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April 04, 2008


1) Grad Rate Questions: Sherman Dorn frames 12 questions about the forthcoming grad rate measure. If the 2014 proficiency target provides any indication, the answer to this question, "If there are such required benchmarks, is there any supporting research to suggest that the status or improvement b...

April 04, 2008


Via Mike Klonsky, looks like Obama has been reading the ed blogs on curriculum narrowing. He said: Part of the reason you’re seeing schools eliminate art and music – or at least diminish them – is because of No Child Left Behind, a law that was intended to raise standards in local schools but ...

March 22, 2008

Madame Secretary Demands Triage, Randy Reback Delivers

"We need triage," Madame Secretary explained last week. This morning, Randy Reback delivered it to my inbox via the Journal of Public Economics' new issue, which includes his paper, "Teaching to the Rating: School Accountability and the Distribution of Student Achievement." Reback analyzed data from...

March 17, 2008

Charlie Barone and I Agree!

An event so rare that it deserves its own blog post: Charlie points to a Washington Post article on NCLB and students with disabilities. The article argues that NCLB has forced schools to focus on disabled students because their scores are separately disaggregated and only a small fraction of studen...

February 24, 2008

Richard Rothstein and the Cream Puff Caper

In a talk last Thursday at Teachers College, Richard Rothstein proposed a "Report Card on Comprehensive Equity" that would broaden the set of measures we use to assess the achievement gap. Rothstein argued that accountability systems that focus only on basic academic skills distort the educational p...

February 12, 2008

Panic at the Disco! Take the Eduwonk Challenge

The latest NCLB splosion already has the blogosphere assigning battle names, i.e. Trail of Tears, Wonk Wars, or the I-95 Knockdown. I prefer Panic at the Disco, and you can watch eduwonk and I get down courtesy of David Bellel.In his most recent post, eduwonk asks me to bring it:My challenge for Edu...

February 08, 2008

There Won't Be Blood

A wise woman once advised that name-calling is a poor substitute for a good argument. In my view, it is the feeble tool of last resort for desperate men who cannot win arguments on their own merits. It has no rightful place in policy debates.Let me wrap up this debate over NCLB's unintended conseq...

February 04, 2008

Social Studies, Science, and the No Child Left Behind Act

One of the most stable findings in the management literature is that measuring a narrow subset of organizational goals results in employees ignoring non-measured tasks that are no less critical to the overall mission of the organization. When lawyers are rewarded for billable hours, they focus on in...

January 23, 2008

Exceptional Ed Week Commentary on Testing and Accountability

Helen Ladd, an economist at Duke, has turned in an exceptional commentary about rethinking the ways we hold schools accountable. Ladd has spent a decade studying the effects of North Carolina's accountability system. Here's an excerpt:The bottom line is clear: Test-based accountability has not gene...

January 18, 2008

No Child Left Behind Not the Silent Killer, But...

Let me pile on to the eduwonk-Barone-Pondiscio debate. I'm no fan of the "NCLB: The Silent Killer" melodrama that blames the No Child Left Behind Act for all of our schools' problems, and there's obviously plenty of it to go around. This is what Charlie Barone and eduwonk reacted to yesterday when ...

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