No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.
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March 21, 2013
March 20, 2013
VAM (value-added measurement) is new to the scene, but as you know has been debunked for its unreliability and probably lack of validity by many others.
March 19, 2013
While citing a litany of potential flaws in testing, the opponents of teacher and school accountability often create a straw man that bears little relationship to the real policy discussion.
March 12, 2013
Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.
March 06, 2013
No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.
February 13, 2013
We can forgive our inconsistencies and imperfections, provisionally make our peace with the fact that our actions sometimes fall short. But we shouldn't shrug and claim that this is perfectly OK.
February 12, 2013
I became a principal by default, and I was, indeed, intimidating to some of the staff, and that annoyed me no end.
February 06, 2013
Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.
February 05, 2013
Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?
January 29, 2013
Conversations play out quite differently when they take place in the shadow of punishment.