On the Relative Efficiency of New Jersey Public School Districts

August 2, 2016

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
PDF of Brief: Baker.Weber.NJEfficiency_8_2_16 Bruce D. Baker Mark Weber Contrary to current political rhetoric, New Jersey’s least efficient producers of student achievement gains are not the state’s large former Abbott districts – largely poor urban districts that benefited most in terms of state aid increases resulting from…

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Picture Post Friday: Newark Charter School Data Update

July 8, 2016

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I haven’t revisited the Newark charter school data in a while now. Here are my most recent cuts at the most recent available data: First, DEMOGRAPHICS of District and Charter Schools RED bars indicate CHARTER schools. Blue are other Newark Schools. North Star highlighted w/diagonal pattern as it has been the subject of recent twitter/blog […]

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How Fair is the “Fairness Formula” for New Jersey School Children & Taxpayers?

June 29, 2016

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Mark Weber, PhD Student, Rutgers Graduate School of Education Ajay Srikanth, PhD Student, Rutgers Graduate School of Education PDF Policy Brief: Weber.Srikanth.FairnessFormula.June_30 Executive Summary This brief provides a first look at the “Fairness Formula,” Chris Christie’s school tax reform plan. In this analysis, we show: The “Fairness…

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New Report: Why most international comparisons of spending & outcomes are total BS!

June 8, 2016

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New Report: http://www.shankerinstitute.org/resource/deconstructing-myth-american-public-schooling-inefficiency Here’s the summary: In this paper, we begin by classifying the arguments that assert American schools are relatively inefficient into two categories: the long-term trend argument and the international comparison argument. Our focus herein is on the latter of these two. We then describe two frameworks for approaching either of these arguments: […]

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Searching for Costello in New Jersey: Time for a new school funding challenge in the Post-Abbott era?

April 1, 2016

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It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to write about New Jersey school finance. It has apparently been too long. I’ve written much about New York school finance and Kansas school finance. And the parallels are straightforward. In Kansas, around 2006, the state’s high court issued an order in the case of Montoy […]

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Strolling through the PARCC (data)

February 22, 2016

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THIS IS A FIRST CUT AT MY MUSINGS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARCC AND NJASK SCORES ACROSS NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS. MORE REFINED BRIEF FORTHCOMING. BUT I WANTED TO GET SOMETHING OUT THERE ASAP. A little background During the spring of 2015, New Jersey schools implemented their first round of new assessments from the Partnership for […]

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Exploring Cross-State Variations in Resources, Outcomes and Gaps

December 30, 2015

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For the past several years now, the Education Law Center of New Jersey and I have been producing a roughly annual report on the state of school finance systems. As that report has evolved, we have taken advantage of publicly available data to construct more and more indicators. Over the next several months, we will […]

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