Nov 23, 2013

A Good Long Read on Assessment and Accountability

Although it clocks in at 40+ pages, this is a worthwhile and relatively fast read for anyone in education policy on the future of assessment if we’re serious about college and career readiness. There is a ton to unpack, with a fair amount it agree with and a lot ...

Nov 21, 2013

Bilingual Education at Providence Public Schools

“We are trying to work towards late-exit ELL programs so (students) can learn the concepts in (their) native language,” Lusi said. Administrative goals have recently shifted to a focus on proficiency in both languages because bilingual education is preferred, she added.

But instituting district-wide bilingual education would require funding to ...

Nov 20, 2013

DeBlasio: Weak on Implementation

De Blasio and his advisers are still figuring out how much rent to charge well-funded charter schools, his transition team told me. “It would depend on the resources of the charter school or charter network,” he told WNYC, in early October. “Some are clearly very, very well resourced and have ...

Nov 19, 2013

More evidence for “mere facts”

To recap, the first study discussed above established that children from disadvantaged backgrounds know less about a topic (i.e., birds) than their middle-class peers. Next, in study two, the researchers showed that differences in domain knowledge influenced children’s ability to understand words out of context, and to comprehend ...

Nov 19, 2013

The four ways to really fix education

  1. More schooling, reoriented calendar
  2. Wider range of higher education
  3. Cheaper four-year degrees
  4. Eliminate property tax-based public education

This is an interesting list. I don’t agree with number four. There are several benefits to using property taxes not the least of which is their stability and lagged response during traditional ...