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January 22, 2018
Colorado’s biggest universities were left off a report on how high schools set up their graduates for college success
A Plus Colorado has withdrawn a report based on faulty state data, and Chalkbeat has removed a corresponding article whose premise may have been incorrect.
February 1, 2017
Which Colorado school districts are outshining the rest — and which are falling behind? New report seeks answers
We highlight six interesting findings from the report.
Politics & Policy
December 22, 2016
Five key things we learned about education in America in 2016
From rezoning efforts to reading coaches, just a few of the reports and studies that provided the foundation of education research in 2016.
November 12, 2015
As de Blasio tries to tackle mental illness, students’ mental health is a priority
City Hall released a report Thursday showing that many New Yorkers struggle with their mental health, including thousands of students.
June 17, 2015
Report: Memphis youth most frequently not in school or working
Nearly a quarter of the city's young adults ages 16 to 24 are considered "disconnected," according to a new report that aims to put economic data into action.
June 4, 2015
After Avonte, nearly all principals ask for door alarms — and will get them this year
Ninety-seven percent of school buildings requested alarms, although demand was slightly lower among schools that served older students.
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April 10, 2015
Report: Students of color still more likely to face harsh discipline in Colorado schools
Harsh disciplinary actions were less common in Colorado schools during the 2013-14 school year than in previous ones, according to a report.
Politics & Policy
July 3, 2014
New report describes recipe for deputy chancellor’s success as Telecommunication principal
When Chancellor Carmen Fariña, a longtime teacher and principal of younger students, acknowledged her limited secondary-school cred in a February interview with Chalkbeat, she pointed to…
January 27, 2014
SCORE report encourages focus on Common Core, school leadership, technology
While changes to education policies involving teacher evaluations and state standards have led to some improvements in Tennessee's public schools, the state's academic performance is still lagging, according to a new report from the State Collaborative On Reforming Education, or SCORE.
March 29, 2013
In reports, validation for city's high school gains, but not its data
An independent research group with access to a trove of the city's education data concluded that most of the Bloomberg administration's claims of high school progress are credible. But in a different report commissioned by a nonprofit group that manages some city high schools, researchers found that the city's tools for evaluating schools do not treat schools with higher-need students fairly. The two reports come as the Bloomberg administration concludes a three-term spree of policy changes meant to spur improvement in the city's high schools. The spree included dozens of school closures and the creation of hundreds of new high schools, along with accountability metrics such as the annual "progress report" to make school performance transparent. Whether to continue the policies and accountability measures will be a major choice facing the next mayor.
March 23, 2011
Teachers union report links layoffs to a spike in class size
Class sizes across the city could increase by an average of 13 percent next year if the city decides to cut more than 6,000 teaching positions, according to a report the teachers union released today. The United Federation of Teachers' report doesn't consider whether the city will lay off teachers by seniority — as is currently mandated by law. Nor does it factor in Mayor Bloomberg's desire to lay off teachers based on how their principals have rated them, or how many unexcused absences they've accumulated, among other factors. Instead, it takes a blunt measurement of what the loss of over 6,000 bodies in classrooms could do to class sizes across the city and in certain districts. The calculations don't appear to take into account many of the complicated details behind how schools distribute their teachers. Often, schools will keep class sizes low for younger students, then increase them for older ones. Schools that separate their advanced students from those who are struggling are also likely to keep class sizes high for the former and low for the latter.
September 23, 2009
What is “The Gold Standard”?
Did you hear about the big report that came out this week? You know, the one that "shows" that NYC charter schools are better than traditional non-charter public schools? It has gotten a ton of attention, probably because it uses "'the gold standard' method[ology]." The report is not subtle about this. It is right there in the very first sentence of the executive summary, "The distinctive feature of this study is that charter schools' effects on achievement are estimated by the best available, "gold standard" method: lotteries." It even uses the term "gold standard" four more times throughout the report. Everyone wants to follow The Gold Standard -- or at least be able to say that they do. Of course! I mean, who wouldn't? But I do not think that we actually have a gold standard in education research. In fact, I am quite sure that we do not, and appropriating biomedical research's gold standard does not make it appropriate for us. However, if we are going to borrow their standard, can we not at least get it right?
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