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May 2, 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):

School reform in post-Katrina New Orleans harmful to black community, scholars say is from Science Daily.

Judge Reduces 3 Educators’ Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

Plan Unveiled to Overhaul School System in Detroit is from The New York Times.

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).

Making Sense of Education Research is from The Education Writers Association. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Seven ed research heavyweights to head to Albany to help direct evaluation overhaul is from Chalkbeat. It will be very interesting to hear/read what they say.

Here’s an interesting conversation between Diane Ravitch and Karen Lewis, which took place at the recent Network For Public Education conference:

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April 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: What Is The Accurate Percentage Rate Of Teacher Attrition?

Many of us are familiar with the commonly-cited statistic that half of all teachers leave within the first five years of entering the profession. However, a big new federal study that came out today raises questions about its accuracy.

Here’s an excerpt from an Atlantic article about the study:

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Here are links to two other articles that provide many more useful details and nuances:

Study: Far fewer new teachers are leaving the profession than previously thought is from The Washington Post.

Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster, Study Finds is from Education Week.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

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April 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

April 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Jon Stewart On The Atlanta Cheating Scandal

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.

I’m still adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Atlanta Test-Cheating Verdict.

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April 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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California’s Ed-Data Site Is Pretty Impressive

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The State of California’s Ed-Data site is on The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data list, and they just released a completely new version that’s pretty impressive. You can see a screenshot of a portion of the report on the school where I teach. Thanks to John Fensterwald for the tip.

What other states have similar sites?

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April 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Appeal Of “Grit”

Thanks to Carl Hendrick and Alexander Russo, I learned about the American Prospect’s new article titled Teaching Character. It provides what I think is a well-written critical perspective on the recent public interest in teaching “grit,” and also includes fair responses from supporters.

As I’ve written before, I think teaching grit can have a place in classroom, as it does in mine, but also needs to recognize the grit that many of our students have already and can’t be viewed as a cure-all — it has to be kept in its place. I’m a big supporter of applying Social Emotional Learning in schools, but am concerned about some viewing it as a Let Them Eat Character policy in place of providing the needed financial and policy support our schools and communities need (see my Washington Post column, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).

Here’s an important quote from the American Prospect article from Pam Moran (I’ve written about her in the past):

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I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit.”

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