Transforming Education IV

In writing the three previous Transforming Education posts – in the pursuit of being brief (apparently the rule for blogs) – I have skipped topics I think are important. So here in summary form are my thoughts on some other topics that are part of designing a k-12 system that increases the number of high quality schools (without regard to…

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Transforming Education: Policy Framework

In my last post I suggested that all schools should be held accountable for a "every student meets a without remediation at the next level " standard. That leads to the question “what levers do we have to make that happen as quickly as possible? My answer: close chronically failing schools and grant the ability to open new schools only…

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Transforming Education: Quality Standards

As bad as the current results are from our entire k-12 education system, I'm optimistic that we can get big gains in student achievement. My optimism is based on a decade of progress made by schools here and around the country in student achievement – primarily in new high quality urban schools. These are the students many thought high education…

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Transforming Education

If, as we and others have argued, education attainment is the key to economic success for both individuals and communities in a flattening world, how you improve education outcomes becomes a central question for community leaders and policymakers. We need big change. The current reality for Michigan is generally poor results. The best metric for how well our whole system…

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What Matters Most

Real interesting James Fallows article in the Atlantic. Its about how America gets out of the current mess we are in. Fallows brings a unique perspective, just returning after years living in China. Worth reading! Fallows makes the point that no matter how bad things appear today, the country still has the best assets to do well going forward. The…

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