Category Archives: Student achievement

Why has education policy research been a bust?

In recent years, we have seen an explosion of research aimed at judging the effectiveness¬† of initiatives including charters, vouchers, class size, and various curricula. On the whole, this effort has not given us definitive answers. One could hope that … Continue reading

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Agenda focused research

One question I have in looking at education research reports is the motivation of the researchers. Were they interested in whether a particular intervention had an effect on student achievement or in showing that it did? An argument can be … Continue reading

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On using student achievement

There is slow but steady progress towards using student outcomes in evaluating teachers. For example, see this recent editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. On the whole this strikes me as a hopeful trend, but I also see it as … Continue reading

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The MPS Math Selection

The Milwaukee Public Schools administration is currently recommending the adoption of the following books at the elementary level: Math Expressions, Everyday Math, and Scott Foresman. As I report here two of those series–Expressions and Scott Foresman–were included in research¬† comparing … Continue reading

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