What We’re Watching: Weighing the Waivers

On Friday, March 2 from 9:00-10:30 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s forum on NCLB waivers.

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Obama’s Coming ‘Flexibility’ Debacle

An announcement on education waivers is anticipated this week. Don’t expect the reaction to be positive, for it appears that the President and his education secretary will renege on their promise of “flexibility” for the states.

Washington Insiders Favor ESEA Flexibility in Theory but Not in Reality

It’s not just the President’s bizarre State of the Union request that states raise their compulsory attendance age to 18. No, I’m referring to the Army of the Potomac’s reaction to John Kline’s ESEA proposal and to Chairman Tom Harkin’s and Rep. George Miller’s response to the waiver requests put forward by several states.

Texas Hit the Accountability Plateau, Then the Rest of the Country Followed

“Consequential accountability” corresponded with a significant one-time boost in student achievement. As an early adopter, Texas got a head start on big achievement gains, and also a head start on flat-lining thereafter.

The Future of Educational Accountability, As Envisioned by 11 Leading States

The states are presenting sensible alternatives to the antiquated Adequate Yearly Progress model. The challenge to Arne Duncan, his peer reviewers, and his team: Say yes to these proposals or be accused of a “Washington knows best” mentality.

Obama’s NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?

Education Next talks with Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham

Grinding the Antitesting Ax

More bias than evidence behind NRC panel’s conclusions

It Sure Wasn’t Pretty, but Harkin-Enzi’s Out of Committee

Assuming that the House bills will be even better, I would claim that reauthorization is finally heading in a hopeful direction.

Harkin-Enzi’s Hodgepodge

We finally have a serious, thoughtful ESEA reauthorization proposal in the Senate, one that should gain support from both sides of the aisle and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. But here’s a warning: It’s not the bill that the Senate is currently marking up.

Accountability’s End?

If the debate around the federal role in accountability is coalescing, a much bigger question remains wide open: Could we be watching the beginning of the end for the accountability movement in toto?

Regardless of Who is to Blame, Accountability and Merit Pay are Taking Some Heat in Texas

I am encouraged when Sandy Kress tells me that the moves away from accountability and merit pay that have taken place recently in Texas were forced upon Governor Rick Perry and Robert Scott, the state’s education commissioner, by legislative pressures beyond their control.

In Defense of Rick Perry

Governor Perry has been a strong leader on education and a fervent supporter of accountability and other policies designed to improve student academic results.

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No Child Left Behind: The Early Years

While everyone is wondering what will happen to NCLB, Nathan Glazer looks back at the law’s past, reviewing two books that explore the development of the law. The review will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Ed Next. The books are Schoolhouse of Cards: An Inside Story of No Child Left Behind and Why […]

Duncan Can’t Make New Laws

The Secretary of Education’s authority to undo law and regulation in No Child Left Behind is not as broad as a recent story in the New York Times seems to imply.

Evaluating NCLB

Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading

Voice in the Wilderness: Save NCLB!

Despite the bashing the ten-year-old federal law has been taking–much of it deserved–on the ground, in the provinces NCLB has succeeded in beginning a much-needed change in the culture of public education: from a system focused on adults to one looking behind all the curtains to see how kids are doing. It hasn’t been a pretty launch, of course, but the ship is only barely out of port.

Straddling the Democratic Divide

Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?

Demography as Destiny?

Hispanic student success in Florida

The Future of No Child Left Behind

End it? Or mend it?

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, Now What?

Is court involvement in school spending essential to reform, or can we use education funding to drive reforms that promise better outcomes for students?

The Turnaround Fallacy

Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.

What To Do About NCLB

Three separate lines of inquiry provide evidence that existing accountability systems have led to larger gains than expected in a world without them. At the same time, accountability is a relatively new invention, and it needs to be refined and improved.

Few States Set World-Class Standards

In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless

Evidence Doesn’t Support Investment in School Turnaround Efforts

New school start ups and replications of high performing charter school models provide a better solution

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