A risky education

Washington Post (WP) reported today on last week's published U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress joint school-improvement platform. The WP story writes:
Among the document's most controversial proposals is a call for states and school systems to "fairly and efficiently remove ineffective teachers."

The platform also urged the development of statewide data systems to help track student achievement and teacher effectiveness. It also called on schools to expand student learning time -- which encompasses classroom time, tutoring and after-school and experiential programs -- and called for states to adopt a common definition of graduation rates.
The Center states much of their recommendations was built on the data as reported in the interactive state-by-state map, Education Report Card.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offered details of their grading methodology (Hawaii's grades follow each category):
  1. Academic Achievement (F)
  2. Academic Achievement of Low-Income and Minority Students (C)
  3. Return on Investment (F)
  4. Truth in Advertising About Student Proficiency (B)
  5. Rigor of Standards (D)
  6. Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (F)
  7. 21st Century Teaching Force (B)
  8. Flexibility in Management and Policy (B)
  9. Data Quality (A)

In the WP article, Tom Donohue, chamber president, says:
Without real leadership in education reform, our economic future and prosperity are at risk.
Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness
(February 2007, pdf, 88pp/1.2MB)

Overview (html)
Major Findings (html)

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