Posts from Aaron Pallas
May 21, 2013
Until now, only Kentucky has administered state assessments aligned with the new Common Core standards, and the results were frightening. … I’ve made some projections of New York City’s likely performance on the new state assessments, based on what happened in Kentucky. (more…)
April 24, 2013
Discussions about the content and quality of New York State’s Common Core-aligned assessments are hamstrung by the state’s decision not to release test items to the public. (more…)
February 25, 2013
Might Joel Klein, in the waning days of his tenure as chancellor in 2010, have put in place a NAEP test prep initiative for the Spring 2011 NAEP administration in New York City? I don’t know. But I figured I could ask. So in July 2011, I filed a request for public records with the New York City Department of Education. (more…)
February 15, 2013
How many New York City public schoolteachers are so incompetent that they should be fired? That’s the $250 million question that must be addressed by both sides wrangling over what kind of teacher-evaluation system the city is going to build. (more…)
August 7, 2012
In the past few weeks, two major reports on teacher turnover and retention have been released. One was rolled out with extensive media coverage, and has been the subject of much discussion among policymakers and education commentators. The other was written by me, along with Teachers College doctoral student Clare Buckley.
The first report, “The Irreplaceables: (more…)
May 15, 2012
For 10 months, Carolyn Abbott waited for the other shoe to drop. In April 2011, Abbott, who teaches mathematics to seventh- and eighth-graders at the Anderson School, a citywide gifted-and-talented school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, received some startling news. Her score on the Teacher Data Report, the New York City Department of Education’s (more…)
March 7, 2012
What can one say about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s leadership of the New York City public schools that hasn’t been said before? After nearly a decade of mayoral control, the Bloomberg regime is the status quo.
Through most of that time, Bloomberg has justified mayoral control as a mechanism for focusing accountability for the achievement of New York’s 1.1 (more…)
March 1, 2012
Each fall, thousands of runners descend on the Big Apple to run the New York City marathon. They’ve trained hard all year, and give their all on the course. Long after the elite runners have finished, they stream across the finish line in clumps, exhausted at the end of their 26.2-mile journey. In the middle (more…)
February 21, 2012
The word rigor comes up a lot in teacher-evaluation systems. It’s akin to motherhood, apple pie and the American flag. What policymaker is going to take a stand against rigor? But the term is getting distorted almost beyond recognition.
In science, a rigorous study is one in which the scientific claims are supported by the evidence. Scientific rigor is primarily (more…)
February 7, 2012
I’ve been relatively quiet in the ongoing debate about how best to evaluate teachers in New York City and across New York State. I’m not close to the negotiations and can claim no expertise on the political machinations outside of public view. At its heart, this seems to me a dispute over jurisdiction: Who has (more…)