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On the Real Dangers of Marguerite Roza’s Fake Graph

October 14, 2011


In my last post, I ranted about this absurd graph presented by Marguerite Roza to a symposium of the New York Regents on September 13, 2011. Since that presentation (but before my post), that graph was also presented by the New York State Commissioner of Education to Superintendents of NY State School Districts (Sept. 26, […]

School Finance through Roza-Tinted Glasses: 5 School Funding Myths from a single Misguided Source

June 6, 2011


I’ve reached a point after these past few years where I feel that I’ve spent way too much time  critiquing poorly constructed arguments and shoddy analyses that seem to be playing far too large a role in influencing state and federal (especially federal) education policy. I find this frustrating not because I wish that my […]

Thoughts on Elite Private Independent Schools and Public Education Reforms

January 6, 2014


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 with […]

Ignorati Honor Roll 2013: Pundit Version

December 26, 2013


As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to review some of the more ridiculous claims and arguments made by pundits and politicians over the course of the past year. A definition of “Ignorati” is important here: Elites who, despite their power, wealth, or influence, are prone to making serious errors when discussing science and […]

Comments on NJ’s Teacher Evaluation Report & Gross Statistical Malfeasance

November 25, 2013


A while back, in a report from the NJDOE, we learned that outliers are all that matters. They are where life’s important lessons lie! Outliers can provide proof that poverty doesn’t matter. Proof that high poverty schools – with a little grit and determination – can kick the butts of low poverty schools. We were […]

School Finance 101: Reformy Distractions, Diversions & Smokescreens from What’s Really Needed

July 23, 2013


This post is a follow up to the previous, and is based on work in progress. ===== We conclude with a discussion of three themes in the current political rhetoric regarding school finance that we see as creating significant barriers to substantive reforms. Three arguments in particular, are pervasive in the broader education reform debate, […]

School Finance 101: Gaming Adequacy by Creating a Veneer of Empirical Validity

July 23, 2013


This post comes from a work in progress… and addresses games states play to validate their choices to spend less than might actually be needed in order to achieve desired outcome standards.  This post will be followed by another which reviews three major smokescreens commonly  used to argue that none of this matters anyway. ===== […]

Follow-up: Title I Funding DOES NOT Make Rich States Richer!

May 30, 2013

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In one of my earliest posts, I took on a myth created and shared by many DC Think Tanks that the Title I funding formula inappropriately favors “rich states” and school districts in urban areas. This myth has its origins in a handful of policy papers and poorly constructed analyses, some of which eventually made […]

When Real Life Exceeds Satire: Comments on ShankerBlog’s April Fools Post

April 2, 2013


Yesterday, Matt Di          Carlo over at Shankerblog put out his April fools post. The genius of the post is in its subtlety.  Matt put together a few graphs of longitudinal NAEP data showing that Maryland had made greater than average national gains on NAEP and then asserted that these gains must therefore be a function […]

It’s good to be King: More Misguided Rhetoric on the NY State Eval System

December 12, 2012


Very little time to write today, but I must comment on this NY Post article on the bias I’ve been discussing in the NY State teacher/principal growth percentile ratings. Sociologist Aaron Pallas of TC and economist Sean Corcoran of NYU express appropriate concerns about the degrees of bias found and reported in the technical report […]