The Obama administration is resisting mounting calls for a moratorium on using student test scores to evaluate teachers, students and schools.
On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to create, support and implement the Common Core State Standards, said states should hold off from using new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core to evaluate teacher performance.Read full article >>
With the approach of summer, leadership shifts are in motion at colleges and universities in the Washington region, including a switch atop the Howard University Board of Trustees.
Here are some of the notable developments:Read full article >>
A Norfolk Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that a statewide school takeover board created by the Virginia General Assembly to manage struggling schools is not constitutional.
Judge Charles E. Poston said that Virginia’s constitution vests the authority to establish school divisions in the Board of Education, not the General Assembly, and gives local school boards the authority to supervise the schools.Read full article >>
Strauss: Gates Foundation backs two-year delay in linking Common Core test scores to teacher evaluation, student promotion
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued an interesting letter (see below) on Tuesday saying that it now supported delaying by two years using student standardized test scores in high-stakes consequences on teacher evaluation and student promotion while schools are learning how to implement the Common Core State Standards and new Core-aligned standardized tests.Read full article >>