Virtual School Meanderings

September 11, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read


Who Gains Most From School Choice? Not Low-Income Students Of Color

Posted: 07 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jeff Bryant discusses school choice and communities of color. “Certainly, you can’t criticize parents for wanting to navigate to the best of their abilities any system of education, whether it’s based on choice or not. But it’s hard to see how a system based on school choice – that so easily accentuates the advantages of the privileged – is going to benefit the whole community, especially those who are the most chronically under-served.”

Back-to-School Statistics Show Slight Enrollment Increases in 2016

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Joetta Sack-Min reports on the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). “This fall, 50.4 million students will attend more than 98,000 public elementary and secondary schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, which each year releases the latest data on public and private schools in the U.S. In recent years, the number of students has remained relatively steady–this year’s total had a slight bump–while the number of minority students has increased.”

Should black communities beware of charter schools?

Posted: 06 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Cynthia Canty interviews Andre Perry on charter schools in urban areas. “Perry joined us today to talk about why he believes it’s time for activists like those in the Black Lives Matter movement to pay more attention to charter schools.”

Inside Detroit’s Radical Experiment to Save Its Public Schools

Posted: 05 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Josh Sanburn writes about the challenges and changes inside Detroit’s public schools. MSU’s David Arsen is quoted: “It’s the Wild West. There’s nothing like it in the country. Charters are giving out computers and sneakers just to get the kid in the door. National advocates for charters are looking at Detroit and saying, ‘Don’t do it that way.’”

Should Value-Added Models Control for Student Absences?

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Seth Gershenson investigates the impact of student absences on value-added models. “Regardless of how between-school differences are accounted for, VAM-based rankings of teacher effectiveness are insensitive to how, and whether, student absences enter the value-added model’s conditioning set. … these findings suggest that controlling for student absences in teacher evaluation systems’ value-added models is a relatively inexpensive way to increase teacher buy-in.”

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