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April 14, 2008

With New Gifted and Talented Rules, Who Wins and Loses?

"Today, there’s limited access to gifted and talented education in some districts. The opposite is true in other districts. We want to create universal opportunity—and dramatically increase the numbers of students testing for, and hopefully entering, gifted and talented programs." -Joel Klein, O...

April 11, 2008

Finally, Credit Recovery Uncovered by NY Times

To close observers of the NYC system, the "credit recovery" story is old news. But this burgeoning phenomenon had received scant media attention until Elissa Gootman turned in this important NYT article linking credit recovery to the mounting pressure to increase graduation rates by any means necess...

April 10, 2008

Quotes of the Day

This afternoon, Randi Weingarten was the keynote speaker at the opening session of the annual meetings of the American Education Finance Association. More detail on the talk later, but here are three quotable quotes in the meantime:"What drives me crazy is that there is so much disinformation and do...

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...

March 13, 2008

RFSLIC

I am 2BZ4UQT. But a reader sent along his thoughts on how Roland Fryer's plan to text message our way to educational equity could reinvent NYC teens' texting lingo. More likely is that the Department of Ed makes a major gaffe while trying to communicate with the young folks in a language no one olde...

February 29, 2008

Nip/Tuck for NYC Progress Reports?

Yesterday's Principals Weekly (a weekly email sent to New York City principals) foreshadowed some possible changes to the NYC Progress Reports. (You can read earlier posts on progress reports here.) Some proposed changes include:1) The new system may assign separate grades for each element of the pr...

February 08, 2008

Do Quality Reviews Lead to Increased Student Achievement?

skoolboy wraps up his posts on Quality Reviews. His first two posts can be found here and here.Do quality reviews lead to increased student achievement? There’s been surprisingly little research that addresses this question. Most research on quality reviews has examined the school inspection pro...

February 04, 2008

Reviewing External Quality Reviews, or: Consultant Whack-a-Mole!

I teach at a college that periodically commissions external reviews of the institution and its academic programs. Sometimes these external institutional reviews are "high stakes," such as regional accreditation reviews (e.g., North Central Association, Middle States, etc.) or professional accredita...

January 30, 2008

Social Promotion Rap Up

Yo yo yoWord up to Dan BrownFor showing how to breakA billionaire downShameful practice?DOE, you're just like a cactusSoaking up data but ya head is all dryRead the research, yoI'm telling you whyMy boy Brian Jacob and his main man LarsWrote a paper saying you're down from MarsFor holding back kids ...

January 29, 2008

Guest Post: The Misleading Specter of "Social Promotion"

Let's give it up for guest blogger Dan Brown, the author of the Bronx teacher memoir, “The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle.” You can email him at [email protected]’s a rough time to be a struggling student in New York City.Mayor Bloomberg has n...

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