• Race to the Top Receives More Funding in Six-Month Spending Deal
    Race to the Top, President Obama’s signature education program, has been spared in the race to cut spending. As part of the new six-month spending deal, the program will receive $700 million in new funding, according to details released by House Republicans early this morning.
  • Going online to avoid violence
    Experts say one factor fueling the growth of virtual learning is parents’ desire to get their children out of dangerous schools, particularly in urban centers.
  • A look at the controversial value-added system
    Among the concerns surrounding the plan is the fact that value-added data is currently only available for teachers whose students take standardized tests, a problem for which no concrete solution has yet been proposed by Knox County school system officials.
  • Bill would ease way for Tennessee charter schools
    What we wanted to do is create Tennessee as an attractive environment for the best charter school operators. The bill also allows the Achievement School District, the arm of the state Department of Education designed to take over failing schools and systems, to turn failed schools into charter schools or open charter schools in the same district.
  • Moskowitz and Rhee on the Supreme Court decision
    Michelle underscored Eva’s point about the urgent need for each child to get the best education, even while we work towards long-term efforts to improve all schools. As she said, telling a needy parent to wait five years isn’t going to help her child.
  • School officials celebrate system progress under federal guidelines
    Jackson-Madison County Schools earned No Child Left Behind Good Standing Status for the first time in the 10-year history of the accountability system.
  • Experts See Hurdles Ahead for Common Core Tests
    The consortia are “betting heavily” that emerging technology will help them create tests that can balance accountability on multiple levels—from annual student achievement reporting to ancillary data used to evaluate programs and curricula—with formative test information to help teachers tweak instruction for different students throughout the year.
  • Elementary School Math Curricula Study: First and Second Graders
    Achievement Effects of Four Early Elementary School Math Curricula—A study that examines the relative effectiveness of four early elementary school math curricula. For first-graders, the authors found no statistically significant differences in student math achievement among the curricula after adjusting results for multiple curricula comparisons within the same analysis. For second-graders, after taking multiple curricula comparisons into account, second-grade students attending Saxon Math schools scored higher than students attending Scott Foresman-Additon Wesley Mathematics schools. The difference was roughly equivalent to moving a student from the 50th to the 57th percentile in math achievement. The WWC rated the research described in this report as meets WWC evidence standards.
  • Stop Throwing Students Under The Bus – Connecticut’s Conservative Capitalist
    If the parents of these students were given the choice and resources to send their children to better schools would they do it?They probably would.If this school had to compete for students much the same way businesses compete for customers, would the current abysmal conditions and performance improve?They probably would.And finally, would the students benefit from both outcomes?They definitely would!

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