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Segregating Suburbia: A Princeton Story

October 30, 2013

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Others around me have for some time been raising concerns about the emergence of boutique, suburban charter schools. Until now, I’ve largely blown off those concerns in part as I’ve questioned just how much sorting a charter school can achieve in a relatively homogeneous suburban area. Suburbs have their own unique portfolio of schools.  One […]

Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

October 25, 2013

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Once upon a time, there was this totally awesome charter school in Newark, NJ. It was a charter school so awesome that its leaders and founders and all of their close friends decided they must share their miracle with the world in books on the reasons for their awesomeness, including being driven by data and […]

The “Ed Schools are the Problem” Fallacy

October 21, 2013

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I had the displeasure of waking up to this drivel in my in-box this morning: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach teaching.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/opinion/keller-an-industry-of-mediocrity.html?_r=0 yeah… and those completely lacking in critical thinking, basic research and data interpretation skills write op-eds for the Times. I don’t really teach teachers […]

$500 million? No! $3 BILLION! That’s $3BILLION! Comments New York State’s Underfunding of NYC Schools

October 18, 2013

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New York’s Governor Cuomo has been big on words promising NOT TO FUND New York State schools and squeeze them to the maximum extent possible with layers of cuts and caps. After all – NOT FUNDING SCHOOLS is the most noble of endeavors – that along with declaring death penalties for those underfunded, high need […]

More Thoughts on Interpreting Educational/Economic Research: DC Impact Study

October 17, 2013

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Today brings us yet another opportunity to apply common sense interpretation to an otherwise seemingly complex research study – this time on the “effectiveness” of the DC Impact teacher evaluation system on improving teaching quality in the district. The study, by some of my favorite researchers (no sarcasm here, these are good, thoughtful individuals who […]

The Value Added & Growth Score Train Wreck is Here

October 16, 2013

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In case you hadn’t noticed evidence is mounting of a massive value-added and growth score train wreck. I’ve pointed out previously on this blog that there exist some pretty substantial differences in the models and estimates of teacher and school effectiveness being developed in practice across states for actual use in rating, ranking, tenuring and […]

Notes on the Seniority Smokescreen

October 9, 2013

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Seniority, in the modern reformy lexicon, is among the dirtiest words. Senior teachers are not only ineffective and greedy and never put interests of the children over their own, but they are in fact downright evil, a persistent drain on state and local economies and a threat to our national security! By contrast, “effectiveness” is […]