Hint: really, really low.
I especially enjoyed this bit:
Ironically, [Michelle] Rhee’s successors at DCPS have redesigned teaching through some of the very policies that teachers’ unions and other Rhee adversaries opposed most strongly: comprehensive teacher evaluations, the abandonment of seniority-based staffing, and performance-based promotions and compensation. They combined these with other changes, like more collaboration among teachers, that these same critics had backed. Just as notably, the transformation is taking place not at charters but in the traditional public school system, an institution that many reformers have written off as too hidebound to innovate.
Could those "hidebound" regular public schools be responding to increasing, intense competition from charters? Hmmmm . . .
Forget President Trump. He's a nouveau amateur. If you really want to make a Lefty's skin crawl just breathe the name "Koch".
"Don’t know what school choice is and why people feel so passionately about it? Watch the following video from Prager University. A young lady named Denisha Merriweather narrates and tells how school choice changed her life."
President Trump invited Ms. Merriweather to his address to Congress.
"Home of All The Free Language Resources". Impressive: if it doesn't have the language you want, you don't need to speak that language.
I don't agree with everything here, but I like this:
I was involved in many curricula fights, few of them ever resolved much. Ever subject area and discipline considered theirs essential to an education. They failed in achieving curricula useful to the student and society. This was because they were controlled by people ensuring what interested them or what ensured their job, rather than what the student needed to become an effective informed citizen. Students are not given the tools to avoid being exploited.
That question is above my pay grade. But I can say that at the university I worked for the word "Elsevier" was used the same way the phrase "convicted child molester" would have been.
An alternative to college is very much needed, so this article is encouraging.
Even given the low expectations I have for good sense in K-12 education, this is really dopey.
The plan — by the Mastery Transcript Consortium, which counts over 100 top private schools as members — would have its participants stop reporting grades to college admissions offices and instead provide a new model for transcripts and portfolios. The consortium’s proposal would serve as one more step in a trend going back a century toward introducing vagueness and, by extension, discretionary power into college admissions.
If, supposedly, wealthy people can give their offspring an unfair advantage on the SATs and getting good high school grades, wait until you see how large an advantage they can procure in getting good "portfolios".
A little known way teachers' unions are even worse than they appear.
Only about half of all new teachers will stay long enough to qualify for a pension at all, and fewer than one in five will reap the large back-end rewards promised by the plans.