An Update on New Jersey’s SGPs: Year 2 – Still not valid!

I have spent much time criticizing New Jersey’s Student Growth Percentile measures over the past few years, both conceptually and statistically. So why stop now. We have been told over and over again by the Commissioner and his minions that New Jersey’s SGPs take fully into account student backgrounds by accounting for each student’s initialContinue reading “An Update on New Jersey’s SGPs: Year 2 – Still not valid!”

On Inefficiencies and Value Added In Private Schools: A follow up on the Chubb research summit

Originally posted on Private Schooling & the Public Interest:
Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers A few weeks back I posted a rather harsh critique of a summit convened by NAIS President John Chubb which he described as a gathering of leading researchers intended to generate ideas on the future of private independent schooling. Among other things,…

Come with me… if you wanna go to Kansas City? Thoughts on BBQ, Baseball and Reformy BS

Urban school districts are easy targets – often the whipping boy – exemplars of the failures of big government bureaucracy. Kansas City Missouri is a frequent target when it comes to education policy. But as I’ve discussed in more than one peer reviewed article (one, another), and other reports, tales of Kansas City’s failures areContinue reading “Come with me… if you wanna go to Kansas City? Thoughts on BBQ, Baseball and Reformy BS”

Litigating DC IMPACT: The real usefulness of the Dee/Wyckoff Regression Discontinuity Design

Much has been made of late regarding the erroneous classification of 44 teachers in Washington DC as ineffective, thus facing job consequences. This particular erroneous rating was based on an “error” in the calculation of the teachers’ total ratings, as acknowledged by the consulting firm applying the ratings. That is, in this case, the consultantsContinue reading “Litigating DC IMPACT: The real usefulness of the Dee/Wyckoff Regression Discontinuity Design”

Championing Fact-Challenged Facts

The New Teacher Project and Students First have recently posted/cross-posted one of the more impressively fact-challenged manifestos I’ve encountered. The core argument in this recent post is that the facts on education reform speak for themselves and that the facts, as they describe them, simply need a champion – someone to make the public awareContinue reading “Championing Fact-Challenged Facts”

Thoughts on Elite Private Independent Schools and Public Education Reforms

I was informed by my brilliant and thoughtful cousin Bill the other day that on Jan 6-7 in Washington, DC., John Chubb, the new head of the National Association of Independent Schools is convening what he refers to as a Prominent Research Gathering, described here: NAIS will convene leading economists and educational research professionals withContinue reading “Thoughts on Elite Private Independent Schools and Public Education Reforms”

Data, Portfolios & the Path Forward for NYC (& Elsewhere)

As the new year begins, I’ve been pondering what I might recommend as guiding principles for the path forward for education policy in New York City under its new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, who is often referred to on Twitter as BDB. So here are my thoughts for the way forward, from one BDB (BruceContinue reading “Data, Portfolios & the Path Forward for NYC (& Elsewhere)”