Standards & Accountability

How New York City’s value-added model compares to what other districts, states are doing

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at Teachers College. (Photo by Davin McHenry) New York City schools erupted in controversy last week when the…

When charter schools fail, what happens to the kids?

Terri Griffin made herself a promise when her youngest daughter was ready for kindergarten: the little girl would never set foot in an Akron public school. Griffin, an Akron jewelry…

‘Shut up and teach’: The high stakes of teacher voice

I remember the moment I stopped resenting the deduction in my paychecks that went to my union. It took me three years, and happened suddenly. Eric Shieh…

Report: Miami district needs to improve teacher evaluations

Ponce de Leon Middle School math teacher Phyllis Bellinger talks instructs (left to right) Denis Pacheco, Isabel Canizares, Jamie Brown and Javier Martinez. (Al Diaz / Miami Herald…

How to measure teacher effectiveness fairly?

In the age of accountability, measuring teacher effectiveness has become king. But it’s not enough merely to measure effectiveness, according to many leading thinkers and policymakers; personnel…

NCLB waiver plans offer hodgepodge of grading systems

Education Week States seeking waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act are hoping to replace what is widely considered an outdated, but consistent, school accountability regime with a…

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In some U.S. schools, librarians are no longer saying, “Shh!”

Buffy Hamilton speaking at a conference on digital media and education in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) Buffy Hamilton, who calls herself “The Unquiet Librarian,” holds the…

For-profit teacher certification booming in Texas

Jeff Arrington in his disaster-response high school class in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Allison Smith/The Texas Tribune) DENTON, Texas — One afternoon in mid-November, Jeff Arrington scattered…

Should value-added teacher ratings be adjusted for poverty?

In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher ratings to fire teachers, teacher-union president Nathan Saunders likes to point to the following…

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