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October 17, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Richard Rothstein: Why teacher quality can’t be only centerpiece of reform”

December 28, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excerpt From Great Richard Rothstein Book

I like education writer Richard Rothstein a lot, as you can see from some previous posts.

I just learned that an excerpt from his excellent book, Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform To Close The Black-White Achievement Gap. is available online.

I also included several quotes from his book in my own, Building Parent Engagement In Schools. I use his research to help reinforce why schools need to work with parents to respond to the major impediments to student achievement outside the schoolhouse walls.

Thanks to Susan Ohanian for the tip.

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.

March 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Articles In This Month’s Issue Of ASCD’s Educational Leadership

Culturally Diverse Classrooms is the theme of this month’s issue of ASCD Educational Leadership. As I do every month, I’m writing this post to highlight articles in it that are available free online and that I think are particularly noteworthy.

Here my three recommendations:

The Story Behind Ferguson is by one of my favorite education writers, Richard Rothstein (see my numerous previous posts about his other writings). Here’s an excerpt from his piece:

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Border Kids in the Home of the Brave is by Susan Zimmerman-Orozco and offers eleven good strategies for teaching English Language Learners.

Show & Tell: A Video Column / Meaningful Vocabulary Learning is by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey and, as usual, they provide excellent suggestions.

October 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wash. Post Article Wonders If Test Scores Might Not Accurately Evaluate Teachers — Ya’ Think?

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Jesse Rothstein’s new paper questioning the infamous Chetty study (see a best list on that research here) received some thoughtful coverage today in The Washington Post.

As Rothstein’s analysis suggests, perhaps using test scores to evaluate teachers might not be a good idea….

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation

The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments

And look for a series in my Education Week Teacher column later this month on this very topic!

June 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles on Education Policy

'UTLA Protest Against Principal' photo (c) 2014, Clotee Allochuku - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

Of course, the big news this week was the awful Vergara decision. Here are some good pieces that have come out and that I’m adding to California Court Rules It’s All The Teachers’ Fault, which is where I’ve been collecting post-court-decision analyses. You can also find a lot of background info at The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights (I used the photo to illustrate this post because of LA Supt Deasy’s public support of the ruling):

AFT’s Weingarten smacks Arne Duncan about his praise for Vergara decision is from The Washington Post.
Tenure Is Not the Problem is by Richard Kahlenberg.

Taking On Teacher Tenure Backfires is by Jesse Rothstein and appeared in The New York Times.

Fuzzy Math: The guesstimate that struck down California’s teacher tenure laws. is from Slate.

“Strict scrutiny” of Vergara ruling a setback for California teachers is by David B. Cohen.

A silver lining in the Vergara decision? is from The Washington Post.

Why that ruling against teacher tenure won’t help your schoolchildren appeared in The LA Times.

Here’s a great video response from National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel:

Here are posts on other policy topics:

Is Teacher Attrition Actually Increasing? is from The Shanker Blog.

Unions and the Concept of ‘Adult Interests’ is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

The VA and VAM is by Gene Glass.

Morality, Validity, and the Design of Instructionally Sensitive Tests is by David Berliner and appeared in Ed Week. Here’s an excerpt:

A consensus is that outside of school factors account for about 60% of the variance in student test scores, while schools account for about 20% of that variance (Haertel, 2013; Borman and Dowling, 2012; Coleman et al., 1966). Further, about half of the variance accounted for by schools is attributed to teachers. So, on tests that may be insensitive to instruction, teachers appear to account for about 10% of the variance we see in student achievement test scores (American Statistical Association, 2014). Thus outside-of-school factors appear 6 times more powerful than teachers in effecting student achievement.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher & Outside Factors Have On Student Achievement.

Gates Foundation urges delay in using tests for teacher evaluation
is from The Washington Post.

June 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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California Court Rules It’s All The Teachers’ Fault

'Tel Aviv - It's all your fault' photo (c) 2011, Yaffa Phillips - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In an awful ruling for teachers, students and their families, a California court “struck down teacher tenure and seniority protections embedded in California law.”

You can read a lot more about it at:

The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights

You might also be interested in I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs

Here are some reactions:

This is the best analysis of the decision that I’ve seen so far:

And follow-up to that post:

And here’s another very intriguing analysis:

This is a good one, too:

 

 

 

 

And here’s a very interesting “quick reaction” to the verdict people will want to read.

Here’s an article from The NY Times.

Informed Student Advocates Pursue Reforms that, Unlike Vergara v. California, Actually Address Inequity is by Ben Spielberg.

Making it easier to fire teachers won’t get you better ones is by Jack Schneider.

Last Dance of the Lemons
is by EduShyster.

“Strict scrutiny” of Vergara ruling a setback for California teachers is by David B. Cohen.

Job Protections Do Not Hurt Students is by Brian Jones.

Will California’s Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools?
is by Dana Goldstein.

AFT’s Weingarten smacks Arne Duncan about his praise for Vergara decision is from The Washington Post.

Taking On Teacher Tenure Backfires is by Jesse Rothstein and appeared in The New York Times.

Fuzzy Math: The guesstimate that struck down California’s teacher tenure laws. is from Slate.

“Strict scrutiny” of Vergara ruling a setback for California teachers is by David B. Cohen.

A silver lining in the Vergara decision? is from The Washington Post.

Why that ruling against teacher tenure won’t help your schoolchildren appeared in The LA Times.

Tenure Is Not the Problem is by Richard Kahlenberg.

Here’s a great video response from National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel:

The Vergara Decision is from K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric at Ed Week.

Aren’t California tenure policies in fact unreasonable? Plus 4 more Vergara questions asked and answered is from The Washington Post.

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.

Opinion: Blaming Tenure May Be Free But it’s a Cheap Shot is a very good piece in SchoolBook.

Gay Marriage and Vergara is by Rick Hess at Ed Week.

Grounding Vergara In The Realities of Teaching in California is from Ed Week.

For Vergara Ruling on Teachers, Big Questions Loom is also from Ed Week.

Guest Post: In Defense of “Last-In, First-Out” is from on labor.