Teachers & Teacher Preparation

Disconnected and Unaccountable Teacher Training is at the Heart of Schooling Failure Evidence from the few states where such data is collected indicates that many elementary and secondary school students fail to make adequate progress because they too frequently encounter ineffective teachers, i.e., teachers whose students’ achievement growth is significantly less than one year of achievement gain per school year. Part of the problem is that many school districts are only now beginning to systematically monitor or address the problem … Read More

The Politics of the PTA

The national PTA has a long history of public policy advocacy and close ties with the National Education Association. Charlene Harr’s book discusses her discovery of that history. Intended or not, local PTAs have served as education and political subsidiaries of the NEA. Harr’s discovery eventually led to the emergence of independent, local, grassroot Parent Teacher Organizations. Read the full article.

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Reading Failure Is Costing Us Our Future: Here Are the Numbers for Your School or District

Cost of Reading Failure: Any US School

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According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only a third of 4th-grade students in the U.S. read at a proficient level.  Approximately 70% of the two-thirds who are not up-to-speed in reading will either drop out or graduate unprepared for college or the workplace (i.e., they will require remedial studies or struggle with on-the-job training). Dropouts and unprepared graduates are an economic burden to themselves and taxpayers.  Their educational attainment is a barrier to self-sustaining wages.  Over a working lifetime, they … Read More

Consumer Empowerment

American Decline can be Reversed through Grassroots Action Public education has been decaying on the inside for decades. Educators blame poverty, poor parenting, changing demographics, the growth of hedonistic popular culture, insufficient funding, and myriad other factors. Seldom mentioned, however, is education’s failure to adapt and overcome these conditions. In the view of most educators, schools are doing all they can–an explanation that is contradicted by the measurable differences in effectiveness among teachers within the same school and … Read More

Education Consumers Foundation

Who We Are We are trained, experienced, and independent educators. We use data and analysis to help parents and taxpayers identify good schools and navigate the others. What We Do We turn school performance data into graphics and explain what they mean about school quality. Why We Do It? Our mission is to improve education by showing those who use and pay for schools how to recognize good ones, find better ones, and get the most from the … Read More

Tennessee Teacher Prep Change Would be First in the Nation

A bill before the 2019 Tennessee General Assembly could lead to dramatic improvements in teaching, learning, and college readiness for Tennessee’s PK-12 students. The bill would require the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to incentivize Tennessee’s public universities for producing a greater percentage of highly effective new teachers.  It would do so by incorporating the percentage of newly graduated teachers who produce above-average achievement gains into THEC’s Quality Assurance funding program. Although Tennessee’s universities have historically produced many excellent teachers, a decline in quality … Read More

Members of the ECF Board

Shepard Barbash Journalist Mexico City Bureau Chief Houston Chronicle (ret)   Dr. Raymond Brown Private Practice (ret) Charlotte, NC   Dr. George Cunningham Professor (ret) College of Education & Human Development The University of Louisville (Ret.)   Dr. Mark Y. Herring Dean of Libraries (ret) Winthrop University   Marilyn Reed Education Consultant Commonwealth Education Organization   Dr. Robert Spangler Licensed Psychologist Spangler & Associates, LLC   Dr. J. E. Stone Professor (ret) East Tennessee State University Chairman, ECF … Read More

Early Reading Success & College

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In most states, a school district’s number of proficient third-grade readers is highly predictive of the number of 8th graders who will be proficient five years later.  The significance of this fact is that 8th-grade reading skill is highly predictive of high school outcomes and preparedness for work and college.   In other words, third grade reading success is vitally important because it predicts the trajectory of a child’s educational career.  The above chart school district reading scores illustrates … Read More

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