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July 31, 2008

Introducing Gotham Schools: A New York City Schools Blog!

If you follow NYC schools, here's a new must read blog for you - Gotham Schools. When the Open Planning Project lined up two of NYC's most talented education bloggers - Philissa Cramer (formerly of Inside Schools) and Kelly Vaughan (a NYC teacher for the last eight years) - I knew we could expect bi...

July 30, 2008

On New York State Tests, A Growing Achievement Gap Between White/Asian and Black/Hispanic New York City Students

Looks like the tea party is finally over. As we all expected, the New York City Department of Education had questionable motives for stalling the release of the New York State scale score data.Here's why: The achievement gap in New York City has increased in the last five years, and the decreases in...

July 29, 2008

The Persistent Achievement Gap in New York City: A Summary

Some readers asked me to put together a summary about the achievement gap in New York City:1) Proficiency rates, or the percentage of students passing a test, are often used to measure achievement gaps. For example, if 90% of white students passed a test and 65% of black students did, some observers...

July 28, 2008

No Cape for Cantor

David Cantor, the New York City Department of Education's press secretary, will not be receiving a free cape. Sadly, this is what it's come to in New York City - the Department of Education is denying all of us access to data that rightfully belong in the public domain.****From: eduwonkette To: Ca...

July 25, 2008

New York City Achievement Gap Round-Up: Three Cheers for Our Naked Emperor!

A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage. "The Emperor is naked," he said. "Fool!" his father reprimanded, running after him. "Don't talk nonsense!" He grabbed his child and took him away. But the boy's remark, which...

July 22, 2008

In New York City, A Long Wait Ahead to Close the Math Achievement Gap

Today I will lay out the math achievement disparities separating black and Hispanic New York City students from their white and Asian counterparts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Needless to say, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein forgot to mention these inconvenient fac...

July 20, 2008

Trouble in Gotham

"Over the past six years, we’ve done everything possible to narrow the achievement gap – and we have. In some cases, we’ve reduced it by half."-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, testifying before the House Committee on Education and Labor, July 17, 2008"Our African-American and Latino students have gai...

July 13, 2008

Cerf-ing the Web

Over at eduwonk, the New York City Department of Education is putting its best foot forward by displaying its two strongest (and most becoming!) skills: a remarkable willingness to spin the naked facts and to personally attack anyone who questions their miracle. But Chris Cerf can't manage to slip p...

July 10, 2008

Gimme Some Truth

If you think "Education Department Employs Squadron in Search for Truth" is a spoof article from The Onion, guess again. You'd think that PR flaks would know better than to name an otherwise mundane 21st century version of letters to the editor the "Truth Squad," and in doing so, make it worth repor...

June 29, 2008

"Independence" Day

I’ll try to stay reasonably serious this week, but some things are just too ridiculous to pass up. On Friday, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) announced that it had selected the NYC Leadership Academy to provide principal training and development services. The press release proc...

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