Race to the Top Handicapping (Update)

March 16th, 2010

Author: Michael Rasmussen

Yesterday NCTQ released another look at the RTTT finalists, this time from the lens of how they stack up on the Teacher Quality section of the application. Delaware is in the top three. Also, Governor Markell and his team are having there final interview today in DC, but we will not know about awards until the end of the month or early...

Race to the Top Handicapping

March 12th, 2010

Author: Michael Rasmussen

While no one knows exactly how many states will be winners in the first round of Race to the Top, it’s down to 16 and predictions are starting to circle for how the finalists stack up.  Delaware looks pretty good across the board. The national predictions we have seen (Education Week, Partnership for Learning, Foundation for Education...

Yelling “Fire”

February 5th, 2010

Author: Paul Herdman

Dear Friends, Turning around low performing schools is finally getting some traction, but this is going to be a steep learning curve. As one of my board members said last week, “Those buildings have been burning for years, but no one’s been yelling, ‘Fire.’” The question is, “Do we know how to put it out?”...

NCLB might get a look in 2010!

February 1st, 2010

Author: Michael Rasmussen

The Obama administration has fired its first shot at the reauthorization of NCLB.  Not lots of details available yet, but we can expect to see conversation about AYP targets, end goals, and Title I funding.  Chances are this effort will build off a lot of the same reforms we have seen in the Race to the Top, School Improvement, and State...