The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings

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 whyContinue reading “The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings”

The Curious Duplicity of NCTQ

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 agreeContinue reading “The Curious Duplicity of NCTQ”

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

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

NCTQ Teacher Policy Ratings: Where’s the quality?

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 doesContinue reading “NCTQ Teacher Policy Ratings: Where’s the quality?”

Notes on the Seniority Smokescreen

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” isContinue reading “Notes on the Seniority Smokescreen”

Endangering Intelligent Conversation: Comments on the Latest Hanushekian Crisis Manifesto

I had the displeasure of coming across this completely ridiculous and deceitful video the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8aeEr2qk9s 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 forContinue reading “Endangering Intelligent Conversation: Comments on the Latest Hanushekian Crisis Manifesto”

Smoky Mountain Smokescreen: A Tennessee Story

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 squeezedContinue reading “Smoky Mountain Smokescreen: A Tennessee Story”

Ed Schools – The Sequel: Rise of the Intellectually Dead

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 “edContinue reading “Ed Schools – The Sequel: Rise of the Intellectually Dead”

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

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 ALMOSTContinue reading “When Disinformation is Fueled by Misinformation! CHANCELLOR TISCH, YOU ARE WRONG!”

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

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