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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Child poverty is our national family secret. According to a recent ETS study by Richard Coley and Bruce Baker, among the economically advanced countries only Romania has a higher percentage of children living in poverty than the United States.
Twenty-three percent of American children live in poverty. One and a half million children live in extreme poverty, getting by on $2 or less per pContinue Reading »
Common sense tells us that the Common Core State Standards are good for students. Higher standards for all are a good thing. What American would not get that?
Apparently a lot. The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward public schools indicates that two out of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core. Some in the media believe this is the resContinue Reading »
Yesterday, the Obama administration approved Pennsylvania’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) flexibility request, making the grand total of states with approved waivers 41 plus D.C.
In a recent Education Sector report, John Chubb and I take a look at state performance on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) since NCLB was enacted. We use those resultsContinue Reading »
Sometimes we forget. We forget that education is more than a set of institutions—it is also a path. Individuals and societies that take the path of education arrive at productive and dynamic destinations. Done well, many paths converge and become collective bridges to the future.
Today in Egypt and in many other parts of the world, there is a crying need to build paths to the future. EduContinue Reading »