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The Answer Sheet Archive: Accountability

Defending Arne Duncan, sort of

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting bashed by critics and even supporters for telling Congress that 82 percent of public schools could be at risk of failing to meet education goals this year, up from 37 percent last year.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 10, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Accountability, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top  | Tags:  education secretary arne duncan; arne duncan; nclb; no child left behind; 82 percent; ayp; adequate yearly progress; 82 percent and ayp;  
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2 false claims that drive school reform

"Accountability" and "merit" are compelling concepts, especially when we are talking about adults who are charged with educating our children. But the concepts have been misused in school reform, writes an educator.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 27, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Accountability, Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Performance pay, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  accountability movement, charter schools, geoffrey canada, merit pay, michelle rhee, performance pay, school choice, teacher pay, teachers, waiting for superman  
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New report on educational productivity: a waste of resources?

It's hard to argue with the general notion in a new report about educational productivity released today that says -- are you surprised -- that we waste a lot of money. But beyond that, I'm trying to figure out what else of value the report offers. Help.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Accountability, Research  | Tags:  center for american progress, education, educational productivity, educational research, productivity, research and education  
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Where education reform is heading: From extreme to extremum

If you want to understand where public education reform is heading, look south and east to Florida, where the governor-elect, Rick Scott, is talking about a new funding student formula that is more likely to destroy the public school system than accomplish anything else.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 14, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Accountability, Charter schools, Vouchers  | Tags:  florida schools, jeb bush, opportunity scholarships, private schools, public education system, public schools, rick scott, school choice movement, school funding formula, universal voucher program, universal vouchers, vouchers  
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When teachers are their own worst enemies

An educator/author argues that teachers, however unwittingly, helped create the accountability movement that is now "choking" them.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 5, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Accountability, Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  accountability movement, california standards test, common core standards, common standards, criterion-based tests, public schools, school reform, standardized test, standards movement, teachers  
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Is progress in Florida schools exaggerated?

Florida’s public school system is frequently held up as an exemplary example of how specific school reforms -- vouchers, charter schools, on-line schooling, high-stakes standardized tests, etc. -- can improve student achievement. But things aren't always what they seem.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 2, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Accountability, Achievement gap, Research  | Tags:  achievement gap, charter schools, florida, florida's schools, jeb bush, school reform, vouchers  
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