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When Disinformation is Fueled by Misinformation! CHANCELLOR TISCH, YOU ARE WRONG!

November 30, 2012


Very recently, I posted a critique of the recent technical report on New York State median growth percentiles to be used in that state’s teacher and principal evaluation system. Today, I read this piece in the NY Post – an editorial by NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, and well, MY HEAD ALMOST […]

The Secrets to Charter School Success in Newark: Comments on the NJ CREDO Report

November 27, 2012


Today, with much fanfare, we finally got our New Jersey Charter School Report. The unsurprising findings of that report are that charter schools in Newark in particular seem to be providing students with greater average annual achievement gains than those of similar (matched) students attending district schools. Elsewhere around the state charter schools are pretty […]

AIR Pollution in NY State? Comments on the NY State Teacher/Principal Rating Models/Report

November 17, 2012


I was immediately intrigued the other day when a friend passed along a link to the recent technical report on the New York State growth model, the results of which are expected/required to be integrated into district level teacher and principal evaluation systems under that state’s new teacher evaluation regulations.  I did as I often […]

On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable

November 17, 2012


This is just a quick note with a few pictures in response to the TNTP “Irreplaceables” report that came out a few weeks back – a report that is utterly ridiculous at many levels (especially this graph!)… but due to the storm  I just didn’t get a chance address it.  But let’s just entertain for […]

Teachers Unions: Scourge of the Nation?

November 10, 2012


UPDATED: 1/29/2015 Let me start by stating that I, myself am somewhat agnostic when it comes to the questions around whether I believe teachers unions are generally good or bad for the overall quality of our education system and for educational equity.  In my personal experiences as a young teacher in the early 1990s, I […]