April 29, 2013
John White and Bobby Jindal have mixed two smart sounding messages in a way designed to punish people for being poor. It sounds good when you say, “poverty is not an excuse for poor performance.” It sounds good when “we refuse to allow poverty to be an excuse for poor performance.” Who could disagree with […]
April 8, 2013
Recently my posting has started dropping off because of some nasty fatigue issues that seemed to come out of nowhere. (Hopefully you haven’t noticed the lull too much, as I have quite a few pieces I’m working on at any given time, and researching others.) Sometimes a recent event or flash of insight drives me […]
February 21, 2013
Reblogged from Louisiana Voice: Copies of emails released to LouisianaVoice by the Department of Education (DOE) under threat of litigation reveal an agency over which there is little or no oversight, where escalating costs of expensive programs appear to be of no concern to administrators and a department that appears to be flailing about in […]
January 19, 2013
In january of 2013, the Gates foundation released the results of their MET, or Measures of Effective Teaching study. I’ve seen a number of articles written explaining why they think the study is flawed or the results are questionable, but I think there is a very easy way to annhiliate the study findings, and the agenda […]
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 9, 2013
Reblogged from 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 […]
January 8, 2013
In an e-mail response to Deborah Tonguis, 2009 Teacher of the Year, regarding the obvious inflation of SPS scores John White claims he doesn’t understand simple mathematical formulae or obvious statistical anomalies, and couldn’t possibly be expected to, since all the decisions that went into it were made long before he got there. To your point, and to […]
January 8, 2013
Reblogged from Louisiana Voice: As an indication of just how desperate Gov. Piyush Jindal, State Education Superintendent John White and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President (BESE) Chas Roemer are to put a good face on their much-ballyhooed education reform, one need only read the glowing “news” story picked up by Press Release Central […]
January 6, 2013
My apologies for publishing so many articles so quickly folks, but I’ve been getting a lot of material lately to go through and some of what it reveals is truly astounding and needs to be shared. To recap: I recently published an article on how the most recent release of SPS scores was inflated simply due […]
January 5, 2013
When I first saw a press release some months ago from the Louisiana Department of Education heralding scads of school improvement and data that showed almost all of the state’s high schools had significant gains, suffice it to say I was a tad skeptical. I know all too well of some of the tricks LDE has employed in the past with […]
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