Another “You Cannot Be Serious!”

Posted on January 30, 2010



Saw this today:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012903405.html

Huffman opines:

I’m picking on New Jersey not because it has the worst plan (it doesn’t) but because it so perfectly embodies the old way of applying for federal education funding — lots of promises and ideas; little chance of change on the ground.

By contrast, Louisiana submitted a clear, concise, actionable plan to reform a large swath of its public schools.

The beauty of Louisiana’s reform model lies in its simplicity. The state has taken critical baseline steps, it proposes expanding projects that have shown promising results, and it has ensured that participating school districts will actually do the things that are in the application.

Louisiana already built and uses a data system that ties students’ test scores to the teachers who taught them and to the universities and programs that trained the teachers. In its application, Louisiana proposes expanding the use of data and using test-score results to count for 50 percent of teacher evaluations and to help drive decisions of hiring, retaining, and promoting teachers and principals.

Thankfully, because I have little time this morning, I’ve already addressed this issue in at least two posts.

I discuss Louisiana specifically here:

https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/disg-race-to-the-top/

And the issue of whether state data systems alone can save a state that has generally abandoned its public education system here:

https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/why-do-states-with-best-data-systems/

One might make the simple argument that New Jersey’s old way of doing things, including sufficient financial support for schools and wider participation in the public education system – actually works – at least when compared to many other states – and certainly when compared to Louisiana. That said, Louisiana is in far greater need of stimulating improvement- but until Louisiana actually makes a substantial state commitment to its public K-12 and higher education system  that’s not likely to happen.

You cannot be serious bonus clip on link above!

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