If 2010 was the year of the bombshell in research in the three “major areas” of market-based education reform–charter schools, performance pay, and value-added in evaluations–then 2011 was the year of the slow, sustained march, says Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Albert Shanker Institute, for the Washington Post. Last year, the landmark Race to the Top program was accompanied by a set of extremely consequential research reports, ranging from the policy-related importance of the first experimental study of teacher-level performance pay (the POINT program in Nashville) and the preliminary report of the $45 million Measures of Effective Teaching project, to the political controversy of the Los Angeles Times’ release of teachers’ scores from their commissioned analysis of Los Angeles testing data…

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