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

May 6th, 2011
David N Plank | 04:04 PM | Assessment & Accountability

The current rhetorical convention to describe what we want students to know and be able to do asserts that students should leave high school “ready for college and careers.”  There is some agreement about what it means to be ready for college (see here and here...

Apr 7th, 2011
David N Plank | 07:55 AM | Assessment & Accountability

For more than 50 years education reformers have worried that American students were falling behind—successively—the Russians, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporeans, and Finns in their mastery of mathematics.  The passage of NDEA was spurred by the fear that the U.S. was falling behind in the space race, and the proposed remedy was improvement in math and science instruction. 

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Mar 9th, 2011
David N Plank | 03:34 PM | Assessment & Accountability

Brad Olsen’s thoughtful post on the forthcoming NCTQ/US News rankings of teacher education programs echoes some more general concerns about holding teachers and schools accountable.  These concerns have come forward most recently in discussions of “value-added...