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June 23, 2016
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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):

The Tragedy in Oaxaca Really Puts America’s Squabbles Over Education Reform in Perspective is from Slate.

How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won is by Matt Barnum.

California in the Age of ESSA: Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Real Consequences is also by Matt Barnum.

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.

No Panacea: Diagnosing What Ails Teacher Professional Development Before Reaching for Remedies is a report from New America. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Michigan governor signs $617 million Detroit schools bailout is from The Associated Press.

Teacher pay around the world is from Brookings.

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.

June 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The New Yorker Publishes No-Holds Barred Critique Of “Grit”

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I’ve been pretty critical of the dangerous misuse of Social Emotional Emotional Learning Skills (see my Washington Post pieces,  Why schools should not grade character traits and The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).

But my critiques are softballs compared to David Denby’s hot-off-the-press article in The New Yorker titled The Limits of “Grit.”

I agree with almost all of the key points he makes.  And I have nothing against going for the jugular sometimes.

However, maybe I’m just getting soft as I grow older – some of the rhetoric in the piece seems a little over-heated.

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

June 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far

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

I’m adding this one to All Mid-Year 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 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing) – 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 Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act

The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism

The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California

The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs

The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning”

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners

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

The Best Education Predictions For 2016

The Best Articles For Beginning To Understand Zuckerberg’s Announced $45 Billion “Charitable” Gift

The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations

Slate is published an impressive series of twelve long articles on race and schools – all in one week – and called Tomorrow’s Test. You can access all of them at the bottom of that introductory article.

Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? A Review of the Research is from The Learning Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.

Why so many people are worried about teacher diversity, in two charts is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

Competing Strands Of Educational Reform Policy: Can Collaborative School Reform and Teacher Evaluation Reform Be Reconciled? is a new and important paper from The Shanker Institute. It raises more questions than provides answers, but they’re very important questions.

School Funding Maps:  Hot on the heels of NPR publishing an impressive interactive on school funding across the United States, The New York Times unveiled one that looks even more impressive. Go to their Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares page, pop in the name of your school district, and it will vividly demonstrate how students in that district compare with others in academic achievement, school funding, and ethnic make-up of the student population.

Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities is from Stanford. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning.”

When School Districts Get Deliberate About Desegregation is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Another Flaw In Using Value-Added Measurement For Teacher Evaluation is a post I wrote about an important recent study.  My blog post itself is not really worthy of inclusion in this list, but the study combined with the little context I give is important.

The Harvard Business Review – of all places – has published what I think is the most thorough and devastating critique that I’ve seen of performance pay – see Stop Paying Executives for Performance. It’s targeting executive pay but, with a few minor changes in wording, the article can be applied to teacher pay and evaluation, as well as student assessment. It’s short, and definitely worth the read.

“Throwing money at the problem” may actually work in education is from The Washington Center For Equitable Growth. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

A Community Organizer’s Definition Of Leadership – How Can It Be Applied To Education? (Part One) is a post I wrote that people might find useful.

Stop Humiliating Teachers is a great new essay at The New Yorker. I’m definitely adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Comparing Paper-Pencil and Computer Test Scores: 7 Key Research Studies is an important article over at Education Week (Report: Kids who took Common Core test online scored lower than those who used paper is a similar one at The Washington Post).

Stop repeating nonsense about ‘bad’ teachers. Just. Stop it. is from Icing On The Cake. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

Chicago Public Schools teachers and students need more than loveis by Ray Salazar.

Help wanted: California school districts scramble to hire teachers is a nice article by reporter Diana Lambert appearing in The Sacramento Bee today. It features how our school supports student teachers (created by Jim Peterson and Ted Appel), and you can read more about it at thethree-part series at my Education Week Teacher column on…how to support student teachers.

Ranking Is Not Measuring is by Peter Greene. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

New Study Suggests That Teacher Observations Should Focus More On Teacher Inputs, Less On Student Outcomes is a post I wrote that is on this “Best” list primarily because of some of the context it provides to links in it.

New Report: Does Money Matter in Education? Second Edition is from The Shanker Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

New Study Finds Big Results From Ethnic Studies Classes

Statistic Of The Day: How Much Do Teachers Spend Out Of Their Own Pockets For Supplies?

Video: Jonathan Kozol On Savage Inequalities

The Myth of Unions’ Overprotection of Bad Teachers: Evidence from the District-Teacher Matched Panel Data on Teacher Turnover is a new research paper I learned about through The Shanker Institute. Here’s an excerpt:

The data confirms that, compared to districts with weak unionism, districts with strong unionism dismiss more low-quality teachers and retain more high-quality teachers. The empirical analysis shows that this dynamic of teacher turnover in highly unionized districts raises average teacher quality and improves student achievement.

Study Finds Teachers Whose Students Achieve High Test Scores Often Don’t Do As Well With SEL Skills

June 19, 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):

Having Other Teachers’ Eyes Means Also Having Their Ideas is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Meet the New Leader of Chicago’s Principals Who’s Taking on Rahm Emanuel and Corporate School Reform is from In These Times (thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip).

UNDERSTANDING THE COMMON CORE: WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT ISN’T is from The 74.  I’m adding it to A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core.

The Exit Exam Paradox: Did States Raise Standards So High They Then Had to Lower the Bar to Graduate? is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap” (or “Opportunity Gap”):

June 12, 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):

Colleges send too many into remedial classes who don’t need it, growing body of research shows is from The Hechinger Report. I’ve previously shared another piece on the same topic: The College Remedial Course Hoax is from Russ On Reading.

Here’s a compilation of resources on The Every Student Succeeds Act from the Council of Chief State School Officers. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Your Cheat Sheet for the Proposed ESSA Accountability Rules is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Common Core, College Readiness Skills Don’t Match Up, Study Says is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards.

Why don’t teachers engage with research? is by Gary Davies

Deconstructing the Myth of American Public Schooling Inefficiency is from The Shanker Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery .

A Stanford professor’s high-stakes plan to save California schools is from CALMatters.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap” (or “Opportunity Gap”):

June 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act

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I have been adding ESSA resources to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process, but thought it was time to create its separate list.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act:

No Child Left Behind replacement would give other states the freedom California has already claimed is from The Los Angeles Times.

New Version Of “No Child Left Behind” Passes House – Includes Changes For English Language Learners.

President Obama Signs Into Law a Rewrite of No Child Left Behind is from The New York Times.

No Child Left Behind Is Gone, But Will It Be Back? is from The Atlantic.

INSIDE THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT is a big collection from Ed Week.

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Every Student Succeeds Act, But Were Afraid To Ask

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.

Here’s a compilation of resources on The Every Student Succeeds Act from the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Your Cheat Sheet for the Proposed ESSA Accountability Rules is from Ed Week.

June 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism

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Earlier today, I wrote about new research on school attendance. I’ve decided to to use some of the information in that post and add more resources for a “Best” list on the topic.

Here are The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism:

Statistic Of The Day: Many Students Are Chronically Absent is the post I wrote earlier today.

The Government Says Chronic School Absenteeism Is a Crisis. What Can We Do About It? is from Slate.

What One District’s Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence is from NPR.

A look at chronic absenteeism across America is from The Associated Press.

Not All School Attendance Data Are Created Equal is from Ed Week.

The Relentless Nature of Improving Daily Attendance is also from Ed Week.

Chronic Absenteeism Is a Huge Problem. The Obama Administration Thinks It Can Fix It. is from Slate.

New Report Reveals How to Keep School Attendance, Enthusiasm High in June is from Ed Week.

Chronic Absences Hinder Young Learners is from The Atlantic.

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

Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse

June 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Many Students Are Chronically Absent

NPR has just published an article about brand-new statistics released by the Department of Education today about students who are chronically absent.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I always have a few students in this situation each year. Even with multiple phone calls home from different school personnel (obviously, including me), home visits, “threats,” attempts at parent conferences, etc., our effects are often unsuccessful. Outside of the community schools model, which includes many more ways to engage families, I’m not sure what else we can do.

Here are some other absence-related articles I’ve shared in the past:

New Report Reveals How to Keep School Attendance, Enthusiasm High in June is from Ed Week.

Chronic Absences Hinder Young Learners is from The Atlantic.

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

Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse

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