Tag Archives: NAEP

Report Comparing Charter Schools versus Public Schools is Fatally Flawed

I usually ignore Patrick Wolf and the other nonsense and commentary produced by the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, but I couldn’t this time. Here is the press release from my new analysis of their report on charter school versus public school “productivity.” From the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Press release: Bigger Bang, Fewer Bucks?:

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Al Jazeera includes silenced ed reform perspectives @AJStream 

I was previously impressed that Al Jazeera took on Teach For America. Now they are taking on education “reformers” again in NOLA— by including silenced perspectives community perspectives on education reform on their show AJ Stream— especially from folks of color. @AJStream is a really interesting mix of studio, Twitter, video clips, and online distance guests. It’s a great format, very engaging. I think

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Senate Testimony: Does Pre-K have 1700% more impact than Charters?

I was invited by Senator Mark Leno to testify at the California Senate Education committee yesterday. I was quite surprised that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) bused in a hundred parents of color to oppose SB322 , a bill primarily about collecting data on teacher turnover and school discipline, to argue the bill would “close charter schools.” That was a

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Were kids actually smarter decades ago?: Student achievement data trends (NAEP, etc.)

To understand the success and failures of public education in United States and Texas (as measured by achievement tests), I ask the following research questions in this post: How do the nation’s public schools perform on the NAEP over the past several decades? Were kids actually smarter 30 years ago in the U.S? Also, how does Texas perform on state-mandated

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The High-Stakes Testing Playbook: False Bill of Goods?

In the summer of 2012, a Houston Chronicle editorial argued that the state was faced with “widespread panic” at the low levels of students passing the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), TEA and Pearson’s new testing regime. Don’t panic the scores will go up— and they will do so over the next 5-7 years or so as

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Kress is Wrong on Tests: Our Accountability System Must Evolve

Sandy Kress wrote a Sept. 29 column for the Austin American-Statesman entitled “Kress: The Facts on School Accountability.” Sandy Kress is known as a key architect of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform passed in 2002 and is now a handsomely paid lobbyist for Pearson Education. Pearson is a testing company which gets nearly $100 million a year

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Lurking in the Bushes: Peeking at Florida Education Miracle

There is another education presidential candidate lurking in the Bushes with an education “miracle” being discussed extensively in the media and elsewhere. Critics have pointed out that the miracle in Florida is no more real than the education miracle in Texas that spawned No Child Left Behind a decade ago— another elegant illusion of numbers? Some say the skeptics are wrong

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