Last Thursday the NY Sun gave the Times editorial board a well-deserved spanking for ignoring its own backyard. Buried in the piece is a description of Bloomberg's latest temper tantrum, this time over the gall of a reporter for - gasp! - asking questions about the graduation rate:Perhaps in their coverage of the No Child Left Behind law the mandarins of Eighth Avenue have fallen victim to the law of Not In My Backyard. They'd certainly be in good company. Announcing the latest graduation rate results, Mayor Bloomberg could not for his life fathom why our reporter Elizabeth Green ...

On Tuesday, David Figlio - an economist who does great work on the intended and unintended consequences of accountability systems - and I will chat with Ed Week readers about testing and accountability. The event description is below, and you can submit questions here:Raising student achievement has long been a major issue in the American public education system. But with the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act and its testing mandates, even more attention has been directed towards this issue. As states release their annual school report cards, testing and accountability have once again emerged as hot ...

1) Goldrick-Rab and Roksa Rock: Sociologists Sara Goldrick-Rab and Josipa Roksa issue a new Center for American Progress report on expanding the federal higher education policy agenda.2) Man with a Plan: Sol Stern proposes a Marshall Plan to improve K-3 reading skills in NYC.3)Because of Race: Mica Pollock's second book of the summer is out....

NYC Readers - Wondering what's going on with the graduation rates that were released this week? Head on over to GothamSchools, where I will be posting occasionally on NYC education issues, and check out a map of 4-year cohort graduation rates across the city....

Over at eduwonk, guest blogger Michael Goldstein points us to an inspirational trailer for a documentary, Whatever It Takes, about a new small school in the South Bronx. This is American education's favorite past-time - find inspirational principal/teacher and tell an uplifting/touching story about how kids from tough backgrounds beat the odds. Preferably, someone easy on the eyes like Hilary Swank or Morgan Freeman plays the lead.I see two problems with this phenomenon: First, it's almost always the case that these heroic tales leave out some critical details. While I'm sure the school profiled in "Whatever It ...

You don't come across statistics ninjas like David Rindskopf, a psychologist who teaches at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, every day. Whether he's making advances in latent class analysis, multilevel modeling, or Bayesian statistics, Rindskopf has paved the way for education researchers to better understand the factors that affect students' performance in school. And his work hasn't gone unnoticed. A few years ago, Rindskopf was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a designation rarely bestowed on scholars outside of a statistics department.Here's how Rindskopf describes his own work:I don't know who ...

skoolboy doesn’t know who was the first to say that the true measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members, but it’s an appealing proposition. All societies have children and adults who vary in their economic, social and cultural status within the society. In virtually every modern society, the more advantaged, as a group, do better than those with lower status, although individuals can rise or fall in relation to their peers. Today’s visit to the Olympics looks at the relationship between a child’s socioeconomic status and proficiency in math and science across ...

On Friday, eduwonkette wondered about how gender figured into my Olympics-inspired international comparison of high student literacy in math and science. Ask and you shall receive, e. Today I’m reporting data on the percentage of males and females in different countries and economies that are high achievers, and within-country differences in these percentages. On Friday, I was looking at the top 5% of students in each country. Today, I’m using the percentage of students in each country scoring at the highest level on the 2006 PISA science and math literacy scales. (Yeah, proficiency scores, but what can you ...

A few weeks ago, Kent Fischer started a great feature on his Dallas schools blog called "Comment Of the Week Award," also known as "the Golden COW." Starting today and every week thereafter I'll follow his example and give the COWAbunga Award to an insightful, interesting, or funny comment on this site.This week's COWAbunga Award goes to two comments, one serious and the other satirical. The first was by Margo/Mom, a terrific regular contributor to this site, who responded to skoolboy's post on America's academic standing in the world. Regarding whether other countries offer "well-rounded" educations, Margo/Mom ...

A week ago, you submitted 47 slogans for the New York City Department of Education, and I picked one to illustrate. The winning slogan comes from Gary Babad, Chief Satirical Officer at the NYC Public School Parents blog. Congrats Gary, and thank you to everyone who contributed a slogan!...


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