Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

Once upon a time, there was this totally awesome charter school in Newark, NJ. It was a charter school so awesome that its leaders and founders and all of their close friends decided they must share their miracle with the world in books on the reasons for their awesomeness, including being driven by data andContinue reading “Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness”

Pauvre, Pauvre NYC Charter Schools?

There’s nothing really new in this post. I’m just revisiting data and figures that I’ve addressed over and over in this blog – drawn from this report and this conference paper. I’m reposting this information because many seem to quickly forget or totally ignore what we already know and the current debate over whether theContinue reading “Pauvre, Pauvre NYC Charter Schools?”

Revisiting the Complexities of Charter Funding Comparisons

This Education Week Post today rather uncritically summarized a recently published article based on an earlier report on charter school spending “gaps.” I’ve not had a chance to dig into this updated study yet, but the Ed Week post also referred to an earlier study from Ball State University which I have critiqued on multipleContinue reading “Revisiting the Complexities of Charter Funding Comparisons”

The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP

We’ve all now had a few days to digest the findings of the most recent KIPP middle school mega-study. I actually do have some quibbles with the analyses themselves and the presentation of them, one of which I’ll address below, but others I’ll set aside for now.  It is the big picture lessons that areContinue reading “The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP”

What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?

With the usual fanfare, we were all blessed last week with yet another study seeking to inform us all that charteryness in-and-of-itself is preferential over traditional public schooling – especially in NYC! In yet another template-based pissing match (charter vs. district) design study, the Stanford Center for Research on Educational Outcomes provided us with aggregateContinue reading “What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?”

From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path(ology) of U.S. Charter School Policy

I recall several years ago attending an initial organizing meeting for a special interest group on Charter Schools at the American Educational Research Association. Note to outsiders – AERA has several special interest groups, some research oriented, some advocacy oriented…  many somewhere in between. These are member organized groups and many are very small. IfContinue reading “From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path(ology) of U.S. Charter School Policy”

When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study

This is  a brief follow up on the NJ CREDO study, which I wrote about last week when it was released. The major issues with that study were addressed in my previous post, but here, I raise an additional non-trivial issue that plagues much of our education policy research. The problems I raise today notContinue reading “When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study”

The Secrets to Charter School Success in Newark: Comments on the NJ CREDO Report

Today, with much fanfare, we finally got our New Jersey Charter School Report. The unsurprising findings of that report are that charter schools in Newark in particular seem to be providing students with greater average annual achievement gains than those of similar (matched) students attending district schools. Elsewhere around the state charter schools are prettyContinue reading “The Secrets to Charter School Success in Newark: Comments on the NJ CREDO Report”

What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs?

This post is about rolling out some of the left over data I have from my various endeavors this summer.  These data include data from New York State personnel master files (PMFs) linked to New York City public schools and charter schools, NYC teacher value-added scores, and various bits of data on New York CityContinue reading “What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs?”

Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities

Late Thursday, I posted a follow up on the distribution of children with disabilities by disability classification across charter and district schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This post explores the distribution of children who qualify for free lunch in charter schools and district schools within the city limits of major cities. Note that theContinue reading “Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities”