Virtual School Meanderings

May 1, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

How school districts sell funding projects across Michigan

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Mike Wilkinson reports on school bond issues across Michigan. He interviews district leaders on communicating with the public regarding bond issues. Detailed bond passage rates and local analyses are provided.

What Frustrates This Educator about Rick Hess

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Nicole Mirra reacts to recent comments from Rick Hess, who poked fun at paper titles presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). “It sounds to me like Hess has his own privileged assumptions about what ‘real’ research is.”

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith discuss Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), or neo-vouchers, which allow parents to spend state money on approved educational expenses (including private schooling). Ladner argues that ESAs are a better option to charter schooling. Smith counters that ESAs pose a substantial risk to the charter school movement.

Summary of research on the association between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement

Posted: 24 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

This report from REL Central presents a summary of research on the associations between state interventions in chronically low-performing schools and student achievement. The majority of the research focused on one type of state intervention: working with a turnaround partner. Although researchers sought to include research on a variety of state intervention types, few studies were identified that examined other types of interventions such as school closure, charter conversion, and school redesign.

State education agencies and researchers as partners in improving student outcomes

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Carla Howe looks at the need for state education agencies (SEAs) to partner with external researchers. “Ultimately, both SEAs and researchers stand to benefit from successful partnerships, and not just through increasing the number of publications by researchers or having evidence-based results available for SEAs to put to use for decision-making about student learning—though these are two very compelling reasons.”

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