Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Recently, a former student called me to vent about the rules of married life and how these rules don’t match the vision that she has for herself as a change agent.  As she talked about drowning in externally imposed expectations about being a married woman (sounding like a feminist just as much as sounding like … More Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Education Next Poll Results, ECAA, and State Level Accountability

This summer, I wrote a piece in favor of the Senate’s modified version of NCLB (as it is currently up for renewal).  I summarized its position in the following statement… In light of last minute amendments, the (Senate’s) final version maintains NCLB’s position to disclose student performance and expose gaps by way of standardized tests.  … More Education Next Poll Results, ECAA, and State Level Accountability

Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Part II of the series:  The Need for a Deeper Dive Over the past few months, I have tweeted under the #biggerfish2fry umbrella arguing that I don’t want to pick sides in the polarized reform/anti-reform debate. I feel that each side has a compelling argument and each side has room for growth.  But being challenged … More Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Is Test-Based Accountability a Civil Rights Issue?

I recently wrote “The Standardization Trap” where I talked about standardized tests in how they adversely influence instruction.  One of my main arguments was against the notion of tests being used as the primary measure of achievement.  In that students need access to literacies beyond those that are captured by standardized tests, centering them as the … More Is Test-Based Accountability a Civil Rights Issue?

The Standardization Trap

One reason why we support charter schools and the school reform movement here in the Empowerment Network is that reform is theorized to radically serve all students without excuses.  Minority and low-income students need a schooling model that is based on their achievement—not based on the achievement of others.  I make this distinction frequently because … More The Standardization Trap