ESEA saga. Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) hosted the hearing they promised Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., last month during the mark-up of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA). In all, 10 witnesses, including one teacher and one lead teacher (the others were administrators, state leaders, or outside experts), provided testimony during the two-hour session. Besides committee leaders Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the other senators in attendance were Paul; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; and Mike Bennet, D-Colo. Discussion primarily centered on testing requirements, accountability, and highly qualified provisions for teachers. Harkin said the record will remain open for 10 days to allow for further testimony. (Enzi said at the start of the hearing that they had already received testimony from more than 70 witnesses). Then, the bill will move to the Senate floor … maybe. (Education Week)
To stay entertained … Tweeters following the #ESEA hearing tweeted conversation within the Dirksen Senate Office walls, but also among each other. The best? arotherham: Fun education parlor game: Pick a NCLB quote and guess who said it? @SenRandPaul or @dianeravitch ? #esea
Defining college- and career-ready. Many of the witnesses at today’s ESEA hearing praised the college- and career-ready standards included in the committee’s bill reauthorization, but few said more than that. Education Sector’s Anne Hyslop does. Today, she released “Data That Matters: Giving High Schools Useful Feedback on Grads’ Outcomes,” which outlines four T’s for effective college readiness reports: transparent, thorough, timely, and tailored.
Cheating teachers. Howard Blume talks to California educators who (anonymously) say they felt pressured to cheat because of increased accountability and a stronger focus on student achievement. The same story was told in Atlanta during its cheating scandal, but to what extent does this argument hold up? “To say … that teachers feel they have to cheat is to take away their moral agency and their professionalism along with it,” Education Sector’s Kevin Carey wrote in this blog post. (Los Angeles Times)