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Secretary Arne Duncan Addresses the Fourth Annual IES Research Conference
Data gives us the roadmap to reform.
- Over $100 billion in new resources is coming to education.
- We need robust data systems to track student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
- we will ask thousands of communities across America to close and reopen schools based on data
- We will ask millions of teachers to use student achievement and annual growth to drive instruction and evaluation.
- Data may not tell us the whole truth, but it certainly doesn't lie.
- [NCLB]let every state set its own bar and we now have 50 states, 50 different states all measuring success differently and that's starting to change. We want to flip that. We want to set a high bar for the entire country against states' and districts' ability to create and hit that higher bar, give them the chance to innovate and whole them accountable for results.
- Through the Council of Chief State School Officers, 46 states and three territories have agreed to work on a common core of internationally benchmark standards.
- We're competing with children from around the globe for jobs of the future.
- Many teachers are hungering for data to inform what they do.
- to somehow suggest that we should not link student achievement and teacher effectiveness, it's like suggesting we judge a sports team without looking at the box score.
- It's too early to see real results about performance-pay initiatives. There aren't a lot of studies showing it boosts student achievement, but there is plenty of evidence that it boosts worker productivity in other industries so why shouldn't we try it?
- And hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career. We must track high-growth children in classrooms to their great teachers and great teachers to their schools of education.
June 8, 2009
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