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December 17, 2008

NYC's Trojan Horse

skoolboy has absolutely nothing of substance to say about Education Secretary nominee Arne Duncan, whom he has met exactly once. But he continues to mouth off about New York City's Teacher Data Reports, the NYC Department of Education's version of value-added assessment. Which are not to be used...

December 15, 2008

Don't Think about Elephants

"Don’t think about elephants," skoolboy’s father used to joke, long before George Lakoff’s manifesto with a similar name. The joke, of course, is that by trying not to think about elephants, all that you can think about is elephants. The harder I tried not to think about elephants, the mor...

November 19, 2008

The ATR Deal: An Acknowledgement that Teacher Price Incentives Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be?

Following up on a long discussion last spring about teachers displaced from their schools and not rehired - teachers who are part of New York City's "Absent Teacher Reserve:" the city and the union have reached a deal. Principals will not have to pay more for hiring more experienced teachers (for ei...

November 13, 2008

The NYC High School Progress Reports Meet Credit Recovery

Yesterday, the NYC Department of Education released its high school progress reports - 83% of high schools received A or B grades. Like the K-8 reports, 60% of the grade is based on "student progress," which in the case of high school includes credit accumulation.We know that many students fall of t...

November 12, 2008

School Progress Grade Effects on NYC Achievement: Tame, Fierce, or a Hot Mess?

skoolboy ventured into the rarified air of NYC’s Harvard Club yesterday to hear Marcus Winters present his new Manhattan Institute research on the effects of the 2006-07 New York City School Progress Reports on students’ 2008 performance on state math and English tests in grades four through e...

November 10, 2008

Race, Ethnicity, and the Gifted and Talented Pipeline in New York City

“I’m convinced that there are gifted and talented children in all communities, and that we need to make sure that they avail themselves of the opportunities."-Joel Klein, October 30, 2007In the last two weeks, the New York Times reported on two striking trends in gifted and talented enrollments ...

October 23, 2008

Educational Malpractice? Why NYC School Progress Reports Deserve an F

Apologies for being AWOL, folks - both skoolboy and I are on the road. Below, you can find the beginning of an op-ed about the NYC Progress Reports that the two of us wrote for our local West Side Spirit - the link to the full text is below.Each fall, many New Yorkers head to family physicians for a...

October 10, 2008

Sol-lywood! Stern Hits the Big Screen on Mayoral Control

In this interview with Simon Doolittle at AfterEd, Sol Stern explains where mayoral control went awry, tries to sell you some stock in Lehman Brothers, and gives Mayor Bloomberg a gentleman's C. Watch a clip below, or check out the whole 15 minute interview here.

October 09, 2008

Driving Michelle Rhee, Plus: Joel Klein Needs Your Help!

If you just got laid off from Lehman, do I have an edu-job for you!Michelle Rhee needs a "safe, prompt, reliable and comfortable driver to assist [the] Chancellor with her daily schedule and a variety of duties. The incumbent’s primary responsibility is the safe operation of DCPS vehicles for the ...

October 02, 2008

A Course in Statistics at Columbia: $3186. The NYC DOE's Comment on Confidence Intervals: Priceless!

You have to hand it to the New York City Department of Education's Department of Assessment and Accountability. You really do.Yesterday morning, the NY Times reported that the DOE will now distribute teacher value-added reports to teachers and principals.* Here's the thing - the value-added report...

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