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This is the second of two blog posts about two new studies from AIR researchers and collaborators on the use of classroom observations for teacher evaluation.
Most press coverage about new teacher evaluation systems focuses on student growth (or value-added) measures based on student test scores. But even in districts that use such measures, a teacher’s performance appraisal still depenContinue Reading »
This is the first of two blog posts about two new studies from AIR researchers and collaborators on the use of classroom observations for teacher evaluation.
Anyone who has spent time looking in on a classroom knows how much a visitor can learn about the teacher and the class. It provides an opportunity to see the teacher in action, and appreciate the skills needed to work with his or heContinue Reading »
Last month, new reports from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) presented two views of performance among 12th graders. The first, released May 7, shows a sharp contrast in the percentage of seniors judged proficient or advanced in reading and math. At grade 8, the percentage is virtually the same for both subject areas, but by 12th grade, many more students failed to hit theContinue Reading »
On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released the results of the most recent assessment of the reading and math skills of America’s high school seniors. Depressing reading.
The bottom line is that America’s high school seniors are not doing at all well. This distressingly low level of performance has not changed in the last four years (and probably for far longer than thatContinue Reading »
A recent ACT report, The Condition of STEM 2013, offers new perspectives on the achievement gap between White and Asian students and their African-American, Hispanic, and Native American peers.
The report looks at ACT test results for the 2013 graduating class, in particular at students who said they were interested in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and the relatContinue Reading »
Americans are drawn to those moments in history when they stood up for something big and important. The 50th anniversary of the Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty is one of those moments.
In his 1964 State of the Union Address, President Johnson launched the War on Poverty, beginning with these words: “I will be brief, for our time is necessarily short and our agenda is already long.” ThosContinue Reading »
Compared to students from other industrialized countries, American students are, at best, average. Last week the US Department of Education published “First Look at PISA 2012,” sounding the alarm bells. Our 15-year-olds are slowly but surely falling behind 15-year-olds from countries where educational rigor is the standard. For instance, the average score on the mathematics literacy scale is 48Continue Reading »
Fairness is a core American value. Last week, President Obama spoke eloquently about fairness and why it matters if all Americans are to realize their dreams of decent lives for themselves and their children.
President Obama talked about growing our economy faster and linked this goal to empowering “more Americans with the skills and education they need to compete in a highly competitiveContinue Reading »
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 »