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

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: http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/Passing%20muster%20fails%20muster.pdf Below is an addition to the NEPC version which was not in my original post, but rather, a comment IContinue reading “Addendum (and a catchy tune): Ethics, Social Science Research and VAMing Teachers”

Demystifying today’s Abbott Decision

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 yearsContinue reading “Demystifying today’s Abbott Decision”

Does New Jersey really need more small, segregated schools?

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 inContinue reading “Does New Jersey really need more small, segregated schools?”

Graphs of the Day: Texas Private School Enrollments & Expenditures

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 taxContinue reading “Graphs of the Day: Texas Private School Enrollments & Expenditures”

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

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: “OurContinue reading “Passing Muster Fails Muster? (An Evaluation of Evaluating Evaluation Systems)”

(RE)Ranking New Jersey’s Achievement Gap

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: http://livestre.am/M3YZ). To be fair, this is classic politicalContinue reading “(RE)Ranking New Jersey’s Achievement Gap”

More on NAEP Poverty Gaps & Why State Comparisons Don’t Work

This post is a follow-up to a recent post on how income distributions differ across states and how those income distributions thwart our ability to make reasonable comparisons across states in the size of achievement gaps in relation to low-income status. This series of posts on NAEP poverty gaps comes in response to a tweetContinue reading “More on NAEP Poverty Gaps & Why State Comparisons Don’t Work”

Grading the Governors’ Cuts: Cuomo vs. Kasich vs. Corbett (revised AGAIN!)

Here’s a quick data driven post on Governor’s state aid cuts – or aid changes. So far, I’ve been able to compile data from a few states which make it relatively easy to access and download data on district by district runs of state aid (and one state that does not, but I have goodContinue reading “Grading the Governors’ Cuts: Cuomo vs. Kasich vs. Corbett (revised AGAIN!)”

Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)

This post provides a follow-up on two seemingly unrelated topics, both of which can be traced back to the Center for American Progress. First, there was that wonderful little Return on Investment indicator series that CAP did a while back. Second, there’s the frequent, anecdotal argument that creeps into CAP/Ed Trust and AEI conversations thatContinue reading “Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)”