As long as SES is in NCLB, solid evidence of program effectiveness will only become more important to SES providers - but every provider should watch the rising standard of efficacy.

From Monday's issue of K-12Leads and Youth Service Markets Report.

Absent intervention, markets are like Hobbes’ state of nature - life is nasty, brutish and short. If student performance does not matter, providers can't be expected to deliver it. If dominant players can use their market power to squelch competition, they will. In SES, this Administration didn’t channel competitive impulses towards ends that profit society.

SES providers are working to lower public expectations. From the Education Industry Association' s website: “No one should expect 30 to 40 hours of after-school tutoring during the course of a school year – the equivalent of one week of classes – to magically boost student scores on standardized state tests.”

The time line is not exactly encouraging for small organizations.

Expect the RtI approach, and its products, services and programs to serve many students not covered by IDEA.

To review The Equity Project Charter School's assertion that it "has created a sustainable... financial model that allows the school to compensate its teachers (at $125,000/yr) without relying on outside private funding," I have asked for their business plan. I have yet to hear back. What's the principled case for nonprofit financial secrecy?

A committee of educators in Connecticut have given me some reason to be hopeful about program evaluation through Response to Intervention policies, as I despair of Scientifically Based Research.

If you want to see your policy views in print, you have several options. To stay in the public eye you need to buy your own printing press, hire a good communications director, and publish, publish, publish. It also helps if you can find others who will repeat and reinforce your message in their own writing. You decide if that's happening here.

Fordham alleges that Success for All co-founder Bob "Slavin demanded that Reading First's budget be substantially cut--which (House Appropriations committee chair and education subcommittee chair Congressman David) Obey did." Fordham President Chester Finn asked for a full disclosure of the relationship between the two men. Slavin replies. Fordham's Stern responds..


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