Virtual School Meanderings

November 22, 2017

VLN Primary Online Programmes 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2018.

There are a wide range of online language programmes, in addition – extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, computer programming, health and Over the Back Fence Project.

Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use.

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
Enrol VLN Primary 2018

Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

Building A Strong Foundation For 2018 And Beyond

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

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REL Midwest Research Update
Chad DuhonMessage from the deputy director
At Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, we’re using the final months of 2017 as an opportunity to take stock of our completed projects, continue progress on our current commitments, and develop new connections and work for 2018 and beyond.

In this newsletter, you’ll find some examples of our recent work, including a preview of resources being developed in partnership with the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance on closing the Black-White achievement gap in Wisconsin and information on various engagement activities that highlight our work throughout the region.

Currently, we are engaged in a number of training and coaching initiatives, including a coaching project on continuous improvement cycles in Iowa and a two-part training exploring the potential for clinically oriented teacher preparation programs in Michigan. Through our Ask A REL service, we compile relevant research to answer questions posed by educators and policymakers. In addition, we continue to work on several applied research projects, such as a study of postsecondary pathways in Minnesota, designed to answer stakeholders’ questions identified in research agenda-setting discussions.

Finally, we also are looking forward to new opportunities to serve our stakeholders in 2018. In some cases, we aim to build off prior work in our partnerships and collaborations. In other cases, we will identify emerging needs in the region and design approaches to best fill those gaps.

If there are ways in which we can better communicate our work and meet your needs, please be sure to let us know.—Chad Duhon, deputy director


Top 7 facts about REL Midwest in 2017
For a by-the-numbers overview of the year, check out these top facts you should know about REL Midwest’s work in 2017.

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A year of work toward closing the achievement gap
The Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance has had a busy first year of work, including producing an environmental scan, a literature review, and an in-person event.

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Sharing RELevant research: The Ask A REL reference desk
Looking for education research? Learn how our Ask A REL reference desk can help you find relevant research in a snap.

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Education research resource roundup
In case you missed them, we compiled a list of REL Midwest reports and other resources that were published in 2017.

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Contact Us
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REL Midwest at American Institutes for Research
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News From The NEPC: Indiana Survey Fails In Its Attempt To Inform School Choice Policy Discussions

From yesterday’s inbox…

Problematic data collection and weak statistical analyses tell us little about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.
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Indiana Survey Fails in Its Attempt to Inform School Choice Policy Discussions

Key Review Takeaway: Problematic data collection and weak statistical analyses tell us little about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.


William J. Mathis(802)
Jeanne M. Powers: (480)

BOULDER, CO (November 21, 2017) – Why Indiana Parents Choose: A Cross-Sector Survey of Parents’ Views in a Robust School Choice Environment, authored by Andrew D. Catt and Evan Rhinesmith and published by EdChoice, presents results from a survey of K-12 parents within and across the public and private sectors.

Jeanne Powers, Professor at Arizona State University, reviewed the report and found significant problems with both the methods used to conduct the survey and the data analysis.

The report concludes that parents are highly satisfied with voucher and tax credit scholarship programs. The authors suggest that the findings support the expansion of school choice programs. However, even setting aside problems with the study’s data and methods, parent-satisfaction survey data almost always yield strongly positive findings. In fact, one underemphasized finding in this new survey is that substantial proportions of public school families—the largest constituency of K-12 parents in Indiana—did not participate in private school choice programs because they are happy with their current schools and want to support public schools.

But more importantly, Professor Powers finds that the survey and analysis fall short in four ways. First, three incompatible data collection methods were used to collect small samples of non-representative groups of Indiana parents. Second, the statistical analyses are too weak to draw clear conclusions. Third, while organized like a conventional research study, the report appears to be designed to advance an agenda rather than provide substantive answers to important policy questions. Finally, the report provides little new information about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.

Thus, the report provides little useful information about school choice in Indiana or about public support for school choice programs.

Find the review, by Jeanne M. Powers, at:

Find Why Indiana Parents Choose: A Cross-Sector Survey of Parents’ Views in a Robust School Choice Environment, by Andrew D. Catt and Evan Rhinesmith, published by EdChoice, at:

NEPC Reviews ( provide the public, policymakers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. NEPC Reviews are made possible in part by support provided by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice:

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How Are People Finding Your Papers On Academia?

Another one of these notices trying to get me to upgrade to premium.  I do wonder if the numbers that get provided in these solicitations are accurate or just made up to get you to pay.

Dear Michael,
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21 November 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ November 21, 2017
Vanguard Group Inc. Has $49.96 Million Position in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN)

K12 logo Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 1.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ November 21, 2017
K12 Inc (LRN) Moves Higher on Volume Spike for November 20

K12 Inc (LRN) traded on unusually high volume on Nov. 20, as the stock gained 1.53% to close at $15.93. On the day, K12 Inc saw 326,978 shares …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ November 21, 2017
Peak6 Investments LP Has Raised By $2.19 Million Its Store Cap (Put) (STOR) Stake; K12 (LRN …

Peak6 Investments Lp increased Store Cap Corp (Put) (STOR) stake by 2840% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Peak6 Investments Lp acquired 99,400 …
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