Yesterday, in eduwonkette’s bombshell revelation that she is Jennifer Jennings, a Columbia doctoral student in sociology, she explained that the timing was influenced by the fact that there was potentially damaging misinformation about her identity swirling in the blogosphere and beyond. Many people thought that eduwonkette was Amy Ellen Schwartz. Who is this Amy Ellen Schwartz? Why, she’s a cool person you should know.Amy is the Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU, and a Professor of Public Policy and of Education and Economics appointed both in NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of ...


For those of you who pegged me as Amy Ellen Schwartz, Diane Ravitch, Amy Stuart Wells, or Randi Weingarten – what can I say?You were a tad off.eduwonkette is written by Jennifer Jennings, a final year doctoral student in Sociology at Columbia University. I study many of the topics regularly covered on this blog: the effects of accountability systems on race, gender, and socioeconomic inequality, teacher and school effects on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, the effect of non-cognitive skills on academic achievement and attainment, school choice, and gender gaps in educational outcomes.When I started this blog last September, ...


It's in vogue these days to declare the building blocks of statistical inference irrelevant to assessing the performance of schools. For example, Joel Klein recently argued that statistical significance is "a game." Yesterday, Kevin Carey argued that accounting for sampling error - the idea that there is statistical uncertainty in measures from a sample rather than the full population - in the context of NCLB is "silly" because "unlike opinion polls, NCLB doesn't test a sample of students. It tests all students. The only way states can even justify using [margin of errors] in the first place is with the ...


skoolboy’s jaunt to the Olympics concludes today with an examination of how much going to one school versus another matters for students’ achievement in different countries. The basic approach is to look at the average achievement in a sample of schools within a country, and to see how much those averages differ from one another. If students were randomly distributed across schools in a country, and each school had similar resources, we might expect to see relatively similar average achievement across schools, and we might conclude that which school a student attends in that country doesn’t matter that ...


Following rave responses to his first video, Brain-Based Education: Fad or Breakthrough?, UVA cognitive psychologist Dan Willingham returns with the unambiguously titled video, "Learning Styles Don't Exist." Any thoughts, teachers?...


AfterEd, a cool new web video channel on education run out of Teachers College, offered to make a series of animated eduwonkette episodes, and I couldn't resist. I already watched their weekly education news roundup, their "student spotlights," and loved their previous animation (teachers, check out Klona, a superteacher who can do it all), and knew they would do an amazing job. And they did.Head over to their site to see "eduwonkette, Episode I", or check it out below:Here are the credits - please give these guys and girls a serious round of applause!Produced by Simon Doolittle ...


Economist David Figlio, who has extensively studied the intended and unintended consequences of accountability systems, recently made a move from the University of Florida over to Northwestern. Figlio has a knack for the creative - but still substantive - paper: for example, see his papers on the unintended consequences of accountability systems including Food for Thought? The Effects of School Accountability Plans on School Nutrition, Accountabilty, Ability, and Disability: Gaming the System?, and Testing, Crime, and Punishment. More recently, he mounted an impressive survey of Florida principals to identify their responses to accountability pressures. (See Feeling the Florida Heat? How ...


Over at EdWize, Leo Casey has offered to help Educational Research Cherry Pickers form their own union - they have been working too hard. Will the next cover of Education Next proclaim, "Hasta la victoria siempre?"...


This week's "Comment of the Week Award," also known as the COWAbunga Award, goes to Attorney DC, whose understanding of collective action dilemmas cut to the heart of a debate about gender and the workplace:I still disagree [that] it is the responsibility of the parents (husband and wife) to deal with a woman's problems in the workforce due to children, rather than the responsibility of employers.If a husband says, "OK, I will cut back on my hours to help out around the house and with the kids," his employer may fire him.If a husband says, "I will ...


I'm beginning to think that Leonard Sax was one of those boys I lapped on the track in junior high who never got over it.Sax's most recent whinefest (HT: Peg Tyre at Why Boys Fail) accuses the feminist movement of ignoring gender differences and ultimately contributing to a "growing gender divide." His evidence? A popular teen novel that features a love triangle involving Bella, "a pretty teenage girl, the gentlemanly young vampire who adores her and the lanky werewolf who is her best friend." That the female protagonist is often saved by boys, and that teenage girls like the ...


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