Category Archives: School Performance

The turnaround fallacy

A remarkable and contrarian essay (and video) in Education Next by Andy Smarick which addresses the current federal and district fascination with school turnarounds and makes a fairly persuasive historical point: they usually don’t work. For as long as there have been struggling schools in … Continue reading

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DPS’s School Performance Framework, magnified

With the DPS Board election now over, it’s back to the grind. Much of the current discussion around DPS — including the bulk of a recent A+ meeting — is focused on the School Performance Framework (SPF). Now I like the … Continue reading

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NY charter study: What districts can do

There is a lot of noise around the evaluation of charter schools, and a paucity of good data, which makes most comparisons of little use.  That is starting to change. One of the problems in gauging the effectiveness of charters … Continue reading

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The ghost of selective admissions

The Denver Post this weekend kept alive the oppositional dualism that far too often permeates the education debate by doing the usual Tastes Great, Less Filling argument on charter schools (see for; and against). This puzzles me.  I don’t know too many reasonable people who think that … Continue reading

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Playing games to sneak kids into good schools

Students across Denver have now put aside their summer games and trotted off to school. Where they head, however, is often decided by how well their parents play the games afforded by the public education system. The most egregious example … Continue reading

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Shhhhh. Don’t talk about quality.

The Denver Post’s article yesterday focuses on schools trying to attract students.  It talks about marketing, fliers, door-to-door recruiting, money, branding, promotion, etc.  Absent, except for one indirect instance, is any mention of school quality. Quality not only matters, in choosing schools … Continue reading

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Cows: sacred. Oxes: gored

The Harvard economist Roland Fryer did a recent study on the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ).  The NYT’s usually reliable David Brooks sort of botched it.  That’s a shame, as it is worth an unfiltered read.  To whet your appetite for original (in … Continue reading

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