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November 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

 

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two):

‘Precious Little Evidence’ That Vouchers Improve Achievement, Recent Research Finds is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

Here’s what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions is from CNN. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

…But It Was The Very Best Butter! How Tests Can Be Reliable, Valid, and Worthless is by Robert Slavin. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

What 150 Years of Education Statistics Say About Schools Today is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day.

Whatever Happened To MOOCs? is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More.

November 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

 

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two):

I’m happy I didn’t have to walk picket lines this week: Sacramento teacher strike averted. Union, city district reach deal ahead of planned walkout is from The Sacramento Bee. You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

Stagnant California test scores pose problem; state board may rejigger how to rate districts is from Ed Source.

Full Circle? The Gates Pivot on Education and Where K-12 Philanthropy Is Heading is from Inside Philanthropy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

The Controversy Behind Chicago’s Diploma Mandate is from The Atlantic.

November 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two

 

It’s time for another of my end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,800 “The Best…” lists here).

I’m adding this one to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two (let me know what you think I’m missing). these are not listed in any order of preference:

More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income is by Rachel Cohen. She also posted a follow-up to it. I’m adding them both to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up

Teachers’ unions and school performance: Evidence from California charter schools is a new study showing that student achievement increased in charter schools after they unionized. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.  Chalkbeat has an article about the study.

Useful Recommendations For Reducing Drop-Out Rates

The Theory And Practice Of School Closures is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

Research “Proves” – Very Little appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize. is a pretty interesting NY Times column by David L. Kirp.

New Study Finds VAM Is Biased Against Teachers Of “At Risk” Students

School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved. is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World? appeared in The New York Times. It’s a deep dive into a for-profit effort to create schools in Africa.

‘Personalized Learning’ and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy is from Audrey Watters. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

The Best Resources On The Idea Of Evaluating Teacher “Input” Instead Of Student “Output”

How Does Professional Development Improve Teaching? seems like a pretty important paper. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Reform Lessons from Skeptical But Not Cynical Veterans is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise is from Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Hollywood’s Reductive Narratives About School is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.

Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

 

November 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

I really hope our union will reach a deal with the district but, if not, I’ll be walking a picket line on Wednesday. Here are some articles from The Sacramento Bee that share what’s going on:

Sacramento teachers plan to strike Wednesday if no deal. Last walkout was in 1989.

Sacramento mayor says teacher strike ‘would really be damaging to everyone’

Parents wonder if kids should go to school amid a teacher strike. Child care is an issue

 

Teachers spend nearly $500 a year on supplies. Under the GOP tax bill, they will no longer get a tax deduction. is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?

What’s Interesting About the Latest K-12 Move by Chan Zuckerberg is from Inside Philanthropy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

The Education of Betsy DeVos is from Politico. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Understand How Markets Really Work appeared in The Washington Monthly. I’m adding it to the same list.

How the Kochs are trying to shake up public schools, one state at a time is from Politico.

Ain’t That A Shame by Russ on Reading came out the same day that this news broke:

Here are some other similar past posts:

Getting A Special Wristband Is Not The Best Road To Greater Student Motivation

School Sets Dance For Straight-A Students – Some Others Can Come Later & Hundreds Not At All

November 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

I’ve previously posted about studies that have found that the laser-like focus on raising student test scores often identifies teachers who are good at doing that, but those VAM-like measures tend to short-change educators who are good at developing Social Emotional or “non-cognitive skills” (see More Evidence Showing The Dangers Of Using High-Stakes Testing For Teacher Evaluation ; Another Study Shows Limitations Of Standardized Tests For Teacher Evaluations; Study Finds Teachers Whose Students Achieve High Test Scores Often Don’t Do As Well With SEL Skills and SEL Weekly Update).

And those have been followed-up by further research finding that that ninth-grade teachers who are particularly good in helping student acquire non-cognitive skills are more successful “much larger in magnitude” in having students graduate and attend college than those whose work results in higher test scores alone (see You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson).

Two additional studies now reinforce the findings that focusing on test scores could result in teachers missing the boat on other critical factors.

Teacher Effects on Complex Cognitive Skills and Social-Emotional Competencies is the title of one by Matthew A. Kraft. Here’s an excerpt:

 

One additional practical benefit from his paper is that he reproduces in the appendix copies of simple surveys that have been used to measure perseverance and a growth mindset. No, they shouldn’t be used for high-stakes assessment (you can find lots of articles at The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources about why that’s a bad idea). However, I think they could be very useful for those of us in the classroom who want to use it in the spirit of being data-informed and not data-driven (The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”) as formative assessments.

Chalkbeat covers more research at When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds.

And before some begin to wonder if “happiness” is a loosey-goosey term that means teachers just have to show movies and give out candy, the researcher instead finds that a pre-requisite for student happiness is creating an “emotionally supportive classroom environment.”

I think everyone would agree that this kind of atmosphere is a critical one for learning to flourish.

So, perhaps evaluating teacher effectiveness is far-more complicated than many think. Who would have thought?

October 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

With Latest Education Investments, Gates Pivots Again is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools is from Chalkbeat. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Cookie Crumbles: A Retracted Study Points to a Larger Truth is a NY Times article that has implications for education research. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

School and teacher leaders increase student achievement is a report from The New Teacher Center. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More! Here’s an Ed Week article about the report.

What is Success and Failure in Schooling? (Part 2) and Part Three are by Larry Cuban.

October 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

The Problem With the “Pipeline” is from Slate. It’s an interesting commentary on STEM education.

New Mexico Wavered on Evolution and Climate Change in Science Education is from The New York Times.

School Funding Myths & Misdirects is from School Finance 101. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools is from Chalkbeat (also, see my previous post, Uh Oh – Bill Gates Has A New Big Ed Idea). I’m adding them both to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

The $100 million question: Did Newark’s school reforms work? New study finds big declines, then progress is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook.

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