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Thank you for your support over the past 8 years. We look forward to another 8 years of lifting up the "reform" rocks to see what's underneath.--Jim Horn
. . . .Prodded heavily by reform groups, many of which receive funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, states and school districts have in some cases taken the use of students' scores to extremes that have no grounding in research, making them count for half or more of a teacher's rating, or hastily concocting tests to measure unmeasurable subjects — and then applying the results to teachers. The most mocked example is Ohio's extensive new exam in physical education, which includes measuring whether students' movements while skipping are adequately smooth.
In 2010, California was denied $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds, largely because it declined to require that student test scores be linked to teacher ratings — something the Obama administration had demanded in return for the money, even though there was little if any evidence that the scores had value as indicators of a teacher's work.
. . . . When philanthropists have potentially useful ideas about education, they should by all means try them out, establish pilot programs, put their money where their mouths are. But before government officials incorporate those ideas into policy, they must study them carefully and make sure that what sounds reasonable in theory works in practice.
Event Date: April 16, 2013 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the Business Coalition for Student Achievement's event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nation At Risk, on Tuesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. ET, in Washington, D.C.
Addressing more than 50 CEOs from an array of diverse businesses, Duncan will discuss progress and challenges facing education today, the Obama Administration's focus on the return in investment in our education policies, and the President's Preschool for All proposal to provide high quality preschool for 4-year-olds from low and moderate-income households.