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The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings

June 18, 2013


I’ve already written about this topic in the past. But, given that NCTQ has just come out with their really, really big new ratings of teacher preparation institutions… with their primary objective of declaring teacher prep by traditional colleges and universities in the U.S. a massive failure, I figured I should once again revisit why […]

The Curious Duplicity of NCTQ

December 4, 2010

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NCTQ fashions itself as a leading think tank on promoting teacher quality in K-12 education. NCTQ adopts a relatively extreme position that teacher quality is it – the one and only thing that matters! Teacher quality is THE determining factor of school quality. I also believe that teacher quality is very important. I also agree […]

NCTQ: We’re sure it will work! Even if research says it doesn’t!

October 8, 2010


Last spring, I had the pleasure of presenting on teacher labor market research in the same conference session in which a very interesting paper on mutual consent teacher contract changes was also presented (by Bethany Gross). This paper is a product of an organization I’ve poked fun at in the past (Center for Reinventing Public […]

NCTQ Teacher Policy Ratings: Where’s the quality?

January 29, 2010


First, to the media – the National Council on Teacher Quality Ratings are NOT ratings of actual differences in Teacher Quality across states. They are ratings of supposed steps which can be taken in state policy in order to improve teacher quality. Here, the blame goes on the media spin, not on NCTQ. NCTQ does […]

Notes on the Seniority Smokescreen

October 9, 2013


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 […]

Endangering Intelligent Conversation: Comments on the Latest Hanushekian Crisis Manifesto

September 16, 2013


I had the displeasure of coming across this completely ridiculous and deceitful video the other day: Which was created to promote Eric Hanushek’s latest U.S. education crisis manifesto.  Around the 4:12 minute mark, the video jumps from crisis mode to policy solution mode,  telling us how among U.S. States, Florida is a model for […]

Smoky Mountain Smokescreen: A Tennessee Story

August 22, 2013


My last post was about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s role in starving the Philadelphia school district into submission. The failure by deprivation of the city district has now been used as a basis for blaming the district and its employees – primarily teachers, for that failure. Of course, once the district has been quietly squeezed […]

Ed Schools – The Sequel: Rise of the Intellectually Dead

December 1, 2012


Warning: The following post contains the elitist musings of an ivory tower professor who has only professed at major research universities, who attended a selective liberal arts college & received his doctorate from an Ivy league institution (well… a branch of one… Teachers College at Columbia). A while back, I wrote a post on “ed […]

When Disinformation is Fueled by Misinformation! CHANCELLOR TISCH, YOU ARE WRONG!

November 30, 2012


Very recently, I posted a critique of the recent technical report on New York State median growth percentiles to be used in that state’s teacher and principal evaluation system. Today, I read this piece in the NY Post – an editorial by NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, and well, MY HEAD ALMOST […]

Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided

June 18, 2012


65 Cent Solution (now defunct?) What is it? It was (thankfully this one is pretty much dead!) a policy proposal being pitched in the mid-2000s which would require, through state mandate/legislation or regulation, that local public school districts show on paper that they spend 65% of their total budgets on “instruction.” The argument was that […]