results.

Louisiana and the Promise and Pitfalls of Accountability Systems

Early indications are that Louisiana’s strong accountability system is contributing to improved student results.

Fordham and CC-Backers Need to Get Their Story Straight

Is the Common Core approach really tight on the ends of education but loose on the means for accomplishing those ends?

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

Common Core standards expect English language arts teachers to do things very differently than they have in the past. Will that really happen?

By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Kathleen Porter-Magee    Blog, Editorial, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

Trends and Possible Improvements in School Quality Rating Systems

A new report reviews 25 different systems for rating school quality.

Some Perspective on Common Core

I am not against having better learning standards, but I also believe that we cannot be distracted from more fundamental reform of our schools.

President Obama’s Not-So-Secret School Accountability Plan

Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing NCLB. Three years later, we’re still operating as if the blueprint never happened, as if three years of policymaking hasn’t happened.

Let’s Hear It For Proficiency

Kids can show plenty of “growth” in school but still not be ready for college because they aren’t actually proficient. This is why absolute levels matter and why schools should be judged in part by how many of the students emerging from them are truly college and career ready.

Why the ‘Opt-Out’ is Not a Cop-Out

States should allow a small group of schools to opt out of regular testing and accountability requirements and let these schools use an alternative set of metrics instead.

What We’re Watching: Opt-Out or Cop Out?

Fordham hosted a forum on the growing numbers of parents, educators and administrators calling for a local “opt-out” from state testing systems.

Chicken Little Goes to School

The Common Core sky is not falling. Rather, the Common Core is right sizing.

That’s How the Consortia Crumble

On Monday, PARCC released the cost of its tests—and right on cue, another state, Georgia, dropped out of the testing consortia. This is a disaster.

What We’re Watching: Georgia Sets the Bar Lowest

WSB-TV Action News in Atlanta on an Ed Next study that ranks states on where they set the bar for student proficiency.

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