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

Oct 26th, 2010
Brad Olsen | 04:09 PM | Assessment & Accountability

The L.A. Times publication in August of a value-added analysis of teacher effectiveness, based on student scores on math and ELA tests, has sparked national debate about the ethics of publicly ranking individual teachers.  Educators and researchers questioned the usefulness of student scores on standardized tests as teacher effectiveness measures, the merits of teacher performance-pay systems, and whether...

Oct 14th, 2010
David N Plank | 08:30 AM | Assessment & Accountability

Research by Sean Reardon and Michal Kurlaender shows that CAHSEE has had none of the positive effects anticipated when the exam was put in place, and that it in fact damages the prospects of a significant number of young people.  Moreover, CAHSEE sets a very low bar for student performance, requiring students to demonstrate mastery at only the 7th or 8th grade level in mathematics, and at the 10th grade level in...

Oct 13th, 2010
David N Plank | 08:10 AM | Assessment & Accountability

For the past year or so, PACE has been the home of the California Diploma Project, which brings together eight signatories representing the multiple segments of California’s fragmented education system to work on strengthening alignment and coherence across levels and institutions.  In April, the signatories endorsed a statement recognizing satisfactory performance on the augmented 11th grade CST that is part of...