Category Archives: Research

Investigating research papers and statistics used in ed reform.

The Underachievement School District 2015 Edition Part II

Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) is one of the most high profile ‘turnaround’ experiments in the country.  Launched with the amazing goal to ‘catapult’ schools with test scores in the bottom 5% of the state into schools with test scores … Continue reading

Posted in asd, Debunking, Research, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Kane Unable

Harvard professor Thomas Kane recently testified on behalf of the ‘families’ in the Vergera vs. California case.  The plaintiffs in this case seek for the teacher tenure process and the LIFO layoff priorities to be changed in order to ensure … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 17 Comments

Will TNTP demand accountability from itself?

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) was a spin-off of TFA and originally led by Michelle Rhee.  Having worked as a trainer for both organizations, I generally liked working for TNTP more than TFA.  I found the TNTP trainees to be … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 4 Comments

On the latest D.C. NAEP Miracle

Today the results from the 2013 NAEP came out, and ‘reformers’ everywhere are celebrating the amazing gains by states with an aggressive reform agenda.  In 2011, the average national score for the four main NAEP tests (4th grade reading, 4th … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 29 Comments

New TFA Miracle Claims

Today TFA released their annual letter.  Looking at the announcement of the letter on their website, I saw this image, which shows all the aspects of TFA’s influence, though, to me, it looks a lot like what you see on … Continue reading

Posted in Research, tfa rants | 5 Comments

Polis Joke

Jared Polis is a Democratic Colorado Congressman.  He recently had this interchange with Randi Weingarten on Twitter about Diane Ravitch. Though this caused a backlash, he seems to be standing by his comment.  This ordeal has been well documented by … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 12 Comments

How I teach 2.6 months more of math in a year than the rest of you slackers

A report was recently released which according to some TFA defenders “settles the issue” about the effectiveness of Teach For America teachers.  By comparing the standardized test scores of TFA teachers with varying amounts of experience to non-TFA teachers teaching … Continue reading

Posted in Research, tfa rants, TFA teacher effectiveness, top posts | 25 Comments

The Underachievement School District

If you’re a parent, a student, or a teacher, the last thing you want to hear is that the state you live in has been commended by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a ‘reform’ leader.  This has been occurring … Continue reading

Posted in asd, Research | 23 Comments

How To Define ‘Success’?

The new and improved New York State tests have arrived and the higher standards have taken much of the air out of many charter chain’s balloons.  Schools, in particular, from KIPP and Democracy Prep have seen their status change from … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 35 Comments

Driven by data … right off a cliff

Yesterday the big announcement in New York was the results of the latest ‘common core aligned’ state tests.  As expected, the scores plummeted.  The New York Times reported that from last year to this one, the percent of students scoring … Continue reading

Posted in Research | 92 Comments