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 Richard Nyankori, "Accommodate Don't Discriminate," HuffingtonPost.com, May 5, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder and Former CEO, StudentsFirst
Member, Transition Team, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), 2010-2011
Winner, Good Housekeeping Shine On Award, 2011
DC Schools Chancellor, July 2007-Oct. 31, 2010
Winner, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Urban Innovator Award, 2010
Featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, 2010
Guest of First Lady Laura Bush at President George W. Bush's State of the Union address, 2008
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President, The New Teacher Project, 1997-2007
Teach for America Corps Member, Harlem Park Community School, 1992-1995
Advisory Board Member, National Council on Teacher Quality
Advisory Board Member, National Center for Alternative Certification
Advisory Board Member, Project REACH of the University of Phoenix's School of Education
MPP, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1997
BA, Government, Cornell University, 1992
Graduated, Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1988
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"Lessons from D.C. Public Schools," DallasNews.com, Sep. 23, 2011
"Public Funding for Private Schools -- How Can I Ask Parents to Accept Less Than I'd Want for My Kids?," HuffingtonPost.com, May 10, 2011
"The Evidence Is Clear: Test Scores Must Accurately Reflect Students' Learning," HuffingtonPost.com, Apr. 6, 2011
"Why StudentsFirst Supports Teachers' Right to Collective Bargaining," HuffingtonPost.com, Mar. 29, 2011
"New York Needs Its Best Teachers in the Classroom," Wall Street Journal, Mar. 11, 2011
"In Budget Crises, an Opening for School Reform," Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2011
Named as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2011
Lives in Sacramento, CA
Married Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Scaramento, CA, on Sep. 3, 2011
Married Kevin Huffman in 1996 (now divorced)
Has two daughters
Daughter of Korean immigrants
Born on Dec. 25, 1969, in Ann Arbor, MI
"The District of Columbia's Board of Education will hold a hearing next week on irregularities in public school test scores, even as former chancellor Michelle Rhee defended the integrity of test results that showed unusual 'erasure rates' from wrong answers to right.
'It isn't surprising,' Rhee said in a statement Monday, 'that the enemies of school reform once again are trying to argue that the Earth is flat and that there is no way test scores could have improved... unless someone cheated.'" Marisol Bello and Jack Gillum, "D.C. officials to Review High Rates of Erasures on School Tests," USAToday.com, Mar. 30, 2011