Cutting through the Stupid in the Debate over Annual Testing

January 14, 2015


I’ve hesitated thus far to enter into the big debate over the usefulness or not of annual testing. It continues to blow my mind that many engaged on the pro-annual testing side of the debate see the annual testing of all children in all grades as the one and only method of achieving all of […]

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Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schools

January 13, 2015

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Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schools. Bruce D. Baker PDF: BBaker.NJCharters.2015 Executive Summary In this brief, I present preliminary findings that are part of a larger, national analysis of newly released federal data, a primary objective of which is to evaluate the extent to which those data yield […]

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“Urban” Poverty and “Racial” Achievement Gaps are so Yesterday? Not!

January 7, 2015


I’ve been meaning to write about this issue for some time. But every time I get around to it, it seems no-longer timely. It’s also not a hugely popular issue, nor one that’s very sexy or controversial from a policy standpoint. But it lingers and re-emerges every now and then. Well, thanks to this article […]

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Education Shouldn’t be an Unfair Game!

December 11, 2014

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A common claim these days, either in political rhetoric or in the context of litigation over the equity and adequacy of state school finance systems is that money simply doesn’t matter. The amount of money we put into any school or district is inconsequential to the outcomes children achieve or quality of education they receive. […]

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Children’s Constitutional Rights and School Funding: Why the charter funding disparity lawsuits in NY and DC are misguided

December 9, 2014


Ah… another day, another smokescreen to distract state (and federal) courts from the real and substantive issue of equitable and adequate financing of America’s public schooling system. This one is brought to us from New York and Washington, DC., explained here by Dunn and Derthick in Education Next. For years, opponents of school choice had a […]

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Research Note: On Student Growth & the Productivity of New Jersey Charter Schools

October 31, 2014

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education October 31, 2014 PDF: Research Note on Productive Efficiency In June of 2014, I wrote a brief in which I evaluated New Jersey’s school growth percentile measures to determine whether factors outside the control of local schools or districts…

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Anatomy of Educational Inequality & Why School Funding Matters

September 13, 2014


There continues to be much bluster out there in ed reformy land that money really isn’t all that important – especially for traditional public school districts. That local public schools and districts already have way too much money but use it so inefficiently that any additional dollar would necessarily be wasted. An extension of this […]

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