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Does Grading Bias Apply to Education Reports?
Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Innovation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for American Progress, American Enterprise Institute
November 9, 2009
December 16, 2009
Review written independently, not as part of the Think Tank Review Project, but republished here with permission of the author.This review of the "Leaders and Laggards" report was written by Bob Williams independently, not as part of the Think Tank Review Project. It is republished here with permission of the author. Williams focuses on the aspects of the report concerning alternative teacher certification and teacher tenure. He notes that the report's authors appear to begin with premise that "improving education requires weakening teacher tenure and union influence while supporting alternative certification and national programs to place inexperienced people ... into teaching positions with minimal training." Williams explains in this commentary how the report distorts the data in order to create state-by-state ratings that fit the authors' pre-determined agenda.
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