Biddle me this? (or Flunkout Nation)

While I suspect few people have read or seen this post by RiShawn Biddle of Dropout Nation, I felt that it was worth mentioning because it presents such egregiously flawed logic coupled with flat-out factually incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. Sadly, this is what we have come to all too often in the current education reformContinue reading “Biddle me this? (or Flunkout Nation)”

Spotlight on Ideologies at the Extreme in New Jersey

About a week ago, I characterized “reformy” ideologies in a way that I myself even thought was extreme – so much so, that later on I added caveats to my description to say that this really isn’t what most “reformers” are advocating, but rather “reform” at the extremes. Reformy Ideology #1: Teacher quality is theContinue reading “Spotlight on Ideologies at the Extreme in New Jersey”

Teacher “effectiveness” ratings Freedom of Information Requests

Andy Rotherham over at Eduwonk posted an Irony Alert yesterday as many media outlets poised themselves to start “outing” ineffective teachers by posting publicly those teacher’s value-added effectiveness scores. Rotherham argued: In light of this blow up about value-added in New York City, in a lot of places if the teachers unions would actually getContinue reading “Teacher “effectiveness” ratings Freedom of Information Requests”

When reformy ideologies clash…

(note: lots of ideas here that I wanted to start writing about… but not yet well organized or articulated. It will come, with time, I hope.) Summary of Reformy Ideology Bluntly stated, the two major components of education reform ideology are as follows: Reformy Ideology #1: Teacher quality is the one single factor that hasContinue reading “When reformy ideologies clash…”

Money and the Market for High Quality Schools

This post is a revised version of my previous post – If money doesn’t matter… Here is a draft set of slides to accompany this post: Resource Heterogeneity across Sectors The theme du jour is that reform (very narrowly defined reform), not money will fix our schools. We’re already spending a lot, the pundits say.Continue reading “Money and the Market for High Quality Schools”

Intellectual Pathologies of the Reformy World (Kevin vs. Kevin)

Yesterday, a colleague and coauthor on two recent articles – Kevin Welner (U. of Colorado) – wrote a scathing critique of the manifesto on fixing urban schools that was released last week by several large city superintendents. Kevin Welner’s commentary can be found here: The manifesto can be found here: Kevin Carey notesContinue reading “Intellectual Pathologies of the Reformy World (Kevin vs. Kevin)”

On School Funding Fairness

I’ve been toying around for a while on this blog with different ways to compare state school finance systems. This new website presents a summary of much of that playing: After much discussion and debate, we landed on the following four indicators. The Fairness Measures All 50 states are evaluated on the basis ofContinue reading “On School Funding Fairness”

The research question that wasn’t asked

Recent discussions of the Vanderbilt University study on the effect of merit pay in Nashville raised a common and important issue pertaining to education policy research – or any research for that matter – What about the question that wasn’t asked? Or how important really is the question that was asked? In the case ofContinue reading “The research question that wasn’t asked”