Here are some relatively recent good posts on education policy issues:
Policymakers, do your homework on evaluation reform is an important post by Barnett Berry. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.
Schooling Ourselves in an Unequal America is a column from The New York Times that shares a number of good statistics on international school comparisons, but gets a little muddled in various places. Nevertheless, I’m still adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.
John Thompson: Let’s Look Before Leaping to Ban Suspensions is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On LA’s Banning Of Suspensions For “Willful Defiance.”
Five Questions as NCLB Reauthorization Moves Forward is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The New NCLB Reauthorization Bill.
NCLB Bills: A Side-By-Side Comparison is also from Ed Week, and I’m adding it to the same list.
No Child Left Behind Bill Passes Senate Committee, But No End In Sight For Recasting Bush Law is from The Huffington Post, and I’m adding it to the same list.
Revisiting the Chetty, Rockoff & Friedman Molehill is from Bruce Baker. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study.
Why Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Educational Quality is by James Popham (it’s older, but great). I’m adding it to The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad).
Performance Beyond Expectations is a report by Andy Hargreaves and Alma Harris that covers a lot of important topics. However, because of its comments related to “turnarounds,” I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Four School Improvement Grant Models.
Do the Best Professors Get the Worst Ratings? is from Psychology Today. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers).
Pasi Sahlberg has a great slideshow on Finland’s education system. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.
Five Suggestions for Making Edu-Conferences Less Tedious is by Rick Hess at Education Week.
American 17-Year-Olds Are Doing Better Than Ever is from This Week In Education. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing.