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Firing teachers based on bad (VAM) versus wrong (SGP) measures of effectiveness: Legal note

March 31, 2012


In the near future my article with Preston Green and Joseph Oluwole on legal concerns regarding the use of Value-added modeling for making high stakes decisions will come out in the BYU Education and Law Journal. In that article, we expand on various arguments I first laid out in this blog post about how use […]

A Few Additional CT Charter Figures

March 27, 2012

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I was admittedly in a bit of a rush the other day to pull together some figures on CT charter schools based largely on data I had previously compiled, some of which only included Achievement First charter schools.  Here, I include all charter schools in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport, and address only the % […]

SB24 won’t solve CT’s real Teacher Equity Problems

March 26, 2012


Connecticut’s SB 24 appears to be little more than boilerplate reformy legislation which, like similar legislation in other states, creates a massive smokescreen concealing the very real problems facing Connecticut school districts. I addressed in a previous post my concern that SB24’s emphasis on charter expansion as a solution for high poverty districts is misguided, […]

Snapshots of Connecticut Charter School Data

March 24, 2012


In several previous posts I have addressed the common argument among charter advocacy organizations (notably, not necessarily those out there doing the hard work of actually running a real charter school – but the pundits who claim to speak on their behalf) that charter schools do more, with less while serving comparable student populations. This […]

A comment on the “I pay your salary” and “I pay twice for schools” arguments

March 23, 2012


Taxpayer outrage arguments are in style these days (as if they ever really go out of style). Two particular taxpayer outrage arguments that have existed for some time seem to be making a bit of resurgence of late. Or, at least I think I’ve been seeing these arguments a bit more lately in the blogosphere […]

Revisiting NJOSA & the Lakewood Effect

March 22, 2012

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The current version of the New Jersey Opportunity Scholarship Act would pilot the tuition tax credits for private schooling in the following locations: Asbury Park City School District Camden City School District Elizabeth City School District Lakewood City School District Newark City School District City of Orange School District Passaic City School District, and City […]

(Real) Graph vs (Fake) Graph Friday

March 2, 2012


This post provides a quick follow up to yesterday’s post (late last night) when I critiqued a questionable graph from an NJDOE presentation here: State of NJ Schools presentation 2-29-2012 It turns out that the slide presentation had many comparable graphs that deserve at least some attention. First, there’s this graph which attempts to argue […]