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The “War Report” Radio Show: False Promise of NCLB for Public Education

Leave No Child Behind is a moniker appropriated from the military’s “Leave No Man Behind.” Perhaps the moniker belies the mindset of the authors of high-stakes testing and accountability policies, because we are in the middle of a “war” for public education with the privateers— those seeking to profit from our education system. (See Billionaires co-opt […]

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Harkin proposal for revision of NCLB has arrived

Harkin has released his Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013. A re-authorization of ESEA and revision to NCLB. I will try to produce Cloaking Inequity’s analysis in the next few days. Press release: http://lnkd.in/nZJjKT Bill: http://lnkd.in/mrG3Ns Bill summary: http://lnkd.in/DvA3pY See Cloaking Inequity’s posts on high-stakes testing and accountability. I am in Brazil for meetings at the Senate in […]

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“Tiger Blood, Man”: A. Ross Thomas Highly Commended Paper

How can you make a post about an academic paper winning an award interesting? Start with Charlie Sheen quotes of course! I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there. […]

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Soiled Legacy: The Birth of No Child Left Behind in Texas

There have been several articles describing the “Don’t Mess with Texas Revolt” against its own approach to high-stakes testing and accountability that was legislated in No Child Left Behind. Many Texans, regardless of their political stripes, are fed up with the current approach to high-stakes testing and accountability birthed here in the Lone Star State. There […]

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A New Way to Do Accountability: How to Banish NCLB’s Narrow Paradigm

How can we banish NCLB’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Here is how you do it… Accountability should foster collective community goals. In education, there are many measures of student success from school entry through graduation and beyond. Here are Community-Based Accountability Executive Summary and Key Features. Please forward and circulate widely. These are living documents and […]

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Animated Conversation: Dewey and Dubya

Its finals week at UT-Austin. Lindsay Redd and Lindsay Butterfield created this short animated discussion between George W. Bush and John Dewey for their final project presentation today in my Education Foundations course. Enjoy!

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Race and NCLB Waivers: Moving Around the Chairs?

In the recent vote for 2012 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award, the Florida SBOE race-based test score goals came in a close second to TFA for the prize. In fact, two of my Linkedin connections made the following comments in response the posting:  I vote for ALL ESEA waivers that systematize the achievement gap in many, […]

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It will take 80 more years…

It will take 80 more years for No Child Left Behind to close the achievement gap.

Sean Reardon, Stanford University Professor of Education, comment (October 4, 2012 INVALSI Accountability Conference in Rome, Italy) based on his latest research on achievement gaps in the United States. 

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“Illusion of Inclusion,” Article about Race and Standards in Harvard Educational Review

 In this article, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Keffrelyn Brown, and Anthony Brown offer findings from a close textual analysis of how the Texas social studies standards address race, racism, and communities of color. Using the lens of Critical Race Theory, the authors uncover the sometimes subtle ways that the standards can appear to adequately address race while […]

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Bad Apples?: Accountability, AYP, and Cheating

I gave another interview on the cheating scandal in El Paso (1,2,3) yesterday. The question that often arises is this only a case of bad apples? The research literature has long shown serial dishonesty in Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) publicly reported dropout and graduation numbers (See for example IDRA; Losen, Orfield, & Balfanz, 2006; Vasquez Heilig & Darling-Hammond) suggesting […]

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Alternative certification and Teach For America: The search for high quality teachers

Vasquez Heilig, J., Cole, H. & Springel, M. (2011). Alternative certification and Teach For America: The search for high quality teachers. Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, 20(3), 388-412. At a time when accountability leads almost any discussion within or about the education sector, it is a disconcerting irony that we continue to require more […]

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As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability

Vasquez Heilig, J. (2011). As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability. American Secondary Education, 39(3), 17-41. No Child Left Behind’s mandated high-stakes testing and accountability policies have pervaded districts and schools nationwide. To examine student progress and graduation in the midst of first generation Texas-style accountability, this study tracked individuals […]

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At-risk student averse: Risk management and accountability

Vasquez Heilig, J., Young, M. & Williams, A. (2012). At-risk student averse: Risk management and accountability. Journal of Educational Administration, 50(5). The prevailing theory of action underlying accountability is that holding schools and students accountable will increase educational output. While accountability’s theory of action intuitively seemed plausible, at the point of No Child Left Behind’s national implementation, little empirical […]

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