Last week’s announcment of the Race to the Top initiative by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Obama put pay for performance plans back in the national conversation. So we’re talking about it again, too. “States that explicitly prohibit linking data on achievement or student growth to principal and teacher evaluations will be ineligible for
In our most recent report, Promise or peril? Teacher pay for performance, we examine the checkered history of performance pay in U.S. schools, and offer a practical list of things districts should keep in mind when considering new approaches to teacher compensation. Districts going down this road would further benefit from two new reports from
Frank McCourt died over the weekend at the age of 78. As the millions of readers of his memoir know, just surviving a childhood of poverty, constant hunger, illness, indifferent institutions, and criminally irresponsible adults was his first remarkable accomplishment. That he told his story with humor and forgiveness is truly astonishing. We should also take a
The Associated Press last week ran a story called “Too much homework: Parents, schools seek balance.” Broward County, Fla., they reported, has approved the 10-minute rule (10 minutes of homework a night per grade). In Glenrock, Wyo., a no-homework policy was put in place. And the Colchester School District in Vermont enacted a policy whereby
The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, reports that low-income New Jersey children who attended preschool performed better in school. “The percentage of kids who had to repeat kindergarten or first grade was twice as high for those who did not attend preschool, as it was for those who started at age 3,” the paper reported.