Friday, September 4, 2015
Ford and Atlantic Back Education Policy Think Tank
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Learning Policy Institute launched this week with 30 researchers and a board including some big education names, such Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the director of Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, and Kris Gutiérrez, a language, literacy and culture professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Learning Policy Institute will be based in Palo Alto, Calif. but will also have a Washington office. And it's coming on the scene at a time of major transition in areas like accountability and assessment. Congress is about to pass a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act that's almost certain to give states a lot more running room when it comes to gauging school and student performance. Darling-Hammond has already outlined her vision for the future of K-12 accountabilty in this report, and is advising states, including New Hampshire, on putting it into practice....