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December 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PISA Test Results Are In – Relax!

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Results from the 2015 international PISA tests were released today, resulting in headlines like On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind and U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math.

For a much more reasoned interpretation of PISA’s meaning, please check out The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery and, specifically about this year, read:

Wales Pisa results: ‘Little will be learned’ by Dylan Wiliam at the BBC.

Don’t Read Too Much Into It: What Brexit and U.S. Election Surprises Can Teach Us about PISA by Yong Zhao.

‘Ignore Pisa entirely,’ argues top academic is from tes.
Why Americans should not panic about international test results appeared in The Washington Post.

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

FYI, this is the one-hundredth edition of this regular feature!

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two):

When Public Goes Private, as Trump Wants: What Happens? is by Diane Ravitch.

Why Dewey Needs Freire, and Vice Versa: A Call for Critical Deeper Learning is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning”

Donald Trump’s huge, ambitious school voucher plan, explained is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Obama administration to release new rules for judging schools is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

December 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2016

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It’s still early, and only a few education “year-in-reviews” have come out, but I figured I’d publish an initial list and just continue to add to it.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2015

The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014

I’m adding this year’s list to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

Here’s a beginning list. As I mentioned, there will be many more here before the year is out. let me know what I’m missing:

The Washington Post published my annual The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016.

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2016 is from Audrey Watters.

November 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wash. Post Publishes My Annual Education “Year-In-Review”

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As it’s done for the past several years, The Washington Post has published my annual education “year-in-review.”

This year, they’ve headlined it The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016.

Check it out and let me know what I missed!

It also has links to my reviews from previous years.

My predictions for 2017 are not far behind!

November 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

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It’s time for another of my end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,600 “The Best…” lists here).

I’m adding this one to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far

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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two (let me know what you think I’m missing – this post is different from my annual “round-up” of the biggest education-related news stories I write for The Washington Post every year) – these are not listed in any order of preference (I’m starting off with links to “Best” lists I’ve posted over the past few months that relate to ed policy):

The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education

The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2016

The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools

The Best Posts On The Value Of Ethnic Studies Classes – Help Me Find More

The Best Glossaries Of Education Terminology

The Washington Post published a column I wrote about what school was like the day after the Presidential election, ‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’ There was a reaction to the similar stories many other teachers shared – read No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own.

Why the History of School Reform is Essential for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Researchers is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Rethinking School Discipline is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

Five myths about charter schools is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

There is ‘Hope That ESSA Will Bring Positive Change To Classrooms’ is the headline of one of  my latest Education Week Teacher columns. In it, Randi Weingarten, Barnett Berry, Morgan Polikoff, Erik M. Francis, and Jacki Gran wrote how they believe The Every Student Succeeds Act will affect classroom practice.

From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this is one of the “best” pieces on Ed Policy, but I think readers will find the entire post very interesting: A Report On EdSource Symposium On California Ed, Including What I Said About State Assessments.

The Bush Institute released an interactive on education so you can compare schools in 114 cities. The State of our Cities project appears surprisingly interesting and objective. It does not appear – at least to me – that they have any ax to grind in the school reform debate, and list useful stats. You can read more about it at Ed Week’s article, New Website to Compare Cities’ Education Results Makes Debut. I’m adding this info to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

An open letter to editors of the New York Times (and most other American periodicals). is by Daniel Willingham.

Why firing bad teachers isn’t nearly as important as creating good ones is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Education Matters, But Direct Anti-Poverty and Inequality-Reduction Efforts Matter More is by Ben Spielberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

Reforms That Stick: How Schools Change is by Larry Cuban.

Five Thirty Eight published a piece worth reading headlined The Economic Recovery Hasn’t Reached America’s Schools.

The Education Commission of the States has put out what may be the most accessible, and short, guide to The Every Student Succeeds Act. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Foundations Unfiltered is a behind-the-scenes peek at education foundations. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Anthony Byrk coins a new -at least, to me – term, “practice-based evidence,” in his piece, Accelerating How We Learn to Improve. Here’s how he describes it:

The choice of words practice-based evidence is deliberate. We aim to signal a key difference in the relationship between inquiry and improvement as compared to that typically assumed in the more commonly used expression evidence-based practice. Implicit in the latter is that evidence of efficacy exists somewhere outside of local practice and practitioners should simply implement these evidence-based practices. Improvement research, in contrast, is an ongoing, local learning activity.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

America’s Not-So-Broken Education System is by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

Teacher Unions Are ‘Bargaining for the Common Good’ is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

John Oliver did this great segment, with classroom appropriate language (except for one “sh_tty”), on charter schools:

He did this one on school segregation. It’s good, though I put it on this blog reluctantly because of some classroom inappropriate language:

What do you think I’m missing?

November 26, 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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far):

Of course, the biggest education news was the disastrous selection of a new U.S. Secretary of Education. See The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Polls convinced me Hillary Clinton wouldn’t lose. As an education researcher, the result was a wake-up call is from Chalkbeat. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.”

What New York City’s Biggest School Reformer Sees in Donald Trump is by Dana Goldstein at The New Yorker.

WHY WON’T DONALD TRUMP DENOUNCE SANDY HOOK DENIERS? is from The New Yorker.

Jeff Sessions’ Other Civil Rights Problem is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

6 Ways States Can Redefine Student Success and Transform Education Under ESSA is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Though Dan Ariely doesn’t quite accurately describe No Child Left Behind, nevertheless, his critique of teacher performance pay is accurate in this video. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea:

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