A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

Nov 9th, 2011
Julia E. Koppich | 11:50 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Cross-posted. As first appeared in Education Week, October 10, 2011.  Reprinted with permission from the authors. 
By Julia E. Koppich & Daniel C. Humphrey.
You can hardly open a newspaper or major magazine today without finding a story about another...

Jun 6th, 2011
David N Plank | 09:38 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Economists draw a useful distinction between two kinds of equity, horizontal and vertical.  The principle of horizontal equity holds that equals should be treated equally.  For example, third graders in poor school districts should receive the same level of funding and the same quality of education as those in wealthier school districts.  All students should be held to the same high expectations regardless...

May 25th, 2011
David N Plank | 03:42 PM | Assessment & Accountability

Following up on an earlier post, the debate on assessment policy turns on the question of how much information we really need or even want to have about student performance.  At the level of rhetoric, of course, we want as much information as we can get, and we want that information to be as accurate as possible.  As a practical matter,...