Category Archives: District Performance

The reform stew…

Recent news in the same vein: Big money into education reform. From the LA Times: The Ford Foundation pledged $100 million Wednesday to “transform” urban high schools in the United States, focusing on seven cities, including Los Angeles. The seven-year initiative is among … Continue reading

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School Performance Framework shorthand

I looked at the DPS School Performance Framework (SPF) data in a number of different ways. There is some intriguing data, but I found a shorthand that I think serves as a pretty good summary. Let’s look at the DPS schools with … Continue reading

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New Orleans as Phoenix

One of the interesting thought experiments of the past decade is the question: what if you could redo an entire school district including a large percentage of independently managed schools with different models, instead of the usual one-size-fits-all central bureaucracy … Continue reading

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California dreaming?

Sweet dreams or nightmares?  Say what one wants about the advantages or disadvantages of what follows, but the pace of change — not minor, incremental, paper-shuffling change; but bold, substantial, systematic change — quickens: In a startling acknowledgment that the … Continue reading

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Why measuring growth matters

Last week’s CSAP results were coupled with the Colorado Growth Model in a way that began to peel the onion back on school and district performance.  However, one major piece was, to my mind, still missing. The growth model does not differentiate … Continue reading

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…the edge of the world and all of Western civilization…(fn)

Nothing like kicking a dead-broke state right smack in the wallet: California could lose out on millions of federal education dollars unless legislators change a law that prevents it from using student test scores to measure teachers’ performance, Secretary of Education … Continue reading

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As goes Detroit Public Schools, so goes…

Well, probably more school districts. From the Wall Street Journal (may be gated); this is a remarkable read: DETROIT — Detroit’s public-school system, beset by massive deficits and widespread corruption, is on the brink of following local icons GM and Chrysler into … Continue reading

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