Why the Every Student Succeeds Act Will Never Work

Published by EducationNews.org — Can we really expect education to improve while the mental health of the students continues to deteriorate? Given the battlefield that is our current Congress, congratulations to them are in order for agreeing on anything.  Together, miraculously, they revamped the old 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  NCLB was loathed from the get-go. Continue reading “Why the Every Student Succeeds Act Will Never Work”

A Punitive Mindset Ruins Good Testing Data

Published by EducationNews.org — Standardized tests are fantastically useful.  But schools can’t be harangued, threatened or sanctioned into improvement. The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our standardized achievement testing, but in what we do with said testing.  Achievement data are fantastically useful.  These days virtually every industry collects and analyses the best information available to make smartContinue reading “A Punitive Mindset Ruins Good Testing Data”

2014, When All Kids’ Performance Were Supposed To Be Equal

Published by EducationNews.org — I wish America could see how mean it is to its kids. In January 2002, the worker bees were settling into their jobs at the Rhode Island Department of Education after the Christmas break.  I was sniffing around for stories and ran into Dr. Dennis Cheek, the head of research, who wasContinue reading “2014, When All Kids’ Performance Were Supposed To Be Equal”

Persistently Low-Performing Schools Need More Options from the Feds

Published by EducationNews.org — Obama and Duncan’s four turnaround models for failing schools are a step in the right direction, but they comfort the status quo. In 2009, the Obama/Duncan administration announced that they would spend serious money and attention redeeming the 5,000 worst schools in the nation. To my mind, this has been theirContinue reading “Persistently Low-Performing Schools Need More Options from the Feds”

Ron Wolk, How Education Resources Waste Minds

Published by EducationNews.org — Ron Wolk book is about how our education system is outdated, mismanaged, and how we might start getting it right. Now in his 80s, Ron Wolk has no patience for mincing words. So Wolk, the founder and original editor of Education Week, wrote Wasting Minds – Why our education system isContinue reading “Ron Wolk, How Education Resources Waste Minds”