Feb 15, 2012

Social Promotion, Tutoring, and Funding

Social promotion, in education circles, refers to the practice of allowing students to move on to the next grade level or course even though they are unable to demonstrate they have mastered the skills and knowledge they were expected to learn. Ending or reducing social promotion has been a major ...

Feb 09, 2012

Worth It: Five Stories from the Last Week

I read literally hundreds of posts from RSS feeds every day. I use Google Reader as an aggregator, Reeder to actually read through my feeds, and Pinboard for social bookmarking and posting1.

In order to capture just a small slice of the stories I really enjoyed, I’ve decided ...

Jan 18, 2012

What if the technology revolution in schools is really about the simple stuff?

The complicated school day is essentially designed so the minimum number of staff are away from kids at any given time. Some folks are trying to combat this with common planning time and other scheduling gymnastics. These attempts are up against a strong opposing priority— students must be with an ...

Jan 13, 2012

Value-Added on Core Knowledge Blog— some thoughts on Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff

Jessica Lahey wrote an interesting post over on Core Knowledge Blog that I decided to comment on.

After I read back my comment, I realized it would be worth copying over here as it’s own blog post.

The most interesting part of the Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff study is ...

Jan 07, 2012

Associated Press: Israeli schools not looking so good against OECD peers.

I read an interesting article this morning on Israeli schools. Facing extreme poverty among Arab-Israeli’s and the ultra-orthodox, Israel struggles to maintain three separate school systems and succeed. It reminded me of some interesting centralized policy reforms in Israel that have led to great natural experiments. For example, so-called ...