Monthly Archives: June 2013

Why Ask KIPP About How To Retain Teachers?

Over at the TNTP Blog, they ask KIPP’s Jen Keyte what the country’s largest charter school network is doing to retain its “irreplaceable” teachers. In my view, there are many things that KIPP schools do admirably well. Teacher retention isn’t one of those things. By their own accounting, KIPP schools lose their teachers at about […]

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Musical Interlude – Generationals – Trust

I’m just finishing up a few days in New Orleans. It’s not really associated with indie rock, but here’s one local act.

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8 Quick Points About NGSS Criticism

It’s all too rare that supporters of the Next Generation Science Standards get into the specifics of the proposed standards’ merits and weaknesses, so I appreciate Adam Percival‘s attempt to do so.  In his view the Fordham evaluation – which gave the NGSS a middling grade of ‘C’ – makes a number of mistakes that […]

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Musical Interlude – Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

Just spent a couple of days in Portland, OR, a city that is under-producing musically in my view. Still, here’s Portland’s Blitzen Trapper:

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Good Standards Should Specify What Kids Are Supposed To Learn

In a footnote at the end of this post summarizing the weaknesses of the Next Generation Science Standards, Checker Finn and Kathleen Porter-Magee write:  The NGSS team says it will be releasing another appendix—there are already a dozen!—that will discuss college and career readiness. For now, we must assume that what’s actually in—and missing from—NGSS […]

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Fordham Gives The NGSS A ‘C’

I’m not sure how much of an impact this will have on states going forward, but Fordham’s final evaluation of the Next Generation Science Standards is out and the bottom line is that the NGSS are pretty mediocre. The whole report is readable, but you can get the main ideas from the document’s extra-readable forward. The authors […]

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Outcome Measures Are What You Get When You Don’t Have Best Practices

Stephen Sawchuk reports that everybody involved – including the unions – is ready to sign off on the inclusion of student learning outcome measures (e.g., VAM) in new accreditation standards for teacher preparation programs. The language itself is a little squishy about exactly which measures should be used, but it’s not surprising that this is […]

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Musical Interlude – The Pretenders – Popstar (Live)

My wife was wondering whether I prefer male vocalists. I don’t think so, but maybe. Here’s some live Chrissie Hynde.

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Three Cheers for the NCES

Coming off of last week’s post about high school graduation rates, I’ve got a more detailed (with graphs and everything) post up at This Week In Education. The basic idea, again, is that over the last 40 years we’ve not only seen graduation rates increase substantially, we’re also seeing significantly higher achievement (at least according to […]

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Why Doesn’t Merit Pay Work?

Dick Startz this morning discusses one of many experiments indicating that performance pay for teachers not only fails to improve student outcomes, but also doesn’t do much to change teacher behavior. I don’t think people are sufficiently puzzled about why that is, so I’m glad Startz offers some possible explanations: A $3,000 bonus is nice, but […]

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