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Chiefs for Change Statement on Testing

Oct 17
2014

We believe that fair and responsible annual assessments are a critical part of our commitment to student-centered learning in America’s public schools. All students should have equal opportunity to measure their success. Further, assessments are a critical tool for learning, not a barrier to it.Annual assessments, with transparent reporting of results to parents, teachers, schools and…

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Chiefs for Change Statement on Vergara Final Decision

Aug 29
2014

WASHINGTON – Today, California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu issued his final decision in the groundbreaking education equality trial, Vergara v. California. Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement: “Every child, regardless of race, economic standing, geography or circumstance, deserves a high-quality education and…

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In Case You Missed It: Education Chiefs: “Teachers unions sacrifice high standards to evade accountability”

Jul 25
2014

New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera and Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman co-authored the following editorial, published last evening in The Washington Post. Secretary Skandera and Commissioner Huffman take the teachers unions to task for backing away from higher standards and accountability at the expense of a better education for all children. Please…

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Letter from Supt. White and BESE President Chas Roemer to Louisiana Educators

Jun 18
2014

Dear Colleagues, Over the course of Louisiana’s transition to the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC tests in Louisiana, we have reiterated three simple ideas. First, our kids in Louisiana are just as smart and capable as any in America. They deserve to be taught to the highest expectations, and they deserve the validation…

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Chiefs for Change Statement on NCTQ Teacher Prep Review


2014

WASHINGTON – In partnership with U.S. News & World Report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) yesterday released the 2014 Teacher Prep Review, a report that reviews and ranks 1,668 elementary and secondary education programs at higher education institutions throughout the country. The report shows only a handful of teacher preparation programs perform at…

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Chiefs for Change: We must uphold our commitment to our students

Jun 13
2014

WASHINGTON – In response to the Gates Foundation’s call for a moratorium on accountability related to the Common Core State Standards, Hanna Skandera, Chair of Chiefs for Change and New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary, released the following statement: “State education chiefs throughout the country, including the members of Chiefs for Change, have taken a…

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Albuquerque Journal Editorial: New Mexico grad growth No.1

Jun 10
2014

Finally. New Mexico made it to the top of an education ranking. The state’s high school graduation rate increased faster than any other state from 2007 through 2012. That’s excellent news for the state, its students and its schools. But despite boosting its rate of seniors graduating in four years by 15 percentage points over…

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ICYMI: Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Chiefs for Change Member John White addressed educators at the Teacher Leader Summit

Jun 04
2014

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Chiefs for Change member John White addressed educators at the second annual Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans on June 3, 2014. Teachers and leaders gathered to prepare for the transition to new expectations and assessments. “In order to help students achieve these new, higher expectations, our teachers are…

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ICYMI: Kati Haycock: R.I. would hurt students by gutting teacher evaluations

May 30
2014

In an op-ed published in this morning’s Providence Journal, Kati Haycock, president of Education Trust, makes the case for annual teacher evaluations in Rhode Island. She stresses the need for ongoing formal feedback for teachers to improve their craft and better serve the kids they teach. “When children struggling with the burdens of poverty or…

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Chiefs for Change Letter of Support for Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

May 14
2014

Dear Senators Kirk, Landrieu, Alexander and Bennet: Chiefs for Change is pleased to support the bipartisan Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act. This important bill would improve educational opportunities for all students by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools, helping charter schools access suitable facilities, and supporting innovation and research in the charter…

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