Media Commons Archive
Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a national poll of college presidents (more than 1,000 responded, from every sector) and the results may be newsworthy for some of you — especially the results related to college athletics and to the 2012 election.
On athletics, we found that:
Five Questions For … Harris Interactive’s Dana Markow on the MetLife Teacher Survey, Job Satisfaction, and the Economy
The new “MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy,” focuses on teacher satisfaction, the economy’s impact on education, and parental involvement in education. EWA spoke with Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research at Harris Interactive, about significant changes in perceptions about the public school environment.
1. There seems to be no shortage of studies and reports on the state of public schools. What sets apart the “American Teacher”?
In Sunday’s Washington Post, former New York City Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein sounds the alarm on education as an election year issue.
“Unless voters insist that candidates give education the attention it deserves, this will be another political season in which both sides offer pablum without seeking a mandate for the ambitious reforms our schools require.”
While researching achievement by black males in higher education, University of Pennsylvania Prof. Shaun Harper – director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education — turned a familiar question inside out. Instead of asking why their college failure rate was so high, Harper set out to see what could be learned from the students who were succeeding. He spoke with EWA about overcoming biases in expectations, as well as in how outcomes are reported.
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Bill Gates once again takes the issue of teacher evaluations to the op-ed page of The New York Times with a column this morning advising against publishing teacher rankings:
“Shaming poorly performing teachers doesn’t fix the problem because it doesn’t give them specific feedback.
The California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force this week released a set of recommendations “aimed at improving the educational outcomes of our students and the workforce preparedness of our state.”
Over the weekend, a Washington Post sports writer had a piece in the paper’s opinion section decrying legislation in Virginia that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools. Lawmakers are calling it the “Tebow bill” for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a home-schooled Floridian who played football for his hometown team.
In a column this week in The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof cites the teacher contract in New Haven, Conn., as a “breakthrough experiment” that “offers a glimpse of an education future that is less rancorous” than today’s knock-down-drag-out battles between the education reform camp and teachers’ unions.
So glad to join the group. Can’t wait to hear what everyone has been working on.
I have spent the last 3 months at Newsday working on an interactive map showing where every state in the union stands on teacher evals. Please check it out.
I want to keep it as up to date as possible going forward and would love it if it became a tool for all interested in this important topic.
If you missed our webinar yesterday with the Data Quality Campaign’s Elizabeth Laird — Mining the Data: What States Have and Where to Find It — you can view it online here.
Also, for your reference, here are a few pieces of background reading:
Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott made headlines when he decried how high-stakes testing in many Texas school districts had become “a perversion” of its original goals.
As an Associated Press reporter assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border, Christopher Sherman’s beat is usually more about drug wars and immigration than public schools. But in recent weeks he’s spent more time on campuses there. In early January, Sherman wrote about a Brownsville, Texas middle schooler who was shot and killed by police after he brandished what turned out to be a realistic-looking pellet gun. He reported on south Texas students inadvertently injured by a competitive marksman who was engaged in target practice on a friend’s property adjacent to their middle school.
Amy Laitinen, a former policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, is now a senior policy analyst for Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. She spoke with EWA about the surprising amount of higher education content in President Obama’s State of the Union address, the warning he issued to colleges and universities on financial aid and just how divided Congress really is over the reauthorization of ESEA.
The Princeton Review, among others, have consistently weighed in on which colleges are “party schools,” among other labels. The Review’s announcements are based on non-scientific surveys; any college student can check off if their school is a party school.
But that does not leave parents of college-bound students with an effective guide to whether a college might be a party school as opposed to being a place of serious learning.
Tomorrow night is the State of the Union. What’s on your Buzzword Bingo card? Progress? Global competitiveness? Accountability?
What issues do you expect to get the spotlight? Early childhood education is probably a lock, along with teacher training and evaluations. (But I’d also love to hear him say something about training and evaluating principals.)
Please share your ideas here, and I’ll be sure to include them in tomorrow’s blog post on the Educated Reporter.
In case you haven’t heard already, the U.S. Supreme Court currently is deciding whether to hear another affirmative action case, this one regarding college admissions. In Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, the plaintiff claims she would have been accepted to the flagship university were it not for the college’s consideration of race in its admission decisions.