A Rising Tide of Local Control (Again)

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The Elusive Goldilocks Model of School Reform

I wrote the other day about the problem with making too much out of the paper promises in state ESSA plans. After all, what really matters is how assessments, accountability systems, interventions, and the rest will actually work—and there's often no way to really know this until rubber meets road.

Two Words That Barely Appear in State ESSA Plans: 'Common Core'

Should California’s New Accountability Model Set the Bar for Other States?

The dashboard is still a work in progress. (Photo via Twenty20)

Beyond Proficiency: Toward a Better Measure for School Success


For the past dozen years—the No Child Left Behind era—the primary metric for measuring school performance in most states and in federal policy has been the proficiency rate. That is, the proportion of a school’s students scoring above a state-determined proficiency threshold in math and English language arts, and whether this proportion met state targets.

Was Race to the Top Too Much of a Race?


With the Obama administration drawing to a close and the Department of Education partially retreating from 15 years of highly active, interventionist education policy, it seems an appropriate time to analyze the effects of the signature Obama education policy, Race to the Top. 

ESSA: Ed. Dept. Releases English-Language-Learner Guidance

Testing Troubles