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The Asian-white gap – correspondence

The Asian-white gap – correspondence – Letter to the Editor Steve Fellows Jens Ludwig (“The Great Unknown,” Check the Facts, Summer 2003) raises a number of important questions about the U.S. Department of Education’s study of the black-white test-score gap. But he ignores entirely the fact that their analysis and virtually all other studies on […]

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Enemy of the good: no standardized test is perfect. But they’re useful nonetheless – Forum

Enemy of the good: no standardized test is perfect. But they’re useful nonetheless – Forum – Brief Article Donald R. McAdams VALUE-ADDED ASSESSMENT IS FLAWED, EVEN SERIOUSLY flawed. Nevertheless, I remain committed to the use of testing and value-added techniques to improve America’s public schools. Voters and policymakers should hold school districts and their employees […]

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The great unknown: does the black-white test-score gap narrow or widen through the school years? It depends on how you measure – Check the Facts

The great unknown: does the black-white test-score gap narrow or widen through the school years? It depends on how you measure – Check the Facts – Educational Achievement and Black-White Inequality Jens Ludwig Educational Achievement and Black-White Inequality By Jonathan Jacobsen, Cara Olsen, Jennifer Kinq Rice, Stephen Sweetland, and John Ralph National Center for Education […]

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Tough love at the Hyde schools

Tough love at the Hyde schools Malcolm Gauld Shortly after his initial visit, I asked James Traub whether he planned to evaluate Hyde according to how effectively we honor our mission or on the basis of how closely we embody his perception of the good school. Reflecting the latter, Traub’s “The Moral Imperative” (Features, Winter […]

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Investment planning: the role of resources in education – Book Review

Investment planning: the role of resources in education – Book Review – Education Matters: Selected Essays Derek Neal Education Matters: Selected Essays Edward Elgar Publishing, 2001, $120; 512 pages by Alan B. Krueger Two opposing camps dominate contemporary discussions of how to improve America’s schools. One identifies as the central problem the limited resources currently […]

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the social price paid by the best and brightest minority students

“Acting white”: the social price paid by the best and brightest minority students Roland G. Fryer “Go into any inner-city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can’t teach kids to learn. They know that parents have to parent, that children can’t achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television […]

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Portfolio assessment: carrying less weight in the era of standards-based accountability

Portfolio assessment: carrying less weight in the era of standards-based accountability Jay Mathews At the Beacon School in Manhattan, the teachers and administrators thought they had resolved, at least to their satisfaction, the long national debate over how best to assess students’ work. From the school’s outset in 1993, Beacon’s educators decided to treat their […]

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The chasm remains: A Nation at Risk failed to address the unique problems of urban schools and minority children, whose test scores continue to lag behind those of whites

The chasm remains: A Nation at Risk failed to address the unique problems of urban schools and minority children, whose test scores continue to lag behind those of whites – Feature Paul T. Hill MINORITY STUDENTS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY CONCENTRATED IN urban school districts, During the 1990-91 school year, 40 of the 57 districts that […]

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does the law’s great big machine for overhauling schools produce anything worthwhile?

The NCLB restruct-a-tron: does the law’s great big machine for overhauling schools produce anything worthwhile? Schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress for six consecutive years are subject to the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind. The restructuring options prescribed by law include strong measures, such as turning failing schools into charter schools […]

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Critical demagogues: what happens when ideology and teaching mix

Critical demagogues: what happens when ideology and teaching mix – check the facts J. Martin Rochester To the egoistic and asocial being that has just been born, [society] must, as rapidly as possible, add another, capable of leading a moral and social life. Such is the work of education. –Emile Durkheim, 1911 “Critical pedagogy” a […]