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Seeking Practical Uses of the NYC VAM Data???

February 29, 2012


A short while back, in a follow up post regarding the Chetty/Friedman/Rockoff study I wrote about how and when I might use VAM results, if I happened to be in a decision making role in a school or district: I would want to be able to generate a report of the VA estimates for teachers […]

You’ve Been VAM-IFIED! Thoughts (& Graphs) on the NYC Teacher Data

February 28, 2012


Readers of my blog know I’m both a data geek and a skeptic of the usefulness of Value-added data specifically as a human resource management tool for schools and districts. There’s been much talk this week about the release of the New York City teacher ratings to the media, and subsequent publication of those data […]

Student Enrollments & State School Finance Policies

February 25, 2012


Most readers of the NJDOE report on reforming the state’s school finance formula likely glided right past the seemingly innocuous recommendation to shift the enrollment count method for funding from a fall enrollment count to an average daily attendance figure. After all, on its face, the argument provided seems to make sense. Let’s fund on […]

How NOT to fix the New Jersey Achievement Gap

February 24, 2012


Late yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Education Released its long awaited report on the state school finance formula. For a little context, the formula was adopted in 2008 and upheld by the court as meeting the state constitutional standard for providing a thorough and efficient system of public schooling. But, court acceptance of the […]

Reformy Platitudes & Fact-Challenged Placards won’t Get Connecticut Schools what they Really Need!

February 22, 2012


For a short while yesterday – more than I would have liked to – I followed the circus of testimony and tweets about proposed education reform legislation in Connecticut. The reform legislation – SB 24 – includes the usual reformy elements of teacher tenure reform, ending seniority preferences, expanding and promoting charter schooling, etc. etc. […]

Borrowing wise words from those truly market-based, Private Independent schools…

February 17, 2012


Lately it seems that public policy and the reformy rhetoric that drives it are hardly influenced by the vast body of empirical work and insights from leading academic scholars which suggests that such practices as using value-added metrics to rate teacher quality, or dramatically increasing test-based accountability and pushing for common core standards and tests […]

Productivity continued…updated…

February 9, 2012


Update Mark Dynarski has added some additional useful recommendations regarding productivity research. Dynarski’s comments come in response to our suggestions for improving the rigor of productivity research, where our suggestions were based on rigorous application of relevant methods that we would expect to see applied in productivity research. We agree with Mark Dynarski that using […]