Segregating Suburbia: A Princeton Story

Others around me have for some time been raising concerns about the emergence of boutique, suburban charter schools. Until now, I’ve largely blown off those concerns in part as I’ve questioned just how much sorting a charter school can achieve in a relatively homogeneous suburban area. Suburbs have their own unique portfolio of schools.  OneContinue reading “Segregating Suburbia: A Princeton Story”

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”

Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about New Jersey Charter schools, so I figured I throw a few new graphs and tables out there. In the not too distant past, I’ve explained: That Newark charter schools in particular, persist in having an overall cream-skimming effect in Newark, creating demographic advantage for themselves andContinue reading “Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings”

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”

Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ

Here are a few quick figures that parse the disability classifications of children with disabilities served by charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two previous posts set the stage for this comparison. In one, I explained how charter schools in the city of Newark, NJ, by taking on fewer low income students, far fewerContinue reading “Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ”

New Jersey Charter Data Roundup: A look at the 2010-11 Report Cards

Here’s a quick run-down on the 2010-11 New Jersey School Report Card data on charter schools. No-one else is putting out decent summaries of this stuff, so I feel obligated to revisit these data periodically. They don’t change much over time. But those older blog posts get buried over time. So, here we go. Let’sContinue reading “New Jersey Charter Data Roundup: A look at the 2010-11 Report Cards”

NJ Charter Data Round-up

Note: I will be making updates to this post in the coming days/weeks. As we once again begin discussing & debating the appropriate role for Charter schools in New Jersey’s education reform “mix,” here’s a round-up on the New Jersey charter school numbers, in terms of demographic comparisons to all other public and charter schoolsContinue reading “NJ Charter Data Round-up”

Digging for Consistent, Comprehensive Financial Data on New Jersey Charter Schools

I’ve commented in the past about the difficulties of obtaining reconcilable data on finances of New Jersey Charter Schools. What do I mean by reconcilable? Well, when I’m looking at financial data on charter schools in particular, I like to be able to see some relationship between expenditure and revenue data reported on IRS 990Continue reading “Digging for Consistent, Comprehensive Financial Data on New Jersey Charter Schools”

Misinformed charter punditry doesn’t help anyone (especially charters!)

Download slides of figures below: TEAM Academy Slides Oct 5 2011 Link to NCES Common Core Build a Table: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/bat/ Link to Special Education Data (NJDOE): http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/data/ADR/2010/classification/distclassification.xls Link to School Report Card Download (NJDOE): http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc10/database/RC10%20database.xls Link to Enrollment Data 2010-11 (NJDOE):  http://www.nj.gov/education/data/enr/enr11/enr.zip   Misinformed charter punditry doesn’t help anyone. It doesn’t help the public toContinue reading “Misinformed charter punditry doesn’t help anyone (especially charters!)”