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

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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).  Two professors at the University of Colorado re-analyzed the data on which the Times’ report was based, and concluded that the Times’ research was...
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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 and...
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Feb 18th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:50 PM
$1.5 Billion Cut to Proposition 98 Funding   Two weeks ago, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report detailing how Brown’s budget proposal  increases revenue by $700 million while decreasing the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for schools and community colleges by $1.5 billion for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.   As mentioned by California’s Capitol blog and the SI&A...
Feb 18th, 2011
David N Plank | 08:57 AM | School & District Reform
The decision by the State Board of Education to adopt the common core standards presents great challenges for California, especially in light of the ongoing budget crisis, but it also presents an unmatched opportunity for the state to bring about dramatic improvements in the educational opportunities we provide for our students.  To take advantage of the new standards California will have to develop new curriculum...
Feb 3rd, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:58 PM
In the national news, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday January 25th. A video of his speech can be found online here and the transcript of the speech can be found through The New York Times. As reported by the Thoughts on Public Education blog and a discussion on The New York Times, education is likely to emerge as one of the frequently discussed policy topics in 2011; especially because of...