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  • anc_dyn_links 7/5/2012
    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel told thousands of cheering delegates at the NEA RA that educators have the power to influence education policy and must lead the profession in educating the next generation of students.
  • anc_dyn_links 6/22/2012
    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered a new generation of “hands-on” tasks allowing students to perform experiments with lab materials and other equipment as part of NAEP’s 2009 science assessment.
  • anc_dyn_links 6/8/2012
    Secretary Duncan announced last week that the number of states approved for NCLB waivers has climbed to 19 with the addition of 8 new states.
  • anc_dyn_links 5/11/2012
    This week the Department of Education released a vision for the Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT) Project.
  • anc_dyn_links 4/27/2012
    Education Week reports that most states are broadening their accountability systems in their waiver requests to include other subjects besides mathematics and reading.
  • anc_dyn_links 4/12/2012
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools held a National Summit on Gender-based Violence Among Young People on April 6-7.
  • anc_dyn_links 3/30/2012
    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel joined his counterparts from around the globe at the 2nd International Teaching Summit whose theme was Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders.
  • anc_dyn_links 3/16/2012
    NEA urged Congress to make a quality education for all students a top priority in the FY 2013 federal budget in a letter to the House detailing its budget recommendations for the next fiscal year.
  • anc_dyn_links 3/2/2012
    Two Republican ESEA reauthorization bills were approved along party lines this week during a House Education and the Workforce Committee markup.
  • anc_dyn_links 2/17/2012
    The Department of Education (ED) has initiated a national dialogue on ways to advance the teaching profession under the banner of RESPECT: Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching.
  • anc_dyn_links 2/6/2012
    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel praised President Obama for his vision and roadmap for putting Americans back to work.
  • anc_dyn_links 1/20/2012
    In a recent Washington Post op-ed piece, Secretary Duncan applauded No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for highlighting achievement gaps, but then offered a strong critique of the law.
  • anc_dyn_links 1/6/2012
    The 10th anniversary of NCLB is no cause for celebration, according to an NEA statement. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel calls for major changes in the act that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002.
  • anc_dyn_links 12/9/2011
    In a surprise pairing, Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond and American Enterprise Institute education policy studies director Frederick Hess published a joint op-ed piece in the NY Times on a pragmatic federal role in the reauthorization.
  • anc_dyn_links 11/22/2011
    Eleven states met the first federal deadline to apply for NCLB waivers, spelling out in their applications how they plan to meet the Department of Education waiver requirements.
  • anc_dyn_links 11/10/2011
    On Tuesday, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), convened a committee roundtable with education stakeholders to discuss ways to move toward an ESEA designed for the 21st century.
  • anc_dyn_links 10/28/2011
    The influential Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) last week approved a major bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a vote of 15-7.
  • anc_dyn_links 10/14/2011
    Senator Tom Harkin, D-IA, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduces ESEA reauthorization legislation.
  • anc_dyn_links 9/30/2011
    President Obama announces plan to give states short-term relief from NCLB...
  • anc_dyn_links 9/16/2011
    NEA President Dennis Van Roekel strongly lauded President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which includes funds to repair schools and to prevent teacher layoffs as well as to hire additional educators...
  • anc_dyn_links 9/2/2011
    California joined a growing list of states asking for relief from NCLB’s system of labeling and punishing schools...
  • anc_dyn_links 8/19/2011
    On August 8, 2011 the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to offer regulatory flexibility from NCLB requirements in exchange for as-yet-undetermined reform commitments by states.
  • anc_dyn_links 8/5/2011
    NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen joined thousands of educators at the Save our Schools (SOS) Rally in the nation’s capital on July 30, 2011...
  • anc_dyn_links 7/22/2011
    The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed a bill that would give states and school districts the discretion to transfer money out of critical ESEA programs...

Merit pay study in Nashville finds no benefits (September 21, 2010)

The first scientific study of pay-for-performance ever conducted in the United States found that paying teachers bonuses does not raise student test scores.

Value-added scores for teachers swing wide in New York City (Sept. 16, 2010)

"Value-added" scores for New York City teachers are subject to wide swings, a study reveals. For example, 31 percent of English teachers in the bottom 20 percent for 2007 jumped to the top 40 percent the next year.

Leading scholars pan “value-added” scores (August 27, 2010)

A panel of America’s top researchers revealed that teachers’ value-added results swing wildly from year to year. They also found other evidence that “VAM” is not a fair or accurate way to judge teachers.

Merit pay fails in Chicago (May, 2010)

Two years into a study of a plan that awards bonuses for raising student test scores, researchers find no effect on either scores or teacher retention.

Charter school study concludes that, in the aggregate, charter schools do worse than traditional public schools with comparable students. (June 15, 2009)

The researchers found 37 percent of charter schools perform worse on test scores than traditional public schools, 46 percent do about the same, and 17 percent do better.




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