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Race To The Top

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‘Value-Added Method’ Of Teacher Evaluation Does Not Measure True Value

A study finds teachers who were well-regarded on student surveys and principal classroom observations, had students who did poorly on tests and the opposite also was true.

05/21/2014

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Pa. Gets $51M Federal Grant For Early Education Programs

Carolyn Dumaresq, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of education, says some of the money will be used to create 50 “Local Early Childhood Education Innovation Zones” to serve the lowest performing elementary schools in the state.

12/19/2013

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The Trouble With Testing Mania

For a broad view of our troubles in education, read The New York Times editorial “The Trouble With Testing Mania.”

07/24/2013

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Phila. School District Applies For Millions In Federal Grants

This round of grants gives cash to individual school districts using innovative tools to personalize learning.

11/06/2012

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Helping Teachers Help Themselves

In the eleven years since PAR has been used to evaluate teachers in Montgomery County, Maryland, 300 were fired. In the ten years before PAR, only 5 teachers were terminated.

06/21/2011

Race To The Top Video Gaffe

NJ Schools Chief Fired After Race To The Top Gaffe

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ― New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired his education commissioner Friday, days after it was revealed that a simple mistake on an application form might have cost the state a $400 million […]

08/27/2010