The real path to quality, equitable and adequate schooling (hint – It’s not Vergara!)

The blogging has been sparse lately because my head is buried in really cool and important projects these days. My apologies to those anxiously awaiting glib, sarcastic updates and smackdowns on issues such as the Vergara case (where the logical fallacies run wild – more later if I ever get the chance) or the multitudeContinue reading “The real path to quality, equitable and adequate schooling (hint – It’s not Vergara!)”

Stronger than the Scorn: How do NJ schools really stack up?

This is my end of school year review for New Jersey schools. Indeed much of the data in this post is from years prior. Nonetheless, these data affirm a long standing strong position of New Jersey schools either in the U.S. or international context. On many occasions I’ve pointed out better and worse uses ofContinue reading “Stronger than the Scorn: How do NJ schools really stack up?”

On Teacher Effect vs. Other Stuff in New Jersey’s Growth Percentiles

PDF: BBaker.SGPs_and_OtherStuff In this post, I estimate a series of models to evaluate variation in New Jersey’s school median growth percentile measures. These measures of student growth are intended by the New Jersey Department of Education to serve as measures of both school and teacher effectiveness. That is, the effect that teachers and schools haveContinue reading “On Teacher Effect vs. Other Stuff in New Jersey’s Growth Percentiles”