Exactly! What is our DOE doing? Cherry picking the data in between taking swipes at principals for not denigrating teachers with poor evals.
Jack Markell is the worst education governor in Delaware history. He has abdicated all good sense, intellectual curiosity, and intellectual honesty. All of this in an attempt to cement a legacy of caring for kids. Ironically he has firmly secured the opposite.
The latest NAEP reports on reading and math have been heralded as evidence for the success of the “reforms” that involve test prep, testing, punishing teachers if scores don’t go up, rewarding them if they do, closing schools, and other versions of the carrot and stick method of school reform.
Here is my one-word comment: Balderdash!
There are just as many states using the same misguided strategies who made few or no gains as there were reformy states making big gains.
If test-and-punish strategies work, why don’t they work everywhere?
D.C., Tennessee, and Indiana raised test scores, but the gains in other reformy states were small or negligible.
Below the national average were hard-driving reformy. States including Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Ohio, Connecticut, and. North Carolina.
That highly reformy state Wisconsin made no gains at all.
Michigan, New Jersey, and Massachusetts actually lost ground.
It is impossible to conclude…
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The Big Picture
Total Amount Spent: $2 Billion Since 2008
More than one-third of the Gates Foundation’s education spending since 2008 has been dedicated to its teaching agenda.
*Note: Numbers may not add up due to rounding.
Number of Grants Funded: Breakdown of Teacher-Related Spending
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1. Professional development: Supplies aid for improved teacher professional development and related tools, as well as to help teachers network and share best practices
2. Capacity-building: Supports districts, states, and others in developing teacher evaluation systems, and helps build capacity for other teacher-quality initiatives
3. Research: Funds research on effective teaching, including the Measures of Effective Teaching research project and related work products
4. Education/advocacy: Provides grants to educate communities, engage the public on Gates-funded teacher work, and build support for teacher initiatives
5. Teacher preparation: Aids traditional and alternative programs that prepare teachers or groups engaging in advocacy around teacher preparation
6. Unions: Funds teachers’ union projects, including work on teacher evaluation and the common core
7. Intensive partnerships: Supports four “Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching” sites, including Hillsborough County, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., and Pittsburgh
8. Charter-district collaboration: Encourages districts and charter schools to share best practices, including for teacher effectiveness
9. Teacher voice: Supports groups that help teachers have a voice in policy, such as Educators 4 Excellence and Teach Plus
10. Data systems: Aids states and districts in the collection of linked student/teacher data
11. Media: Aids the journal Education Next in covering teacher effectiveness, charter schools, digital learning, and common standards and assessments
Four of the five biggest recipients of Gates Foundation aid for teacher-quality initiatives participated in its “intensive partnership” grants, which support changes to teacher hiring, evaluation, and pay. Denver used its cash for similar purposes.
Beneficiaries Receiving More than $10 million in Total
List of Beneficiaries
The Gates Foundation has funded grants to over 100 entities. Choose from this list to see details for each recorded beneficiary:
The Gates Foundation has provided grant support to Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over coverage. See disclosure.
The actual goals from Delaware RTTT grant: