Category Archives: Policy and Analysis

What Students Want Us to Know

In all our talk about education reform, why don’t we listen to the group who is most affected by our actions: the students? Many schools administer surveys to various stakeholders, including students, on a sporadic basis in response to state or … Continue reading

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College isn’t for Everyone

Over the past decade or more, policy makers and educators have focused intensely on college readiness programs at the high school level.  A well-educated student is one who has mastered the skills necessary to be successful at the college level, … Continue reading

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Developing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems

With many states passing merit-pay laws, it is imperative that we find a good method to evaluate educators effectively. A new report from The Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., says a way to accurately judge student … Continue reading

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How Do Principals Model Good Instruction?

In my first year as an assistant principal, I evaluated some 25 non-tenured teachers.  One math instructor in particular was struggling.  I monitored her classroom closely as I  began to hear complaints from students, then other teachers, and finally from parents.  … Continue reading

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Group Opposes Common Curriculum

The debate over a common, national curriculum with corresponding assessments continues.  A group led by critics of the new common academic standards recently issued a manifesto arguing against development of common academic standards.  The document, Closing the Door on Innovation: … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Excuses in Public Schools

I fear that an excuse culture permeates many of our schools.  Those of us in education find it easy to excuse low performance because of certain contextual factors, especially the low socio-economic status of students.  Schools and teachers really can’t be … Continue reading

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How Specific Should the National Curriculum Be?

After being away from the blogoshpere for a few weeks, I weigh in on what I believe to be a critical issue in the world of education: the call for a national curriculum derived from common standards. Determining how national … Continue reading

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