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Gates on Teacher Evaluation

The final report of the Gates Foundation’s $45-million study of teacher evaluation make the case for a comprehensive approach to gauging teacher qualilty. Continue reading

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Past Isn’t Prologue for School Boards

The nation’s emerging educational needs and aspirations require a new and less-influential role for the nation’s 13,600 remaining public school boards. Continue reading

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For Many, High-Touch Trumps High-Tech

Silicon Valley’s Discovery Prep has state-of-the-art technology. It also has unusually engaged teachers and parents. Continue reading

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Character Matters

Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character—resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus—may be the best way to help poor students succeed. Continue reading

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Charter Schools and Special Education

We need to think abouat charter schools as part of a larger system of public education, not merely as competitors to traditional public schools. Continue reading

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The Shifting Rhetoric of School Reform

There’s a new rhetoric of reform from education entrepreneurs now working inside public school systems Continue reading

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Common Core Standards: Putting Students First

Critics of the Common Core State Standards are putting put adult interests ahead of students’ Continue reading

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Tackling the College Remedial Education Crisis

A network of community colleges and universities is rethinking remedial math, and achieving impressive early results Continue reading

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What’s the Best Way to Evaluate Teachers?

How school systems should respond to demands for new teacher evaluation systems Continue reading

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Waiving Good-bye to Accountability?

Federal policymakers need to give states incentives to raise standards, not lower them Continue reading

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