I always say - words matter.
Dialog matters (although Charlie rightly points out the fallacy of "finding common ground" when it means "you come over to our side but we won't move an inch OR admit we aren't being fully truthful in our claims.") I concur because this has happened to me as well.
To that end, Trish Millines Dziko has set up a thoughtful Facebook page about "I-1240 Discourse." If you use Facebook, please "like" this page to encourage this kind of dialog.
Also, over at the "Living in Dialogue" blog at Education Week Anthony Cody has been speaking with and thinking about the Gates Foundation and their ed reform.
At The Answer Sheet blog at The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss examines jargon used in ed reform.
In many states teacher evaluations will now include the results of value-added assessments.
Meaning: Teachers will be judged in part by comparing students’ current test scores to those of the previous year. To what extent the teacher is responsible for the gains—or lack thereof—is debatable.
Our newly published reading program is research-based.
Meaning: Perhaps only one study supports the program’s methods, and that may be a study conducted by the author or publisher. Another possibility is that the program only superficially follows the methodology found effective by many studies.