education reform en Teacher Tenure Takes a Hit in California <p>A California judge has struck down the state's teacher tenure and seniority system, ruling it denies students their fundamental right to a quality education.</p><p>The <em>LA Times</em> reports the judge <a href="">appeared to accept</a> most of the prosecution's main arguments, including the idea that teachers can be fairly evaluated using student test scores. The paper also notes the judge rejected defense claims that teacher quality compares favorably to workforce quality in other fields.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:14:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34991 at Rhode Island is Not Alone in Worrying About Public Education <p>Concerns about public education in China are fueling an increasing interest in alternative schools like Waldorf education. The trend is profiled in a fascinating <em>New Yorker</em> <a href="">article</a> now on newsstands.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:54:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28717 at Signs of Improvement at Central Falls High School <p>Three years after a state order to dramatically overhaul Central Falls High School, a new report finds evidence of progress. The Education Alliance at Brown University conducted the study, which finds school culture and parent involvement have improved significantly.</p><p></p><p>The graduation rate at Central Falls High is up from 48 percent in 2009 to 70 percent last year. Superintendent of Central Falls Schools Fran Gallo says it took an all-out effort from school staff to keep students from dropping out.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:06:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23412 at Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">It&rsquo;s October, and that means </span></font><font color="red" face="Tahoma,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:11:57 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23291 at Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI Diane Ravitch to Speak at URI <p>As Rhode Island debates high school diplomas tied to test scores, a prominent critic of standardized testing comes to make her case at the University of Rhode Island. Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is scheduled to speak this evening as part of URI&#39;s honors colloquium on education.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:56:34 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23226 at Gist Declines Debate with Students <p>Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has turned down a request from students for a public debate over high stakes testing. The invitation came from the Providence Student Union, a student advocacy group operating in Providence Public Schools.</p><p>The group plans to hold a protest vigil at the Department of Education with candles, dirges and other symbols of mourning. Organizers say the demonstration is meant as a “tongue in cheek display of mourning for the expected ‘death’ of Education Commissioner Gist’s reputation.”</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:55:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15923 at Board of Ed Tackles Guns, Gist and Science <p>There’s a meaty agenda on tap this week at the State Board of Education. The group is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial proposal to allow police to carry guns on state college campuses. The board is also scheduled to vote on adopting new science standards and consider a contract extension for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:29:20 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15643 at Teachers to Sound Off on Education Policy <p>Rhode Island’s two teachers’ unions are holding a forum for teachers to discuss their dissatisfaction with new policies in the state’s public schools.</p><p>Teachers have complained about the pace of changes under State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and they are particularly concerned about new annual teacher evaluations, which include test scores as one measure of teacher effectiveness. The teachers have asked the state to slow down implementation of the evaluations, saying they are time consuming and need adjustment.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:23:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15511 at As RI Rolls Out Common Core, Are New Science Standards Next? <p>Rhode Island is one of 26 states that have promised to consider new science guidelines known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Next Generation Science Standards</a>. The standards were developed by the same organization that created the Common Core, a group of national standards many states including Rhode Island are now adopting for Math and English.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:44:59 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15399 at Business Supports Gist <p>Business leaders are coming out in support of Deborah Gist, the state’s controversial education commissioner. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that two dozen business organizations have asked the State Board of Education to renew Gist’s contract, which is currently under review.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50:10 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15326 at