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

Mar 2nd, 2011
David N Plank | 02:44 PM | Assessment & Accountability

As California begins to move toward implementation of common core standards, one key issue is how the rollout of new standards will intersect with the rapidly expanding use of digital technologies in the education system.  For example, should California continue to provide printed textbooks for students, or should the state move instead to support teachers’ and students’ access to on-line instructional...

Feb 23rd, 2011
David N Plank | 07:54 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Yesterday the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a critique of the notorious analysis of teachers’ value-added published by the Los Angeles Times last summer.  (For the original story see here)  For the NEPC critique, see here...

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Feb 22nd, 2011
Brad Olsen | 09:57 AM | Assessment & Accountability

In letters to U.S. News and World Report’s editor Bruce Kelly, various educational  researchers, university deans, and teacher education directors have expressed concern about the recent project initiated by the magazine along with the National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to review and rate the country’s teacher education programs, presumably much like the magazine has been ranking colleges...

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