Testing and Accountability for Public Power

Testing and accountability policy has consistently been held up as a way to empower parents, especially in poor neighborhoods. Give parents clear, objective information about how schools are doing, and schools, facing complaints from parents and shrinking enrollments as parents opt to send their children elsewhere, will be pressured to reform themselves. In essence, accountability …

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What we can learn about education from Finland

For all of the money spent by the corporate education reformers we’d expect to see massive improvements in student learning, school facilities, and education policy. Instead, charter schools have been a mostly unsuccessful “experiment” that has diverted billions of dollars from public schools struggling to maintain safe facilities and adequate programs for students. Standardized testing …

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