- Higher Education
- K-12 Education
Just hours ago, the latest round of data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) was released to great fanfare. Under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA has been assessing 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science every three years since 2000. This year over 60 “education systems,” almost all of them countries, participatContinue Reading »
The 2013 NAEP results—to some, “the nation’s report card”— came out earlier this month. These state-by-state test scores signal good news: student performance nationally and in most states continues to improve on balance, if only slightly. The District of the Columbia’s trend line is particularly heartening. Along with Tennessee, D.C. Public Schools made the largest student performance gains inContinue Reading »
The STEM achievement gap between U.S. students and students in other industrialized countries, such as Singapore, is inciting national policy discussions. And now a National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) study offers a new way to see if our public schools are making progress toward a STEM-literate society.
The recent study linked the National Assessment of Educational ProgressContinue Reading »
Editor’s Note: Recently, six well-known AIR thought leaders including George Bohrnstedt, Beatrice Birman, David Osher, Jennifer O’Day, Terry Salinger, and Jane Hannaway posted blogs on the AIR website about A Nation at Risk. Gary Phillips, AIR Vice President and AIR Institute Fellow, joins these thinkers with his blog, “Why Local Educators Haven’t Heeded the Warnings in A Nation at Risk,”Continue Reading »
In 2009, just as teacher evaluation became a federal policy focus, the District of Columbia Public Schools launched its new teacher evaluation system. The IMPACT system exemplifies the use of “multiple measures” of teacher performance as a basis for personnel decisions such as teacher compensation and dismissal. A new study by Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff asserts that some of IMPACT’s “carrots Continue Reading »
Where a student goes to high school matters in the transition to college—a lot.
Imagine three young women about to graduate from their neighborhood public high schools—Amanda is graduating from a school in an affluent community, Sally from a working class high school, and Vivian from a school in a poor urban neighborhood. All three have studied the same core subjects, all have grade poinContinue Reading »
On the face of it, you wouldn’t think evaluating teachers would be a terribly emotional issue. After all, professionalism implies evaluation and transparency on a regular and consistent basis. Doctors answer to tissue committees and lawyers are scrutinized by their colleagues daily. Why is teacher evaluation so fraught with emotion?
Recent surveys indicate that teachers feel under siege.Continue Reading »
Chad Aldeman’s most recent blog raises some fundamental issues about what we mean by accountability. Do we compare schools against some established academic standards or do we compare them against each other? Is academic proficiency absolute or relative?
While I have reservations about our current testing regime, I have to say that grading on the curve may make sense for courses that areContinue Reading »
Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing the education law that’s commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In it, he called for changing the way schools are identified for improvement from the criteria-referenced system that NCLB uses, where states set an objective “proficiency” benchmark and hold accountable all schools that fail to meet it, to Continue Reading »
In matters of style, swim with current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Should where a student lives influence his or her chances of upward mobility? Most of us would say no. But here are some sobering facts.
According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard and the University of California at BeContinue Reading »