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Kevin Booker and Brian Gill of Mathematica Policy Research, Tim R. Sass of Florida State, and Ron Zimmer of RAND have a working paper out on the The Effects of Charter High Schools on Educational Attainment. Education reform experts have been saying for a while now that charter schools appear to have roughly the same effect on student achievement as traditional public schools do. The results of this paper however, appear to demonstrate that students who have just completed the 8th grade...
The New York Times published a recent article criticizing New York City's push to pay teachers based on value-added. While the article could have been more informative, its overall point that value-added is highly imperfect system seems valid. A line from one of my favorite edublogs, The Quick & The Ed, sums it up quite nicely, "Value-added is the worst form of teacher evaluation but it's better than everything else." Here is what I see as the good, the bad, and the ugly of value-added: The Good: Value-added provide...
As I was about to begin my hunt for content for my first TiE post, my daily email from the Financial Times (FT) arrived with a special on how technology was changing the nature of business school education. Disregarding my personal opinions of what a business school 'education' typically offers, there appears to be a noticeable shift in the types of universities that are taking advantage of distance lea...