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Addendum (and a catchy tune): Ethics, Social Science Research and VAMing Teachers

May 26, 2011


A few days ago, I posted my concerns regarding the contorted logic of the Brookings report on evaluating teacher evaluation systems. More recently, NEPC posted a slightly revised version of that blog post here: Below is an addition to the NEPC version which was not in my original post, but rather, a comment I […]

Demystifying today’s Abbott Decision

May 24, 2011


First, let’s identify the players: New Jersey Legislature & Governor, or THE STATE Children attending Abbott school districts and their legal representation, or THE PLAINTIFFS THE COURT (NJ Supreme Court) Other school districts and the children they serve Now, let’s not go too far back in history, and instead account for the last few years […]

Does New Jersey really need more small, segregated schools?

May 23, 2011


Political pundits and the media frequently point out two major concerns regarding the organization of public school districts in New Jersey. First, that New Jersey, being the most population dense state in the nation, simply has far too many small schools and school districts (largely an artifact of municipal reorganization and alignment that occurred in […]

Graphs of the Day: Texas Private School Enrollments & Expenditures

May 19, 2011


Below are a series of graphs of the distribution of enrollments and average total expenditures for Texas private schools. I figure these are particularly relevant as the Texas legislature entertains the idea of providing vouchers for private schools in Texas. These data, unfortunately, are from a few years back – based on 2008 IRS tax […]

Passing Muster Fails Muster? (An Evaluation of Evaluating Evaluation Systems)

May 18, 2011


The Brookings Institution has now released their web based version of Passing Muster including a nifty calculation tool for rating teacher evaluation systems. Unfortunately, in my view, this rating system fails muster in at least two major ways. First, the authors explain their (lack of) preferences for specific types of evaluation systems as follows: “Our […]

A few updated NJ charter figures: Write your own story…

May 14, 2011


Performance Demographics Cohort Attrition Rates for Selected Newark Charters

(RE)Ranking New Jersey’s Achievement Gap

May 13, 2011

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New Jersey’s current commissioner of education seems to stake much of his arguments for the urgency of implementing reform strategies on the argument that while New Jersey ranks high on average performance, New Jersey ranks 47th in achievement gap between low-income and non-low income children (video here: To be fair, this is classic political […]