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Spring 2002 / Vol. 2, No. 1

Low Expectations

My high school was certified as “college preparatory.” I was able to take introductory calculus, advanced chemistry and biology, and even several English literature courses for college credit. I graduated as valedictorian of my decent-sized class, with just over a 3.9 GPA. However, as my father often observed with great frustration, I rarely spent my […]

By JEFFREY JONES  
Features  

“Inside Charter Schools” REVIEWED

Inside Charter Schools: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization Edited by Bruce Fuller Harvard University Press, 2000, $31.50; 288 pages. Reviewed by Patrick J. Wolf The soaring popularity of charter schools among parents, education reformers, and politicians still hasn’t convinced Bruce Fuller of their worth. Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University […]

By PATRICK J. WOLF  
Reviews  

A-plus for Florida?

A-Plus for vouchers? In “The Looming Shadow“ (Research, Winter 2001), Jay P. Greene of the Manhattan Institute examines whether the threat of vouchers under Florida’s A-Plus program forced the state’s failing schools to improve. The A-Plus program is essentially a top-down accountability system with a voucher add-on. The state grades schools from A to F […]

By Education Next  
Correspondence  

Certifying the Intangible

Do we need good teachers? Don’t be silly. Of course we do. We can all recall a teacher who made a big difference in our lives. And now we have research, as reviewed in Dan Goldhaber’s Feature essay “The Mystery of Good Teaching,” which shows more clearly than ever before that the quality of the […]

By THE EDITORS  
Features  

Positive Spin

The evidence for teacher certification.

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Features  

Cooking the Questions?

The 33rd Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools


Teach for America

Since 1990 the New York-based Teach for America (TFA) program has placed more than 7,000 teachers in some of the nation’s most challenging school districts. The nonprofit organization recruits high-achieving seniors from top colleges and asks them to commit themselves to two years of teaching in inner-city or rural schools. TFA currently supplies teachers to […]

By MARGARET RAYMOND & STEPHEN FLETCHER  
Features  

Randomly Accountable

Failing to account for natural fluctuations in test scores could undermine the very idea of holding schools accountable for their efforts – or lack thereof

By DOUGLAS O. STAIGER, JEFFREY GEPPERT &  
Features  

The Mystery of Good Teaching

Surveying the evidence on student achievement and teachers’ characteristics.


Tortuous Routes

The urban school districts of California have a well-publicized shortage of teachers. So they’re eager to move well-qualified candidates into the classroom, right? Not always. Nontraditional candidates-namely recent college graduates and career changers who haven’t attended a standard teacher-preparation program-often encounter serious roadblocks, even with the state’s full endorsement of alternative certification programs that allow […]

By DAVID RUENZEL  
Features  

A New Partnership

The move toward federally imposed accountability standards is necessary to ensure that federal funds are enhancing educational opportunity, especially for poor and minority students. It will all be for naught, however, if Congress doesn't guarantee that states will receive the resources necessary to overhaul failing schools


Unwarranted Intrusion

Inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is seen as either a sea change in federal education policy or a half-measure designed to demonstrate the political leadership’s willingness to “do something” on education. On one side are supporters of the legislation who point to its substantial tightening […]

By RICHARD F. ELMORE  
Features  

The Feds Step In

From his first days in office, President Bush made education reform one of his chief priorities. Congress responded with a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that requires states to ensure that all students reach a certain level of proficiency within the next 12 years. Schools that fail to meet their achievement […]

By Education Next  
Features  

Break the Link

Picture Gerard, a 28-year-old business consultant who majored in economics at Williams College and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. Gerard has been working for a consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut, but is looking for a new, more fulfilling position. He has demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and work habits. In addition, though he didn’t major in […]

By FREDERICK M. HESS  
Forum  

A Tenuous Hold

Education schools have lost the confidence of the public

and policymakers alike. They'll need to relinquish their

monopoly on teacher preparation in order to gain it back

By JAMES W. FRASER  
Features  

The Certification Connection

Licensure ought to guarantee that every classroom comes

equipped with a skilled, knowledgeable teacher. The new

performance standards for teachers are making that possible

By Mary E. Diez  
Features, Teachers and Teaching  

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