Because of their expertise and national visibility, WCER researchers receive many requests to
comment on current education issues around the country. Here is a selection of recent media mentions.
Sara Goldrick-Rab says the Federal work-study program should be more politically popular than it is (USA TODAY, 13 Nov.)
VARC's Brad Carl discusses NAEP results and the state' achievement gap (The Cap Times, 9 Nov.)
Kurt Squire says game developers foresee a time when students won't have to take tests; teachers will know from their learning and game play how they're doing (TIME.com, 6 Nov.)
Jerlando Jackson discusses the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, of which he (and his colleagues at the Wei LAB) are co-hosts (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 24 Oct ; St. Thomas Source, 25 Oct.)
Scholar Peter Levine applies David Williamson Shaffer's concept of epistemic frames to the subject of moral thinking (Blog for Civic Renewal, 22 Oct.)
Wei LAB Research Associate Ryan Adserias, co-chair of UW's Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee, is working to improve the university's efforts at diversifying the campus community and making it more inclusive (Wisconsin State Journal; 21 Oct.)
David Williamson Shaffer discusses UW-Madison's first virtual engineering internship that he and his team developed (Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, 4 Oct).
The Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) kicked off its conference with a talk by noted educator Calvin Terrell, in Amherst, MA (Gazettenet.com).
Xueli Wang discusses the results of her study "Why Students Choose STEM Majors: Motivation, High School Learning, and Postsecondary Context of Support" (Inside Higher Ed, 1 October).
Catherine Compton-Lilly, Adam Gamoran, and Gary Cook talk about the Common Core Standards (CapitalTimes 29 September).
Families and Schools Together has been found to reduce mobility of African-American students by 29 percent (Science Newsline, 26 Sept.)
VARC's Brad Carl says that the DPI school report card was carefully thought out, yet should be applied only where it gives a meaningful measurement (CapitalTimes, 18 Sept.).
Allan Odden gives the North Dakota Legislature an A-plus for its work in providing adequate and equitable funding to K-12 public schools (GrandForksHerald.com, 11 Sept.).
Mitchell Nathan comments on the most and least effective study techniques (Washington Post, 27 Aug.).
WIDA's Gary Cook helped write national recommendations for states to use when identifying and helping English Language Learners (Education Week, 30 August).
Constance Steinkuehler talks about about potential links between video games and violence (Christian Science Monitor, 26 Aug.).
Beth Graue discusses things parents can do to prepare young children for school (UW-Madison News, 13 Aug.).
Jerlando Jackson says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action will force educational institutions to better justify their affirmative action programs (Madison.com, 25 June)
WCER graduate students Jeff Grigg and Courtney Hall provided research assistance to the transition team for new Madison School District superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. Also serving on the team are Allan Odden and Gloria Ladson-Billings (Madison.com, 25 June)
Sara Goldrick-Rab says federal financial aid should be used to support colleges that serve needy students well, not awarded to students in a voucher-style system, as it is today (Chronicle.com, 24 June)
Sara Goldrick-Rab says community colleges often receive substantially less federal money per student than elementary or high schools (NY Times, 22 May).
Xueli Wang says students enrolling part-time or taking a break for a semester or two to gain better financial footing bear significant responsibility for low four-year graduation rates (Madison.com, 6 May).
About online 'competencies' degree programs, Sara Goldrick-Rab says “Given what college costs right now, finding ways to shorten the amount of time that it takes to earn a degree is a priority. However, I will say this: I think the higher priority ought to be on lowering what college costs, so that you don’t have to rush through it.” (Marketplace.org 18 April).
The first annual Dane County Regional Minority Student Achievement Network Scholars Conference meets at Verona Area High School (Channel3000.com, 12 April).
WIDA's Gary Cook discusses English-language instruction in the U.S. (Korea Herald, 14 April).
Adam Gamoran comments on school report cards used in the state's accountability system (Madison.com, 7 April).
In a new report, Allan Odden says a "bar exam" for teachers would help recruit the most talented people (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 4 April).
The cost of new teacher-evaluation systems is likely to vary based on how states and districts choose to establish student-growth measures for all teachers, according to VARC's Elizabeth Barkowski (Education Week, 1 April).
Amy Bellmore discusses the problem of bullying in schools (Madison.com, 25 March).
Adam Gamoran comments on the National Center for Education Statistics new technology- and engineering-literacy test, or the TEL (Education Week, 26 March).
WIDA is developing a new English-language proficiency exam to measure the language demands of the Common Core State Standards (Education Week, 19 March).
Adam Gamoran comments on a collaboration involving WCER, the Philadelphia School District, and a nonprofit agency (PhillyTrib.com, 11 March).
Gary Cook comments on the lack of national agreement for assessing English Learner students (Education Week, 27 Feb).
Sara Goldrick-Rab writes that, " If money really matters for college degrees, we may be able to find a lot more of it by bridging unreasonable divides between public agencies, reducing paperwork, and repositioning the community college as a point of connection as well as education" (The Chronicle, 11 Feb.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses changes to the Pell Grant program and how they will affect community college student success (Community College Week, 4 Feb.).
Adam Gamoran discusses the likely effects of Federal spending cuts on higher education (Badger Herald, 4 Feb.).
The NCAA Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to student athletes. But some of the money goes to unrelated uses. That indicates that "schools do not always work on behalf of their students," says Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of educational-policy studies and sociology. "We can't simply trust them to act in students' best interests—we need to demand it." (Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 Jan.).
Allen Phelps, former director of the Center on Education and Work, says Madison Area Technical College's search for a new president should draw several qualified candidates, in part because of the college's increasingly close relationship with UW-Madison (WI State Journal, 18 Jan.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Robert Kelchen find that guaranteeing a Pell Grant to students who qualify for free school lunch in 8th grade could increase college retention rates (Inside Higher Ed, 18 Dec.).
The Value-Added Research Center helps educators make good use of data through sophisticated work (JSonline, 17 Nov.).
Writing in Education Week Leslie Maxwell notes the value of a new tool developed at WIDA: "The group is using a special tool developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin that can grade test items by their language complexity and give test designers a clear picture of how they can make the language more accessible for an ELL without diluting the content being tested."
Graduate student and ITP Fellow Drew Anderson and former UW-Madison education professor Douglas Harris examine the application of a value-added approach to middle school math scores (Education Week, 24 Oct.)
Brookline and Cambridge, Mass., schools belong to the Minority Student Achievement Network; Madeline Hafner comments on boosting student achievement (Boston Globe, 18 Oct.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says income-based repayment programs have the potential to help students pursue postsecondary education while worrying less about debt (The Chronicle, 18 Oct).
Adam Gamoran says the cuts in federal education spending have harmed the university’s ability to competitively seek grants for research (Badger Herald, 9 Oct.).
Political parties at the state level have cooperated on some education issues and Adam Gamoran says that may reflect similarities between the parties nationally (Madison.com, 9 Oct.).
Adam Gamoran comments on reports that Wisconsin exceeds national averages in both SAT and Advanced Placement scores (BadgerHerald, 24 Sept).
David Williamson Shaffer says if we build smarter, more sophisticated tests, we can change education itself (Boston Globe, 16 Sept.)
Adam Gamoran says schools that want to keep ability-grouping should do a better job with students in the lowest tracks, but that the most capable students may not be sufficiently challenged in mixed-ability classes (Pacific Standard, 22 Aug).
Kurt Squire and Richard Davidson are developing two educational games: One to cultivate attention and the other to cultivate empathy, kindness, and pro-social behavior (the Epoch Times, 14 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says The Pell Grant has a public-relations problem (The Chronicle, 8 August).
Adam Gamoran says student achievement scores show that Wisconsin has a "long way to go in all our racial/ethnic groups" (madison.com, 19 July).
Adam Gamoran says recalibrated student achievement results released by the Department of Public Instruction offer a more honest reckoning of where Wisconsin students stand relative to other students across the nation (madison.com, 17 July).
Mark Connolly comments on changing trends in doctoral students' career paths (insidehighered.com, 19 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab is among discussants on the importance of community colleges (PBS Learning Matters, 17 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on the effects of neoliberal policies on education (Daily Kos, 7 July) and talks about the high cost of college (Meet the 112th, 8 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on pressures faced by university administrations in tough economic times (Madison CapitalTimes, 3 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says market-based solutions increase inequality in higher education (The Chronicle, 2 July).
Beth Graue discusses how summer vacation affects student learning (MadisonCommons.org, 12 June).
Mark Connolly explains graduate students' professional goals for teaching vs. research (State Journal, 26 May).
Adam Gamoran comments on graduation rates in the Madison School District (State Journal, 17 May).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses ways to bring more efficiencies to student loan programs in general and to Texas Grants in particular (Houston Chronicle, 4 May).
Adam Gamoran says the achievement gap is the greatest challenge that all urban school districts face (Isthmus.com, 4 April).
Allan Odden recommends that teacher salary schedules replace 'years of experience' with metrics that reflect a teacher’s instructional expertise and impact on student learning (Education Gadfly, 21 March)
Adam Gamoran comments on Wisconsin's high school graduation rate and how to turn around low performing schools (Badger Herald, 20 March)
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses causes and implications of the rising cost of higher education (Wisconsin Public Radio, 20 March)
Jerlando Jackson has been selected for the 2012 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship by the American Educational Research Association.
Douglas Harris says publishing teachers' value added scores is ill-conceived (Huffington Post, 7 March).
Adam Gamoran and Sara Goldrick-Rab comment on faculty compensation proposals included in UW-Madison’s Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits.
Sara Goldrick-Rab takes issue with the idea that "some kids just aren’t college material" (Madison.com, 2 March).
Adam Gamoran explains why science is getting squeezed out of the elementary curriculum (CT Mirror, 2 March).
Douglas Harris says teacher value-added ratings might best be used to give low-rated teachers more training or principal observations (Gotham Schools, 1 March).
Geoffrey Borman and colleagues have found that students from data-driven-reform districts outperformed their control-group counterparts by approximately 8 percentile points in math and 5 percentile points in reading
(Education Week, 22 Feb.).
Gary Cook and colleagues have produced a a guidebook for the U.S. ED Department to help states set new proficiency standards and academic-achievement targets for English-language learners (Education Week, 22 February).
Douglas Harris discussed public dissemination of teacher effectiveness scores (To The Point, KCRW.org, 28 Feb.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says just over half of full-time students at four-year colleges graduate in six years (Marketplace, 24 Feb.)
Rob Meyer comments on the system New York uses to evaluate Grade 4-8 teachers (NY Post, 25 Feb.).
Adam Gamoran discusses STEM education on Connecticut Public Radio (17 Feb., podcast here).
Timothy Boals discusses the challenges of educating a growing number of students who are English Language Learners
(The Guardian, 14 Feb.).
Geoffrey Borman comments on a new study of Chicago’s 'turnaround' elementary schools (Chicago SunTimes, 9 Feb.).
MSAN Director Madeline Hafner comments on a new plan to close the achievement gap in Madison schools (Madison.com, 7 Feb.).
Richard Halverson says the emergence of new technologies should prompt school leaders to ask, "How can we use this?" rather than "Should we use this?" (Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb.).
Constance Steinkuehler is helping shape the Obama administration's policies around learning games that improve health, education, civic engagement and the environment (USA Today, 26 Jan.).
Adam Gamoran says the driving factor behind university tuition increases is the decline of state support (Badger Herald, 29 Jan.)
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on President Obama's plan to link federal aid to colleges based in part on whether they provide “good value” to students (Inside Higher Ed, 30 Jan.)
Adam Gamoran, Allan Odden, and Steven Kimball weigh in on proposed changes to Wisconsin's teacher compensation system (Madison.com, 15 Jan.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab: Make college financial aid more effective and less expensive (Shreveport Times, 12 Jan).
The Value Added Research Center is working with Minnesota educators to identify great teachers and how they got to be that way (MinnPost.com, 6 Jan.).
VARC Director Rob Meyer comments on a study showing that teachers who help raise their students’ standardized-test scores seem to have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives beyond academics (New York Times, 6 Jan.).
David Williamson Shaffer has amassed considerable data to support the notion that the use of game design techniques could have a powerful impact on the workplace (EnterpriseIrregulars, 5 Jan.).
The Minority Student Achievement Network receives recognition for its work with the Arlington VA school district (Washington Post 4 Jan.).
Among those listed in the 2012 Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings are Adam Gamoran, Sara Goldrick-Rab, John F. Witte, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Douglas Harris. The list recognizes university-based academics who contribute substantially to public debates about schools and schooling (EdWeek RHSU blog, 4 Jan.).
The push for evaluating teachers and schools by using student achievement has become popular with lawmakers, and Chris Thorn says schools that were ahead of the curve must shift to meet new requirements (TwinCities/com 17 Dec.).
Adam Gamoran says that while the goals of the proposed Madison Prep academy would be universally shared, it's not appropriate for the university as a whole or the school of education to take a stand as an institution (Madison.com, 18 Dec.).
Douglas Harris discusses a new 'promise program' called the Degree Project, which aims to help 2600 students succeed in college
(NBC News Education Nation, 28 Nov.)
Sara Goldrick-Rab argues that students and educators, not administrators, should occupy colleges (Madison.com 28 Nov.).
Diana Hess says students who take part in high-quality discussions of controversial issues become more interested in and tolerant of views different from their own (Madison.com 28 Nov.).
Douglas Harris explains the Degree Project, which will provide college scholarships for up to 2,600 current ninth-graders attending public schools in Milwaukee (Madison.com, 25 Nov.).
Douglas Harris comments on whether value-added teacher ratings should be adjusted for poverty (Hechinger Report, 22 Nov.).
Mark Connolly says college level instructors sometimes feel the need to hide their enthusiasm for teaching (The Chronicle,
Chris Thorn comments on the pressures changing how school districts evaluate teachers (Education Week, 15 Nov.).
Rebecca Kopriva is among judges who help decide which states earn waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act (Education Week, 17 Nov.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says tax credits are unlikely to be a deciding factor in helping more students attend college (Inside Higher Ed, 16 Nov.).
Douglas Harris comments on Florida's new system for teacher evaluation (Miami Herald, 7 Nov.)
Adam Gamoran comments on The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce plans to revamp portions of the public school system (WUWM Radio, 9 Nov.)
Diana Hess says that discussing controversies about the nature of the public good, and how to achieve it, is essential if we are to education for democracy (World Net Daily, 1 Nov.)
Sara Goldrick-Rab offers proposals for improving financial aid programs in higher education (Knoxnews.com, 30 Oct.)
Diana Hess and colleagues say that civics education is equally as important as math and science instruction (Education Week, 24 Oct.).
Richard Halverson talks about the need to address school buildings' crumbling infrastructure (Capital Times, 24 Oct.).
Beth Graue comments on Georgia's new assessment designed to help kindergarten teachers gauge their student's first grade readiness (ajcOnline, 19 Oct.).
Chris Thorn discusses things school districts should consider when investing in new classroom technology (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 16 Oct.).
Adam Gamoran was among witnesses testifying this week before the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education to review the findings of his committee's NRC report on STEM education (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Press Release).
President Obama has tapped Adam Gamoran to serve another term on the National Board for Education Sciences (Education Week, 4 Oct.).
MSAN Director Madeline Hafner outlines key strategies for closing the achievement gap (Madison.com, 3 Oct.).
Allan Odden comments on a federal proposal that includes linking teacher quality to the institutions or programs where they were trained (Madison.com, 1 Oct.).
Adam Gamoran participated in a Sept. 19 event in Philadelphia to focus national attention on the NRC's recent study of K-12 STEM education, which Gamoran chaired (NSF, 26 Sept.).
Rob Meyer talks to the Wall Street Journal about the work of the Value-Added Research Center (13 September, 2011).
Kurt Squire and Susan Millar discuss the new computer game Virulent, in which players become a virus trying to infect a cell (Madison.com, 17 Sept.).
Madeline Hafner discusses the goals of this year's national conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network
(The Missourian, 19 Sept.).
Allan Odden comments on the implications of high rates of teacher retirement in Wisconsin (Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sept.).
Diana Hess says the majority of social studies and history textbooks available today cover 9/11, but overall, the coverage is wanting (Palm Beach Post, 7 Sept.).
Some studies show younger children tend to learn more in classrooms of fewer than 21 students, says Beth Graue, and learning in core subjects can suffer when the number of students tops 30 (Herald Online, 27 Aug.).
Beth Graue discusses the pros and cons of parents requesting certain teachers for their children (Madison.com, 19 Aug.).
Mark Connolly discusses the mutual influences of teaching and research in STEM fields (The Chronicle, 18 Aug.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says, "So long as our colleges and universities continue in this never-ending Race to the Top, that’s going to perpetuate the inequity among students almost no matter what we do to try to bring students along” (Inside Higher Ed, 11 Aug.).
Although Wisconsin is at or near the bottom of most measures of disparity between white and black students, Douglas Harris says accountability can help shrink the gap (WisPolitics.com, 29 July).
Richard Halverson says that skills developed through navigating video games and virtual environments might pay off later in the workplace (PBS Mediashift, 3 August).
Douglas Harris comments on a controversial package of tenure reform laws approved by the Michigan Legislature and to be signed into law (Kalamazoo Gazette, 15 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris find that scarce Pell grant dollars should be targeted to the neediest students (Chronicle.com 12 July).
Adam Gamoran comments on a new initiative to reform how Wisconsin schools are held accountable (Wis. State Journal, 12 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab says the rising cost of college tuition will discourage more students from low income families (Marketplace Money, 8 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris find that disadvantaged students were more likely to stay in college if they received a grant from the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars program (Wisconsin State Journal 7 July).
Doug Harris comments on the NEA's decision to include evidence of
student learning in teacher evaluations (New York Times, 4 July)
If there were a magic answer for how to best evaluate teacher effectiveness, somebody would have thought of it a long time ago, says the VARC project's Bradley Carl (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July).
Adam Gamoran comments on proposals for ways to make randomized controlled trial studies more affordable (Education Week, 1 July).
A new NRC report, "Successful K-12 STEM Education," offers recommendations for schools and districts, and for state and national policy-makers (ScienceDaily.com, 28 June).
Policymakers should create new assessments for all STEM subjects, says new a report issued by an NRC committee chaired by Adam Gamoran (Education Week, 27 June)
A National Research Council committee chaired by Adam Gamoran reports on ways school can adopt the elements needed for a top-quality science program
(AAAS Science Insider, 23 June).
Allan Odden comments on how school districts are trying to cope with budget deficits (StarTribune.com, 17 June).
Richard Halverson and Morgridge Institute colleagues have released the digital game, Virulent, which teaches key concepts in systems biology. UW-Madison News.
WCER researcher Terry Millar says legislative proposals to bar the University from using WiscNet could mean paying up to four times as much with private providers (The Scientist, 15 June)
Beth Graue comments on the practice of delaying children's entry to kindergarten (NY Times, 13 June).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on community colleges' booming popularity (Education Week, Diplomas Count, 9 June, subscription required for full story).
Rob Meyer discusses school evaluation according to NCLB and Value-Added assessment (WKOW TV 27, 8 June).
Madison is one of 6 state districts that didn’t meet NCLB goals in 2010-11; Adam Gamoran says schools should be judged instead on how much progress they make from one year to the next (madison.com, 8 June).
Adam Gamoran says judging school success based on where students are in a single point in time makes no sense. Rather, we should judge schools on how much progress they make with students from one year to the next (WI State Journal, 7 June).
Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler work with video game developers to bridge the gap between games academics ad industry (Isthmus, 20 May).
Adam Gamoran comments on the National Research Council's study of successful STEM education in K-12 schools (Science Magazine, 12 May).
Richard Halverson comments on how technology can improve school cultures without adding significantly to their budget
(Maryland Gazette.net, 11 May).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on how the Chancellor's proposed New Badger Partnership may affect access and affordability for low- and middle-income students (Madison Capital Times, 2 May).
WCER’s Value Added Research Center has expanded its technical assistance since the 1990s. It recently won a contract to help Los Angeles carry out a pilot program using value-added data (Education Week, 27 April, subscription required for full story).
VARC director Robert Meyer says the reason Milwaukee's voucher schools have not done better is perhaps because their test results have not been disclosed previously and those performing at the bottom have not been pressured to improve (Journal Sentinel Online, 7 April).
Differentiation and Inequality in Cross-National Perspective: Adam Gamoran in Education Week's "Futures of School Reform" blog.
Rob Meyer participates in a radio interview about the Value Added Research Center's work in the Los Angeles Unified School District (KPCC Radio, 12 April).
WIDA's Gary Cook discusses complexities involved when several states try to determine common definitions and criteria for English Language Learners (Education Week, 6 April).
Allan Odden writes that strategic management of human capital in education is about restructuring the entire human resource system (EducationWeek, 1 April)
Richard Halverson discusses trends in the cyberlearning world and their relation to teacher control (Mind Shift, KQED, 24 March).
Douglas Harris and colleagues urge the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to consider standardized-test scores, alongside other measures of student-learning growth, among the sources of evidence used to award teaches the advanced credential (Education Week, 15 March).
Sara Goldrick-Rab finds that high school graduates of lower socioeconomic status are more likely to delay college and to experience longer gaps, and are less likely to graduate (Inside Higher Ed, 17 Feb.)
Steve Kimball says some reform ideas now proposed now by a state teachers' union could have helped win Race to the Top funds (Madison.com, 13 Feb.).
Minority Student Achievement Network director Madeline Hafner comments on the Madison's School District's efforts to close the achievement gap (Capital Times, 9 Feb.).
Douglas Harris discusses how economists and educators can find common ground in the debate over value-added assessment (Education Week, 26 Jan., registration required).
Adam Gamoran comments on ways to make differentiated instruction work well for all students (Education Week, 19 Jan.).
Beth Graue counters arguments from a Wisconsin state senator who wants to end the expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten (BadgerHerald, 25 Jan.)
John Rudolph comments on Wisconsin's performance in the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (Journal-Sentinel Online, 26 Jan.)
Allan Odden is helping Wyoming lawmakers set up a statewide system to measure school accountability (WyomingNews.com, 21 Jan.).
Richard Halverson says instructional materials in digital form will allow schools to choose their resources from multiple vendors that best fit their needs, rather than depending on the monolithic textbooks (Journal-Sentinel Online, 15 Jan.).
David Williamson Shaffer says computer games are not inherently good or bad. . . you should model your decisions just like anything else you choose for your child (WTVM, 2 Jan.) .
Beth Graue advocates for funding new 4K education programs in Wisconsin (WI State Journal, 29 Dec., WHBL, 30 Dec.)
Douglas Harris comments on teacher rankings in New York (New York Times, 26 Dec.).
Value Added Research Center director Rob Meyer recalls working with states that have implemented the "Milwaukee Model" for data-driven teacher-improvement strategies, as Wisconsin's State Superintendent of Public Instruction creates a team to develop a statewide evaluation system for principals and teachers (Journal Sentinel Online, 25 Dec.)
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Douglas Harris point to cost-effective ways to help more students graduate from college (InsideHigherEd.com, 10 December).
Although some blame teachers, parents, and students themselves for low college completion rates, Sara Goldrick-Rab says it's important to focus on colleges' role in supporting or undermining student success (Associated Press, 9 December).
Allan Odden comments on efforts to move outstanding educators to struggling schools (WI State Journal, 27 Nov.).
Minority Student Achievement Network director Madeline Hafner comments on a proposal for an all-male charter school in Madison (Wisconsin State Journal, 22 Nov.).
Steven Kimball comments on Governor-elect Walker's plans for teacher evaluation and pay (LaCrosse Tribune 14 Nov).
Allan Odden urges school districts to revamp their entire pay schedules, rather than just tinker with lane increases (Ed Week, 10 Nov).
Adam Gamoran remarks on the value of Advanced Placement classes
(WI State Journal, 10 Nov).
The Los Angeles Board of Education has approved a contract with WCER's Value Added Research Center to analyze teachers' effectiveness in raising students' standardized test scores (LA Times 9 Nov).
Adam Gamoran says states should be required to share student data with researchers as a condition of receiving federal grants to build databases (Ed Week, 5 Nov.).
In the face of increasing segregation in public schools, the Minority Student Achievement Network works to raise the achievement of African American and Latino students (Harvard Education Letter, v. 26 no. 5).
Adam Gamoran comments on the Institute of Education Sciences' decision to accept some additional research methods as meeting the highest quality bar (EdWeek.org).
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recognizes Families and Schools Together (FAST) as an effective evidence-based family skills program.
The Value Added Research Center is evaluating teacher contributions to student learning in New York City's 4th and 8th grades (New York Times, 20 Oct.).
Rob Meyer discusses the goal of Value Added Assessment (DallasNews.com, 12 Oct.).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses reform in the world of community colleges (InTheseTimes.com and The New Republic).
The Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog mentions Sara Goldrick-Rab's analysis of completion rates for community college students
(Washington Post's Answer Sheet, 5 Oct).
Douglas Harris discusses evaluating teachers on Public TV's Wisconsin Eye.
David Williamson Shaffer's book 'How Computer Games Help Children Learn' is praised by James Paul Gee (New York Times, 21 Sept).
The Value Added Research Center helps school districts measure teacher effectiveness (Isthmus 16 Sept.).
Douglas Harris discusses the merits and limits of Value Added measurements (New York Times, 31 Aug.)
Allan Odden is working with the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration to improve statewide school testing (Powell Tribune, 31 Aug.).
Boise State University President Bob Kustra cites the book, “Rethinking Education in The Age of Technology,” by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson, saying it raises questions for the university as it maps an “agenda for innovation” (Arbiter Online, 23 August).
Chris Thorn discusses new directions for the Value Added Research Center (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 August).
Geoffrey Borman's evaluation of the Comprehensive School Reform program is mentioned in a review of Supplemental Educational Services (Education Week, 17 August).
Sarah Archibald is among those commenting on how Wisconsin educators may use their share of the $26-billion package of state aid that the President signed this week (Wisconsin Public Radio, 11 August).
Allan Odden comments on the recent round of Race to the Top funding (Wisconsin State Journal, 27 July).
Beth Graue is among commentators on "what the research says" about the merits of class size reduction
(The Educated Reporter, 9 July).
Sara Goldrick-Rob comments on student loans (American Public Media's Marketplace program, 13 July).
Adam Gamoran discusses the benefits of class size reduction (ABC News, 17 June).
Timothy Boals discusses aligning WIDA's proficiency standards for ELL students with common core standards (Education Week, 9 June)
Adam Gamoran comments on the effects of tracking students (Voice of San Diego, 7 June)
CIRTL's Bob Mathieu says NSF's broader-impacts criterion "makes scientists think more explicitly about how their work is connected to enhancing benefits to society" (NatureNews, 26 May)
Adam Gamoran comments on a study of student achievement in more than 800 sets of fraternal and identical twins (State of Ohio Education Blog). He also comments on aspects of the study that emphasize the importance of good teachers (Education Week, 28 April).
Arizona's Paradise Valley district hopes MSAN will help close minority student achievement gap (AZCentral.com, 13 April).
WIDA's Tim Boals supports efforts to require state evaluation standards for ELL students (Education Week, 7 April).
Gary Cook comments on Wisconsin's adopting the Common Core State Standards (Wisconsin State Journal, April 7)
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on the report, Parthenon Perspectives on Private Sector Post-Secondary Schools: Do they deliver value to students and society? (Inside Higher Ed, April 1)
Beth Graue comments on kindergarten readiness (Babble.com, 31 March)
Douglas Harris discusses research-based criticism of Race to the Top (Education Week, 31 March).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on the lack of federal funds for community colleges (National Public Radio, 29 March).
Allan Odden comments on a Florida Senate bill that would tie teacher salaries to student performance (Orlando Sentinel, 26 March).
Robert Mathieu is among 10 faculty members honored for their research with Kellett Mid-Career Awards.
Robert Mathieu says learning is occurring in spite of our graduate system, not because of it (ArsTechnica, 7 March).
Allan Odden discusses the Monroe County (FL) school district's reform of its teacher pay model
(KeysNet.com, 6 March).
Eric Camburn comments on efforts to improve teaching quality (Madison Isthmus, 26 Feb.).
Gary Cook says teachers and school administrators want more training to better interpret and use data from the state's assessment system (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb.).
Ruth Lopez-Turley discusses college enrollment trends among Latino and Hispanic students (Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb.).
Adam Gamoran comments on the success of "algebra for all students" policies (Education Week, 9 Feb.).
Adam Gamoran explains why Milwaukee Public Schools may have $175 million in federal funds withheld due to failure to meet certain progress requirements (Badger Herald, 8 Feb).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on MATC's Center for Adult Education, which trains unemployed people quickly in areas where there are jobs available (Wisconsin State Journal, 30 January).
Allan Odden discusses teacher merit pay (Orlando Sentinel, 24 January).
The State of Maine benefits from WCER's Value-Added Research Center (Maine Public Broadcasting, 22 January).
Chris Thorn says the Race to the Top program has the potential to help a lot of states (Badger Herald, 17 January).
WIDA Director Timothy Boals discusses Race to the Top policies (Education Week, 14 January).
The work of Sara Goldrick-Rab, Douglas Harris, and the Value-Added Research Center are mentioned in this roundup of UW-Madison news (Capital Times, 27 December).
Beth Graue argues for balancing play time and academics in kindergarten (West Milford NJ Messenger, 4 December).
Allan Odden says it will take at least 5 years to put evaluation at the center of teacher quality efforts (Education Week, 16 December).
Allan Odden says that turning around low-performing education systems requires not just funding, but having the will and persistence (Education Week, 9 December).
Rob Meyer says that Louisiana has done "dramatic and great things" with its teacher training program (The Advocate, 21 December).
U.S. News (9 December) quotes Rob Meyer, of VARC, in an article about President Obama's School Reform program called Race to the Top.
Chris Thorn, of VARC, discusses the Pittsburgh merit pay plan (Post-Gazette, 13 December), and how the Bush Foundation is partnering with VARC to evaluate teachers in Minnesota, and North and South Dakota, based on student performance (Pioneer Press, 3 December).
Adam Gamoran discusses the achievement gap and its historial roots (Capital Times, 2 December).
Sara Goldrick-Rab fears tuition hikes will price Wisconsin students out of a college education (Wisconsin State Journal, 21 November).
Allan Odden discusses the complexities of measuring teacher effects on student achievement (Janesville [Wis.] Gazette, 15 November).
A new report from WCER's Strategic Management of Human Capital makes 20 recommendation for state and district policymakers aimed primarily at improving the teaching corps in the nation's 100 largest school districts (Education Week, 11 November).
Rob Meyer discusses the design and the benefits of value-added assessment (Madison Capital Times, 11 November).
Diana Hess speaks at Wisconsin's 10th annual Judicial Teaching Institute, which highlights ways teachers can bring the judicial branch alive for their students in history, government, and social studies (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, 24 Oct.).
Timothy Boals discusses the importance of teaching oral language and literacy to English-Language-Learning students (Education Week, 21 Oct.).
Adam Gamoran discusses how schools are coping with a steadily increasing number of students from low-income families (Wisconsin Watch, 20 Sept.)
The VARC project is helping NYC schools manage their data (NY Times, 8 September).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses aspects of the the president's plan for community colleges ("Community College a Research Puzzle," Education Week, Sept. 1).
Beth Graue comments on districts' policies for children's school readiness (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 31 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses a nationwide study of universities to assess the magnitude and causes of gains in learning (The Chronicle, 17 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on the effects of deep cuts in college financial aid programs (Education Week, 12 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab coauthors a study on students who "reverse transfer" from 4-year to 2-year institutions (The Chronicle, 9 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on president Obama's 10-year plan to boost community colleges (Boston Globe, 18 July and The Capital Times, 20 July)
Douglas Harris contributes to a discussion of value-added teacher measures (Education Week, 15 July)
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses tuition increases passed by the UW Board of Regents (Wisconsin Public Radio, 13 July and Wall Street Journal, 14 July).
Beth Graue discusses the downside of holding children back from kindergarten an extra year (BAM Radio).
Sara Goldrick-Rab is quoted in a TIME magazine article on the importance of community colleges (20 July).
Commenting on Ohio's proposed education reform, Allan Odden says phasing in school finance reform typically takes 2-4 years (Dayton Daily News, 30 May)
The Strategic Management of Human Capital project brings together superintendents, union leaders, and governors to improve systems for training, compensating, and developing teachers and principals (Education Week, 20 May)
Eric Knuth and Peter Hewson discuss proposed alternative certification for teachers of math and science (Wisconsin State Journal, 14 May).
Sara Goldrick-Rab is lead author of a Brookings Institution report urging the importance of community colleges
(Inside Higher Ed, 8 May).
Beth Graue is among those discussing parents' reasons for delaying their children's kindergarten entry (Times Online, 5 May).
Adam Gamoran discusses Ohio's achievement test (Cincinnati.com, 18 April).
In a study of Milwaukee, VARC researcher Bradley Carl found that year-round students who did not change schools between the fall of 2005 and the fall of 2007 made significantly more progress in reading and math than students in traditional-calendar schools who did not change schools (Journal Sentinel Online, 22 March).
Tony Milanowski comments on Florida's new blueprint for improving academic performance amidst a budget crisis
(Palm Beach Post, 18 March).
Douglas Harris comments on a study of educator loss in STEM fields (Education Week, 11 March).
A WIDA study finds that students' scores in reading and writing on an English language proficiency test were stronger predictors of how they did on regular academic tests than their scores in the speaking and listening portions of the test. (Education Week, 11 March).
Much of Ohio's two-year education plan is derived from a model put together by academics Allan Odden and Lawrence Picus (Columbus Dispatch, 12 March).
Rob Meyer discusses value-added measures with Linda Lutton of Chicago Public Radio, March 2, 2009.
A study of 5th and 8th graders taking an English proficiency test developed by WIDA finds that students' scores in reading and writing were stronger predictors of success on regular academic tests than were their scores in speaking and listening (Education Week, 27 February).
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says his proposals on best practices for schools will draw on the work of CPRE codirector Allan Odden (Wisconsin State Journal, 20 Feb).
An article about community colleges, cowritten by Sara Goldrick-Rab, is called "required reading for federal policy makers" (Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 February).
WCER Acting Director Beth Graue discusses the importance of class size in relation to quality of instruction
(Appleton Post Crescent, 8 February).
Allan Odden discusses Ohio's proposal to require students to take both end-of-course examinations and a college-entrance test to graduate from high school (Columbus Dispatch, Feb.1).
Sadhana Puntambekar's classroom science research is profiled in the Waunakee (Wis.) Tribune (26 Sept.).
WIDA's Gary Cook discusses the alignment of ELL standards and assessments (Education Week, Quality Counts, 8 January).
Adam Gamoran discusses the qualities of a good teacher (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 27 December, and and MarionStar.com).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses changes in needs-based college admissions policies (Wisconsin State Journal, 27 December).
Allan Odden comments on the choice of Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan as U.S. Secretary of Education (New York Times, 15 December).
Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on the costs of higher education (Wisconsin Public Radio, 3 December).
CPRE's Strategic Management of Human Capital Project aims to help school districts link the components of their personnel systems to their goals for student achievement.
(Education Week, 3 December).
WIDA’s new project that develops alternative testing for English-language learners with significant disabilities is unique in the U.S. (Education Daily, 17 November).
Rob Meyer discusses Madison schools' performance in recent value-added evaluations (Wisconsin State Journal, 16 November)
Allan Odden comments on budget cutbacks affecting New York schools (Newsday, 15 November)
Allan Odden comments on the proposal by Washington DC schools chief Michelle Rhee to shake up the teacher tenure system (New York Times, 12 November).
Diana Hess says youth are increasingly interested in politics partly because political campaigns are reaching out to them online and making it easier for them to take part in the process (Wauconda Courier, 30 October).
Beth Graue discusses outcomes from SAGE, the state's school class-size reduction program (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 October).
Doug Harris comments on political resistance to using student performance databases in value-added measurement efforts (Education Week, 22 October).
Tim Boals and Eric Osthoff discuss results of changes in the Verona (Wis.) school district's ELL education policy (Verona Press, 21 October).
MSAN Director Madeline Hafner facilitated a discussion on creating bonds between students and teachers at Freeport Illinois' second annual equity summit (The Journal-Standard, 18 October).
Diana Hess discusses getting students interested in elections and teaching them how to discuss potentially controversial issues (Wisconsin State Journal, 15 October).
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Allan Odden discuss student tuition and financial aid in the context of the faltering economy (Daily Cardinal, 13 October).
Allan Odden discusses traditional and reform salary schedules for teachers (Dispatch Politics, 12 October).
Diana Hess says young people are more likely to vote if they understand the issues (WKOW-TV27, 9 October).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the economic downturn's effect on college affordability (Chronicle.com, 10 October).
The annual Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) student conference is covered in the The Capital Times (1 Oct.) and The Madison Times (19 Sept).
Doug Harris and Thomas Toch say the next U.S. President should work to make NCLB "a more legitimate report card of school performance, one that provides a fair and accurate gauge of educators’ contribution to their students’ achievement" (Education Week, 29 September).
Tim Boals discusses WIDA's new assessment for English-language learners who have severe disabilities, and new funding from the U.S. Department of Education
(Education Week, 23 September).
Adam Gamoran discusses reform efforts in algebra instruction (USA Today, 22 September).
Allan Odden discusses a new book detailing the Kennewick (Wash.) School District's success improving annual academic growth for K-12 students (CNNMoney.com, 16 Sept.).
Diana Hess discusses textbooks' treatment of the September 11 attacks (Parsippany, NJ, Daily Record11 Sept.).
SCALE Principal Investigator Terry Millar comments on the importance of the new Large Hadron Collider, billed as the largest physics experiment in history (Madison Capital Times, 10 September).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses factors underlying students dropping out of college (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6 Sept.).
David Williamson Shaffer believes that computers alter “the way people think in the digital age,” and he rates their advent with “the development of language itself” (The Chronicle, 24 August).
Susan Millar discusses the proposed National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (The Chronicle, 20 August).
Adam Gamoran and Richard Halverson discuss the process of assigning children to their new classrooms in the fall (Wisconsin State Journal, 14 August).
In a paper commissioned for the Center for American Progress, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Josipa Roksa argue that federal higher education policy focuses too much on colleges and not enough on their students (Chronicle of Higher Education Daily, 13 August).
Allan Odden discusses new teacher incentive programs in a story about schools in Washington DC and surrounding counties (Washington Post, 28 July).
Diana Hess evaluates civic engagement programs like iVote08 and finds that some do influence students do become more interested in public policy questions (The Daily Northwestern, 24 July).
UW Madison education professors Sara Goldrick-Rab and Michael Olneck are mentioned in a July 3 New York Times article about a generational change in higher ed faculty.
Sara Goldrick-Rab has found that students from lower-status socio-economic backgrounds are more likely than their well-off peers to transfer from two-year to four-year institutions in ways that reduce their odds of earning a degree (Inside Higher Education, 23 June).
North Carolina becomes the 18th state to join the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs network (Education Week, 13 June).
At an Urban Institute Conference Adam Gamoran discusses using value-added models to measure school effectiveness (Education Daily, 6 June).
An astronomer and former student praises his mentor Bob Mathieu (Daily Cardinal, 5 June).
Adam Gamoran discusses the uses of value-added designs in identifying effective teaching and measuring the impact of certain programs and practices (Education Week, 28 May).
WCER's Value Added Research Center is helping the Madison Metropolitan School District "Dig into the data and draw the inferences that can be supported by observed results." (Isthmus, 22 May).
CPRE research on teacher pay-for-performance programs is cited in Education Week (14 May).
Ruth Lopez Turley, a co-PI on a WCER grant to study social capital in the FAST program, has her new study on college-going rates reviewed in The Chronicle
Doug Harris, Rob Meyer, and Adam Gamoran discuss trends in value-added assessment practice (Education Week, 7 May).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses unit-record-tracking (Chronicle of Higher Ed, 5 May).
Allan Odden's school finance research is mentioned in an Op-Ed piece by Paul Hill and Marguerite Roza (Education Week, 30 April).
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge metric is discussed in the context of Mississippi's curriculum and assessment programs (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 28 April).
Allan Odden discusses teacher pay, benefits, and incentives at a Hechinger Institute conference (Grand Rapids Press, 24 April).
Timothy Boals discusses WIDA's ACCESS for ELLs English-language proficiency test (Education Week, 26 March).
Terry Millar is profiled in the University's Wisconsin Idea series in part because of his work with the Madison school district.
Patricia Burch discusses variations in the quality of federally mandated public after-school tutoring (USA Today, 26 March) and (Shreveport Times, 27 March).
Adam Gamoran discusses the relationship of small class sizes to student achievement and teachers' practice (USA Today, 24 March).
Mitchell Nathan discusses teaching and learning algebra in a story about the National Mathematics Advisory Panel's new report (Christian Science Monitor, 13 March).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the pros and cons of the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program (Capital Times, 11 March).
Beth Graue discusses "academic redshirting," or holding children back an extra year from kindergarten (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 10 March).
Beth Graue is profiled in the University's Wisconsin Idea series.
Allan Odden discusses class size and teacher professional development at the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement in North Dakota (Bismarck Tribune, 7 March).
Allan Odden discusses how North Dakota's Commission on Education could shift resources to concentrate on core academic courses (The Forum, 10 March).
David Williamson Shaffer discusses his book, How Computer Games Help Children Learn (Orange County Register, 27 February).
WCER's Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is the subject of a feature in the Madison Capital Times (20 February).
WCER's Minority Student Achievment Network (MSAN) conducted a Youth Summit in Amherst, Mass., where students of color from several districts gathered to discuss ways to remedy achievement gap (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 12 February).
Allan Odden discusses challenges of creating performance assessment systems in the article "Advancing Pay for Performance" (Quality Counts, Education Week, 10 January).
David Williamson Shaffer discusses how epistemic games place children in the role of a professional and encourage them to think in an innovative way (Elburn IL Herald, 11 January).
Madison was the only Wisconsin school district to win a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History program, which aims to improve the training of teachers. WCER’s Shihmei Barger is evaluation researcher for this 3-year project. (Wisconsin State Journal, 4 January).
The Minority Student Achievement Network, which makes its home at WCER, is mentioned among Strategic Education Research Partnerships that work to build "coherent, use-inspired programs of research" (Education Week, 12 December, p. 19).
A recent study of Board Certified Teachers by Douglas Harris and colleague Tim R. Sass is cited in the St. Petersburg Times (Dec. 5).
Terry Millar discusses the SCALE project's work nationwide in preparing future teachers and providing professional development opportunities for teachers in mathematics and science (Wisconsin State Journal, 4 December).
Patricia Burch published a commentary piece discussing the lack of scrutiny in holding private firms accountable for achievement improvements under NCLB. (Education Week, 28 November).
Mary Ann Zehr describes WIDA's work in her Learning the Language blog (Education Week, 20 November).
Adam Gamoran's new book, Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap, is reviewed in Education Week (8 November).
Allan Odden discusses school-wide team-building efforts that reward teachers and school staffs for student gains through a combination of adequate base pay, rewards for professional improvement and bonuses for student achievement gains (Delaware Online 11 November).
WCER's World Class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium (WIDA) and its Access for ELLs assessment are mentioned in the special report "ELL Testing: A state of flux" (District Administration, October 2007, pp. 35-40).
Adam Gamoran comments on a pair of studies measuring the degree to which NCLB pressures educators to focus on students who fall just below the passing threshold on state tests—at the expense of students at the high and low ends of the achievement spectrum (Education Week, 31 October).
Allan Odden calls "significant" New York City's plan to give cash bonuses to teachers at some of the city's high-need schools that raise student test scores (Education Week, 24 October).
Eric Camburn and Allan Odden discuss neighborhood schools, social capital, and the politics of closing schools
(Wisconsin State Journal, 21 October).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the difficulties students face when trying to pay their own way through college (Daily Cardinal, 22 October).
Allan Odden is quoted in a story about growing momentum for alternate teacher pay systems (Education Week, 27 September).
Diana Hess discusses how teaching controversial issues like 9/11 can put pressure on teachers to give different emphases to issues like civil liberties vs. patriotism (Denver Post, 11 September).
Allan Odden comments on Chicago becoming the nation's largest school district to offer teachers performance-based pay (Chicago Sun Times, 4 September).
Allan Odden and colleague Lawrence Picus write in Education Week that "Simply finding enough money to adequately fund a state’s schools does not solve the school finance problem. An equally difficult challenge is structuring a school finance system to support these evidence-based resource allocation strategies." (Education Week, 15 August)
WCER researcher Susan Millar discusses science and engineering education and the challenges of scaling up reform programs (Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 August).
Geoffrey Borman's study of summer learning loss is cited in the context of the growing popularity of summer programs in public schools
(Lower Hudson Online, 10 August).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the cost of college tuition and how first-generation college students cope (Wisconsin State Journal, 5 August).
WCER's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is called the "principal effort" in the nationwide attempt to train the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty members to use new teaching methods including student-centered teaching (Chronicle of Higher Education, issue dated 3 August).
Geoffrey Borman discusses the value of keeping students' minds engaged through the summer and recommends giving students activities to reinforce the lessons they learned during the regular school year. (Wisconsin State Journal, 14 July).
WIDA director Timothy Boals says English Language Learners need a curriculum that goes far beyond teaching pronunciation and grammar to make their content classes more comprehensible (Education Week, 18 July).
David Woods's Transana project is reviewed by Jill-Hurst Wall of Syracuse University and Hurst Associates, Ltd.
(Digitization 101, 19 July)
Norman Webb's 'depth of knowledge' framework is discussed in the context of the Mississippi Department of Education (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 17 July).
In an article about teacher merit pay, Tony Milanowski discusses research findings to date (Hometown Annapolis, 9 July).
Radio program host Joy Cardin and Allan Odden discuss how states are experimenting with merit pay for teachers and giving bonuses for raising student achievement and for reaching other goals (20 June, Wisconsin Public Radio).
Allan Odden discusses the growing trend of rewarding teachers with bonuses or raises for improving student achievement, working in lower income schools, or teaching subjects that are hard to staff (New York Times, 18 June).
WCER's Families and Schools Together (FAST) program, developed by Dr. Lynn McDonald, is the cover story for the June issue of American School Board Journal.
A study by Allan Odden and colleague Lawrence Picus finds that Wyoming schools devote a significant portion of their money to raising teacher salaries rather than hiring more educators (Education Week, 20 June).
Beth Graue is among experts on school readiness quoted in the article "When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten?" (NY Times, 3 June) She is also
among early childhood experts interviewed on the radio program The State of Things (WUNC radio, Chapel Hill, NC, 13 June).
Sara Goldrick-Rab and colleagues discuss her work in designing the Wisconsin Covenant program, which pledges admission to college for good grades and good behavior. The program has the potential to raise student expectations and improve academic preparation for college (Badger Herald 10 May). In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online, Goldrick-Rab says
scholarships should be based on need; offering grants, not loans, to cover all tuition and fees and some living expenses; and giving a helping hand to low-income students to maintain their grades and to apply for college. (14 May)
Allan Odden’s recent report proposes raising state education spending by about 9% to fund an "adequate" education (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online, 8 May)
"We spend four, five, six years or more of a kid's mathematical education teaching them what a 99-cent calculator can do," said David Williamson Shaffer, author of the new book How Computer Games Help Children Learn.
(BeaconNewsOnline.com, 3 April)
Adam Gamoran discusses the challenges of evaluating NCLB at this point (ShreveportTimes.com, 12 April).
Richard Halverson says the Madison school district faces issues of race, expansion, poverty, and the flight of white families. Over the past 10 years, district enrollment has declined about 3 percent, while the number of students from low-income families has increased to 40 percent (Capital Times, 30 March).
Beth Graue discusses the future of Wisconsin’s SAGE program, in the face of flat funding, rising education expenses, and projected increases in elementary school populations (Madison Commons, 30 March).
WCER Director Adam Gamoran is among those discussing the phenomenon of female students outnumbering male students on college campuses around the country (WKOW-TV March 20).
Allan Odden discusses teacher career paths and advancing into mentoring roles as an alternative to administrative positions (Delaware Online, 19 March).
Adam Gamoran discusses the No Child Left Behind Act, saying that the law’s “mechanisms are just coming into play, and not enough time has passed to establish a trend” (Education Week, 9 March, registration required).
For a story on WTMJ-TV (March 1), Milwaukee, Beth Graue talked about determining when a child is ready to enter kindergarten.
David Shaffer talks about the ways epistemic computer games can transform education and how this approach is "180 degrees opposite" from the emphasis on standardized testing (Capital Times, 19 February)
In a discussion of the governor's proposed education budget WCER Director Adam Gamoran says research shows high-quality child care early in life leads to students who will be more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and avoid trouble with the law (Wisconsin State Journal, 11 February).
David Shaffer discusses the educational value of epistemic computer games (Chicago Tribune, 11 February)
Allan Odden discusses public financing for schools and taxpayer expectations (Chicago Tribune, 2 February)
Allan Odden's study of Arkansas school funding is cited as the state considers its "road map" for education adequacy (Times-Record, 23 January)
Allan Odden discusses his task force and its plan to increase the number of students attaining proficient and advanced ratings on standardized tests, and for funding Wisconsin schools to adequately educate all children, including those with special needs (Wisconsin State Journal, 29 January: first article, second article).
Richard Halverson talks about the academic success of students at Madison's Mendota School and how school leaders there use data to drive decision-making (The Capital Times, 26 January: first article, second article).
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program is being implemented in more school districts near Philadelphia (Bucks County Courier Times, 17 January).
Sharon Derry talks about the growing trend in K-12 online and virtual learning environments (Journal-Sentinel Online, 14 January)
SCALE director Terry Millar discusses the mutual benefits of collaborating with K-12 mathematics teachers in the Madison Metropolitan School District (Isthmus, 12 January).
David Williamson Shaffer discusses the value of epistemic games in preparing tomorrow's workforce (Reuters, 11 January)
David Williamson Shaffer discusses remodeling education to provide students the kind of environments that professionals experience as they learn their crafts (Chicago Tribune, 25 December).
He also discusses how educators can use computer games to prepare children for a life of innovation and creativity rather than giving them standardized skills for life in the factory (Grand Haven [MI] Tribune, 27 December). In the print edition of the Wisconsin State Journal, he
discusses how epistemic computer games can encourage students to think innovatively.
Allan Odden discusses the QEO (Qualified Economic Offer) in the context of statewide teacher salaries (Wisconsin State Journal, 17 December)
Allan Odden discussed the Wisconsin School Finance Adequacy Initiative, a task force that was set up to study school financing. Its findings include a conclusion that an increase in spending of 6.8% could more than double academic achievement (For the Record, WISC TV3, 11 December).
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses differences in students' ability to afford college and to succeed, depending on families' social and economic status (Daily Cardinal, 7 November).
Allen Phelps discusses reduced funding for Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program, which gives high school students a head start on their vocational or technical education and their careers (15 November, Journal-Sentinel Online).
Beth Graue discusses the Wisconsin SAGE program and the benefits of small class size (Chicago Sun-Times, 24 November).
Allan Odden discusses teacher incentive plans geared to bonuses for individuals (Education Week, 15 November, p. 7).
WCER's World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA) is noted as a model program for identifying English Language Learner (ELL) students and tracking their performance in the report Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners, by the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Mitchell Nathan discusses the "testing effect," the interplay between testing and students' improved retention of course materials, in ScienceNOW Daily News (13 November).
Timothy Boals, director of WCER's World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium, discusses the negative effects of the U.S. Education Department's requirement that states prove the validity of portfolio assessments for English-language learners or risk having their large-scale assessment systems rejected under NCLB
(Education Week, 15 November).
The work of Tom Carpenter and colleagues at WCER's National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science is praised in American School Board Journal, November 2006.
Tony Milanowski discusses options for providing extra incentive pay to teachers willing to work in struggling schools
(Contra Costa Times, 21 October).
Allan Odden discusses how merit pay rewards teachers for doing what the system wants them to do, and the adoption of merit pay in Wisconsin (Isthmus, 27 October).
Allan Odden published an Op-Ed piece advocating doubling student performance results in Wisconsin and explaining the work of the Policy Advisory Task Force, which includes education, political, business, and taxpayer groups (Wisconsin State Journal, 22 October).
Allan Odden discusses school funding and school restructuring in the Journal Sentinel Online (20 October) and in the Wisconsin State Journal (16 October).
While on a lecture tour of Taiwan, Adam Gamoran was interviewed by public television about U.S. and international research on ability grouping (Taiwan Broadcasting System, 12 October).
Beth Graue discusses the first day of kindergarten and what parents can expect from this rite of passage (Madison.com 2 September). She also talks about how 'redshirting' kids, or holding them back a year, can lead to higher-than-expected social and emotional problems and special-education diagnoses (Orange County Register, 4 September).
Education Week cites WCER Senior Scientist Norman Webb's study of
alignment between Maine's mathematics standards and tht SAT (Ed Week, 13
September, p. 24).
Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Sara Goldrick-Rab about college completion rates in Wisconsin for the news story “Study Says U.S. Students Not Earning College Degrees.” (Wisconsin Public Radio News Stories, 7 September).
Norman Webb is cited in an article about Maine's switching from the traditional Maine Educational Assessment to the SAT (Bangor Daily News, 12 August).
Timothy Boals, director of WCER's WIDA program, discusses assessing comprehension and communication of students who are English-language learners (Education Week, 12 July). WIDA is the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium.
Beth Graue discusses the drawbacks of academic redshirting, or holding children back an extra year from kindergarten (LATimes.com 5 July).
Norman Webb is cited as helping the state of Maine
align its state assessments with its own standards and with the SAT (Bangor Daily News, 11 July).
Beth Graue discusses the practice of holding back boys from kindergarten an extra year to allow more time for maturation (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 June).
Geoffrey Borman discusses the relative importance of school factors, rather than students' family backgrounds, in variations in student achievement (Education Week, 21 June. Registration required).
Gary Cook discusses how students with disabilities fare on Wisconsin's standardized tests (Journal Sentinel Online, 5 June).
Norman Webb discusses the importance of aligning state-level assessments with learning standards (Decatur, Ill. Herald & Review, 17 May).
Allan Odden and colleague Lawrence Picus cowrote an Op-Ed piece about quality teaching and school finance adequacy for Arkansas Online (published 7 May).
Gary Cook is quoted in an article about the national shortage of people qualified to create tests and analyze the results. (New York Times, 5 May)
Beth Graue discusses parents who delay their boys' entrance into kindergarten until age 6 for developmental readiness (Chicago Tribune, 2 May).
Adam Gamoran talks about Madison's reduction of the racial achievement gap with the Schools of Hope Leadership Team at United Way of Dane County. (Madison.com, 1 May)
Adam Gamoran discusses the pros and cons of grouping students by ability. (Wisconsin State Journal, 17 April)
Geoffrey Borman discusses the results of his three-year study of the effectiveness of the Success For All reading program. (Education Week, 12 April)
UW Madison Education Professor Bradford Brown discusses what parents can do when their children start hanging around with the wrong crowd. (MSNBC, 7 March)
In a recent presentation to the Madison school board, Adam Gamoran said that grouping students by ability "has in the past led to lower-tracked classes with weaker teachers, lower standards, and higher percentages of minorities" (ISTHMUS, 24 February, p. 9)
Meg Meyer is quoted in an article about the benefits of hands-on learning. (Wausau Daily Herald, 15 February)
Gloria Ladson-Billings discusses quality teaching in the context of school funding and desegregation. (Rethinking Schools, Winter 2005-06, p. 36-37)
Allan Odden discusses the value of incentive-based pay for teachers. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 January)
Elizabeth Graue discusses the merits of half-day versus whole-day kindergarten. (White Plains, NY Journal News, 17 January)
Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses a six-state, four-year study that reveals discord between some one-stop career centers and community colleges over the role that training programs should play in workforce development. (Employment & Training Reporter, 28 November)
Gloria Ladson-Billings says that Madison and Wisconsin should keep trying to attract more minority educators to be positive role models for all children. (Wisconsin State Journal, 28 November)
Eric Camburn discusses a national study using teacher logs to document in detail what occurs in classrooms. (Education Week, 16 November)
Allan Odden says Denver's new teacher pay plan shows that voters are willing to back higher pay for teachers if it promises to raise student achievement. (Education Week, 9 November)
Ken Zeichner is among those discussing Southern Methodist University's teacher education program (New York Times, 3 November)
Martha Alibali discusses her research on the importance of gestures in learning and teaching (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 October)
Elizabeth Graue discusses helping children adjust to new school environments. (Boston Globe, 13 October)
David Williamson Shaffer comments on virtual charter schools. (Wisconsin State Journal, 5 October)
Lynn McDonald's Wisconsin Baby FAST Initiative extends its reach to 10 sites in Wisconsin, including Racine. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 September)
Martha Alibali's research into classroom gestures and student learning receives a full-page feature in Education Week, 7 September
Sara Y. Goldrick-Rab comments on a recent study arguing that poorly prepared students appear to be more likely to complete a degree if they attend a private college or university. (Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 August, registration required)
Allan Odden discusses Florida's teacher performance-pay program. (Education Week, 10 August)
Beth Graue discusses the stresses children feel when beginning a new school
year (Boston Globe, 28 July)
Cognitively Guided Instruction,
a program for teaching mathematics developed at WCER by Liz Fennema and Tom Carpenter, is mentioned as a model of professional development that has shown success in changing classroom practices. (Education Week, July 27, p. 18)
Geoffrey Borman discusses how summer academic enrichment programs can help reduce students' learning losses over the summer. (San Jose Mercury News, 11 July)
Ken Zeichner was co-author and one of three speakers on June 20 to announce the release of the new book STUDYING TEACHER EDUCATION: The report of the AERA Panel on Research and Teacher Education. It was published for the American Educational Research Association by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Read about the book.
David Williamson Shaffer discusses people's use of personalized tag lines in e-mail messages. (Wisconsin State Journal, 20 June) In another article, he says that technologically advanced toys, devices, and video games help students become familiar with technology and to prepare for life in an increasingly technologically oriented society. (Wisconsin State Journal, 30 June)
Allan Odden discusses merit pay as a strategy to attract and retain quality teachers and increase accountability. (Florida Today, 6 June) In another article, he discusses school funding in South Dakota and calculating the cost of education a child. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 27 June)
Rob Meyer talks about using value-added analyses in measuring school progress. (Education Week, 18 May)
Geoffrey Borman discusses his national study of the Success for All school improvement program. (Education Week, 11 May)
Allan Odden discusses the success of a charter school, the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, in the Los Angeles Unified District. Although all of its students come from low-income families, they outperform most similar schools on statewide tests. The Vaughn system "could well be adopted by other school districts in California," says Odden. (San Jose Mercury News, 2 May; login required)
Allan Odden discusses the idea of teacher pay scales based largely on classroom performance. (San Jose Mercury News, 2 May)
Chuck Kalish discusses how children's imaginary friends, and engagement in fantasy, is a kind of life skill that's important. (Wisconsin State Journal, 3 April 05)
Allan Odden discusses various kinds of teacher professional development programs. (Scranton Times, 17 April)
Allan Odden says it makes good sense to pay teachers to acquire instruction skills that we know produce more student learning. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 6 April)
Deborah Vandell says that children in high-quality day care learn better language skills than children in poorer-quality care. They also are more adept at reading and math, and they tend to have better memory skills through third grade. (Arizona Republic, 14 April) (Education Week, 4 May 2005)
Adam Gamoran discusses UW-Madison's faculty benefits arrangements in the context of the state legislature's proposd amendment to the state constitution. (Madison Capital Times, 28 March 05)
Ken Zeichner talks about the core curriculum for teacher training.
(Education Week, 2 March 05)
Beth Graue and B. Bradford Brown discuss trends toward
over-protective parenting. (Wisconsin State Journal, 6 March 05)
Margaret Meyer talks about gender disparity in high level math and science jobs.
(The Daily Cardinal, 8 March 05)
Bradford Brown discusses the highs and lows of the middle school romance. (Washington Post, 13 February)
Allan Odden discusses teacher incentive pay elements in the context of the Texas pay and benefits system. (San Antonio Express-News, 11 February 05)
WCER Director Adam Gamoran participates in a panel at a conference on No Child Left Behind sponsored by the
Millersville University School of Education. Lancaster Intelligencer Journal.
Allan Odden talks about teacher performance pay.(Education Week's "Quality Counts 2005")
Allan Odden discusses efforts in Menomonee Falls (Wis.) to move beyond the standard model of compensation system. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 22 January)
Thomas Romberg talks about U.S. students trailing their international
peers in math and science.
(Science Now, 7 December 04)
Allan Odden talks about new approaches to teacher compensation.
(Education Week, 1 December 04)
Diana Hess and Gloria Ladson-Billings speak at
the conference, "Dialogues with Democracy: Improving Civic Education in
Wisconsin's Schools." The event helps kindergarten through 12th grade
students better understand the democratic process.
(Badger Herald, 30 November)
Lynn McDonald's Wisconsin Baby FAST Initiative receives a one-year grant
from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to try the new Baby FAST
program at 10 sites in Wisconsin. (FAST stands for Families and Schools Together.) Racine
and about a dozen other communities have made applications to be test sites, and decisions
on the sites are expected to be made by the end of October.
26 September) and
In a study of more than 8,000 Wisconsin students, Beth Graue found that
students who delayed or repeated 5-year-old kindergarten were more likely to
need special education services later. Such pupils were more likely to be boys,
low-income and minorities
(Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 21 August 2004).
Gregory A. Moses develops multimedia presentations that
his students can watch or listen to, even those who are blind or deaf.
Moses is an investigator in the WCER project “Digital Insight: A
Prototype Digital Media Research System,” and a professor in
the College of Engineering. (University Communications News@UW-Madison, 8 June 2004)
WCER Senior Scientist Norman Webb and colleagues have evaluated
Wisconsin’s class-size reduction program, SAGE. The study confirms some previous
findings but more information is needed to determine the program’s long-term
effects. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2004)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) is
the subject of the program, “In Focus,” on Channel 8 Houston PBS TV,
1 June, and the subject of a newspaper story
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2004)
Kimber Malmgren recently studied foster children with
emotional and behavioral disorders who had landed in the criminal justice system.
What struck her was their high mibility among schools. While most children move
about once in their entire childhood, children in her study often moved this much
each school year. (Toledo
Blade, 27 June 2004)
Carolyn Kelley, author of the book “Paying Teachers for
What They Know and Do,” is quoted in an article about teachers’ contracts
in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune, 23 May 2004)
Allan Odden comments on the trend of school districts creating
salary systems tied in part to student progress. (New York Times, 9 May 2004) Odden
is quoted in a story about incentive pay plans that would give teachers and other
school staff pay raises if students reach certain academic goals. (NBC TV15 News,
12 May 2004)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) program
is profiled (The Charlotte Observer, 18 May 2004)
Bradford Brown is quoted in the article "Brains and
Behavior." (Wisconsin State Journal, 18 May 2004)
The assessment tool Surveys of the Enacted Curriculum (SEC), developed by
Andy Porter, John Smithson, and Rolf Blank, is profiled.
Learning Point, Spring 2004)
Studies of student tracking and achievement by Adam Gamoran
and Samuel R. Lucas are cited in Education Week
(3 March 04)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about Denver’s
consideration of a groundbreaking pay plan that would base their pay raises
on student performance rather than longevity. (Associated Press, 18 March 2004)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) is
among programs being funded by the James L. Knight Foundation in Akron, Ohio.
(City of Akron News Release, 24 March 2004)
Allan Odden discusses the costs of implementing No Child
Left Behind (Education Week, 2/4/04)
WCER’s Web site is reviewed favorably by the Internet Scout Project.
(Scout Report, 6 February 2004)
WCER’s project System-Wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE)
is mentioned as an example of NSF-sponsored research in a story about White House
education budget proposals. (Education Week, 11 February 2004)
Lynn McDonald, director of Families and Schools Together (FAST),
is mentioned in the article “City To Get Program For Teen Moms and Babies.”
(Wisconsin State Journal, 14 January 2004) She also is cited in the article “
For Better Brains, Bond With Babies” where her program Baby FAST is said to
combine “science and common-sense parenting to help young parents build up
baby brains.” (Wisconsin State Journal, 15 January 2004)
Ken Zeichner is mentioned as one of 29 UW-Madison faculty who are
among the most cited researchers in their fields over two decades, according to
Thomson ISI, a citation indexing company. (UW-Madison media release, 14 November 2003)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST)
program received nearly one million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department
of Justice, which will support FAST initiatives in 20 Wisconsin schools, bringing
the state total to 100. (The Madison Capital Times, 10 October 2003)
Andy Porter and John Smithson have developed
a tool that allows researchers to quantify the content topics and cognitive demands
in standards, assessments, and local curricula for mathematics and science, and
a way to illustrate that information. (Education Week, 8 October 2003)
Gloria Ladson-Billings publishes an article about Newark’s
“Project New Beginnings.” (Education Week, 1 October 2003)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST)
is profiled among “Programs That Hold Promise” in preventing teen
drug abuse. (Christian Science Monitor, 23 September, 2003)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about his study of school
funding policies in Arizona (The (Madison) Capital Times, 7 August 2003).
Odden and Marc J. Wallace, Jr. coauthor a commentary piece “Leveraging
Teacher Pay: How We Can Raise Student Achievement Through Better Systems of
Compensation” (Education Week, 6 August, 2003)
In the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “America’s Best
Graduate Schools” the UW-Madison School of Education is ranked No. 2 in
Secondary Education, No. 2 in Elementary Education, No. 3 in Education Policy,
No. 1 in Curriculum & Instruction, No. 1 in Administration/Supervision,
and ties (with Stanford) for No. 1 in Educational Psychology. (Usnews.com, August 2003)
Terry Millar, codirector of System-wide Change for All
Learners and Educators (SCALE), is quoted in an article about the Providence
RI school district’s participation in the five-year NSF-funded project
which includes schools in Denver, Los Angeles, and Madison.
(Providence Journal, 29 July 2003)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about a
CPRE study of Kentucky’s education spending. (Education Week, 16 April 2003)
Deborah Lowe Vandell is quoted in an article
about the quality of child-care centers in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal,
2 March 2003)
Deborah Lowe Vandell is quoted in an article
about the quality of child-care centers in the U.S. (Wisconsin State
Journal, 20 February 2003)
David W. Shafer is quoted in an article about the
Wisconsin Connections Academy, the state's first virtual school (Duluth News, 10 February 2003)
Gloria Ladson-Billings is quoted in article
about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (The Madison
Capital Times, 21 January 2003)
Ken Zeichner is quoted in an article about
the state's score in a national study of states’ efforts
to attract and retain qualified teachers in high-need schools.
(The Madison Capital Times, 14 Jan. 2003)
Geoffrey Borman is quoted as lead researcher in a study of 29
popular schoolwide improvement programs. The study concludes that the
comprehensive models are better than the status quo when it comes to
raising student achievement. (Education Week, 11 December 2002)
Geoffrey Borman is quoted in an article about the "What
Works Clearinghouse" (New York Times, 10 November 2002)
WCER’s project System-wide Change for All Learners and
Educators (SCALE) is mentioned as the largest of seven grants awarded by the NSF in the current round of awards for centers to develop teaching leadership in science and mathematics. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 October 2002)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools
Together (FAST) program is featured at length (Kitchener, Ontario Record,
16 September 2002)
Jeff Braden is quoted in an article
about a new Wisconsin state law that ends automatic academic
promotions for K-12 students. (Wisconsin State Journal, 25 August 2002)
Andy Porter is quoted in an article about
the influence of advocacy-based education studies. (Education Week, 12 June 2002)
Audrey Cotherman, former Wyoming deputy
state Superintendent of Public Instruction, receives recognition
as the incoming director of WCER’s Comprehensive Consortium-VI. (Casper Star-Tribune, 2001)
Gloria Ladson-Billings is quoted in an article
about pay inequity in the professions and how that affects the pool
of qualified teachers. (Forbes Magazine, 27 May 2002)
Norman Webb is quoted in an article about national
science education standards and their effect on classrooms. (Education
Week, 22 May 2002)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about Cincinnati
teachers' consideration of a “pay for performance” plan.
(Education Week, 29 May, 2002)
Andy Porter is quoted in an article about the White
House’s commitment to what it calls “evidence-based”
education practice. (Education Week, 10 April 2002)
Deborah Lowe Vandell is quoted by nationally
syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman in an article about the quality of
child care programs.
A talk by Gloria Ladson-Billings at the American
Educational Research Association addressed the question, Has the US
become a more compassionate place since September 11? (She argues
that it had not). Her colleague, Mary Haywood Metz, a professor of
educational policy studies, says that the kind of anger and alienation
found in much of the Arab world could also be found in American inner-cities.
(London Times Educational Supplement, 12 April 2002)
Ken Zeichner, speaking at the AERA convention,
is quoted in an article about the difficulty of communicating research
results with classroom teachers. (New Orleans Times-Picayune, 4 April 2002)
Adam Gamoran is quoted in an article about tracking
students—separating them into classes with students of similar abilities.
(Glasgow, Scotland Herald, 25 March, 2002)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST)
program is praised as “pretty impressive” by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis)
at a participating school in La Crosse. (La Crosse Tribune, 16 Jan 2002)
Allan Odden is mentioned in an article about the need for a state-wide
education summit to address school funding. (Wisconsin Week, 2 December 2001)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) program
receives a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (Madison Capital Times, 11 December 2001)
FAST is featured in an article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 18 December 2001.
The US Department of Education funds WCER’s new Coordination, Consultation,
and Evaluation Center for Implementing K-3 Behavior and Reading Intervention Models,
to be directed by Stephen Elliot and Thomas Kratochwill.
(Education Week, 24 October 2001)
Walter Secada is interviewed and WCER’s Diversity in Mathematics
Education project is featured on Madison television news. (WMTV - NBC15, 10 October 2001)
Andy Porter is quoted in an article about the alignment of state
teaching, standards, and tests. (Education Week, 31 October 2001)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about Cincinnati’s
teacher performance-pay plan. (Education Week, 19 September 2001)
James Stewart, co-director of WCER’s National
Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and
Science, is quoted in an article about the need for more “hands-on,
minds-on," activities in science classrooms. (Christian Science Monitor,
18 September 2001)
Andy Porter is quoted in a story about the push for
school standards. (abcNEWS.com, 15 August, 2001)
Geoffrey Borman is quoted in an article about the benefits of students'
taking summer enrichment courses. (USA Today, 17 July 2001)
Andy Porter is quoted in an article about the “Condition
of Education” report released by the National Center for Education Statistics.
(Education Week, 6 June 2001)
Thomas Carpenter is quoted in an article about the trend for more
schools to require that all students pass algebra courses before graduating.
(Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2001)
Thomas Carpenter is quoted in an article about debates over
how mathematics is taught in Fairfax County public schools. (Washington Post, 14 May 2001)
Andy Porter is quoted in an article about updating state
assessment systems. (Education Week, 2 May 2001)
Lynn McDonald’s Families and Schools Together (FAST)
program is highlighted in The Madison Capital Times, 18 May 2001.
Deborah Lowe Vandell is quoted in an article about the
percentage of kids in day care who show aggressive behavior. (Boston Globe,
26 April 2001)
Allan Odden is quoted in articles about Cincinnati’s
proposed performance pay plan. (New York Times, 18 April 2001, and Education Week, 25 April)
Thomas Carpenter is quoted in an article about algebra being
introduced in early elementary curricula. (Education Week, 28 March 2001)
Thomas Romberg is quoted in an article about the use of
calculators in mathematics classrooms. (Wisconsin State Journal, 31 March 2001)
Bradford Brown is quoted in an article about parents learning
to recognize, and not trample on, the feelings that their children try to express
at Valentine’s Day, and how girls are usually more keen and prepared for
intimacy at pre-teen ages because they have practiced close, confidential
relationships with girlfriends. (Boston Globe, 8 February 2001)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about Iowa considering
a pay-for-performance compensation plan for teachers. (Education Week, 10 January 2001)
Gloria Ladson-Billings is quoted in an article about ways
to challenge racism. (Wisconsin State Journal, 15 January 2001)
Adam Gamoran is quoted in an article about his study finding
that all students, regardless of their prior mathematical skills, benefit from
taking algebra. (Education Week, 15 November 2000)
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a featured program at the “
Decade of Behavior” National Forum in Washington, DC. CGI is the
professional development program that helps teachers to understand
children’s mathematical thinking, and was developed at WCER by
Thomas Carpenter and Elizabeth Fennema.
(UW-Madison News Release, 4 October 2000)
William Clune is quoted in an article about results of
the voucher school program in the District of Columbia. (Washington Post, 28
A recent 10-state study by Andy Porter finds gaps between
instruction and assessment. (Education Week, 7 June 2000)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about a newly restructured
teacher pay system at Vaughn Learning Center, Pacoima, Calif.
(Education Week, 14 June 2000)
Allan Odden is quoted in an article about Cincinnati’s
new, five-tiered system of teacher career levels aligned with 16 new teaching
standards, in-depth assessments, and professional development.
(Education Week, 24 May, 2000)
Andy Porter is quoted in a story about the national movement
to establish “high stakes” tests for students. (Education Week, 3 May 2000)
Carolyn Kelley and Steve Kimball are quoted
in an article about the degree of “ripple effect” created by teachers
who earn National Board Teacher Certification. (Education Week, 3 May 2000)
Deborah Lowe Vandell is quoted in an article about child care
and after-school programs. (New York Times, 11 April 2000)
Allan Odden is quoted as the Los Angeles school
district considers paying teachers based on how much they improve their
students’ scores on standardized tests. (Education Week, 22 March 2000)
For the second year in a row, US. News & World Report ranks the UW-Madison
School of Education in its Top 10 Education Schools in the country. Its curriculum
and instruction program was ranked No. 1, as was its Educational Psychology program.
Its Educational Administration and Secondary Teacher Education programs are ranked
No. 2 nationwide. (Wisconsin State Journal, 31 March 2000)
Deborah Lowe Vandell says after-school programs are potentially
potent weapons against a host of persistent problems ranging from juvenile crime
to lagging test scores. (Education Week, 2 February 2000)
Elizabeth Graue is interviewed about her study of “
redshirting,” or holding back children from kindergarten an extra year
(Wisconsin Public Radio, 24 February 2000, and Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction’s Education Forum, Feb. 25)
Elizabeth Graue is interviewed in a story about “
redshirting,” or holding back, children from kindergarten an extra year.
(Chicago Tribune, 9 January 2000)
Allan Odden is interviewed in a story about a bonus
plan for teachers proposed by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.
(Wisconsin State Journal, 30 January 2000)