Tag Archives: Texas Miracle

A Message to Democrats (and Republicans too) about Education Reform

Because I am California bound, I had to cancel an engagement to speak with the Sun City Democrats about education reform. To make up for it, I taped a message to them and answered their questions. I pasted the YouTube response below. Here are the questions: We read, in the Austin Statesman, that one of the major problems for the Texas

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Exclusive to Cloaking Inequity: Retro School Finance Testimony

Ever wondered what prepared expert testimony for a school finance case looks like? Recently, Dr. Walt Haney, a Boston College Professor well-known for statistically debunking the Texas and Florida educational miracles, emailed me a copy of his expert report prepared for the previous Texas school finance adequacy case (West Orange-Cove v. Neeley). For those of you that really like to dig into the stats, I have

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As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability

Vasquez Heilig, J. (2011). As good as advertised?: Tracking urban student progress through high school in an environment of accountability. American Secondary Education, 39(3), 17-41. No Child Left Behind’s mandated high-stakes testing and accountability policies have pervaded districts and schools nationwide. To examine student progress and graduation in the midst of first generation Texas-style accountability, this study tracked individuals in a longitudinal dataset of

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