Putting Education Reform To The Test


Merit pay; eliminating tenure; new teacher evaluations — how are school, district and state policies affecting how educators and their students perform?

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What We Learned This Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida’s New Standards

For the past year The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. […]

Florida Teachers More Likely To Leave The Profession

Florida teachers are leaving the classroom at a faster rate than the national average, according to a new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Richard Ingersoll for the Alliance for Excellent Education. About 8 percent of Florida teachers left the classroom from 2008 to 2009. Nationally, 6.8 percent of teachers left the classroom during the […]

Essay: How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago? That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American History for the first time in one of our nation’s many […]

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

Our partners at WLRN put together a special education hour of the Sunshine Economy this week. The conversation ranged from a talk with Broward County’s superintendent about Common Core to a chat with a group of high school students about diversity in the classroom: In this edition of The Sunshine Economy: The school year may […]

Duval, Orange Teachers Miss More Days Than Average, Study Finds

More than two-thirds of Duval County teachers were “frequently absent” or worse during the 2012-2013 school year, according to a new study by the National Center for Teaching Quality. Nearly half of teachers in Orange County schools missed at least 11 days of school — which NCTQ says is “frequently absent” — while 30 percent […]

Why Investors Are Going Back To School

Marketplace, the daily business news show from American Public Media, is launching a new series on education technology. The U.S. education market is worth $2 trillion, Adriene Hill reports. The first story takes a look at where venture capitalists are spending their money. Some are investing in projects like Remind101, which lets teachers send out […]

60 Years After Brown, Reflections On Desegregation In Florida

Brown v. Board of Education—the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools are inherently unequal—turns 60 years old this weekend. Earlier this week, we brought you memories from students and teachers who were there in the early days of desegregation. And now, with decades of perspective, here are some of their reflections on the legacy of Brown: Mamie […]

Two New Studies Find Problems With Teacher Evaluations

Two new national studies raise questions about the how accurate modern teacher evaluations are. The first study, from the University of Southern California’s Morgan Polikoff and the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrew Porter, finds test-based evaluation scores have little to no link to other teacher quality measures, such as how well instruction matches standards and the […]

Social Media Helps Florida Teachers Connect, Inspire And Hone Their Craft

Lutz Elementary School teacher Mike Meiczinger noticed some parents weren’t using the class web site to keep track of what their students were doing. So Meiczinger signed up for Twitter as another way to keep in touch. He still feels like a novice, but Meiczinger sees it as an instant messaging service for parents. “I […]

Some Of Our Favorite Thoughts On What #TeachingIs

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers are leading a social media campaign called #TeachingIs. The goal is to push back against the idea that teachers are glorified baby-sitters and share what the job is really like. Here are some of our favorite #TeachingIs tweets.

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