Tag Archives: DC Public Schools

further analysis of the USA Today allegations of cheating in DCPS

Today I obtained a list of the DCPS schools that were flagged for erasures in 2008, 2009, and 2010. You can view them here. I love to play with numbers, so let’s take a look at how these schools break … Continue reading

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Cheating in DCPS

Quite frankly, my main response while reading USA Today’s lengthy piece on potential standardized test cheating in DC Public Schools was “oh shit”. This just has really horrible implications for all involved, and it’s a pity that things have come … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the IMPACT System in DCPS

There’s been a lot of press coverage of the IMPACT evaluation program in D.C. Public Schools recently. I worked in the central office when that program was launched, and though I won’t provide further details about what I was doing, … Continue reading

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by request: more thoughts on Michelle Rhee’s leadership

One of my very engaged Twitter followers asked me to elaborate on why I like Michelle Rhee’s policies and management style. This is also a good time for me to talk about Richard Whitmire’s recently released book about Rhee, called … Continue reading

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Evaluating Foreign Language Teachers in DCPS… hay problemas.

One thing I don’t often hear in the debate about teacher evaluation is how evaluations should be differentiated depending on the level or content area of each teacher.   People argue about the validity of value-added test data and who should … Continue reading

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Student Evaluations of Teachers

New York Times: In a New Training Program, Students Teach Teachers This sounds like an awesome idea. I frequently asked my students for feedback and suggestions about my teaching style. I found that when I made this more open-ended (by … Continue reading

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a new leader for the WTU; a new enemy of school reform

I’m going to put this out there up front: I hate teachers’ unions. From my experience, “Waiting For Superman” does not exaggerate or misconstrue the role that unions play in hindering education reform.  I have no problem with Randi Weingarten … Continue reading

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Teacher Quality’s Uneven Distribution in the District

Today’s Washington Post article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/13/AR2010111303552.html?nav=mbot) about the uneven distribution of “highly effective” teachers across the District’s eight wards comes as no surprise to anyone, for two main reasons. First, “good schools” attract good teachers. It’s important not to forget that teachers … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee’s last day

Today’s the day. Here’s what the Washington Post has to say. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102807217.html

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D.C. Education Reform, from Janey to Rhee

Colbert I. King published an Op-Ed in Saturday’s Washington Post entitled “Rhee’s and Gray’s critics fail in D.C. history”. Check it out here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/15/AR2010101505195.html Mr. King does not focus solely on education, but he makes some interesting points that merit … Continue reading

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