The Fordham Institute released a trio of essays this week discussing how to evaluate schools. Michael Petrilli started it out by criticizing the use of “proficiency” and making a case for why “growth” is superior. Checker Finn countered with a defense of proficiency. He argued that, in the end, what you know or can do […]
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Interesting, fascinating, and different – those are all words we say in polite conversation when we hear about something that happened, but we have yet to decide if we think it was good or bad. This week the U.S. Department of Education issued a waiver to a group of California districts that I think is […]
The latest study by CREDO on charter school performance has generated a predictable wave of commentary and coverage. Like previous work from Macke Raymond and her colleagues at CREDO, there is a lot of interesting information in the full study. The next few weeks will bring a series of commentaries that examine different slices of […]
Speaking of creating an ecosystem for charter school accountability, here is Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter School Network (NECSN) with a call for clear quality standards for charter school renewal and revocation that focus on academic results. Phillips also endorses the closure of a low performing charter, a school he says was “one […]
Today, the Detroit Free Press covers an important new report submitted to the Michigan Board of Education. The report ranks, for the first time, the state’s 11 largest authorizers ”based on student achievement, student growth over time, authorizer improvement over time, and achievement gaps across all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and writing), as well as the graduation rate for […]
Crossposted at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Closing schools, district or charter, is almost always difficult and disruptive. We should not pretend, though, that the disruption that comes with closure is worse than the consequences of maintaining schools that fail to educate students year after year. Kids in failing schools need and deserve better options. […]