The Race to Top P-20 Data System: Is it Petrology or Pedagogy?

Every state that was a winner in the Race to the Top (RT3) has millions of dollars to develop a P-12 Longitudinal Data System (LDS). And sure enough, our friends over at Achieve, developed RT3 primers that states could use to write their proposals. The Gates Foundation also provided help to states to write their […]

The Race to Top P-20 Data System: Is it Petrology or Pedagogy?

Every state that was a winner in the Race to the Top (RT3) has millions of dollars to develop a P-12 Longitudinal Data System (LDS). And sure enough, our friends over at Achieve, developed RT3 primers that states could use to write their proposals. The Gates Foundation also provided help to states to write their […]

Georgia’s Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

Georgia's Race to the Top: Follow the Money

In 2010 the Georgia Department of Education received ~$400 million from the Race to the Top (RT3) fund to Like all states that were winners in the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, Georgia’s scope of work entails four “project” areas: Standards and Rigorous Assessment–The grant proposal indicates that the state’s Common Core Georgia Performance […]

The Race to Nowhere

Yesterday I talked about curiosity in science teaching, and included a brief movie of images that were designed to help us think about inquiry and creativity in science teaching. I was checking my blog list last night, and I noticed on The Cool Cat Teacher blog an entry that showed a trailer for a new […]

Race to the Top Finalists: A Map View

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 15 states and the District of Columbia were chosen as finalists in the first phase of The Race to the Top Fund ($4 billion). Forty states and D.C. applied for funding in this first competition which required a single proposal from each state (Please follow this link […]

Celebrating Individuality?

Yesterday I republished a post I wrote in October about the Race to the Top Fund, which is a $4.3 billion effort by the U.S. Department of Education to grant to winning States millions of dollars to increase student achievement, use student achievement data to evaluate teachers and administrators, emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & […]

Should PISA Type Assessments be used to evaluate Teacher Performance?

There is a clear mandate to build “data systems that measure student success and inform teachers and principals how they can improve their practices.” This is one of the “reform areas” in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Fund. A second area of reform is the adoption of internationally benchmarked standards and […]

The Race to the Top: Climbing Mt. PISA

In the last post, I referenced a recent special issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching which was devoted to an exploration of scientific literacy and context in PISA Science.  PISA (The Programme for International Student Assessment) is one of two (the other is TIMSS) major international assessments of science that has captured […]

The Race to the Top: A Humanistic Perspective

There was a very interesting article in the current issue of the journal Science Education by Peter Fensham of Queensland University, Australia entitled The Link Between Policy and Practice in Science Education.  In the article, Fensham argues that the science education research community “has a rather spectacular record of naivete about educational policy and politics, […]

The Race to the Top: Hold on, there!

For some reason I have become obsessed with reading about The Race to the Top, and how the present U.S. Department of Education will use these funds to reform education.  As with large scale efforts such as this one, achievement testing has become a central aspect of any program, projects, or effort suggested at the […]

The Race to the Top: Some Thoughts

The U.S. Department of Education received about $100 billion ($100,000,000,000) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  It’s an enormous amount of money that is going to given to the States.  $4.35 billion of this amount has been earmarked as The Race to the Top fund, and it is that part of Department’s program that […]