Nov 19, 2013

The four ways to really fix education

  1. More schooling, reoriented calendar
  2. Wider range of higher education
  3. Cheaper four-year degrees
  4. Eliminate property tax-based public education

This is an interesting list. I don’t agree with number four. There are several benefits to using property taxes not the least of which is their stability and lagged response during traditional ...

Nov 18, 2013

It’s Poverty Stupid… or is it?

If I had to point to the key fissure in the education policy and research community it would be around poverty. Some seem to view it as an inexorable obstacle, deeply believing that the key improvement strategy is to decrease inequity of inputs. Some seem to view it as an ...

Sep 17, 2013

A New Calculation for Student Mobility

A brief discussion on the complexity of determining the number of schools a student has attended within a single school year using a minimal set of information.

Sep 13, 2013

Documentation of Business Rules and Analysis

One of the most challenging aspects of being a data analyst is translating programmatic terms like “student mobility” into precise business rules. Almost any simple statistic involves a series of decisions that are often opaque to the ultimate users of that statistic.

Documentation of business rules is a critical aspect ...

Aug 22, 2013

Some Changes for Rhode Island State Aid to Education

In December 2009, the education department head, Professor Kenneth K. Wong, another graduate student and myself were part of a three-person team consulting the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) on how to establish a new state funding formula. We worked with finance and legal staff at the department to ...