Yes, it may be Thanksgiving weekend where you are, but in my neck of the woods, schools are closed tomorrow for the first day of deer season. Don't knock it if you haven't eaten some excellent deer baloney. In the meantime, hre's some reading from the week
School District's Computer Servers Hacked
Sign of the times. This one was in New Jersey. One more reminder of the vulnerability of school data systems.
Betsy DeVos Gives Defrauded Students The Back of Her Hand
Over at The Hill they've noticed that DeVos is not exactly racing to help students drowning in debt incurred at frauduversities. Fun detail I hadn't previously seen in coverage of this-- when DeVos signed off on claims already approved, she added "with extreme displeasure" below her signature. What a sweetheart.
Teachers Effects On Student Achievement and Height
This is just awesome. Researchers took a look to see what happened if you used VAM to check on which teachers had the best effect on student height. Turns out VAM is just as valid for that purpose as it is for measuring teacher effect on test scores. A great addition to everyone's VAM is a sham file.
Research Center's Leadership Professional Development Program Had No Impact. Why?
In a shocking development, yet another set of PD stuff turns out to be largely useless (I know-- I'm shocked, to). Peter DeWitt at EdWeek asks what the problem might be.
Vouchers Explode In Ohio
Stephen Dyer at 10th Period takes a look at how Ohio charter vampires are upping their blood intake to even more dangerous levels.
i-Ready Sells 50-Year-Old Education Failure
Thomas Ultican has a thoroughly researched look at all the reasons i-Ready is a snare and a delusion. A great read (and not just because he included me).
Kindergarten Teachers Speak Ot For Children's Happiness
Peter Gray at Psychology Today reminding us, again, that pushing academics on the littles is not doing anybody any good.
Ed Tech Agitprop
Audrey Watters is freakin' awesome. Here's the text of a recent speech she delivered about the stories that ed tech pushers use to sell their junk. A must read.
When the Teachers Are Avatars and the Students Are Data
Wrench in the Gears traveled to Seattle to speak about some of the threats hiding behind the tech revolution in education.
Trust Issues for Billionaires
David Dawkins at Forbes identifies one of the many longterm problems that come with the rise of our philanthropist kings.
Murmuration: Emma Bloomberg's Obscure Nonprofit
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has been digging again, and she's found another project messing with education being funded by Michael Bloomberg's daughter.