The New Orleans turnaround shows the power of giving more freedom to teachers and principals — and then holding them accountable for their performance.
NEW ORLEANS Twelve years later, Nigel Palmer still remembers the embarrassment of his first days as a fourth grader in Monroe, La. He was a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, living with his family in a La Quinta Inn, 250 miles from home. As soon as the school year began, he could tell that the kids in his new school seemed different from him. Read the article >
Things are, of course, much more complicated and nuanced than sound bites that fit on campaign signs.
“In most districts, a single entity — a board of education — is responsible for both running schools and evaluating them. That combination is not a recipe for rigorous evaluation and consequences. It’s akin to letting students grade themselves.”