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February 26, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

New 9-minute Documentary on Threatened School Closings in Michigan

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

We the People of Detroit’s Community Research Collective has produced a short documentary that examines the causes and effects of school closings in Detroit.

The Decline of Accountability

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Peter Greene discusses the policy movement regarding accountability in the Trump/DeVos era. “Accountability matters. We’ll just have to see how completely reformsters will stop caring about it now that they are sitting in the driver’s seat as the new status quo.”

Study: Weakening Tenure in Louisiana May Have Caused Thousands of Teachers to Quit

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Matt Barnum reports on a new research brief on teacher tenure and teacher exits in Louisiana. “The research gives credence to concerns that limiting teacher job protections can make the job less appealing and increase teacher attrition.”

Michigan shuts down bad schools. Leading states build them up.

Posted: 20 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Chastity Pratt Dawsey investigates the threatened closure of 38 schools in Michigan. “Researchers across the country say Michigan’s school accountability law is in a class all its own. They note that no other state requires the closure each year of its lowest-performing public schools. To the contrary, higher-performing states focus instead on first trying to take concrete steps to improve failing schools by replacing school leaders or adopting other strong measures.”

200 Million Test Scores and What Do We Know? Income, Race, and the Geography of Educational Opportunity in the U.S.

Posted: 19 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, will explore academic performance and racial/ethnic achievement gaps in a public seminar series on Monday, February 27, 2017. The event will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It will be live streamed. “Professor Reardon’s research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality, the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality, and in applied statistical methods for educational research.”

The Gap Within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Educational Outcomes

Posted: 31 Jan 2017 09:00 PM PST

Katharine Michelmore and Susan Dynarski discuss a new measure of economic disadvantage. “Survey data show that the number of years that a child will spend eligible for subsidized lunch is negatively correlated with her or his current household income. Years eligible for subsidized meals can therefore be used as a reasonable proxy for income. Our proposed measure can be used to estimate heterogeneous effects in program evaluations, to improve value-added calculations, and to better target resources.”

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