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What journalists need to know about covering education reform

Scott Elliott, incoming president of the Education Writers Association, is the education reform reporter at The Indianapolis Star.

That’s a pretty unusual job title and a beat that Elliott pretty much carved out himself. During a live chat, … Read more

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Journalism that works: Telling the story of school deterioration, rebuilding

Many of America’s school buildings are in disarray, with leaking roofs, toxic air and termite-infested walls. Parade Magazine decided to tackle this issue in a 2,000-word story, but one that editors and freelancer Barry Yeoman chose to tell through … Read more

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Education think tank urges media not to publish teachers’ names with performance scores

Center for American Progress
The Los Angeles Times won an IRE Philip Meyer Award for publishing teachers' individual performance scores in 2010, but the Center for American Progress says that's counterproductive. It says the Times "maximized the controversy—and perhaps the number of hits it drew to Web pages with advertising" by publishing teachers' names. Publicizing individual scores just causes parents to try to move their children out of certain classrooms rather than spurring broader reform, the organization argues. "Any public association between teachers’ names and their value-added estimates will create a kind of vicious circle. Instead of tethering performance evaluation for current teachers to the goal of improving students’ academic achievement, value-added estimates will help preserve the status quo." A court battle has been under way over a similar disclosure for New York City teachers. || Related: Parents ask LAT to remove teacher’s rating after he commits suicide (Poynter.org)
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Ex-DC schools chief: USA Today probe ‘absolutely lacked credibility’

USA Today
Michelle Rhee says USA Today's investigation into test scores "is an insult to the dedicated teachers and schoolchildren who worked hard to improve their academic achievement levels." The former D.C. schools chancellor refused to talk to the paper while it was working on its probe.
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Education Writers Association announces contest winners

Education Writers Association
The Beat Reporting (Large Market, Print) award goes to the Washington Post's Bill Turque, while a team of Bloomberg News reporters wins the Investigative Reporting award in the large market category. NBC News was recognized for its Education Nation series. PLUS: Many more winners.
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Arguments For and Against Longer School Years

This week, President Obama repeated his support for longer school years, pointing out that in many countries, kids attend school a full month longer than American kids. Of course, in some ways, it does not matter what the president … Read more

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College Health Insurance Plans Rank Among Worst in Nation

Whatever you think of the new health care reform laws, the one thing all sides probably can agree on is that college student health insurance plans, with a few exceptions, are fairly awful.

Eighty percent of college students, representing 7 … Read more

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Study Assesses How Much a College Education is Worth

A new study, sponsored by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, tries to put a dollar figure on how much a college education is worth [PDF]. It is the center’s third such effort, following editions in 2004 and 2007, … Read more

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More Women Earn Doctorate Degrees Than Men

Several years ago, colleges and universities saw that female students outnumbered their male counterparts. Now, that reality has made it all the way through the educational system. More women than men are earning doctorate degrees.

The Washington Post reported:… Read more

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Student Debt Exceeds Credit Card Debt

The amount that Americans owe on their student loans now surpasses what we owe on credit cards. There are some back-stories to this headline.

Americans have been paying down credit card debt. And a leading advocacy group says that … Read more

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