Is there a future for test-based accountability? | Joanne

Is Test-Based Accountability Dead? asks Education Next.

Since No Child Left Behind passed in 2001, holding schools accountable for their students’ performance has been the “organizing principle” of school improvement schemes.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), NCLB’s successor law, mandates standardized testing of students and requires states to have accountability systems.

Accountability must evolve, writes Morgan S. Polikoff, a USC education professor.

Abandon “futile accountability systems,” argues Jay P. Greene, a University of Arkansas education professor.

Parents can…

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Everyone graduates? It’s ‘just a fantasy’ | Joanne

Oregon’s graduation rate rose to 74 percent in 2015, but 47 other states did better. Photo: Casey Parks/Oregonian 
 Six years ago, Oregon legislators set an ambitious goal for the state’s schools: By 2025, all students would graduate from high school, 40 percent would earn a bachelor’s degree and 40 percent would earn a two-year degree.

Now lawmakers are preparing to drop the education goals, “largely at the urging of the state’s teachers union,” reports Oregon Live.

“It is not realistic,” Rep. Paul Evans, D-Salem, a community college instructor and the primary sponsor of the bill to end…

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De leerverdubbelaar | Paul Kirschner

Deze blog is in verkorte vorm en zonder afbeelding is in het aprilnummer van Didactief gepubliceerd. Het goed combineren van woord en beeld is goed voor het leren. Dit is gebaseerd op de zogeheten ‘dual coding’ theorie (dubbele coderingstheorie; Paivio, 1971). Deze theorie gaat over hoe en hoe vaak we verschillende aanbiedingsvormen van lesmaterialen (verbaal en visueel) in ons […]

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Het leereffect van het pedagogische (en vice versa) | Pedro

De voorbije paar jaar merkte ik een tegenstelling tussen (sommige) pedagogen en onderwijskundigen over Evidence Based Education. Typische vragen zijn dan of ‘meten wel weten is’ versus of sommige ideologische keuzes wel leereffect opleveren. Hierbij wordt niet zelden een karikatuur van de andere kant gemaakt. Als je Evidence Based Education herleidt tot een cijfer, is het makkelijk […]

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Innate Skills | (Curmudgeon)

Every time we talk about “digital natives” and “Kids’ innate skills with technology”, we reinforce the idea that you’ve either got it or you don’t, that if you are over thirty then you can’t be good with tech, that if you’re under thirty you don’t need any training because you’re simply imbued with an understanding of all silicon-based circuitry.

Fatuous self-indulgent hokum.

Let me state it for the record: There is no such thing as “Innate Skill” with technology. Kids have had more practice at playing games and chatting via FB, text, or IM, but nothing else. They are, on average,…

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Teacher Evaluations And Turnover In Houston | mdicarlo

We are now entering a time period in which we might start to see a lot of studies released about the impact of new teacher evaluations. This incredibly rapid policy shift, perhaps the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s education efforts, was sold based on illustrations of the importance of teacher quality.

The basic argument was that teacher effectiveness is perhaps the most important factor under schools’ control, and the best way to improve that effectiveness was to identify and remove ineffective teachers via new teacher evaluations. Without question, there was a logic to this…

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Profs swear diversity oaths | Joanne

The “loyalty oaths” of the ’50s have returned to academia, writes George Leef. Now professors and would-be professors must pledge “adherence to the ‘diversity’ agenda” to get a job or have a shot at tenure.

The University of California’s anti-communist loyalty oath for professors was struck down by the California Supreme Court in 1952.

University of Oregon, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and Portland State University are requiring diversity statements for hiring or promotion, reports the Oregon Association of Scholars.

For example, an anthropology…

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