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Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brown Center Chalkboard, September 11, 2014 Given the nature of the job, school superintendents are master jugglers.  Even so, implementing new teacher evaluation systems has been a massive challenge for many of them, because of the demands such a system places on principals, the strain it […]

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Elevating the American Education Debate

David Rutkowski and Leslie Rutkowski, Education Week, October 2, 2013 – Educational policy discussions of late have taken a decidedly dichotomous turn: on-off; good-bad; pass-fail; left-right. The all-or-nothing conversations on how to develop a single comparable measure of the quality of American schools seem to have reached a pinnacle. A current favorite among policymakers in Indiana, […]

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27 Minnesota schools shed low-performance labels

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, October 1, 2013 – Just over a year ago, state education officials determined that Sheridan Hills Elementary wasn’t quite cutting it. They didn’t label the Richfield school a failure, but it was implied. “It was absolutely devastating to the teachers here,” Principal Jodi Markworth said. “They give their heart and soul to […]

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Struggling schools in West Duluth, Proctor see success after intervention

Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune, September 29, 2013 – One of the first things you see when you enter Laura MacArthur Elementary School in the heart of West Duluth is a banner proclaiming, “We will be a reward school by 2015.” The high-achieving label is a tall order for the school that in 2012 was lumped […]

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America’s Most Equitable Scores Come From…

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, September 24, 2013 –  …the Department of Defense Education Activity schools! When I started digging into Minnesota’s relative test score gap size, I wanted to pay attention to which jurisdictions had the most equitable results. Overall, there’s one clear standout: the schools operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). […]

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Demographics Divide Parents’ Views of Schools, Poll Finds

Associated Press, Education Week, August 19, 2013 – Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools—from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks—than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll. Overall impressions of the nation’s schools and teachers are […]

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Games People Play in Modern School Reform

Sam Chaltain, Education Week, July 31, 2013 – Last April, near the end of the year I spent observing their classroom for a book I’m writing about school choice in Washington, D.C., I watched the third graders of Bancroft Elementary School run off their lunch on the playground before a final afternoon of preparation for the […]

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Charter Study Uses Wrong Metric for High-Performing

Michael Peterson, Minnesota 2020, July 1, 2013 – In the last few days, the Center for Research on Education Outcome at Stanford University (CREDO), published a report detailing education outcomes for students in charter schools across 27 states (including MN), covering 95% of all students in charter education. The broad results were mixed, aggregating huge numbers of school test results […]

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At St. Paul’s Maxfield Elementary, low ranking masks real transformation

Alleen Brown, Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 09, 2012 – Two conflicting stories are being told about Maxfield Elementary school in St. Paul. Minnesota’s new system for determining which schools are struggling and which are succeeding paints a picture of a school in trouble. Maxfield has been labeled a “priority school,” the lowest ranking in Minnesota’s Multiple Measurement Ranking […]

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Public Schools: Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Malbert Smith III, Jason Turner and Steve Lattanzio, Education Week, October 10, 2012 – This year, Gallup’s Confidence in Institutions survey revealed a disheartening lack of faith in U.S. public schools. The percentage of participants indicating “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public K-12 education fell to an all-time low of around 29 percent—a […]

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