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April 09, 2008

After NY's Teacher Tenure Law, Blogosphere Plays Union Pinata

That's what I get for predicting that the big ed news of the week would be Mario Chalmers' shot. The NY legislature has put a two year hold on the use of test scores for teacher tenure decisions, and will convene a commission to study the issue in the meantime. First, check out these links to Joel K...

April 04, 2008

Is Teaching an Overrated Career?

Over at the Faculty Room, they're discussing the US News and World Report claim that teaching is an overrated career. Devin Ozdogu shares an old excerpt from Whitney Tilson's guru, Linda Darling-Hammond:HELP WANTED. College graduate with academic major (master’s preferred). Challenging opportunity...

April 03, 2008

Value-Added Preview

Wisconsin's Center for Educational Research has posted abstracts for the National Conference on Value-Added Modeling. Take a look here.

April 02, 2008

Quotes of the Day

Call me old fashioned and curmudgeonly, but I can't stand it when the wonks break out in a "research shows" chorus with no references. If research so valiantly and definitively shows it, you should be able to tell us whose research shows it. The quote of the day is a tie; both quotes hail from the T...

March 30, 2008

Teach For America Study Wrap-Up

Some readers requested a closer look at the Urban Institute's Teach for America study presented at AERA last week. To this reader, the study is convincing, and provides strong and viable evidence against those who argue that Teach for America teachers negatively affect their kids’ educations. How...

March 28, 2008

AERA filing: Good Teachers: Who Are They? Where Are They? When Do They Stay and Move?

skoolboy went to a session Thursday that was billed as about all things teachers -- mobility, retention, etc. But the session was a bait-and-switch; three CALDER (National Center for Longitudinal Data in Educational Research) papers, only two of which were about teachers. Tim Sass led off with a ...

March 24, 2008

Strange Bedfellows, Even for Jersey

eduwonk, Joe Williams, and I make strange bedfellows, but let me join them in criticizing a proposed state law barring the use of test scores to make tenure decisions. Yes, I worry that value-added models could be done all wrong. Yes, value-added models have a long way to go before they offer vali...

March 07, 2008

Guest Blogger Sean Corcoran: The Teaching Penalty

Sean Corcoran is an economist who teaches at the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU. He is a co-author (with Sylvia Allegretto and Larry Mishel) of The Teaching Penalty, a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute.“I don’t see why a good teacher should be paid less money than a b...

March 06, 2008

Pay for Performance in the Corporate World

We often hear that education needs to operate more like the private sector. But few corporations tie their employee bonuses to quantifiable output in the same way that some performance pay plans tie teacher pay to scores. (See How Does Performance Pay Work in Other Sectors?)For those who believe tha...

February 20, 2008

Performance Pay Goes to Opryland

For those interested in performance pay, the papers from the upcoming National Center on Performance Incentives conference in Nashville are posted here.Update: My bad - Opryland apparently closed in 1997.

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