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The Answer Sheet: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

As he heads to college, a freshman looks back

A University of Virginia freshman from Fairfax County looks back as he heads today to start his life in college.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 21, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Life, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  a charmed life, adam turay, college clases, college freshmen, new school year  
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Where’s the rigor in U.S. schools?

The release of new ACT results shows that much of what U.S. schools offer is “rigorous” in name only.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 20, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Curriculum, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  a nation at risk, academic rigor, common standards, curriculum and schools, hechinger report, justin snider, national standards, standards and curriculum  
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A federal focus on high schools is long overdue

Two Alliance for Excellent Education officials argue that the federal government has concentrated too little on high schools for years, not too much.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 19, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, High School  | Tags:  alliance for excellent education, high schools, school improvement grants  
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Russo: The willy-nilly nature of teacher layoffs

Alexander Russo writes about the case of a highly certified, tenured teacher who is being laid off.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  alexander russo, chicago schools, little village high school, teachers and layoffs  
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Should Rhee stay or go?

Educator Sam Chaltain looks at the pros and cons of Rhee staying as D.C. schools chief as a decisive election approaches.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Guest Bloggers, Sam Chaltain  | Tags:  d.c. election, d.c. schools, michelle rhee, rhee and d.c. schools, rhee and fenty, sam chaltain  
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The problem with abolishing the 'D'

A teacher questions the wisdom of a decision by a New York school district to abolish the "D" grade.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 18, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Grades, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  abolishing the D, grades, grading students, how to grade students, joe bower, mount olive schools  
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Willingham: Big questions about the LA Times teachers project

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explains why using value-added measures to judge the effectiveness of a teacher is a mistake, and says that the Los Angeles Times writers who helped evaluate more than 6,000 teachers in this fashion, "are either uniformed or disingenuous about the status of the value-added measures."

By Valerie Strauss  | August 17, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  daniel willingham, la times story, la times story on teachers, los angeles times and teachers, research and value added, teacher evaluation, value added evaluation, value added measures  
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The best kind of teacher evaluation

Teacher Larry Ferlazzo describes how he is evaluated at the Sacramento high school where he teaches. It is in stark contrast to the way The Los Angeles Times evaluated more than 6,000 teachers in a Sunday story that used student test scores to decide whether a teacher is any good.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  factors in teacher evaluation, how to evaluate teachers, la times story and teachers, larry ferlazzo, los angeles times story, multiple measures in evaluation, teacher evaluation  
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Willingham: Can reformers control their own reforms?

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, looking at Paul Peterson's book "Saving Schools," writes about education reformers and the problem they have historically encountered in keeping control of the reforms they launch. How this pattern will affect the Common Core standards is a big question, he says.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, National Standards  | Tags:  common core standards, daniel willingham, national standards, paul peterson, paul peterson's book, saving schools, school reform  
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The problem with favoring high schools in turnaround grant program

The Obama administration has doled out a disproportionate amount of school turnaround funds to high schools, even though no one knows exactly how to improve them.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 16, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  Tier 1, Tier 2, obama and education policies, obama and school reform, school improvement grants, school turnaround grants, school turnarounds  
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