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March 27, 2015
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Check Out This Year’s National Awards For Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association has just named their winners of National Awards For Education Reporting, and you can find them — and links to the articles themselves – here. You’ll definitely get some good weekend reading. You can also see links to winners of previous years’ awards here.

At the same time I praise their high-quality selections this year (I’ve had big disagreements with some of their choices in the past), I’ve also got to say that I think they made a big mistake by narrowing their definition this year to exclude independent bloggers like past winner Anthony Cody.

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March 25, 2015
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Quote Of The Day: Don’t “Unfairly Blame Teachers”

I’m a big supporter of California School Superintendent Tom Torlakson, and was honored to serve on his state task force that developed state recommendations for teacher evaluations (and other ed issues).

This quote from a few days ago shows one of the many reasons so many educators support him:

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March 21, 2015
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

March 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Thinking About ‘What Works'”

Rick Hess, one of the most original and unpredictable school reformers out there, has written an interesting post titled Thinking About “What Works.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

Thanks to Alexander Russo for sharing his post.

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March 14, 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):

The American Educational Research Association has come out with a special issue examining Value-Added Measurement for teacher evaluation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

What Does the Research Say About Value-Added Models and Teacher Evaluation? is from David Powell at Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

How schools are ‘bribing’ kids to take Common Core standardized tests is from The Washington Post.

Companies cash in on Common Core despite controversy is from CNBC.

Peter Greene: What Do Economists Know About Teachers? is from Diane Ravitch’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Role Of Economists In Education.

A federal loophole that shortchanges poor schools is from The Washington Post, and is pretty interesting.

Why Governor Cuomo’s Education Proposals Are As Bad for Students As They Are for Teachers is from The Nation.

California Funding Formula May Miss Many High-Needs Students, Report Finds is from Ed Week, and is very concerning to me since it indicates that schools like ours may be negatively affected…

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March 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The New Yorker On Standardized Tests & Teacher Evaluations

When a Teacher’s Job Depends on a Child’s Test is the headline of a column appearing at The New Yorker today, discussing Governor Cuomo’s ridiculous plans for teacher evaluation in his state.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You might also be interested in The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad).

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