Browsing All Posts published on »October, 2009«

A Must Read – Mapping State Proficiency Standards

October 29, 2009


Call me crazy, but I’d have to say that one of my favorite publications of all time is a National Center for Education Statistics report mapping state standards onto NAEP, allowing comparison of where state proficiency benchmarks align with NAEP scores. I’ve likely provided links to that report more than a few times in my […]

Connecting some Teacher Quality, Leadership & Ed School Dots

October 23, 2009

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A frequent, but much debated conclusion from teacher quality research is that teachers’ own academic ability, measured by test scores or even more bluntly the “competitiveness” of the colleges teachers attended as undergraduates, is associated with student outcomes. This occurs even when we use such crude classifications as the Barrons Guide rating system. In recent, […]

Ed Schools as Cash Cows in the University

October 22, 2009

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Secretary Duncan is again on the stump today, at Teachers College (where I attended) where he is expected to make the case that education schools are “cash cows” of the university, generating large sums of tuition revenue which are then diverted to other parts of the university. This proposition is hardly new, and appears […]

A few quick NJ Charter School Facts & Figures

October 20, 2009

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AFTER READING THIS, PLEASE SEE CORRECTIONS AT: If one watches the trailer clips from the Cartel movie on two highly successful New Jersey charter schools, one might be misled to believe that Charter schools are simply uniformly freakin’ awesome. They can do no wrong. They are clearly the answer to all of our problems […]

Recession & State Tax Revenues

October 17, 2009

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Here’s a link to a new report on the effect of the economic downturn on state tax revenues. Particularly interesting is the table ranking overall budget impact across states on Page 20 (Table 12).

More Cartel Garbage! Bowdon still vacuous!

October 16, 2009


See updated post on this topic: ========= Bob Bowdon is once again proving his numerical wizardry with ads for his schlockumentary The Cartel (which I refuse to see because I will likely blow my top in the middle of it, correcting every damn wrong and misguided supposed fact spewed in the film’s narration). There’s […]

Real Info. Re: NJ and Abbott Districts

October 12, 2009


Here’s a link to a solid, recent dissertation out of the University of Michigan regarding New Jersey’s Abbott School districts and the effects of Abbott litigation on overall outcomes and outcome gaps. Here are some highlights quoted from the Intro of the dissertation: The first essay is an empirical analysis of the e ffects of […]

Dear DOE – Wrong Again!

October 7, 2009

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After starting my day with this NPR brief: I am again perplexed by what Department of Ed Officials are thinking, who is advising them and what analyses are actually being done before certain states are identified as “good” and others as “evil.” In this story, DOE officials are chastising the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts […]

Should NJ really try to be like DE, MD, MO, GA & WA?

October 3, 2009


I had relatively modest expectations for the Gannett series in New Jersey on state taxes to begin with. Sadly, this series managed to fall way short of these expectations by trying too hard to construct the point that New Jersey’s taxes are simply way out of line and that, for example, NJ would much better […]


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