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Education Cities’ “Education Equality Index” is a metric with problems

Education Cities has released a new report¬†and interactive data on achievement gaps nationally. They have collected a large national data set and have created a new metric, which they are calling the Education Equality Index (EEI) in order to compare … Continue reading

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The education system needs a seagull carrying a bucket of paint

There is a children’s book by Daniel Pinkwater called The Big Orange Splot. Though the author may not have intended it particularly in this way,¬† this is a book about education reform. A man named Mr. Plumbean lives on a … Continue reading

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Teacher effects on cognitive and non-cognitive skills

There is a very interesting new paper out from C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University: Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina. He looked at LOTS of data and isolated two factors–which … Continue reading

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A glaring example of misplaced priorities….

For two days next week, a teacher I work with has been assigned to proctor a test in the media center, so a sub has been scheduled to be in her classroom. The state of Florida seems to think it … Continue reading

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Student data for pattern-seeking, not just assessing

It is not news that, in the last decade, the use of data (often based on standardized test scores) has exploded. In addition to being used to assess how well students have learned the material for a particular class, student … Continue reading

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