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August 1, 2015
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

Sugata Mitra and the Hole in the Research is by Tom Bennett. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Videos About Sugata Mitra & His Education Ideas.

The Continuing Reality of Segregated Schools is from The New York Times.

Accountability 101: For Surgeons and Teachers appeared in Ed Week.

Hattie & His High Impact Strategies for Teachers is a useful summary and also links to a self-created (or, at least, assisted), though decent, critique of his work.

Next Move? Parsing What Bill and Melinda Said About Education Funding is from Inside Philanthropy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

The scariest lesson of No Child Left Behind is from Vox.

Why Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog is wrong about teacher evaluation is a long piece from Valerie Strauss’ blog at The Washington Post. For what it’s worth, she refers to my post on the same topic.

This is a good video (and here’s a nice written summary of it by Pedro De Bruyckere ) that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

Here’s a recent TEDx talk given by Linda Darling-Hammond about testing:

June 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far

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It’s time for another of my annual mid-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,400 “The Best…” lists here).

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing) – these are not listed in any order of preference:

‘We now know students cannot be tested out of poverty’ is by Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson and Pedro Noguera.

The Teachers of Color ‘Disappearance Crisis’ contains pieces by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Travis J. Bristol, and Terrenda Corisa White and was published in my Ed Week column.

Annual Accountability Testing: Time for the Civil Rights Community to Reconsider is a very important Ed Week post from Marc Tucker.

What teachers really need to stay, improve and succeed appeared in The Washington Post.

Myth: You can do more with less is by Pasi Sahlberg.

Accountability for Whom? is by Pedro Noguera.

Where Are the Teachers of Color? appeared in The New York Times.

Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam is an excellent post by UK educator Tom Bennett that’s worth reading in full.

The gap between rich and poor schools grew 44 percent over a decade. is a comprehensive and nuanced article in The Hechinger Report about school funding.

The McNamara Fallacy and the Problem with Numbers in Education is a great post by Carl Hendrick.

‘School Choice’ and Disenfranchising the Public is by Peter Greene appeared in the Huffington Post and a related piece by a School Superintendent, titled Vouchers still vouchers by any other name, appeared in a San Antonio newspaper — both are very good.

America spends more than $600 billion on schools. Here’s where it goes and why it matters. is from Vox. It gives a pretty thorough analysis — not one that I’ve seen anywhere else.

The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover is a new, and very important, report from NPR.

Charter School in Miami Fails, but Proves Useful on Jeb Bush’s Résumé is from The New York Times.

Dave Powell has written two good posts on Value-Added Measurement: The Declining Value of Value-Added Models, and Why They Persist Anyway and Does the Teacher Matter or Not?

John Fensterwald has written an excellent article for Ed Source describing what’s happening here in California in the name of “school accountability,” and it certainly doesn’t look like Arne Duncan’s vision. You’ll want to read the whole piece, titled Moving beyond a single measure of a school.

Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools appeared in The Washington Post.

Federal Policy on Teacher Quality: Is Accountability the Answer? is a thoughtful Ed Week piece by Marc Tucker.

Anya Kamenetz has written a really excellent article titled We’re Testing Children on the Wrong Things.

Russo’s Disheartening “Eight Lessons for Funders and Grantees” is by John Thompson.

How teachers unions must change — by a union leader is a must-read piece by Bob Peterson in The Washington Post that originally appeared in Rethinking Schools.

John Thompson has written a must-read post over at This Week In Education about a report quoting Gates Foundation insiders describing the foundation’s practices.

Politico published a huge investigative piece on Pearson headlined “No Profit Left Behind.”

The Persistent Misidentification Of “Low Performing Schools” is another thoughtful post from the Shanker Blog.

A guide to No Child Left Behind as Congress tries to rewrite the law provides very good background on the issue and appears in Vox.

The New Yorker published a lengthy profile of Jeb Bush’s work in education, Testing Time: Jeb Bush’s educational experiment, and it isn’t a pretty picture.

Longer school days, school years: Somewhat helpful to boosting student learning, but amped-up teaching does more, study finds is the headline of an article in The Oregonian about the results of a major study.

What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests is a short and sweet review of possible alternatives to using standardized tests in schools. It’s probably the best thing I’ve seen on this subject.

Mike Rose wrote an exceptional piece in The American Scholar, School Reform Fails the Test.

The Promise and Peril of Turning Student Learning Into a Number is a very good column by Justin Minkel in Education Week.

One day after The Washington Post published an expose of test-taking culture in South Korea (see Statistic Of The Day: This Is Why We Don’t Want Our School Culture To Be Like South Korea’s), The New York Times publishes its own Asian testing story — this one focused on China, Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory.

Larry Cuban wrote Updating Data-Driven Instruction and the Practice of Teaching.

The Washington Post published, as they do every year, my Nine education predictions for 2015. Check it out to see how I’m doing.

Here are some ed-policy related “Best” lists I’ve published during the first part of this year:

The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More

The Best Commentaries On “Teach Like A Champion” – Help Me Find More

The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict

The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process

The Best Resources For Learning About The Dangers Of The New GED Exam

April 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two):

For New Federal Law, We Should Be Asking Why and How We Test, Not Just How Often is by Linda Darling Hammond. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process.

No Child Left Behind reborn as ‘Every Child Achieves’ is from The LA School Report. I’m adding it to the same list.

Accountability for Whom? is by Pedro Noguera. I’m adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

Why Jailing Cheating Teachers Probably Won’t Help America’s Kids is from Take Part. I’m adding it to the same list.

“What currently passes for reform’ has caused considerable collateral damage to schools and teachers” is a very interesting article about what’s happening in California’s schools, which seems to be a very different direction from the rest of the country. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Want Reform? Principals Matter, Too is from The New York Times.

Majority of California’s Latino voters highly value school testing is an L.A. Times article about a new poll that says far more than what the headline says.

Unions critical of poll on teachers tenure and seniority-based layoffs is from The L.A. Times.

SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD’s use of bonds for iPads is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools.

LAUSD ditching Pearson iPad program software, demanding multimillion dollar refund is from Southern CA Public Radio. I’m adding it to the same list.

U.S. Investigates Possible Misconduct in Chicago Public Schools is from The New York Times. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Takes Leave of Absence Amid Contract Probe is a related story from NBC Chicago.

Digging Deeper into Singaporean Teacher Development: 5 Lessons for U.S. Policy Leaders is by Barnett Berry.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing is from The Associated Press.

Common Core Tests Stopped In Three States Because Of Technical Issues is from The Huffington Post.

I’m adding those last two articles to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

April 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict

The verdict has been announced for the defendants in the Atlanta test-cheating scandal.

I can’t excuse their actions, but the charges and trial sure seem to be an enormous over-reaction, and I can’t not wonder if the fact that all of the accused were African-American entered into the equation.

Much has been written about the case over the past few years, and I have accumulated some of those articles at The Best Posts & Articles About The Atlanta Testing Scandal.

I thought the verdict itself was worth a separate “Best” list. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments section:

Taking the Fall in Atlanta is by Richard Rothstein.

When Teachers Cheat is from The Atlantic.

The Biggest Outrage in Atlanta’s Crazy Teacher Cheating Case is from The Fiscal Times. Thanks to Ben Spielberg for the tip.

Atlanta Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal is from The New York Times.

The Atlanta Cheating Verdict: Some Context is from NPR.

Atlanta teacher convictions: Do standardized testing pressures foster cheating? (+video) is from The Christian Science Monitor.

When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating is from NPR.

Why the Atlanta cheating scandal failed to bring about national reform is from The Guardian.

America is criminalizing Black teachers: Atlanta’s cheating scandal and the racist underbelly of education reform is from Salon.

Atlanta Injustice Demands a Response is by David B. Cohen in Ed Week.

Quote Of The Day: Sentencing In Atlanta Trial Delayed Until Tuesday

Quote Of The Day: Prison Sentences In Atlanta

Accountability for Whom? is by Pedro Noguera.

Why Jailing Cheating Teachers Probably Won’t Help America’s Kids is from Take Part.

Just in case you haven’t seen this video segment on the Atlanta cheating scandal from last night’s The Daily Show, here it is…

I think it’s pretty good, though it does omit two important points — it doesn’t really talk about the overall problem of focusing on test scores, and doesn’t say anything about the fact that all the defendants were people of color.

Judge Reduces 3 Educators’ Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal is from NPR.

What Really Happened to Atlanta’s Students When Their Teachers Cheated is from The Atlantic.

The hard ethical challenges that confront teachers today is by Richard Rothstein.

December 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

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It’s time for another of my annual end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,400 “The Best…” lists here).

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far


The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two (let me know what you think I’m missing):

The Los Angeles Times just published a great article headlined, Can collaboration between schools, unions fix failing campuses?

I Used to Think … That Experts Understood the World is by Rick Hess at Ed Week and he followed that post up with Wait A Minute...

Returns to Teacher Experience: Student Achievement and Motivation in Middle School is the title of a new study at The National Center For Analysis Of Longitudinal Data In Education Research.

How to reframe the education reform debate appeared in The Washington Post.

Teachers Are Not Superhuman is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.

Gates Scholar, Tom Kane, Continues the Fight to Prove He Is Right is by John Thompson.

Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’ was one of my posts at Education Week Teacher.  In Part One of a three-part series, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, and 2012 National Teacher Of The Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shared their thoughts on teacher evaluations.

What Education “Reformers” Do Not Understand About Teaching and Learning is by Daniel Katz.

Here’s an excellent video of Dana Goldstein discussing “As if teachers’ jobs aren’t hard enough, they’re asked to fix poverty, too”:

‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein is another one of my posts at Education Week Teacher.

The Original Charter School Vision is an excellent Op-Ed in The New York Times, written by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter.

Education Is Not ‘Moneyball’: Why Teachers Can’t Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet is an excellent Ed Week piece by William Eger.

For Reformers: An Important Paper on Worker Compensation and Incentives is by Paul Bruno, and is a very important piece.

The Teach Like a Champion Paradigm is a very interesting post about Doug Lemov’s methods. It’s by Ben Spielberg.

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers appeared in the Washington Post.

Teaching Is Not a Business is the title of David Kirp’s op-ed in The New York Times .

Educational Movements, Not Market Moments is an important post by Mike Rose.

Gary Ravani has written a great post that appeared in The Washington Post titled School reforms that actually work.

“Stupid, absurd, non-defensible”: New NEA president Lily Eskelsen García on the problem with Arne Duncan, standardized tests and the war on teachers is from Salon.

The New York Times published a column that highlights all of what is wrong about merit pay. However, they talk about it in the context of doctors and the medical profession and not teachers. It’s titled The Problem With ‘Pay for Performance’ in Medicine.

Do Students Learn More When Their Teachers Work Together? is an excellent post by Esther Quintero at The Shanker Blog.

The New Yorker, two months after publishing an excellent article on the school reform fiasco in Newark which made The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far list)  published an extraordinary feature on the Atlanta testing scandal — Wrong Answer: In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice — by Rachel Aviv.

Lily Eskelen Garcia, the National Education Association President spoke at the American Federation Of Teachers Convention.

It’s definitely worth watching:

Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education at the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Los Angeles. It’s designed to support effective and teacher-supported education efforts.

You’ve got to watch this video of her speech at the Convention:

The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Gates’ Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: “Unmotivated Students” and A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak? are both by Anthony Cody at Ed Week.

We Need Teachers of Color is from Education Week.

The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”

Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge is by Jack Schneider at Ed Week.

America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers is by Melinda Anderson.

When Educators Understand Race and Racism is by Melinda D. Anderson.

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children is an excellent post at Education Week. It’s written by Marc Tucker at his Top Performers blog.

Pedro Noguera Defends Teacher Tenure in Wall Street Journal is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

There Is Probably No “Crisis” In American Education is by Paul Bruno.

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution is from The Washington Post.

The Best Posts & Articles About OECD’s Survey Of Teacher Working Conditions

September 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy

Here are recent useful posts and articles on education policy issues:

Why Don’t We Have Real Data on Charter Schools? is by Pedro Noguera in The Nation. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Don’t Let Distractions Erase Genuine Critiques Of Rhee And Campbell is by Sabrina Joy Stevens.

Fixing the Best Schools in the World is a very interesting story about China’s schools that appeared in Business Week.

Informal + Formative = Informative Assessments is from Wag The Dog and has a good “take” on personalized learning. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning.”

Arne Duncan’s “staggering statement”: Why ed reformers are having second thoughts is an interesting interview with Dana Goldstein that appeared in Salon.

What You Need To Know About Misleading Education Graphs, In Two Graphs is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Student Course Evaluations Get An ‘F’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to ‘Disrupt’ Everything About the Education Market is from The Nation. I’m adding it to A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education.

Rotten to the Core: How an Apple mega-deal cost Los Angeles classrooms $1 billion
is from Salon. I’m adding it to A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools.

June 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good Posts & Articles On Education Policy

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Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues:

Aren’t California tenure policies in fact unreasonable? Plus 4 more Vergara questions asked and answered is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to California Court Rules It’s All The Teachers’ Fault, which is where I’ve collected a number of thoughtful reactions to a terrible decision.

I’m also adding these three posts to the same list:

Vergara: The silver bullet that wasn’t is by Barnett Berry.

Even in Winning, Vergara Is Still a Loser is from Ed Week.

Is This The End of Teachers Unions is from Ebony.

Pedro Noguera Defends Teacher Tenure in Wall Street Journal is from Diane Ravitch’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Why Teacher Tenure Is Important.

How many bad teachers are there? is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

There Is Probably No “Crisis” In American Education is by Paul Bruno. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing.