Poorest performing schools in Jefferson County get lots of rookie teachers

Probably too many rookie teachers Management of the turn-around of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County looks awfully shaky. The Courier-Journal reports that 60 of the 135 teachers brought in to the second group of the district’s schools to be tagged as Persistently Low-Achieving are first-year teachers with absolutely no prior experience. They are going…

Cheating on state assessments could bring more federal intrusion

Education Week is reporting (subscription?) that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is really unhappy about major cheating scandals on state assessments unfolding in Atlanta and Washington DC. EdWeek says the feds are now talking about creating anti-cheating rules states will have to follow with their assessment programs to keep a watch for cheating. Getting…

Teacher Professional Development: Not producing better education

At first blush, it doesn’t seem to make sense. Shouldn’t giving teachers more on the job training, called “Professional Development” (PD) in education circles, create better education programs? Apparently, a new federally sponsored student concludes the answer is: NO, at least for seventh grade mathematics teachers. The study was conducted by the American Institutes for…