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”

The First School District to Put Itself Out of Business

Published by EducationNews.org — Nowhere in America has a school system leaped forward so fast.  Apparently, it takes a hurricane to inspire that much responsiveness to kids. In 2003, Louisiana’s state department of education created the Recovery School District (RSD).  New Orleans’s schools were among the worst in the country, so the state asked the RSDContinue reading “The First School District to Put Itself Out of Business”

A Struggling Urban School District Turns to Charters for Help

Published By EducationNews.org — In an unusual move, the Providence School District invites charters in to pitch their strategies. The windowless basement meeting room buzzed with excited, nervous chatter.  Rival schools were about to sit down to get to know one another, rather intimately. Nine schools in the Providence School District have agreed to consider converting to charterContinue reading “A Struggling Urban School District Turns to Charters for Help”

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”