Monthly Archives: July 2013

Are Data and Statistics Bulletproof in Educational Policy Development?

Are data and statistics bulletproof for informing educational policy— objective and not subjective? This is an eternal debate between the positivist and the constructivist. For context, I am a constructivist —a reformed positivist who took 8 statistics courses during my doctoral program. To enter the constructivist v. positivist fray, I introduce a new peer-reviewed paper that will soon be published in

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“Oh, crap”: Accountability is Arbitrary and Political

In the 1990s, I worked for the Houston Independent School District and we had our own accountability system that ran parallel to the Texas accountability system. One year I was responsible for setting the formulas for our rating system (Exemplary, Acceptable etc) I remember one day sending my calculations for the accountability system to Coach Paige’s (former Secretary of Education

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The First Review of “Reign of Error”!

Diane Ravitch’s long awaited book is on its way. The First Review of “Reign of Error”!. Neoliberals, DFER, Walton, Gates, Parent Triggerers, etc… get ready… she is coming for you. 🙂 Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about educational policy? Click the “Follow

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Our nation simply lacks…

Our nation simply lacks the will/desire to train, pay, and support highly qualified and teachers for low-SES and children of color. Click for more on Teacher Quality Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about educational policy? Click the “Follow blog by email” button

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Infographic Debunking School Closure Meme

Education officials from Chicago to Austin have used a variety of justifications to defend school closures, but most of these justifications don’t hold up to scrutiny when examining the data. Here is an infographic that summarizes what the evidence from past and current closures says.   Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others.

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