Thoughts on “Randomized” vs. Randomized Charter School Studies

There’s much talk in education research about Randomized Control Trials and truly “experimental” research being the “gold standard” for determining whether a specific intervention “works” or not. Thus is the basis for the Institute for Education Sciences What Works Clearing House. It is often argued that randomized, or experimental studies are “good” and decisive, andContinue reading “Thoughts on “Randomized” vs. Randomized Charter School Studies”

Twisted Truths & Dubious Policies: Comments on the NJDOE/Cerf School Funding Report

Yesterday, we were blessed with the release of yet another manifesto (as reported here on NJ Spotlight) from what has become the New Jersey Department of Reformy Propaganda.  To be fair, it has become increasingly clear of late, that this is simply the new model for State Education Agencies (see NYSED Propaganda Here), with theContinue reading “Twisted Truths & Dubious Policies: Comments on the NJDOE/Cerf School Funding Report”

How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York

I’ll admit that the more I do this stuff, the more I write about today’s education policy environment and especially the environment around school funding, I do get more cynical. And few states have done more to encourage my cynicism than New York, of late. But I suspect that the tales from the trenches inContinue reading “How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York”

It’s good to be King: More Misguided Rhetoric on the NY State Eval System

Very little time to write today, but I must comment on this NY Post article on the bias I’ve been discussing in the NY State teacher/principal growth percentile ratings. Sociologist Aaron Pallas of TC and economist Sean Corcoran of NYU express appropriate concerns about the degrees of bias found and reported in the technical reportContinue reading “It’s good to be King: More Misguided Rhetoric on the NY State Eval System”

Forget the $300m Deal! Let’s talk $3.4 billion (or more)!

Sometime last week or so, Sockpuppets for Ed Reform marched on City Hall in NY demanding that the city and teachers union come to a deal on a teacher evaluation system compliant with the state’s new regulations for such systems, so that the district could receive an approximately $300 million grant payment associated with theContinue reading “Forget the $300m Deal! Let’s talk $3.4 billion (or more)!”

Friday Thoughts on Data, Assessment & Informed Decision Making in Schools

Some who read this blog might assume that I am totally opposed, in any/all circumstances to using data in schools to guide decision-making. Despite my frequent public cynicism I assure you that I believe that much of the statistical information we collect on and in schools and school systems can provide useful signals regarding what’sContinue reading “Friday Thoughts on Data, Assessment & Informed Decision Making in Schools”

It’s time to just say NO! More thoughts on the NY State Tchr Eval System

This post is a follow up on two recent previous posts in which I first criticized consultants to the State of New York for finding substantial patterns of bias in their estimates of principal (correction: School Aggregate) and teacher (correction: Classroom aggregate) median growth percentile scores but still declaring those scores to be fair andContinue reading “It’s time to just say NO! More thoughts on the NY State Tchr Eval System”

When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study

This is  a brief follow up on the NJ CREDO study, which I wrote about last week when it was released. The major issues with that study were addressed in my previous post, but here, I raise an additional non-trivial issue that plagues much of our education policy research. The problems I raise today notContinue reading “When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study”

Ed Schools – The Sequel: Rise of the Intellectually Dead

Warning: The following post contains the elitist musings of an ivory tower professor who has only professed at major research universities, who attended a selective liberal arts college & received his doctorate from an Ivy league institution (well… a branch of one… Teachers College at Columbia). A while back, I wrote a post on “edContinue reading “Ed Schools – The Sequel: Rise of the Intellectually Dead”