Revisiting the Foolish Endeavor of Rating Ed Schools by Graduates’ Value-Added

Knowing that I’ve been writing a fair amount about various methods for attributing student achievement to their teachers, several colleagues forwarded to me the recently released standards of the Council For the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP. Specifically, several colleagues pointed me toward Standard 4.1 Impact on Student Learning: 4.1.The provider documents, using value-addedContinue reading “Revisiting the Foolish Endeavor of Rating Ed Schools by Graduates’ Value-Added”

What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?

With the usual fanfare, we were all blessed last week with yet another study seeking to inform us all that charteryness in-and-of-itself is preferential over traditional public schooling – especially in NYC! In yet another template-based pissing match (charter vs. district) design study, the Stanford Center for Research on Educational Outcomes provided us with aggregateContinue reading “What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?”

A drop in a half empty bucket? In defense of deprivation in NY

First, here’s a primer and reading list on the Empire State of School Finance: New York State maintains one of the least equitable state school finance systems in the nation New York State actually allocates a ton of state aid to districts that need it least, exacerbating the disparities Reformy types in New York StateContinue reading “A drop in a half empty bucket? In defense of deprivation in NY”

From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path(ology) of U.S. Charter School Policy

I recall several years ago attending an initial organizing meeting for a special interest group on Charter Schools at the American Educational Research Association. Note to outsiders – AERA has several special interest groups, some research oriented, some advocacy oriented…  many somewhere in between. These are member organized groups and many are very small. IfContinue reading “From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path(ology) of U.S. Charter School Policy”

Dismantling Public Accountability & Transparency in the Name of Accountability & Transparency?

This post comes about as a follow up to a previous post where I critiqued the rationale of the Students First policy agenda.  It should be noted that the Students First policy agenda is anything but unique. Like DFER, SFER, ALEC or any policy advocacy organization, the SF policy agenda is little more than anContinue reading “Dismantling Public Accountability & Transparency in the Name of Accountability & Transparency?”