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The Answer Sheet: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Do we need another hero?

Does education reform really need more heroes?

By Valerie Strauss  | July 31, 2010; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  ed week, guest bloggers, jay mathews, lean on me, michelle rhee, school reform, sousa middle school  
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Obama, education, Snooki, civil rights and Bryan Bass

It's hard to make sense out of what happened in the world of education this week. But let's try.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Equity, Race to the Top  | Tags:  al sharpton, arne duncan and urban league, civil rights leaders and obama, obama and snooki, obama and urban league, obama mentions snooki, obama's education speech, obama's speech to urban league, snooki, snooki and jersey shore, urban league convention  
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Study: Error rates high when student test scores used to evaluate teachers

I don’t understand all of a new statistical study about error rates when student test scores are used to evaluate teachers and schools, but I do get this: The rates are so high that they should give pause to even the most ardent admirers of such evaluation systems.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 29, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Research, Teachers  | Tags:  error rates and value-added, evaluating teachers, high-stakes decisions and teacher evaluation, mathematica study, teacher evaluation, value-added measures  
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Were some D.C. teachers fired based on flawed calculations?

A professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, argues that D.C. Public Schools botched the calculations that were used to decide to fire some of the 241 teachers let go last week.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 28, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Teachers  | Tags:  DC CAS, IMPACT evaluation system, d.c. public schools and teachers, d.c. schools, d.c. teachers fired, how rhee fired teachers, rhee and d.c. and fire and teachers, rhee fires teachers, value added and teachers, why rhee fired teachers  
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New analysis blasts Obama’s school turnaround policy -- and tells how to fix it

The Obama administration’s approach to improving the country's most troubled schools are nothing more than a toughened version of largely unsuccessful strategies concocted under president Bush and should be replaced with a flexible system that involves parents and communities, according to a new report that includes a list of more than 2,000 targeted schools and a demographic analysis.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 28, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Equity, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  civil rights leaders and education, duncan and urban league, education framework, how to turnaround schools, no child left behind, no child left behind and school turnaround models, obama and urban league, report on school turnaround, school transformation models, school turnaround models  
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Duncan being too 'modest'

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was being too modest when he said today in a speech at the National Press Club that the Obama administration is playing a “modest role” in sparking a “quiet” revolution in education.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 27, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Equity, Race to the Top  | Tags:  duncan and finalists, duncan and race to the top, duncan names race to the top finalists, race finalists, race to the top, race to the top and round 2, race to the top finalists, round 2 finalists and race to the top, rttt finalists  
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Duncan and education’s “quiet revolution”

Some things speak for themselves. That includes this blogpost on the Education Department’s website about a major speech Secretary Arne Duncan is giving today. The post talks about a “quiet revolution” in education now sweeping the country, one in which...

By Valerie Strauss  | July 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Race to the Top  | Tags:  duncan anounces race to the top finalists, duncan speech, quiet revolution and education, race to the top finalists, rttt finalists  
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Good, bad news on U.S. children

Even before the U.S. economic turndown began in the late 1990s, the child poverty rate had increased in this decade, affecting nearly one-fifth of American kids, according to a new report on the well-being of American kids.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 27, 2010; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health  | Tags:  casey foundation report, child health indicators, kids count  
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Civil rights groups skewer Obama education policy (updated)

It is most politely written, but a 17-page framework for education reform being released today by a coalition of civil rights groups amounts to a thrashing of President Obama’s education policies and it offers a prescription for how to set things right.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 26, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Charter schools, Education Secretary Duncan, Equity, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top  | Tags:  civil rights and duncan, civil rights leaders and education, duncan and urban league, framework for education and civil rights groups, framework for providing all students an opportunity to learn, obama and urban league, obama speaks to urban league, the urban league, urban league convention  
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Willingham: What’s missing from national standards plan (Part 1)

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham analyzes whether the Common Core standards for math and English language arts are likely to improve schooling over the next decade.

By Valerie Strauss  | July 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, National Standards  | Tags:  analysis and common core standareds, common core standards, criticism and common core standards, daniel willingham, national standards, no child left behind and legacy, what's missing from common core standards  
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