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May 29, 2016
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 On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

Changing The Narrative: Leveraging Education Policy To Address Segregation is from The Shanker Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Recycling Poverty, Segregated Schools, and Academic Achievement: Then and Now is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to the same list.

Now is the time to experiment with inspections for school accountability is from The Brookings Institution and, as its written, is a terrible idea. However, our former principal, Ted Appel, and I have spoken about the advantages of the kind of “inspections” done by the WASC (Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which has a group visiting over a period of days and which is combined with months of self-reflection by school faculty, administrators, students and staff as a potentially viable alternative for accountability.

“Transforming” Public Schools: Enough already with an Overhyped Word! is by Larry Cuban.

What Guides My Thinking on School Reform: Pulling the Curtain Aside is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Leaked Questions Rekindle Debate Over Common Core Tests is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching is from MindShift. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.
‘The idea that strong teacher unions impede education quality is ludicrous’ is from TES. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

States that tie higher education funding to performance have it all wrong, report says is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these next two resources to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments:

Teacher Evaluation That Goes Beyond Check Boxes is by David Edelman

REASSESSING TEACHER ASSESSMENTS is a series of five articles (of mixed quality) at Ed Week.

I’m adding these next two articles to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process (yes, I’ve got to update the title of that post):

Education Department proposes rules for judging schools is from The Washington Post.

U.S. Dept. of Education releases draft regulations for new federal law is from Ed Source.

I’m adding this Ed Week series to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy:

Silver Bullets and Solutionism in Education Philanthropy

‘There’s an App for That’: Philanthropy’s Billion Dollar Bets

Getting In: The Challenges of Access to Elite Foundations

Into the Classroom: A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality

May 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Study Highlights The Impact Of Moving On Student Academic Progress

Yet another study has identified the negative impacts moving often can have on student academic progress.

Children’s social and academic functioning is impeded when their families move more often is the headline of a Eureka Alert summary of the study. Here’s an excerpt:

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I wrote about a similar studies a few years ago in a post titled Student Mobility. In that same post, I also wrote:

In an unofficial analysis of data at our school, teachers and administrators determined that the “achievement gap” was substantially reduced for students who had been with us for all four years of their high school career. In this analysis, African-American students not only were the most mobile group, they also moved more multiple times. Latino students had the next largest number of moves, followed by our Asian students.

Of course, it must be emphasized that it’s likely the overwhelming majority of many of these movies are not done by choice. Many of my students’ families have moved because of economic or crime conditions.

The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement shares even more research on these outside-of-school factors, and highlights why we have to organize around socio-economic conditions and not just on explicitly ed policy issues.

May 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Gates Foundation’s Mea Culpa

Near the end of a public letter issued today, the CEO of the Gates Foundation included a quasi-apology for how they’ve handled their support of the Common Core Standards:

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Of course, perhaps they should have also talked to us all about if, on a list of needs, did we all think a new set of standards was really that high?

You can read more about it in Ed Week’s article, Gates Chief Acknowledges Common-Core Missteps.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

May 22, 2016
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 On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students is from The New York Times.

The College Remedial Course Hoax is from Russ On Reading.

Detroit schools’ decline and teacher sickout reflect bad economy and demographic shifts is from The Los Angeles Times.

Chicago principals send Mayor Emanuel a strong message with the election of Troy LaRaviere is from The Chicago Reader.

Long Building, Chicago Schools’ Fiscal Crisis Reaches Boiling Point is from Ed Week.

California’s schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates is from The L.A. Times.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

May 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Dangers Of “Data Walls”

This ed-reform trend is supposed to motivate students. Instead, it shames them. is a column in today’s Washington Post about the use of data walls in schools.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’ve previously shared articles critical of the practice:

How ‘data walls’ in classrooms can humiliate young kids is by Valerie Strauss.

How ‘platooning’ and data walls are changing elementary school is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.”

May 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Supreme Court Ruled Issued Its “Brown v. Board” Decision On This Day In 1954 – Here Are Related Resources

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The Supreme Court issued its historic decision on school segregation on this day in 1954.

You might be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

May 13, 2016
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 On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

SF school leaders give Teach for America a time-out is from The San Francisco Chronicle. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

California’s schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates is from The L.A. Times.

New Orleans Plan: Charter Schools, With a Return to Local Control is from The New York Times.

Deeper Learning: ‘Skills That Everyone Needs’ is from The Education Writers Association. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning”

Ousted CPS Principal Troy LaRaviere Calls Rahm Corrupt, Incompetent is from DNA Info.

Hedging Education: How hedge funders spurred the pro-charter political network. is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Should teachers be told how to teach by those who’ve never been teachers themselves? is by Carl Hendrick.

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