Behind the Headline: Tests Matter

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Tests Matter
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The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform
Education Next | Fall 2015

In US News, Nina Rees takes a close look at what the public says about testing in two recent polls, and in particular considers why PDK/Gallup found that respondents believe there is too much emphasis on testing, while EdNext found that respondents support annual standardized testing.

She writes

While PDK/Gallup captured the general zeitgeist that is opposed to over-testing, Education Next uncovered that parents are more inclined to support testing when they know what’s actually involved.

Rees sums up the findings of the two polls

Bottom line: Parents know schools need to get better, and they want a say in choosing which school their child attends. And while they may not like how much testing is conducted at schools, they recognize the need for tests in core areas to show how schools are performing. These trends are especially true of parents who, for too long, have watched their students struggle in bad schools.

For more, please see “The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform,” in the new issue of Education Next.

– Education Next

The Fall 2015 Issue of Education Next is Here!

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The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Education Governance: Who Makes the Decisions and Who Has the Power?

Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 schooling.

Behind the Headline: The Obligations of High-Output Charter High Schools

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Should charter schools be forced to backfill — to admit new students whenever they have an open seat because a student has left? Charter school advocates are divided over this issue. Paul Hill and Robin Lake of CRPE lay out their positions for and against backfilling on The Lens, the blog of CRPE.

Scott Walker’s Act 10 Caused an Uproar, But Things Are Mostly Back to Normal

In the midst of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial 2011 budget bill, many warned that the state’s public employees, including teachers, would retire in droves.

‘No-Racially-Disparate-Discipline’ Policies Opposed by Both Teachers and General Public

In 2014 the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, acting together, sent every school district a letter asking local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.

Behind the Headline: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge

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While many people blame standardized testing for narrowing the elementary school curriculum to reading and math, the real culprit is “a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.” So writes Natalie Wexler in an op-ed in the New York Times.

Top K-12 Education Policy Organizations and Media Outlets on Social Media 2015

On Wednesday, I published the results of our latest ranking of top education policy people on social media. Now let’s look at organizations and media outlets.

Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . . .

… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.

Can Teachers Really Teach Anywhere?

By 08/28/2015 0 Comments

Teachers are much more likely to move within a state than to cross state lines.

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