Behind the Headline: Missing, Messy Teacher-Prep Data Stumps Even Federal Watchdog

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Missing, Messy Teacher-Prep Data Stumps Even Federal Watchdog
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21st Century Teacher Education
Education Next |Summer 2013

A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds that many states are not complying with a requirement under the Higher Education Act that they evaluate teacher education programs and identify “at risk” and “low performing” programs. The states told the GAO that “they believed their other oversight procedures [were] sufficient to ensure quality” without having an official process in place.

The report also notes that the U.S. Department of Education itself didn’t have a process in place to monitor the states to make sure they were meeting their responsibilities under the law.

In an article for Education Next, Kate Walsh of the National Center for Teacher Quality wrote about frustrations of insiders and outsiders alike with the quality of most teacher education programs.

She noted, “Currently, consumers of teacher education, both aspiring teachers and school districts, do not know which institutions are doing a great job and which are not.”

Her article goes on to suggest actions policymakers could take to help improve our system of teacher preparation.  The NCTQ has conducted its own evaluation of the nation’s ed schools and has assigned grades to individual programs.

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Privacy Push Must Not Prevent Personalized Learning

The fierce debate over the privacy of student data often risks preventing students from benefiting from the enormous breakthroughs that technology makes possible in 21st century schools.

In God We Trust; All Others Bring Data

By 07/23/2015 0 Comments

I promise that you’ll learn interesting stuff by just spending some time with “Conditions of Education.” And maybe if we all do that, our debates would be a bit more fruitful and a bit less contentious.

Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan’s Wrong Turn on Reform: How Federal Dollars Fueled the Testing Backlash

By 07/23/2015 0 Comments

In an article for The 74, the new reform-oriented education news website launched by Campbell Brown, Matt Barnum looks at the impact of the Obama administration’s decision, in 2009, to push states applying for Race to the Top funds to come up with ways to evaluate all teachers based in part on student test scores.

Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration

Why is it so difficult for America’s high-impact, “no-excuses” charter schools to participate in pre-K programs?

Behind the Headline: Facing Decline, Catholic Schools Form a Charter-Like Network

By 07/23/2015 0 Comments

Six Catholic schools in East Harlem and the South Bronx have banded together into a network managed by a new group called the Partnership for Inner City Education, which signed an 11-year contract with the Archdiocese of New York to run the schools.

The Hard Work Has Just Begun

Getting low-income “first-generation” kids into college is hard. Getting them to graduate from college is harder.

The Contours of a Deal on ESEA Are In Sight

What will survive, what will be eliminated, and what’s still up in the air

Opportunity Culture Outcomes: The First Two Years

Can we work together to change policies and systems to support giving every student access to excellent teaching, and giving every teacher outstanding career opportunities without being forced up and out of the classroom?

Not in the Right Ballpark

By 07/20/2015 1 Comment

A continuation of the debate over a study on the impact of school spending by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico

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