A Must Read – Mapping State Proficiency Standards

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 myContinue reading “A Must Read – Mapping State Proficiency Standards”

Connecting some Teacher Quality, Leadership & Ed School Dots

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,Continue reading “Connecting some Teacher Quality, Leadership & Ed School Dots”

Ed Schools as Cash Cows in the University

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. http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/10/10222009.html This proposition is hardly new, and appearsContinue reading “Ed Schools as Cash Cows in the University”

A few quick NJ Charter School Facts & Figures

AFTER READING THIS, PLEASE SEE CORRECTIONS AT: https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/charter-averages-worse-than-originally-estimated/ 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 problemsContinue reading “A few quick NJ Charter School Facts & Figures”

More Cartel Garbage! Bowdon still vacuous!

See updated post on this topic: https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/cartel-recap/ ========= 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’sContinue reading “More Cartel Garbage! Bowdon still vacuous!”

Real Info. Re: NJ and Abbott Districts

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. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/61592/1/aresch_1.pdf Here are some highlights quoted from the Intro of the dissertation: The first essay is an empirical analysis of the e ffects ofContinue reading “Real Info. Re: NJ and Abbott Districts”

Dear DOE – Wrong Again!

After starting my day with this NPR brief: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113533704 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, MassachusettsContinue reading “Dear DOE – Wrong Again!”

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

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 betterContinue reading “Should NJ really try to be like DE, MD, MO, GA & WA?”