Broken Vow I have vowed not to spend our good readers' time any longer in the tired old song of responding to Monty Neill. But I must break that vow at least once more. Once again: there was a huge increase in NAEP scores the year of and the year after the passage of NCLB. These gains make up virtually all of what Neill wants to call pre-NCLB gains. Russ Whitehurst and other serious observers suggest that these "border" years be left out of the analysis. I do not concede the rate Read more here
America Must Not Retreat from Reform It gives me great pause that the voices of more than 80 civil rights, disability, parent, student, grassroots and education organizations were ignored during the markup. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) represented these interests by offering amendments to strengthen the definition of highly qualified teachers and require equitable distribution and supervision for those who are not highly qualified. However, both lost during the markup. Sen. Alexander suggested that Read more here
We cannot test our way to good schools Since Kress particularly takes me to task in his comment, a brief response. Kress does not dispute my clearly proven point that the rate of gain on NAEP has fallen. The link in my initial comment will lead the reader to the details, which come straight from NAEP's own data. Similar findings have been made by others. I keep repeating this because Kress and others keep ignoring and denying the evidence. Kress then faults me for comparing NCLB pre-NLCB years, Read more here
Too Many Sources of Bad Policy For talented, committed educators who want their students to be engaged, challenged and supported, the choice seems to come down to this: Is it better to have their professional commitments and their students’ educations undermined by bad policies made by states or by bad policies dictated by Washington? If that framing seems a bit melodramatic or depressing, please read this recent article from the Kappan (http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/01/kappan_burris.html) Read more here
Still Test-Based Pseudo-Reform One thing we’ve learned from watching the Senate HELP Committee wrestle with the bill is that it seems much easier to change the rhetoric than the substantive details. For example, Congress has clearly heard the message from the folk who grappled with the impact of NCLB every day -- administrators, teachers, students and parents -- that it has failed to drive real school improvement where it’s needed. Senators also recognized that the law mislabeled Read more here
Grim Tea Leaves for Reform-Minded Dems This week's developments have been notable-- less because the reauth effort is likely to go anywhere, and more because they offer a clarifying look at where things stand. The more the Ed Trust and Center for American Progress view mandates as the measure of "reforminess," the more they ensure that they will not find common cause with even sympathetic Republicans. Whereas Ed Read more here
Diane Ravitch No Child Left Behind is the worst piece of education legislation ever passed by Congress. Secretary Duncan said recently that the law will cause more than 80% of all of our nation's public schools to be labeled failures this year. By 2014--the law's target date--nearly 100% of American public schools will be stigmatized as failing. Is there any other national legislative body in the world that has ever passed a law that caused almost every one of its schools to be labeled Read more here
September 14, 2011 - The 2011 American School Health Association (ASHA) Conference will be held from October 12-15 in Louisville, KY and will provide the opportunity for education and school health professionals to explore the future of school health. This year's theme will be "Limitless Possibilities: School Health in the New Decade."
President Obama’s “Pay as You Go” proposal to make college more affordable is the top story in the October 2011 edition of School Days, the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal.
(October 5, 2011) The U.S. Department of Education announced today charter school grants totaling $4,792,526 to charter developers for planning, program design, and initial implementation, as well as for dissemination. These Charter School Program Non-state Educational Agency (Non-SEA) grants will assist in expanding the number of high quality charter schools in the nation by providing funding to 23 new, or recently opened, charter schools over the next three years. These grants will also provide Read more here
Arlington, Va., October 20, 2011 - Four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Women in School Leadership Awards were announced at the Association of California School Administrators/AASA Women in School Leadership Forum held in San Diego, CA, on Oct. 20, 2011. Co-sponsored by Farmers Insurance, the award is designed to recognize exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. The award Read more here