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March 24, 2008

Load of Bollocks

The Daily News reports that Cambridge Education Associates is getting a 9% pay raise, even as NYC schools face budget cuts. The average cost of reviewing a school will jump to $4,856, up from $4,427. NYC taxpayers are dishing out 1.1 million for their travel expenses - looks like you and I are payi...

February 06, 2008

Guest Blogger Scott McLeod on Data-Driven Decision Making

Scott McLeod, a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State, blogs at Dangerously Irrelevant. Many thanks to Scott for this guest post!When eduwonkette asked me to guest blog about data-driven decision-making in schools, I eagerly agreed. Why? Because in my work with numerou...

February 06, 2008

D3M: The Bad and the Ugly

Thank you, Scott, for providing insight into how schools are using data to improve learning, not just test scores. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed less cheerful data-driven decision making. Some schools are using benchmark tests and other newly available data to play the system and up their numbers....

January 27, 2008

This week: D3M and Teacher Effects Leftovers

I hate leftovers, too. But there is a lot left to say about last week's theme of data-driven decision making, so I'll tie up loose ends this week. Forthcoming posts include: How are data currently being used in schools, and who's entered the business of providing data solutions? What are some of th...

January 24, 2008

Data-Driven Decision Making Gone Wild: How Do We Know What Data to Trust to Inform Decision-Making?

skoolboy returns to weigh in on data-driven decision making:I’m as much a fan of data as the next guy. But I worry that proponents of data-driven decision-making are understating just how hard it is to use data thoughtfully.I’d like to describe the strategy championed by the New York City Depar...

January 23, 2008

Data-Driven Decision Making Box Scores: Incentivists: 10, Instructionists: 1

In many ways, data-driven decision making (D3M) in education is an old idea packaged as a new one. As far back as anyone can remember, teachers have given their students regular quizzes, projects, and tests. When students performed poorly, "data-driven" teachers retaught the material or tried to fig...

January 20, 2008

This week: Data-Driven Decision Making

Walk into any school's faculty meeting, and you'll think you've stumbled into a tongue twister competition. The push for data-driven decision making, DDDM, D3M - whatever you prefer to call it - is everywhere. This week I'll explore what data-driven decision making can and can't do for education a...

January 17, 2008

Cool People You Should Know: Kathryn Boudett

Spoiler alert: I'm going to write about data-driven decision making next week, so who better to profile than Kathryn Boudett, who teaches at the Harvard Grad School of Ed and is a co-author of the book Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning. Not...



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