• Understanding The Great Pause

    Our state showed some of the largest test-score gains in the country through the mid- to late-1990s. But since then, North Carolina’s performance has been lackluster.

  • Deconstructing NAEP

    Recent data place American students on an upward academic trajectory. Results from Tuesday’s release of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” reveal reading and math gains for both elementary and middle school students.

  • Lindalyn’s Journal

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." While I believe his relativistic views were (and still are) inaccurate, they nevertheless highlight the power of interpretation to "explain away" facts and data. In the world of education, subjective explanations abound, particularly with regard to student performance…

  • Revolutionaries Lead Way to School Reform

    The Education Leaders Council, born in 1995, is an advocacy group that describes itself as an action tank, not a think tank, reports Karen Palasek. The result was the beginning of an organization that in September 2002 brought more than 400 state school superintendents, teachers, policymakers, education analysts, and consultants…