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DFER’s achievement gap ‘bull’

There’s nothing like having a little fun with the achievement gap when you can make some money out of it.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 4, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Achievement gap  | Tags:  achievement gap, democrats for education reform, dfer, school reform  
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On this we should agree

A health expert writes that while there isn’t likely to be peace in the education world over charter schools and standardized testing, on this everyone should agree: The need to focus attention on disparities among our youth in education and in health.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 28, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Guest Bloggers, Health, Poverty  | Tags:  achievement gap, anxiety-related behaviors, anxiety-related disorders, effects of poverty, environment and schools, health disparities, indian suicide rates, native american suicide rates, poverty and education, public health services, suicide rates  
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Things I’m sick of hearing

It’s time for school reformers to find new ways to attack their critics. It’s getting tiring hearing the same old refrains, which go something like this.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 26, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Charter schools, Laugh and cry, Michelle Rhee, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  charter schools, data-driven reform, michelle rhee, president obama, school reform, standardized tests, teachers unions  
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How Teach for America sees itself

Here, from the Teach for America website, is a detailed job posting that explains a lot about how the organization sees itself in the world of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Michelle Rhee, Teachers  | Tags:  achievement gap, closing achievement gap, leadership for educational equity, michelle rhee, teach for america, teach for america job posting, teach for america jobs  
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How a teachers' union actually helped kids (not just adults)

You've probably heard a lot about how teacher unions are obstacles to meaningful school reforms, but you probably have NOT heard about this remarkable union-involved success story in California.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Anthony Cody, Guest Bloggers, Standardized Tests, Teachers  | Tags:  academic performance index, achievement gap, api, california schools, california teachers association, qeia, standardized tests, teachers union  
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Willingham: Close to a magic bullet in education

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes about something that he says may come as close to being a magic bullet in education as anything.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 6, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Research  | Tags:  achievement gap, daniel willingham, education research, gender gap, school reform  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Was achievement gap understated?, Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2010
Is progress in Florida schools exaggerated?, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2010
The social cost to academic achievement -- Willingham, Daniel Willingham , November 22, 2010
The Matthew Effect, Plinko, and the achievement gap, Valerie Strauss , November 20, 2010
 
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