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Are School Rankings Fair? The Children At Risk Example « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues

Are School Rankings Fair? The Children At Risk Example « A "Fuller" Look at Education Issues

Are School Rankings Fair? The Children At Risk Example

We are a country that loves to rank EVERYTHING! Read any major website or USA Today and you will often find stories that rank the ten best cities, states, countries, travel spots, etc. We also love to rank schools. States rank them and various organizations rank them. I have even ranked them myself.

I don’t particularly like to rank schools for three major reasons: First, because there is only so much that data can tell you about a school. To truly know what a school is about, you have to be INSIDE the school and talk to teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

Second, rankings use only the readily available data about schools, thus tends to focus on test scores to the exclusion of other important measures. Most knowledgeable people would agree test score data don’t tell you anywhere near the whole picture about a school. Importantly, test score data such as TAKS does not tell you

Further Thoughts on Charter Schools | Lefty Parent

Further Thoughts on Charter Schools | Lefty Parent

Further Thoughts on Charter Schools

I got a nice acknowledgement on my most recent blog piece from Robert Skeels in his piece for the blog “Schools Matter”. Robert liked my insight into the teaching profession being disrespected and never fully treated as a real “profession” (like doctors and lawyers) because it has historically been and continues to be a “pink-collar ghetto” dominated by women. He took great issue though with my position in support of charter schools as the “only game in town” for communities to make any sort of real educational changes in their neighborhoods. Robert wrote…

I find your stance on charters somewhat lacking nuance and I think we need to find another mechanism than charters to move in a direction of democratizing schools.

In saying that “we need to find another mechanism”, I think Robert is acknowledging that he is not aware of any other mechanisms right now for moving “in a direction of democratizing schools”.

Modern School: Denver Judge Blocks Vouchers For Rich Christians

Modern School: Denver Judge Blocks Vouchers For Rich Christians

Denver Judge Blocks Vouchers For Rich Christians


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Colorado's first school voucher program was put on ice Friday by a Denver judge who called the program a "substantial disservice to the public interest," the SF Chronicle reported today.

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