Monday was a little quiet for school news, but there’s plenty going on in the blogosphere and among researchers to tide you over. Read onward!

  • Our guest blogger Rick Beach questions how well test scores work as a measure of teacher performance. Check out his blog and readers’ comments!
  • 10 News reports that following its story on what parents were paying for mandatory school supplies, San Diego Unified is surveying its principals about whether they’re requiring families to buy anything for classes.
  • Up in Los Angeles Unified, the head of school construction resigned after an apparent power struggle with school district leaders, the Times reports. The issue is how independent the division should be.
  • A San Jose high school has successfully upped scores among Latino students, but it is a rarity, the Mercury News reports.
  • Double X dishes about a controversial author’s argument that schools are trying too hard to teach children to be nice — and not how to be good.
  • ProPublica found that while California might not get any added stimulus dollars for schools, phantom school districts could get some dough: A list of stimulus recipients included districts that have closed. Such money is typically divvied up among districts that students now attend, but it’s still a little unnerving that the feds made the flub.
  • The New York Times Magazine lines up a posse of pundits and asks: What needs to change to fix education?
  • Education Week reports on a forthcoming book that argues that lowering “total student load” — the number of students a teacher sees in a day — is key to boosting test scores. That doesn’t just mean small classes. It means how many kids, in total, a teacher interacts with during school.

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