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Popping Balloons: Data, Evaluation and Accountabilty

At the Monday December 9th Madison Board of Education meeting there was much discussion of data, evaluation, and by implication, accountability.  Most of this was in the context of the Reading Recovery program and the broader discussion of teaching reading … Continue reading

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Obama at JC Wright, Quick Take

I spent the early part of the day at the Books not Bombs action with about 250 others and then went home to watch President Obama’s  speech at James C. Wright Middle School in Madison on television (transcript, here).  Here … Continue reading

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(Updated) MMSD Board of Education Agenda — Lost & Found (and comments)

Update:  Board President Arlene Silveira sent me a copy of an amended agenda and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards resolutions are now an action item for the Students Achievement and Performance Monitoring Committee (committee agenda here).  The “Weekly Notice” … Continue reading

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Sherman Dorn Asks THE QUESTION and Offers Some Answers

Longtime readers should know that Sherman Dorn is one of my favorite people in the edusphere. His  recent “How can we use bad measures in decisionmaking?” is a fine example of why I value his contributions so much. His titular … Continue reading

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Cherry Pick’n, Or When Scott Milfred Does Data Driven Policy

Scott Milfred’s column in the Sunday May 17, 2009 Wisconsin State Journal is a textbook example of the kind of foolishness people indulge in when they are dazzled by data that seems to support their favored policies. Mr. Milfred likes … Continue reading

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Data _____Decision Making — MMSD Math Task Force Action

In an earlier post I wrote about the dangerous, counterproductive, if casual racism of the Math Task Force Report and in another I wrote about the almost complete lack of assessment of MMSD Middle School Math teacher knowledge and skills … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day — Standardized Tests “Insensitive to Instruction”

Most states’ NCLB tests are, sadly, essentially insensitive to instruction, that is, those tests are unable to detect the impact of improved instruction in a school or district even if such improvement is unarguably present. The chief cause for such … Continue reading

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Quotes of the day

From Milwaukee Public Schools, 2006-7 School Report Card (click to see full report card). When value added is implemented in MMSD, we can expect similar reporting. Note that the gray areas are “error bands,” indicating 95% confidence intervals. From an … Continue reading

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James C. Wright Middle School by the Numbers

Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions — We’re a Winner (listen) The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts test results for November 2007 have been released (this lag of over six months make the results nearly worthless as a formative assessment for timely … Continue reading

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Democracy and Efficiency (part II)

On Monday February 18 the public will get a chance to speak to the the Board of Education about the proposal to move public appearances on non agenda items to the end of meetings. I implore all interested members of … Continue reading

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