assessment

Teacher Evaluation Is Not Synonymous With Teacher Quality

We should focus on coaching and collaboration, not evaluation.

Despite Setbacks, Adams County, Colo., Forges on with Competency-Based System

Will a standards-based system raise student achievement in this district?

El Paso's Big STEPS Forward

The turnaround in El Paso (Texas) Independent School District has been striking.

Saying Goodbye to the 2 Percent Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has urged more inclusion in the classroom and an end to the “2 percent rule,” which disguises the performance of students with special needs to boost a school’s scores.

Turnaround Principals

New training models have emerged for preparing school leaders to transform low-achieving schools.

Measuring the Effectiveness of New Teachers

A new teacher performance model will evaluate lesson plans, grade books, assignments and class videos to both assess teachers and improve teacher licensure programs.

Finding New Solutions for ELL Assessments

Current assessments have been criticized because they are said to be unfair for ELL students. Enhanced Assessment Grants are aimed at curbing this academic impasse.

A Call for Technology Leadership

New recommendations urge every superintendent to have a technology strategy—or risk falling behind.

The Price of a Good Education

Do per-pupil expenditures equal school success?

Two Consortia of States Win Race to the Top Funds

The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $350 million in Race to the Top grants for states to develop new assessments for the Common Core Standards.

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