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The goal: 25,000 new teachers

Kris Berggren, Session Weekly, January 27, 2011 – While the debate over education reform has swirled around alternative paths to teacher licensure and last year’s stymied application for federal Race to the Top funds, a quiet movement has been brewing that could significantly change how teachers are trained. The Bush Foundation has committed $40 million […]

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New ways to assess teachers unfolding

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, January 23, 2011 – More scrutiny — and more support — is catching on A band of watchful adults descended on Rachel Hansen’s seventh-grade math class in South St. Paul this month. Butch Moening, the secondary principal, scanned students’ faces for the glow of understanding. He peered at homework over their […]

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Study questions seniority-based teacher layoffs

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press (Minnesota Public Radio), December 23, 2010 – SEATTLE (AP) – A study of Washington state teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on which teachers have the least seniority has a significant impact on students’ ability to learn, adding to a growing chorus calling for schools to take a […]

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States that lost federal education contest wondering whether to take up proposed changes

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press (Star Tribune), December 05, 2010 – DENVER – It’s like buying a fancy dress but having no date to the prom — dozens of states that crafted new education policies to compete for a share of the $3.4 billion “Race to the Top” school reform grant prizes were shut out. Now, […]

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Why all the fuss over value-added teacher data?

Barbara Stewart, The Hechinger Report (MinnPost), October 27, 2010 – Good teachers matter and — as in every other profession — some are better than others. Researchers have even found that the very best teachers can help students overcome many of the effects of poverty and catch up to or surpass their more privileged peers. […]

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Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’

Dana Goldstein, The Nation, September 23, 2010 – Here’s what you see in Waiting for Superman, the new documentary that celebrates the charter school movement while blaming teachers unions for much of what ails American education: working- and middle-class parents desperate to get their charming, healthy, well-behaved children into successful public charter schools. Here’s what […]

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In Battle over Quality, Let’s Not Forget Content

John Fitzgerald, Minnesota 2020, September 23, 2010 – It’s a quadrennial ritual: Gubernatorial candidates of all stripes roll out their plans for how they would handle education if elected. While these discussions revolve around funding and, as is the flavor of the day, teacher effectiveness and accountability, lawmakers can and have affected your child’s classroom […]

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“Value-Added” Assessment: Tool for Improvement or Educational “Nuclear Option”?

Kenneth J. Saltman, truthout Diane [Ravitch] says, Let’s return to the old public school system, he [Chester Finn of the Hoover Institution and the Fordham Foundation] said. “I say, let’s blow it up.” Sam Dillon, “Scholar’s School Reform U-Turn Shakes Up Debate,” The New York Times, March 2, 2010. Introduction On the surface, value-added assessment […]

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Major EPI report cautions against heavy reliance on testing – August 29, 2010

Economic Policy Institute Contact: Educ_Prog@epi.org In new EPI report, leading educational testing experts caution against heavy reliance on the use of test scores in teacher evaluation Student test scores are not reliable indicators of teacher effectiveness, even with the addition of value-added modeling (VAM), a new Economic Policy Institute report by leading testing experts finds. […]

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Governor Pawlenty Introduces Race to the Top Education Reform Bill – April 19, 2010

Office of the Governor Saint Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today unveiled a comprehensive education reform bill, including many initiatives the Governor previously proposed to the legislature, that would improve Minnesota’s education system, enhance student achievement, and help the state compete in round two of the federal Race to the Top initiative. “While Race to […]

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