Yeah, I don't have a clever way to tie all this together. These are just some worthwhile reads.
Student Test Scores: How the Sausage Is Made and Why You Should Care
How can I not feature a Brookings article when they finally manage to post something that's not complete baloney? This is a little technical, but overall a pretty good explainer for standardized test scoring
I Am Kind of in It for the Money
Tired of pieces about how teachers are noble and only in the profession because of the deep emotional rewards and so we'll be happy to do the job for $1.98? Here's a counterpoint.
5 Non-negotiables When Designing Instruction
Not the greatest writing instruction post in the history of the world, but still something to chew on as we head back to school.
Choice and Segregation
How the spread of charters destabilized one school district and undid decades of progress on desegregation.
Frack the Vote
Details on one more local election being flooded with dark money from the voucher wolves. No, you don't live there, but we all need to be studying up on how this game is played, because your home court may be the next one to get hit.
Class Privilege 101
Blogger Rita Rathbone makes a guest appearance at Edushyster to talk personally about the culture shock of poor students in the middle class world of college.
No Excuses Amistad School Teaches Joyless Compliance
Depressing look behind the walls of a "no excuses" charter from someone who taught there. This is why these schools need to go away.
We Act Like We Don't Want Talented People To Become Teachers
The Gawker, of all things, runs a piece about teacher pay. You will probably want to avoid the comment section.