• Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit
    Our aim is to bring together rural educators, administrators, policymakers, and other stakeholders for two days of engaging sessions to highlight best practices and influence regional and national policy.
  • Chester Finn on the Value of Good Testing
    At the “macro” level, tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress don’t tell us anything about individual students or schools but are enormously informative about how entire states and populations within them are performing. Similar “sample-based” tests reveal how the United States is doing vis-à-vis other countries. hey can’t tell us much about creativity or motivation, about character or leadership, about honesty or kindness. And even the most sophisticated tests aren’t great for gauging whether a student has learned to do research, conduct experiments, compose a poem, or write a coherent essay.
  • When Budget Cuts Necessitate Class Size Increases
    The economic downturn across the country has a lot of people talking about class size reduction. By and large, people are saying bigger classes would be a calamity for public schools. These discussions, while ever-tinged by politics, ignore both basic facts and research evidence. If one carefully culls the research literature, it is possible to find studies that conclude that achievement will improve with smaller classes.
  • Statistics on Education and Why Educating Our People is Paramount to Overcoming Poverty
    Grover Whitehurst states that “Good education outcomes for students depend on good teachers… teachers vary substantially in effectiveness.” He goes on to offer insight on how best we can change these outcomes from better or more meaningful teacher evaluations to changing requirements for tenure to creating online curricula to reach more students outside of the traditional educational facilities that target or mirror the dramatic changes that have occurred in our global environment and would make our graduates more competitive in that arena.
  • White House promises internships to 3 Booker T. Washington High School grads
    The three Booker T. Washington graduates who spoke at their now-famous commencement have been promised White House internships.
  • Some Middle TN schools to see bigger classes
    Some Middle Tennessee students will return to school this fall to find slightly larger classes, fewer choices of electives and the same teacher handling two subjects. It’s fallout from the loss of federal stimulus funding that shored up education budgets for the past two school years — $30 million in Metro Nashville alone — but has expired. Class sizes in Metro are expected to inch closer to the state maximum: 20 students per teacher in grades K-3, 25 students per teacher in grades 4-6 and 30 students per teacher for the rest.
  • Toward Less Fed in Your Ed
    Particularly at issue in this latest round of recriminations is Uncle Sam’s role in all of this. Are we witnessing a federal takeover of our schools? A push for a federally controlled national curriculum for all public schools? 

    Some of these concerns are not entirely unfounded.

  • Report slams heavy focus on school testing
    Mr. Hout said new legislation should let schools administer two separate tests: one designed solely to see what students know and another to measure a school’s educational quality. The latter, he said, would be a “low-stakes” test for the students, meaning they wouldn’t be penalized for doing poorly. Instead, the information would be used to determine whether a school’s standards are adequate.
  • Punish Me? I Didn’t Do Anything—and Johnny’s Guilty, Too!
    he national-standards drive is absolutely not “state led and voluntary,” and by all indications this is totally intentional. Federal arm-twisting hasn’t just been the result of ”unforced errors,” as Petrilli suggests, but is part of a conscious strategy.
  • BAEO – Black Alliance for Educational Options
    The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (Louisiana BAEO) said that with demand for scholarships at an all-time high, the state should seriously consider expanding the New Orleans Scholarship Program (also referred to as the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence program) within New Orleans and across the state. Slashing or eliminating the program would effectively turn back the clock on education reform in Louisiana, BAEO officials said today.

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