What do GOP candidates think about education?

  • Ohio should know that it’s not alone: Value-Added
    performance assessment of teachers is becoming more and more widely
    used as part of evaluation ratings.  This report by the Wall Street
    Journal points
    out that districts in at least 26 states are judging teachers in part
    on students’ performance on standardized tests.  Cities like New York
    have used it to deny tenure to three percent of teachers. 
  • Is the U.S. Department of Education’s life at stake in the upcoming 2012 presidential election?  This article takes a look at some of the GOP hopefuls’ stance on education and how it may evolve over the next year.
  • In the United States and internationally, the global recession
    has hit those lower levels of education much more than those with
    postsecondary education. Those considered least well qualified (less
    than a high school diploma) saw unemployment rates move up at twice the
    rate of those with a college degree. This isn’t exactly surprising, but
    The Economis provides a telling graphic to illustrate the point.  
  • Education Trust takes a look at how teacher evaluation systems can be “Fair to Everyone.” 
    Teachers usually know who among their peers is performing at a high
    level yet teacher compensation systems treat them as if they all perform
    uniformly. Measuring student learning through multiple methods can more
    efficiently identify and reward top-notch teachers while also fostering
    an environment for improvement.