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…