Education Reform

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method
Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

You can be certain that members of the American Statistical Association, the largest organization in the United States representing statisticians and related professionals, know a thing or two about data and measurement. That makes the statement that the association just issued very important for school reform. The ASA just slammed the high-stakes “value-added method” (VAM) of

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Common Core

Actually, Louis C.K. was right about Common Core — Ravitch
Actually, Louis C.K. was right about Common Core — Ravitch

Louis C.K., the multi-talented entertainer, has suddenly found himself in the news for an unlikely reason. It has nothing to do with any of his projects but, rather, his comments on Twitter and the “Late Show With David Letterman” about how standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards are

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Social Justice

AFT – A Union of Professionals – A War on Poverty, or on the Poor?
AFT – A Union of Professionals – A War on Poverty, or on the Poor?

What does today’s war on poverty look like? It’s waged by people like Maria Shriver, who this week called attention to a human tragedy: the 42 million women and 28 million children in America who either live in poverty or are on the brink of it. And by Mackenzie Childers,

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Political Action

Cuomo speaks at Democrats’ fundraiser in Holbrook; protesters outside attack Common Core, school tax cap – Newsday
Cuomo speaks at Democrats’ fundraiser in Holbrook; protesters outside attack Common Core, school tax cap – Newsday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo headlined the Suffolk Democrats’ spring dinner Monday night, which drew a record crowd of 550 inside Villa Lombardi’s. But outside the Holbrook catering hall, more than 2,000 chanting, placard-carrying protesters attacked the governor’s stands on everything from the Common Core academic standards and gun rights to

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Labor/Union Movement

America’s Middle Class Falls Behind | TIME.com
America’s Middle Class Falls Behind | TIME.com

Once the juggernaut of the American economy and the envy of the world, the middle class has finally lost its position as the richest in the world, according to a new report. The New York Times, citing an analysis of survey data going back 35, reports that the middle class

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