Some reads if you’re not too consumed with the exciting conclusion to the NCLB naming contest:
Two on teacher quality. Annenberg’s Robert Rothman walks through the value-added debate around teacher quality. It’s not technical and a great overview. Meanwhile, don’t forget the big NCTQ meeting in D.C., now Michelle Rhee is speaking, too. Could be some news there.
School turnarounds. Chicago Public Radio takes a look at a turnaround school there and a dimension that doesn’t always get a lot of attention.
Student turnarounds. The Times reports on an interesting program for dropouts, MDRC has the early eval here. I’ve worked with at-risk kids in alternative settings, there is a lot to be said for these approaches and they’re too often patchwork and resource starved. Obviously creating the kind of schools that kids don’t want to dropout of is the most effective strategy but some safety net/second chance system will always be necessary.
State finance. Rockefeller Institute takes a look at fourth quarter revenue from 2008 (pdf). Obvious eduimplications.
Animating. “How The Test Was Won,” The Simpsons do No Child Left Behind.