Virtual School Meanderings

June 23, 2013

Worth A Read

From Friday’s inbox…

Worth A Read


Academia Esoteric and Inaccessible?: Not this month

Posted: 19 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Julian Vasquez Heilig shares his thoughts on a recent issue of Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA).

Assessing the New Common Core Tests: An Interview with Joan L. Herman

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Harvard Education Letter editor Nancy Walser recently interviewed Joan L. Herman, a technical adviser to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Join the critical conversation on edTPA

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

The summer issue of Rethinking Schools magazine has a special section on edTPA, a high-stakes test for new teachers currently being piloted. Three articles are featured, free online content, although a subscription or donation to Rethinking Schools would go a long way to support their work.   “The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession.” ~ Linda Darling-Hammond and Maria E. Hyler “Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question” ~ Barbara Madeloni and Julie Gorlewski “What’s a Nice Test Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools editor   Here’s a link to Rethinking Schools: LINK

Ed Schools Are Under Attack Again

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Walt Gardner shares his response to a recently released report by the National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group seeking to reform teacher preparation programs.   Statement of James G. Cibulka, President of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)   Julie Underwood, the dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education: Statement   Donald Heller, dean of Michigan State’s College of Education: The skinny on the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review   Bruce Baker: The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings   Paul Thomas: NCTQ’s Gradual Unmasking [UPDATED]   Read more at Mike Klonsky’s Small Talk Blog: NCTQ ‘study’ of teacher prep programs is good for something…

Are Arne Duncan And Randi Weingarten Running Just As Fast As They Can?

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Andy Rotherham discusses the recent statement by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to allow states operating on a waiver from the Department  for NCLB to postpone high-stakes decisions on new Common Core assessments.

Schoolchildren shuttle across SE Michigan, raising questions about funding, community identity

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Nancy Derringer shares the stories of several Detroit area school districts and the impact of school choice.

What Should The Results Of New Teacher Evaluations Look Like?

Posted: 16 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

  Matt Di Carlo looks into new teacher evaluations in several states and uses Michigan’s statewide results to study the impact of district variation in results of teacher evaluations.

Policymakers, do your homework on evaluation reform

Posted: 16 Jun 2013 09:00 PM PDT

Barnett Berry shares his concerns on teacher evaluation reform. This post provides a very detailed list of links to study failed education reforms of the past.

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