Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...[T]here are a lot of people out there who think we're too focused on standardized tests. But, really, how can you diagnose learning problems, move kids to the next level or hold teachers accountable if you don't measure student progress in an objective, standardized way? Advocating for standardized tests doesn't mean killing creativity in classrooms or supporting a one-size-fits-all approach to instruction. The tests are simply measurement tools...
...We all have to get on the scale when we go to the doctor for a checkup. No one expects each and everyone one [sic] of us to weigh the same, and no one expects us to follow the same diet or exercise regimen. But just because our prescription for good health may vary, that doesn't mean we don't have to get on that scale."
Cowritten with Michelle Rhee, "Accommodate Don't Discriminate," HuffingtonPost.com, May 5, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of education. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Vice President of Product Development (Common Core & Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives), Insight Education Group, Inc., Sep. 2011-present
Deputy Chancellor for Special Education, District of Columbia Public Schools, 2007-2011 (Special Assistant to Chancellor Michelle Rhee, June 2007-Sep. 2008)
Director, Training and Certification, The New Teacher Project, 2001-2007
Mathematics, science, reading, and special education teacher/Assistant Principal/Acting Principal, Baltimore City Public Schools, 1993-1997
Corps Member, Teach for America, 1993
Former Training Designer and Higher Education Consultant, Performance Learning Systems
Former School Building Administrator, Baltimore City and Harford County, MD
PhD, Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, University of Maryland, College Park, 2005