Ed Writers – Try looking beyond propaganda & press releases for success stories

UPDATED 2/5/2015 I enter into this blog post knowing full well that this is a lose-lose deal.  Rating and comparing school quality, effectiveness or efficiency with existing publicly available data is, well, difficult if not impossible. But I’m going there in this post. Why? Well, one reason I’m going there is that I’m sick ofContinue reading “Ed Writers – Try looking beyond propaganda & press releases for success stories”

More Money, More Money, More Money? Have we really ever tried sustained, targeted school funding for America’s neediest children?

I’m no-longer surprised these days by the belligerent wrongness of rhetoric around school funding equity and adequacy. Arguably, much of the supporting rationale for the current (and other recent) education reforms is built on the house of cards that when it comes to financing equitably and adequately our public school systems – especially those servingContinue reading “More Money, More Money, More Money? Have we really ever tried sustained, targeted school funding for America’s neediest children?”

How and Why Money Matters in Schools (one more time – updated)

This post is taken from a forthcoming report in which I summarize literature related to state school finance reforms and explore relationships between changing distributions of funding and distributions of tangible classroom level resources. The newly released Jackson, Johnson and Persico NBER paper speaks to similar issues and is included in the discussion that follows:Continue reading “How and Why Money Matters in Schools (one more time – updated)”

The Subgroup Scam & Testing Everyone Every Year

This post is a follow up to my previous post in which I discussed the misguided arguments for maintaining a system of annual standardize testing of all students. In my post, I skipped over one argument that seems to be pretty common among the beltway pundits. I skipped this argument largely because the point isContinue reading “The Subgroup Scam & Testing Everyone Every Year”

Cutting through the Stupid in the Debate over Annual Testing

I’ve hesitated thus far to enter into the big debate over the usefulness or not of annual testing. It continues to blow my mind that many engaged on the pro-annual testing side of the debate see the annual testing of all children in all grades as the one and only method of achieving all ofContinue reading “Cutting through the Stupid in the Debate over Annual Testing”

Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schools

Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schools. Bruce D. Baker PDF: BBaker.NJCharters.2015 Executive Summary In this brief, I present preliminary findings that are part of a larger, national analysis of newly released federal data, a primary objective of which is to evaluate the extent to which those data yieldContinue reading “Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schools”

“Urban” Poverty and “Racial” Achievement Gaps are so Yesterday? Not!

I’ve been meaning to write about this issue for some time. But every time I get around to it, it seems no-longer timely. It’s also not a hugely popular issue, nor one that’s very sexy or controversial from a policy standpoint. But it lingers and re-emerges every now and then. Well, thanks to this articleContinue reading ““Urban” Poverty and “Racial” Achievement Gaps are so Yesterday? Not!”