Accountability

The campaign to hold schools, colleges, and the educators in them responsible for student learning

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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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A New Era in the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

The Obama administration encouraged more robust ways of assessing which educators were doing a good job. Will its legacy last? Continue reading

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Rethinking the Carnegie Unit

By stressing the amount of time students spend in the classroom rather than their mastery of subjects, the Carnegie Unit masks the quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools and colleges. But alternatives aren’t simple. Continue reading

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The Importance of Common Core Standards to Disadvantaged Students

The opposition the Common Core is about adult issues, not what’s best for students, especially disadvantaged students, who traditionally haven’t been taught anything resembling the Common Core in public education. 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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An Epidemic of Test Cheating–Two Decades Ago

Cheating on standardized tests is nothing new. Continue reading

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The Unfinished Agenda of the No Child Left Behind Act

A decade after the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, we’re still a long way from providing all students with a rigorous education. Continue reading

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Bring the Concept of Value to Higher Education

A major contributing factor to the skyrocketing cost of college is the virtual absence of the concept of value in the higher education marketplace. Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers

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The Fallacy of ‘Local Control’ in Public Education

The infrastructure constructed over the past three decades to promote a national vision of excellence and equity in public education is in danger of being swept away.
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