In the News: Education Department Proposes Rules for Judging Schools by Education Next

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations spelling out what states need to do to comply with the accountability provisions of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. As Emma Brown explains in the Washington Post, The law requires states to continue administering standardized math and ...

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VAMboozled!: Special Issue of “Educational Researcher” (Paper #8 of 9, Part I): A More Research-Based Assessment of VAMs’ Potentials

VAMboozled!: Special Issue of “Educational Researcher” (Paper #8 of 9, Part I): A More Research-Based Assessment of VAMs’ Potentials Recall that the peer-reviewed journal Educational Researcher (ER) – published a “Special Issue” including nine articles examining value-added measures (VAMs). I have reviewed the next of ...

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Charter Schools: Where They Work, Where They Don’t by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Supporting charter schools requires tough love. It isn’t enough to create them and let kids attend them. They also need to be run with integrity; their books need to balance; their pupils must be safe; and above all, their academic achievement has to be strong, especially when gauged by student growth. Some of America’s highest-achieving ...

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EduShyster: Helping Children Succeed (Will Require Doing Pretty Much the Opposite of Just About Everything We’re Doing Now)

EduShyster: Helping Children Succeed (Will Require Doing Pretty Much the Opposite of Just About Everything We’re Doing Now) I talk to Paul Tough about his new book, which you should really read even if the whole *grit* thing drives you bonkers….EduShyster: Your new book is subtitled *What Works and Why.* But if I may, I’d like ...

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