Thursday, December 13, 2007

Accountability Alert for this Week

‘Growth’ Pilot Now Open to All States
U.S. officials say that the first states to use "growth models" have shown it can be done without compromising the accountability goals of the NCLB law.

N.Y.C. District Issues ‘Value Added’ Grades for Schools
Observers debate whether the ratings represent a reliable gauge of school quality.

Policy Focus Turning to Principal Quality
Such efforts are being driven in part by concerns that Congress will define a “highly qualified principal” when it reauthorizes the No Child Left Behind Act.

States Clear Initial Hurdle on ELL Tests
A new report finds all states and the District of Columbia have now ushered in new English-language-proficiency tests to comply with NCLB requirements for those still learning the language.

Head Start Measure Expected to Launch New Era for Program
The bill bolsters accountability requirements for grantees, requires more teachers to get bachelor’s degrees, and expands eligibility for the program by raising household income limits.

‘Turnaround’ Work Needs Rethinking, New Report Says
School leaders must link arms to create a different model for turning around the worst-performing schools, including a “protected space” free from many traditional rules.

In Perspective
More Power to Schools
After a period of top-down control under the mayor, the New York City system is freeing schools to run their own affairs—and holding them accountable for results.

Should the Mayor Be in Charge?
Anne L. Bryant argues that meaningful partnerships are more successful than takeovers.

Accountability Tests’ Instructional Insensitivity: The Time Bomb Ticketh
Teacher quality should not be judged by students’ scores on tests that are incapable of distinguishing between effective and ineffective instruction, writes W. James Popham.

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