Archive | July, 2016

Testing and School Board Races in Tennessee

Last week saw an announcement by the Tennessee Department of Education that testing time for 2016-17 will be reduced. This came on the heels of the selection of a new testing vendor for the state. Also, school board races in Nashville are heating up, with outside spending playing a key role. Oh, and incumbent Amy […]

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Why Do Veteran Teachers Lose?

Yesterday, I posted about how North Carolina is planning to leave veteran teachers behind when it comes to a new set of pay raises. I also wrote about how Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is planning a new pay scale. Here’s what’s interesting: Both efforts at raising teacher pay leave veteran teachers behind. While the NC […]

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Experienced Teachers Left Behind in NC Pay Raise

Education Week reports that while North Carolina is making a move to raise teacher pay, the most experienced teachers there are being left behind: Lawmakers say teachers would see, on average, 4.7 percent pay bumps, as a result of the new budget bill. Officials estimate that the move would bring the state’s average teachers’ salary […]

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Attendance Audit May Close Online Charter in Ohio

I reported yesterday on attempts by an online charter school in Ohio to prevent an attendance audit for fear that the actual numbers related to student attendance would result in a significant loss of funding for the school. Today, that school is suggesting that if the audit proceeds, the school may have to close. From […]

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Toward Alternative Accountability Models for Schools

From the Lowell Sun: A consortium of public-school districts across the state, including Lowell, are teaming up to create an alternative accountability system that grades public schools beyond the basis of test scores. The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment includes nine districts that will help develop a different kind of assessment — one that […]

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What They Don’t Want You to Know

This story out of Ohio demonstrates an online charter school attempting to block an audit that would determine how much time students spent on task. Why would they want to block such an audit? Because it could reduce the payments they receive from the state: Senator Joe Schiavoni is calling it their “Hail Mary” to […]

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VAM-Based Bias

  Turns out, it does exist! By way of Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, we learn: Overall, Deming failed to reject the hypothesis that school-level effects as measured using VAMs are unbiased, almost regardless of the VAM being used. In more straightforward terms, Deming found that school effects as measured using VAMs are often-to-always biased. Read more about […]

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Shark Week Recap

Over at Tennessee Citizen Action last week, I wrote about Shark Week — the time of year when attention focuses on legalized loan sharks and ways to stop them. Here’s what I wrote: We pointed out that Tennessee families pay over $400 million a year in fees to payday and car title predators. We noted […]

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A Charter Conference and More Testing Trouble in TN

The National Charter Schools Conference visited Nashville last week and discussed advancing the movement. In a post at Tennessee Education Report I write about what wasn’t discussed: The point is this: The Tennessee ASD is hardly a success story. It’s a great story of PR spin and fun cocktail parties, but the actual results are […]

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