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April 10, 2018
Did computer testing muddle this year’s NAEP results? Testing group says no; others are unconvinced
A state education chief raised questions about the comparisons and even asked outside researchers to analyze the data before its official release.
March 30, 2018
The national test of students’ progress has gone digital. A state leader is raising questions about what that means.
John White said he was concerned that this year’s switch from paper-and-pencil exams to computer-based exams might unfairly penalize some states.
Voucher debate update
June 26, 2017
Students given vouchers in Louisiana do worse than their peers. But new research shows some kids catch up
The Louisiana Scholarship Program is the seventh-largest voucher program in the country, serving over 7,000 students.
Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)
The idea has a high-profile supporter: The Education Trust, a civil rights and education group now headed by former U.S. Education Secretary John King.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
December 19, 2012
Advice, caution from early adopters of new teacher evaluations
New York City teachers discussed preparations for new teacher evaluations with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in September 2011. In Washington, D.C., officials shortened a new teacher evaluation checklist after complaints from teachers and principals that it was too long and time-consuming. In Memphis, Tenn., after a year of piloting new evaluations and a summer of training, some principals and teachers remained confused and overwhelmed. In Louisiana, one expert warned of lawsuits as the state began to roll out a truncated observation system without first testing it. But in New Haven, Conn., union officials and reformers alike have praised a collaborative effort to help teachers improve under the city’s new rating system. As New York City officials and union leaders wrangle over the design of new teacher evaluations due to roll out citywide next year, the experiences of other states and districts offer both inspiration and lessons about what not to do.
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