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January 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s Round-Up Of Good Posts & Articles On Education Policy

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Here are some recent useful posts on education policy issues:

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Or, How to Lie with Bad Data is from Medium. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.”

Fight over school funding starts Thursday is from The San Francisco Chronicle, and gives an excellent overview of California ed policy issues.

On Listing Education Innovators and Intellectuals is by Audrey Watters.

L.A. Unified surveys prices others pay for iPads, similar devices is from the L.A. Times. Don’t you think they should have done this a little earlier? I’m adding it to A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools.

New Advocacy Group Seeks to Expose Corporate Ties to Ed. Department is from Education Week.

The Bunkum Awards 2013 is from The Education Policy Center. Here is a description:

This marks our eighth year of handing out the Bunkum Awards, recognizing the lowlights in educational research over the past year. As long as the bunk keeps flowing, the awards will keep coming. It’s the least we can do. This year’s deserving awardees join a pantheon of divine purveyors of weak data, shoddy analyses, and overblown recommendations from years past. Congratulations, we guess—to whatever extent congratulations are due.

How Schools Can Succeed Without Tests is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing.

The Problem With Sec. Duncan Playing HR Guru is by Rick Hess at Ed Week.

Are We Learning From Evaluations? is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test? is from The Huffington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results.

February 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Dysfunctional Education Reports Of The Year!

The National Education Policy Center has announced their annual Bunkum Awards:

This marks our seventh year of handing out the treasured Bunkums. That’s seven years of honoring the lows and very lows, chosen from among those reports scrutinized by our expert reviewers. It’s an ugly business, akin to being hired to write weekly columns about Congress: there’s no glossing over the dysfunction, so we might as well have fun with it.

You can read my previous posts about past Bunkum Awards here.

May 31, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out These Awards For “disingenuous education reports produced by think tanks”

“The Bunkum Awards highlight nonsensical, confusing, and disingenuous education reports produced by think tanks. They are given each year by the Think Twice think tank review project to think tank reports judged to have most egregiously undermined informed discussion and sound policy making.”

This is the description given by the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado of their “awards” program. They just announced their winners for 2011.

You can access their archives from previous years at the same link.

And here’s their video about this year’s awards:

February 3, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out These Awards For “disingenuous education reports produced by think tanks”

“The Bunkum Awards highlight nonsensical, confusing, and disingenuous education reports produced by think tanks. They are given each year by the Think Twice think tank review project to think tank reports judged to have most egregiously undermined informed discussion and sound policy making.”

This is the description given by the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado of their “awards” program. They just announced their winners for 2010.

You can access their archives from previous years at the same link.