Accountability Frankenstein

Confusion about the cognitive utility of test-prep

Late one Wednesday night in late July, I became entangled in an interesting Twitter thread about testing. It began with Jennifer Borgioli’s tweet: If the test is worthy of students, then how can teaching to the test be bad? Darn sure 16 year olds want teaching to the driver's test. — Jennifer Borgioli (@DataDiva) July […]

On Ravitch, Reign of Error

p5rn7vb Bottom line: Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error captures the bulk of concerns that critics voice about the current wave of American school reform. The primary audience includes teachers, and others who hold views similar to Ravitch’s. It also is useful as a quick reference guide to the arguments by reform critics, as most of […]

Four (or maybe five) ideas for how President Obama really could reform college financial aid

Addendum: My ideas in this blog post are now a Major Motion Picture column over at Inside Higher Ed. My observable corner of the blogiverse has been active and very sharp since the president’s speech at SUNY Buffalo and the White House dreams of reforming college financial aid. Various people I read have noted the […]

Quick note on Tony Bennett: anchor cases and leadership

I’m trying to get some other things done today, but the news on Tony Bennett is dominating education reporting in Florida this week, and my two cents’ worth of response is easy to explain. Essentially, the emails AP dug up through a public records request showed that when he was the state superintendent in Indiana, […]

Florida’s education clunkocracy

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Education voted to change the rules by which the state Department of Education labels local public and charter schools with letter grades each summer. The 4-3 vote was far from its usual unanimous endorsement of the education commissioner’s recommendation.