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Rating Ed Schools by Student Outcome Data?

October 3, 2011


Tweeters and education writers the other day were  all abuzz with talk by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of the need to crack down on those god-awful schools of education that keep churning out teachers who don’t get sufficient value-added out of their students. see: Once again, the conversations were laced with innuendo […]

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 […]

Ed Schools

December 3, 2010


Ed schools seem to make an easy target in public policy debates over the quality of American public schooling and the American teacher workforce. In many recent lopsided “ed school as the root of all evil” presentations, “Ed Schools,” are treated as some easily defined, static entity over time. In the book of reformyness (chapter […]

The research question that wasn’t asked

October 9, 2010

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Recent discussions of the Vanderbilt University study on the effect of merit pay in Nashville raised a common and important issue pertaining to education policy research – or any research for that matter – What about the question that wasn’t asked? Or how important really is the question that was asked? In the case of […]

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 […]