Virtual School Meanderings

March 5, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

Are Charter Schools Overrated? Experts Debate the Question

Posted: 01 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PST

Sarah Tully shares the results of a recent live debate on charter schools. “The debate was put on by Intelligence Squared U.S., a nonprofit organization that hosts debates on controversial topics that have ranged from ‘Give Trump a Chance’ to ‘Policing is Racially Biased.’ Online viewers, as well as the live audience, were asked to vote before and after the two-hour event in New York City.”

NPR Explains Charter Schools

Posted: 28 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Peter Greene attempts to provide some balance to a recent one-sided NPR piece on charter schools. “[Claudio] Sanchez decided that the best way to get a fully rounded explanation of charters was to talk to three charter advocates, a journalistic technique akin to interviewing the NRA about guns or the RJ Reynolds company about cigarettes.”

Vouchers do not improve student achievement, Stanford researcher finds

Posted: 27 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Education professor Martin Carnoy analyzed 25 years of research and found that voucher programs do not significantly improve test scores. Carnoy says vouchers distract from proven policies and programs with proven impact on test scores and graduation rates.

Imagine vouchers for other public services

Posted: 27 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

David Wilkerson discusses vouchers, education savings accounts, and parents seeking taxpayer assistance for private schools. “School choice is a concept most all can rally around. We have a number of options for families in Iowa. But while no one would likely be excited about helping to pay for my friend’s private golf course membership, he’s not excited about paying for anyone’s private school education.”

Final Thoughts: Strategies for Educators to Promote Equity and Inclusion in Schools

Posted: 26 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Dorinda Carter Andrews, Terah T. Venzant Chambers, and Chezare A. Warren share how schools can create an inclusive culture. “Here, we offer a few key strategies and resources for school leaders and teachers as they model civility and promote equity and inclusion in schools. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of ‘what educators should do to counter hate in schools.’ However, because our children our watching, there are immediate steps that should be taken.”

Putting growth closer to the center of Ohio’s overall school grading formula

Posted: 23 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Aaron Churchill looks at how Ohio schools report on performance. “There is no one scientifically correct way to determine school grading weights. It will ultimately come down to judgments on issues of what we prioritize and value, how technically sound an indicator is (all measures have their challenges, including, yes, value added), how we think certain measures will affect behavior, and how we think about fairness to schools and to students.”

How do states integrate performance assessments into their systems of assessment?

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, Jon D. Snyder, and Katherine L. Wilczak completed a research brief on performance assessments. “In a 2017 study, Stosich, Snyder & Wilczak investigated the policies and capacity building efforts of 12 states to identify the strategies used to integrate performance assessment into state systems of assessment.”

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