Monthly Archives: March 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 5

It’s all about the ‘error rate’ — or so, even I, used to think. Nearly everything I’ve read that questions the validity of the value-added metric mentions the astronomical ‘error rates.’  When the NYC Teacher Data Reports were first released, … Continue reading

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SIGnificant Progress?

One year into the US Department Of Education’s 4 billion dollar School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, giving an average of half a million dollars to 800 ‘failing’ schools, the preliminary results are in.  Anyone who understands school reform should know … Continue reading

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My review of ‘Class Warfare’ in the Journal of School Choice

This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Journal of School Choice © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC; the Journal of School Choice is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15582159.2012.650106 Class Warfare: … Continue reading

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Why Some People Like TFA Somewhat Less Than Others Do

A recent post by one of the most thoughtful TFA bloggers on this site was called ‘Don’t Hate Me Because I’m TFA.’  In it, Tony B responds to another blogger that I think is great, Katie Osgood, from Chicago.  What … Continue reading

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What does ‘Poverty Is Not Destiny’ mean to you?

Whether you’re a newly accepted 2012 corps member or a 20 year veteran teacher, you’ve heard the expression ‘poverty is not destiny’ thrown around and, depending on what your experiences have been, the expression will affect you in different ways. … Continue reading

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Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 4

Value-added has been getting a lot of media attention lately but, unfortunately, most stories are missing the point.  In Gotham Schools I read about a teacher who got a low score but it was because her score was based on … Continue reading

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Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 3

The inaccuracy of the New York City teacher evaluation data is taking a beating.  As I expected, this data would not stand up to the scrutiny of the public or even the media.  Value-Added is proving to be the Cathie … Continue reading

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