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Standards, Testing, and Accountability

Accountability was widely embraced as a reform strategy in the 1990s, but skepticism has grown about whether the approach is working. Amid mounting evidence that state-level accountability systems have been built on wildly differing expectations for student performance, there has been increased interest in the development of common academic standards that could be adopted by all 50 states.

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School Policy

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.

Inside Schools

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

Government and Politics

How Congress Can Address Over-Testing Without Overreaching

Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.

Government and Politics

How Congress Can Address Over-Testing Without Overreaching

Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.

Who Needs the Law When You Have OCR?

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.

Predictions and Predilections for a New ESEA

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would show America that bipartisan governance is possible, even in Washington.

Punishing Achievement In Our Schools

The most recent exercise of mission creep and nanny-statism by the Office for Civil Rights involves what the enforcers call “equal access to educational resources.”

Cami Anderson and the Forces of Unreason

Newark superintendent Cami Anderson came to AEI to give a talk, but the talk had to be relocated and the logistics modified because a busload of Anderson critics pledging to disrupt the event followed her from Newark.

Inside Schools

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

Behind the Headline: Teach For America Facing Recruitment Challenges

Teach for America has notified its partner districts that it is on track to train a smaller corps of teachers this year, possibly falling short of demand for its teachers by 25 percent.

Pension Theory Versus Pension Reality

In the fantasy world that the National Institute on Retirement Security has created, state pension plans do a bang-up job of delivering benefits to workers. That’s just not the reality of the world we live in.

What Computer Science Education Can Tell Us About The Future Of Schools

Some of the pedagogical models we see emerging in computer science may be a harbinger of not just what we need to teach in the 21st century, but how we may come to teach it.

Ed Next Book Club: Dana Goldstein on The Teacher Wars

Mike Petrilli interviews Dana Goldstein about her new book on teachers.

School Policy

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

How Congress Can Address Over-Testing Without Overreaching

Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.

Pension Debt Crowds Out Other School Spending in Michigan

In Michigan, school funding has increased, but schools aren’t seeing much of the money. Instead, most of the funding increases are going toward paying off the state’s retirement debt.

Are Formative Assessments Disrupting Summative Tests?

The potential for formative assessment to continuously expand and improve will be stunted so long as we perpetuate summative assessment regimes.

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