A recent personal attack on Randi Weingarten is a shameful example of a tactic that has become all too common in our debate about improving schools. If we are serious about the work at hand, it's time to reject these tactics and focus on what's best for students and teachers.
As a leader, Michelle Rhee has never been afraid to be a lightning rod. But when her critics turn her into a caricature of herself, instead of focusing on the real issues, it discourages the next generation of education leaders—of all stripes—from stepping up. And that's a loss for all of us.
A new study on time schools spend on testing finds plenty of variety, especially when it comes to prep. This addition to an emotion-fueled argument is welcome, and points to this conclusion: The trouble with testing isn't the tests themselves, but whether schools resort to a culture of testing.
A new report by NCTQ shows just how far evaluation policy reform has come since we published The Widget Effect four years ago. But better policies are just the start: putting them into practice will require a significant cultural shift, and great deal of work on the ground.