January 28, 2013
VETERAN TEACHER EROSION HOLDS STEADY FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR Teachers in high poverty schools are more likely to flee Louisiana schools than teachers in low poverty schools BATON ROUGE, La. – The Department of Education today released what we are choosing to call an analysis of teacher hiring, retention, and departure data over three prior […]
January 25, 2013
LOUISIANA DISTRICTS COMMIT TO DIGITIZING ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN BY 2014 BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education today released updated reports on the progress of technology readiness by messenger pigeon for the sake of irony. ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, instructed Jindal on an excellent plan to save money – by fully digitized our public […]
January 24, 2013
Originally posted on CONTRARY BRIN:
Part of a series of re-issues of my most-popular online postings. This one about the deep illogic underlying the claims by the fundamentalist community that they “just want students to be exposed to all sides and make up their own minds.” ================== THERE IS RICH IRONY in how the present battle over…
January 22, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTRODUCES LOUISIANABELIEVESANYTHING.COM BATON ROUGE, La. – In response to the feedback of pro-charter and reform groups, virtual school operators, and testing companies, the Louisiana Department of Education today announced a complete overhaul of its website. The website’s URL has changed to louisianabelievesanything.com, reflecting the state’s comprehensive plan to ensure every student is […]
January 19, 2013
Probing the Science of Value-Added Evaluation by R. Barker Bausell, edweek.org January 16th 2013 Value-added teacher evaluation has been extensively criticized and strongly defended, but less frequently examined from a dispassionate scientific perspective. Among the value-added movement’s most fervent advocates is a respected scientific school of thought that believes reliable causal conclusions can be teased […]
January 17, 2013
Recently we’ve seen a rash of publicity coming out of New Orleans and from Leslie Jacobs about the New Orleans turnaround miracle. According to her press releases and op-ed pieces in the Time Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate, New Orleans leads the both the state and nation in graduation rate. That would be some wonderful […]
January 15, 2013
For Immediate Release – January 15th, 2013 BESE Congratulates Superintendent John White on performing an outstanding job Chas Roemer , BESE President, explained to a packed Louisiana Purchase Room, filled to the brim with charter lobbyists and brown-nosing sycophants, that without John White’s leadership, Louisiana would have followed in the path of so many failures […]
January 13, 2013
You can’t rely in any mainstream media anymore. Maybe you never could, but the world seemed more sane and less corrupt when I thought you could. For me, the realization crystalized fully when I recently had a story pulled, for the second time, on LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting). It was about shadow schools (schools like the ones in […]
January 11, 2013
An open response by Herb Bassett (one of the researchers who has recently produced a paper the inflation of Louisiana’s SPS scores as well as LDOE’s published intent to radically inflate next year’s scores) to Superintendent John White’s reply to Deborah Tonguis’s question about the inflated 2012 Louisiana High School Performance Scores. On November 29, 2012, Deborah […]
January 9, 2013
Originally posted on School Finance 101:
Not much time for a thorough review of the most recent release of the Gates MET project, but here are my first cut comments on the major problems with the report. The take home argument of the report seems to be that their proposed teacher evaluation models are sufficiently reliable…
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