Category Archives: Value added measures

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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