News from EPSA
EPSA extends warm thanks to alumnae, Dana Leon-Guerrero (Sociology & Education, 2010) and Lauren McDade (Politics & Education, 2013), who were featured speakers at TC's Washington DC Admit Reception on Wednesday, April 2. The reception, sponsored by the Office of Admission, allowed newly admitted students to meet with TC alumni and learn more about their academic and professional experiences. Published: 4/9/2014 12:48:00 PM
The faculty members of the department of Education Policy and Social Analysis will be participating and presenting at this year's AERA conference in Philadelphia, PA. Published: 4/2/2014 11:19:00 AM
In a new policy brief, Amy Stuart Wells writes that so-called "colorblind" educational policies work against diverse public schools. Published: 4/1/2014 8:08:00 PM
Jonathan Gyurko received his Ph.D.in Education and Politics in 2012 from Teachers College Columbia University, where he serves as an adjunct assistant professor. He also runs Leeds Global Partners, an education consultancy. The article, published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Politics of Education Association Bulletin, draws on his dissertation research titled "Teacher Voice." Published: 3/26/2014 4:14:00 PM
The grant will support a comparative research in Buffalo and two other cities and study whether and how community institutions in three mid-sized cities can work together to tackle social and educational challenges in their local communities. TC Media Center in Research/Publication section announced the information about the grant in their article "TC team to study Collective Impact Approach to Education Reform " on March 25, 2014. Published: 3/26/2014 4:03:00 PM
Miya Warner, Ph.D., the recipient of the 2014 AERA Division L (Education Policy & Politics) Dissertation of the Year Award.
AERA Division L (Education Policy and Politics) Newsletter has announced the 2014 Dissertation Award Winners. Miya Warner,Ph.D., an alumna of the Sociology and Education program at Teacher College is the winner of this year's Dissertation of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the annual AERA conference in Philadelphia on April 4, 2014. Published: 3/6/2014 3:02:00 PM
Black Student Network at Teachers College held its 9th Annual Black Student Network Gala on Friday, February 21, 2014 to celebrate Black Excellence. The gala acknowledged and honored the accomplishments of unsung heroes within the Harlem and Columbia University communities. Joe Rogers, Jr. (in the photo with the award), an alumnus of the Education Leadership Program, with concentration in Leadership, Policy and Politics (currently Education Policy) at Teachers Collage, was one of the recipients of the award this year. Published: 2/28/2014 10:35:00 AM
In TC People section of TC News, Joe Levine introduces M.A. degree student in Education Policy, Amanda Washington, where she talks about her interests, her family, her inspirations, her work, and her road to Teachers College. Published: 2/28/2014 10:27:00 AM
Aaron Pallas to President Obama: "Slow the Testing Train Down"
The big news in the first Obama Administration was the Race to the Top (RttT) initiative, which set states up to compete against one another for a fixed pot of federal funds in a race to make education policy changes favored by the Administration. From the standpoint of the federal government, RttT was a great success. Many more states initiated reforms in school choice, teacher evaluation and information system policies than received funds in the competition. Although RttT has been costly, the perceived payoff in policy reforms, from the Administration’s viewpoint, has more than justified the federal outlay. Expect more of the same in the next four years.
Ironically, the Administration championed evidence-based decision-making while wielding powerful incentives for states to implement unproven policies. There is no consistent evidence to date that linking teacher evaluations to student test scores results in better student achievement in the long run. And there may be unintended consequences of such policies, as the volatility in evaluations based on student test scores may drive good teachers out of the classroom, and limit the ability of school districts to recruit talented individuals prepared to teach for the long haul.
To worsen matters, most states are now phasing in a new set of national learning standards, the Common Core State Standards, and new assessments aligned with these standards. The standards are more challenging than existing state standards, and will likely be implemented before most teachers can be prepared to teach to them.
My advice to President Obama and Secretary Duncan, then, is to slow this train down. Rather than dangling gold-plated carrots in front of cash-starved states to induce the implementation of untested policies, it would be better to invest in supporting a smaller number of states and districts in implementing carefully designed teacher evaluation systems, and monitoring both the implementation and its outcomes. That's a better strategy than Rush to the Test.