It's about that time, folks - what are you planning to read this summer? I've just started this book by Dan Koretz, Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us, and I highly recommend it. Also on my list for the summer are:* Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools (Susan Moore Johnson) *Towards Excellence and Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap (Ron Ferguson)* Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind (Adam Gamoran, editor)* Learning in a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society (Carola Suarez-Orozco, Marcelo ...

eduwonkette's "Iron Law of Qualitative Research in Education" is that the number of participants in the study should exceed the number of authors on the paper. Ha-ha, very funny, but the subtext is that (a) we cannot learn anything of value from studies that have small sample sizes; (b) qualitative research often has small samples; (c) therefore, we can't learn very much from qualitative research. Eduwonkette would protest that that's not what she's saying at all—"qualitative research is critical to educational research and policy," and I know that she does believe this. But poking fun at a paper reporting ...

The Iron Law: The number of participants in the study should exceed the number of authors on the paper.Yet I opened up the latest issue of the American Educational Research Journal to discover a violation of said rule in the article, "The Emotional Ambivalence of Socially Just Teaching: A Case Study of A Novice Urban Schoolteacher," which has two authors. Got to love the "convenience sample" - the novice teacher is a former student of one of the authors. Jay Greene, I am totally going to dominate your bingo game with one article only.No disrespect to qualitative research ...

The American Association of University Women released a 124 page report this morning debunking the myth of a "boy crisis" in education. Lots of long-term NAEP and ACT/SAT trend data to mull over.The real trend story, though, is not about test scores, but about how girls have overtaken boys in college completion. 65% of all bachelor’s degrees were awarded to men in 1960; by 2005, women received 58% of all bachelor’s degrees. Gender disparities are even greater among some minority groups, with women earning 66% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-Americans, 61% of those ...

1) Oh data!/ I wanna get wit-cha/ Regress and fit-cha: More evidence that I am a nerd, but so are you, all you ed researchers and data-driven teachers who read this blog. "Baby Got Back" gets remixed as "Baby Got Stats, " i.e.: But when you get some data / And you put it in Stata/ And it’s spits out a beta of 10 / You get sprung. Can't Fordham put together a respectable rap about ed policy?2) Seeing Like a State: The small world debate returns at Edwize.3) Great Column on Value-Added: "On April 24, 2008, heteroskedasticity became ...

A Voice Cries Out reports that this year's high school ELA retest required students to complete the following task:Today’s ’situation’ told students that they were in a leadership team who has been debating ‘whether leaders should have experience in their chosen fields.’ They were instructed to write ‘a position paper in which you argue that inexperienced people can provide leadership.’They weren’t even given a choice about which position to take.They then had to listen to a speech by-you guessed it-Wendy Kopp, about why she started Teach For America. In the speech, Kopp talks about how ...

Last fall, the New York City Department of Education graded each of its schools on an A-F scale. Schools were warned that those with Fs – there were 49 altogether - faced closure. Shortly thereafter, the New York City Department of Education announced its intention to close 14 schools. Somewhat perplexing was that 6 of these schools had earned Ds on their progress reports. Why would the Department of Education, we wondered, close D schools before F schools if it believed in its own Progress Report system?Theories abounded. A widely circulated explanation reasoned that Klein et al. were hell-bent on ...

"Brain-based education" is K-12's latest fad. Dan Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, has put together a 10 minute video about what we know - and what we need to know - about brain-based education. If you know nothing about cognitive psychology (like me) but want to size up this trend, this video is a helpful introduction. Kudos to Dan Willingham for putting this resource together....

A special shoutout goes to the New York Times editorial board for making national policy recommendations based on the Urban Institute's study of Teach for America in North Carolina, which included a whopping 69 Teach for America teachers - a .5% sample of all TFA teachers placed during those years. The study found that North Carolina TFA math and science teachers produced results slightly better (about a tenth of a standard deviation) than experienced teachers in the same school. Because every state in the country is just like North Carolina, the NYT argues that "states that want students to do ...

I've got NYC's school-level teacher salary data fired up, and will write a few posts using these data next week. Here's a preview. New York City is slated to close 14 schools this year, though many will not close immediately, but will phase out over the coming years. Per the whole "Absent Teacher Reserve" (ATR) debate (here, here, here, and here), how many teachers are employed at these schools, and what are their average salaries? These schools employ a total of 822 teachers, and a number of these schools have relatively high average salaries. Given current budgeting rules, through which ...


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