Maybe it's because it's summer and I often have larger stretches for reading. But once again, I have lots of good reads for you from the last week.
The Disconnect Between Changing Test Scores and Changing Later Life Outcomes Strikes Again
You may or may not be familiar with Jay Greene, who generally works the reformy side of the street. But he is one of those reformers who's not afraid to call BS when he sees it, and these days he is seriously challenging the assumption that raising test scores actually accomplishes anything. This is one of most important reads of the month.
A Void in Oversight of Charters
Wendy Lecker takes a look at just how messy the lack of charter oversight gets in Connecticut.
Kate With Keyboard writes a heartfelt open letter to the parents of her students as she sends those students home for the summer.
The Upper West Side Is New York's Latest Integration Battleground
Laura Moser at Slate looks at one more new battle over integration
On Latinos Education in America
Speaking of things we don't speak much about
Why Denver Is a Warning Sign, Not a Model
Man, do I ever appreciate people like Jeff Bryant who do actual journalism. A look at how the Denver model is to be feared, not imitated.
How To Cheat Good
One of the great things about the internet is that you can stumble across old friends here. I first read this essay years ago, and I still love it. A classic for anyone who deals with student papers.
Dr Steve Perry Sells Black Kids to the Highest Bidder
Jose Vilson reacts to Perry's proud announcement that he got a bunch of black kids to make themselves look less "black." Read this, and then read Vilson's follow-up piece here.
Feeding the Sparks of Revolution in Chicago
Xian Franzinger Barrett gives us a look at student activists on the ground in Chicago, where students now have to fight for their own educational future
Surviving Success Academy
Do you have time for one more horror story from a teacher who escaped working for Success Academy?
Call It a Racism Tax
Bob Braun and how New Jersey taxpayers are paying more just so they can keep all those black kids away.
How We Pervert Compassion in Schools
Empathy is helpful, but pity-- not so much.
Jennifer Berkshire talks to writer Neil Swidey, who provides some powerful argument against the idea that a college education is the path out of poverty.