Daniel Goldhaber and Susanna Loeb's What Do We Know About the Tradeoffs Associated with Teacher Missclassification in High Stakes Personnel Decisions?, posted in the Carnegie Knowledge Network, argues that value-added evaluations could result in roughly 25% of teachers labeled as ineffective being wrongly placed in that category. Show More Summary
When last we checked in on Indiana, U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker had rejected a motion to dismiss filed by the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. The state is suing the unions for unlawful sale of securities related to the financial collapse of the ISTA insurance trust. Judge Barker [...]
There's been lots of discussion online this past week about Jonathan Cohn's New Republic article on the chaotic and low-quality system we have for childcare in America, titled The Hell of American Day Care. Though obviously the kidsShow More Summary
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Newtown Budget Including Funding For Additional School Security Rejected By Residents AP: Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.Voters turned...Show More Summary
A couple of weeks from now will be the broadcast premier for the PBS "TED Talks Education" which is slated to include talks from familiar names (Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada) and new ones -- to me, at least (Angela Duckworth, Ramsay Musallam, and Pearl Arrendondo, among others).
When former Auburn Teachers Association (ATA) president Sally Jo Widmer passed away last November after more than 35 years at the helm of the small New York teachers’ union, former Auburn mayor Guy Cosentino eulogized her as “a true union leader who put her union first and personal niceties second.” That’s because Cosentino didn’t have [...]
This post is mostly just an excuse to use the Washington Post's parent trigger image (a riff on the famous "Easy" button from Staples), and to link to some recent stories on LA School Report. But it's also a chance to rebut Valerie Strauss's...Show More Summary
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Chicago Public School Students Plan to Boycott State Test WBEZ91.5: They said it’s unfair to judge whether their schools are good or not based on one test. (Chicago Public Schools uses a complicated formula to judge performance, butShow More Summary
NOTICE: On April 22, 2013, SM merged with @the chalkface. Find us at our new home: atthechalkface.com. All Schools Matter previous posts are archived there, but we will leave this site up, too, as a searchable archive. All new posts will appear at @thechalkface. Show More Summary
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Being a new teacher is likely to be challenging no matter where - or who - you teach and teachers typically get better with experience. It probably doesn't make sense, then, to systematically assign newer teachers to lower-achieving students. Show More Summary
John Merrow’s recent blog post, Who Created “Michelle Rhee?", distinguishes between the flesh and blood person named Michelle Rhee and the "Michelle Rhee" phenomenon. Merrow says that the force that Rhee symbolizes was created by herself, the mass media, some corporate reformers and, above all, “U,” or union militancy. Show More Summary
The Clark County Education Association is looking to hire a new bookkeeper/accountant. Applicants will be expected to handle all payroll matters. Ha ha ha ha!
Were Dzhokhar and Tamerlan like Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris? - Slate Magazine ow.ly/kg1CF Exams Aren't the Enemy: How Tests Can Help Low-Income Students - @TalmadgeNardi - The Atlantic ow.ly/kfmbI Videotaped evaluation of teachersShow More Summary
Boston Marathon bombings cast shadow over schools as they reopen BostonGlobe: When public schools reopen Monday for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, Cambridge will be grappling with dual sorrows. Several teachers in...Show More Summary
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This 2010 video of Finnish education minister Pasi Sahlberg comes courtesy of Chicago's Mike Klonsky.
When the LA Times starts having doubts about the wisdom of His Aged Geekiness, Billy Gates, then you have to know the worm is turning quickly. After all, it was the LA Times that published Gates-approved teacher ratings that ended in the suicide of Rigoberto Ruelas in 2010. Show More Summary
"State Education Commissioner John King said even the high-achieving school districts of the Lower Hudson Valley will gain from the new Common Core learning standards and the tougher, revamped state tests that debuted this week."