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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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The "three great teachers in a row" myth

It's time to stop the constant recitation that the achievement gap could be closed if all students had three, or four, or five great teachers in a row. Here's a history of the myth.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 25, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Congress, Diane Ravitch, Research, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  center for american progress, diane ravitch, education trust, standardized tests, teacher evaluation, teachers  
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The irony of Obama’s ‘help’ for Wisconsin teachers

President Obama’s support to Wisconsin's protesting teachers is ironic, given that teachers and their collective bargaining rights have already been undermined by his education reform policies.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 21, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  collective bargaining, gov. scott walker, labor, labor movement, madison schools, madison schools closed, madison teachers, wisconsin, wisconsin governor, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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How can we fairly assess teachers, students, schools?

Here's a discussion about education evaluation systems that don't obsess on standardized test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 8, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Anthony Cody, Guest Bloggers, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  evauation systems, lesson study, national board certification, standardized tests, student assessment, teacher assessment, teacher qualifications  
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New study: How L.A. Times teachers data is flawed

Nobody should be surprised about a new study that finds big flaws with last year’s Los Angeles Times project in which it used “value added” methods to rate the effectiveness of more than 6,000 teachers. But feel free to be annoyed.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 7, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Research, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  l.a. times, latimes, los angeles times, los angeles times teachers, rand corp., rating schools, rating teachers, teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluation, teacher ratings, teachers, teachers database, value added, value added methods, value added models  
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Ronald Reagan's impact on education today

In the category of "the more things change the more they stay the same," it is interesting to look back at Ronald Reagan's education views on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The issues that were controversial back then -- merit pay, standardized testing, vouchers -- remain so today.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 6, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  History, School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  merit pay, reagan, reagan 100, reagan administration, reagan birthday, reagan commemoration, reagan policy, ronald reagan, ronald reagan education, ronald reagan policy, ronald reagan views, standardized testing, vouchers  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The VIVA Project: What teachers told Duncan , Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2011
Teachers and nanny cams: Compliance vs. trust, Valerie Strauss , January 25, 2011
Say it isn’t so on IMPACT, Mayor Gray , Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2011
Is Rhee's key D.C. reform being tossed?, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2011
Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way), Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2011
The biggest flaw in Gates value-added study, Valerie Strauss , January 14, 2011
The "bad teacher" bogeyman and its consequences, Valerie Strauss , January 3, 2011
A Felliniesque education story, Valerie Strauss , December 13, 2010
Why teaching experience really matters, Valerie Strauss , November 20, 2010
What’s wrong with releasing names and scores?, Valerie Strauss , November 12, 2010
The peculiar ‘ovation’ for D.C. teachers , Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
Is D.C.'s teacher evaluation system rigged?, Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
What Rhee's successor should do first, Valerie Strauss , October 29, 2010
The real effect of teachers union contracts, Valerie Strauss , October 25, 2010
Building teacher accountability from the ground up, Valerie Strauss , October 23, 2010
Threats to school reform ... are within school reform, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
'Manifesto' should be resignation letter, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Using 'School Quality Reviews' to improve schools, Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
The nutty demonization of Randi Weingarten, Valerie Strauss , October 5, 2010
What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point, Valerie Strauss , September 27, 2010
Will Rhee be a footnote in school reform history?, Valerie Strauss , September 26, 2010
Teacher: What my evaluation must include, Valerie Strauss , September 19, 2010
About that Time magazine education poll, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform", Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2010
How much power should we give to ed data?, Valerie Strauss , September 2, 2010
Study blasts popular teacher evaluation method, Valerie Strauss , August 29, 2010
The best kind of teacher evaluation, Valerie Strauss , August 17, 2010
The problem with how Rhee fired teachers, Valerie Strauss , July 23, 2010
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