School Reform in the District of Columbia

Testimony

School Reform in the District of Columbia

Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
March 14, 2008

Abstract

The difficult tasks for District of Columbia policymakers and education administrators, the Urban Institute's Jane Hannaway told a Senate subcommittee, are how to get more high-performing teachers in the classroom (especially classrooms serving the most disadvantaged students), how to hold teachers and schools accountable for student performance, and how to do it fairly. Reforms that promote teacher effectiveness should no doubt be tried, but reforms should be guided by data systems that provide feedback on how well the reforms are doing and how they might be fine tuned.

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