Welcome to Relay Medical College & North Star Community Hospital

April 26, 2014

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Arne Duncan has one whopper of an interview available here: http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell-reports/watch/better-preparing-our-nations-educators-237066307522 Related to his new push to evaluate teacher preparation programs using student outcome data: http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/arne-ology-the-bad-incentives-of-evaluating-teacher-prep-with-student-outcome-data/ And his Whitehouse press release can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/fact-sheet-taking-action-improve-teacher-preparation Now, there’s a whole lot to chew on here, but let me focus on one of the more absurd […]

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Arne-Ology & the Bad Incentives of Evaluating Teacher Prep with Student Outcome Data

April 25, 2014

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As I understand it, USDOE is going to go ahead with the push to have teacher preparation programs rated in part based on the student growth outcomes of children taught by individuals receiving credentials from those programs. Now, the layers of problems associated with this method are many and I’ve addressed them previously here and […]

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The Endogeneity of the Equitable Distribution of Teachers: Or, why do the girls get all the good teachers?

April 18, 2014

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Recently, the Center for American Progress (disclosure: I have a report coming out through them soon) released a report in which they boldly concluded, based on data on teacher ratings from Massachusetts and Louisiana, that teacher quality is woefully inequitably distributed across children by the income status of those children. As evidence of these inequities, […]

Why you can’t compare simple achievement gaps across states! So don’t!

April 16, 2014

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Consider this post the second in my series of basic data issues in education policy analysis. This is a topic on which I’ve written numerous previous posts. In most previous posts I’ve focused specifically on the issue of problems with poverty measurement across contexts and how those problems lead to common misinterpretations of achievement gaps. […]

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Understand your data & use it wisely! Tips for avoiding stupid mistakes with publicly available NJ data

April 11, 2014

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My next few blog posts will return to a common theme on this blog – appropriate use of publicly available data sources. I figure it’s time to put some positive, instructive stuff out there. Some guidance for more casual users (and more reckless ones) of public data sources and for those must making their way […]

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A Response to “Correcting the Facts about the One Newark Plan: A Strategic Approach To 100 Excellent Schools”

March 24, 2014

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Full report here: Weber.Baker.OneNewarkResponseFINALREVIEW Mark Weber & Bruce Baker On March 11, 2014, the Newark Public Schools (NPS) released a response to our policy brief of January 24, 2014: “An Empirical Critique of One Newark.”[1] Our brief examined the One Newark plan, a proposal by NPS to…

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DFER Idiocy on New York School Finance

March 12, 2014

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This may just be among the most ludicrous proclamations I’ve read in quite some time, and it’s brought to us by none other than Dimwits doofuses/doofi? …well something with a “D” For Education Reform: “Contrary to what you may hear from certain special interest groups, the best way to fix our schools is not just […]

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