The current policy discourse about teachers and teaching in the U.S. emphasizes the recruitment and retention of “high-quality” teachers, defined either by the teachers’ credentials, or their value-added influence on students’ achievement, or both. It has not, in skoolboy’s view, paid sufficient attention to the ways in which the school serves as a context for teachers’ work, shaping the conditions under which a teacher might be more or less successful in advancing students’ learning. Teachers don’t teach in a vacuum; the ability of the leaders in a school to set a direction, secure resources, facilitate professional development, ...

David Cantor, the New York City Department of Education's press secretary, will not be receiving a free cape. Sadly, this is what it's come to in New York City - the Department of Education is denying all of us access to data that rightfully belong in the public domain.****From: eduwonkette To: Cantor DavidCc: Jacob AndrewSent: Sun Jul 27 22:18:22 2008Subject: Requesting scale scoresDear David,I saw over at eduwonk that you are giving out the scale scores by race/ethnicity. Could you please send these scores to me (2003-2008), or provide a statement that I can post ...

A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage. "The Emperor is naked," he said. "Fool!" his father reprimanded, running after him. "Don't talk nonsense!" He grabbed his child and took him away. But the boy's remark, which had been heard by the bystanders, was repeated over and over again until everyone cried: "The boy is right! The Emperor is naked! It's true!"The Emperor realized that the people were right but could not admit to that. He thought it better to continue the ...

Did the Fordham Factor jump the shark? I don't think so, but after yesterday's geezer complaints about Miley Cyrus lyrics endorsing "anti-school" messages, I knew they needed a hand. Here it is - Madonna's "Like a Virgin" remixed as "Like a Student," a pro-school diddy that will undoubtedly remake teenage culture for the better. In brackets, you'll find stage directions for the video, which I hope they will put together for next week's Fordham Factor.I made it through that Calculus [Checker Finn by a blackboard with equations]Somehow I made it through [Mike Petrilli, head buried in books in ...

On Tuesday I described the math achievement disparities separating black and Hispanic New York City students from their white and Asian counterparts on NAEP. Turning our attention now to reading, you’ll see that the achievement gap has not narrowed in reading either.However, in 8th grade, the achievement gap is moving in the wrong direction; when we compare the performance of Asian students with their black and Hispanic peers, we see that the gap has grown quickly and quite substantially.Here are some basic facts about New York City black and Hispanic students’ reading performance:* In 2007, the average ...

Today I will lay out the math achievement disparities separating black and Hispanic New York City students from their white and Asian counterparts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Needless to say, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein forgot to mention these inconvenient facts when they testified before Congress last week:* In 2007, the average African-American 8th grade student in NYC performed at the 20th percentile of the white distribution in math, and at the 15th percentile of the Asian distribution. Put differently, 80 percent of white students performed above the average African-American math score, and 85 percent of ...

"Over the past six years, we’ve done everything possible to narrow the achievement gap – and we have. In some cases, we’ve reduced it by half."-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, testifying before the House Committee on Education and Labor, July 17, 2008"Our African-American and Latino students have gained on their white and Asian peers....What does this show? Achievement for high-needs students is not a dream. It’s happening."-NYC Chancellor Joel Klein, testifying in the same House Committee hearingNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein seem intent on taking the "New York City miracle" national. ...

When I read about the University of California's proposed changes to their admissions standards, which would deemphasize test scores in favor of class rank (Hat tip: Education Optimists), I realized that proposal is a partial outgrowth of a decade of work on higher education access by Marta Tienda. Among educational researchers, Tienda, a demographer and sociologist who teaches at Princeton, stands out for her record of doing research that informs public policy debates about educational opportunity for disadvantaged kids, and for the passion and flair with which she does this work. After the Hopwood case temporarily ended affirmative action in ...

Boy bands have a short shelf life. Not long after "Rage Against the Rothstein" was born, things fell apart. Fordham's new research director, Amber Winkler, came onto the scene and declared the boy band kaput. We already had a glimpse of Christina Hentges in the "Fordham Factor" videos (she also turned heads with her deadpan performance in their spoof commercial, Ed in '08 "This is what $60 Million Gets you.) Then on Flypaper, Amber and Christina were joined by Fordham's new blogette contributor, Stafford Palmieri. Still no one had seen Coby Loup, which led me to suspect he was a ...

When you're looking for measured, careful, and thoughtful analysis, there is no better blogger to turn to than Dean Millot at edbizbuzz. He's consistently able to take complex debates and lay out the issues raised in an incisive and even-handed way. Millot follows up on the thinktank/peer review debate here, and promises another post tomorrow. Stay tuned.Update: Dean Millot posts his second installment....


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