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April 04, 2013

How KIPP Schools Define Success

What's cool to me about the education reform space now is that traditional systems and charter organizations throughout the country are finally collaborating in meaningful ways to help more kids.

April 02, 2013

Trying to Understand the KIPP Approach

Would KIPP's founders and leaders argue that it would be a good experience for all kids or only for "certain types"?

March 28, 2013

'Why Do We Teach?'

I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."

March 26, 2013

Can't We Pay Our Best Teachers More?

Certainly overall salaries of teachers are held down by the failure to recognize that some teachers are more effective than others.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out': Version 2

No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.

March 21, 2013

'Garbage In, Garbage Out'

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

Evaluations Are Better Than No Evaluations

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

A Realistic Approach to Better Testing

Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.

March 07, 2013

More Than One Way to Judge Education

No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.

February 14, 2013

On Extremism, Inconsistency, and Uncertainty

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.

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