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September 16, 2008

Irreconcilable Differences: Why NYC’s Surveys Provide a Misleading Portrait of School Quality

My heart went out to Charlie Gibson last week, as he stared into those doe eyes that will not blink and realized that he could not wrangle a single straight answer out of Miss Wasilla.So I can only imagine how the NYC Department of Education analysts’ felt when they sat down to analyze the data fr...

September 14, 2008

Let the Spin Begin

Suppose that your fourth-grader takes a state test that shows that she understands the associative property of multiplication, can multiply two-digit numbers by two-digit numbers, and can find the perimeter of a polygon by adding up the length of the sides. A year later, as a fifth-grader, she t...

September 07, 2008

Predicting the Near Future*

Sometime soon, with great fanfare, the New York City Department of Education will release this year’s School Progress Reports. (Word on the street is that schools already know their grades.) The School Progress Reports, for better or worse, are the centerpiece of the NYC accountability system....

August 27, 2008

NYC Links: Klein Petrilli Barcelona

1)Klein Petrilli Barcelona: Mike Petrilli has a stalker, he says, and it's not the sizzling Javier Bardem. Nonetheless, the NY Times blog chronicles it all here. 2) Welcome Meredith Kolodner!: I'm a little late, but the Daily News has a new education beat reporter who, from this article on NYC's...

August 18, 2008

Graduation Rates in NYC: The Long View

Last Thursday the NY Sun gave the Times editorial board a well-deserved spanking for ignoring its own backyard. Buried in the piece is a description of Bloomberg's latest temper tantrum, this time over the gall of a reporter for - gasp! - asking questions about the graduation rate:Perhaps in their c...

August 14, 2008

eduwonkette flies over to GothamSchools: NYC Graduation Rates

NYC Readers - Wondering what's going on with the graduation rates that were released this week? Head on over to GothamSchools, where I will be posting occasionally on NYC education issues, and check out a map of 4-year cohort graduation rates across the city.

August 10, 2008

A New Slogan for New York City: "Reach Out and Test Someone"

A week ago, you submitted 47 slogans for the New York City Department of Education, and I picked one to illustrate. The winning slogan comes from Gary Babad, Chief Satirical Officer at the NYC Public School Parents blog. Congrats Gary, and thank you to everyone who contributed a slogan!

August 05, 2008

An Unchanged NYC Achievement Gap Hits the Papers (Plus, Joel Klein's Postmodernist Turn!)

With her article on New York City's lack of progress in closing the achievement gap, Elizabeth Green demonstrates once again that's she the sharpest and most inquisitive education reporter in New York City. I'm pretty sure she's the second coming of Josh Benton, formerly of the Dallas Morning News,...

August 01, 2008

New York City Achievement Gap Round Robin

Check out these links on the NYC achievement gap dust-up:1) All Tricks, No Treats: Head over to the National Review Online, where dataman Robert VerBruggen takes a stab at the NYC state achievement gap data. In Has NYC Discovered the Trick for Closing the Achievement Gap?, he writes:That question ha...

July 31, 2008

Last Chance to Submit a Slogan!

Last call! Submit your slogan by the end of the day. I'll put a few together as logos and we'll vote next week. My new submission is "The NYC DOE: Truthiness in Education." Some of yesterday's submissions included:The NYC DOE: Redefining success since 1876 (MD)The NYC DOE: Do as I say not as I do (...

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