Education policy

Research synthesis requires giving up information

What do we want? Evidence-based change! When do we want it? After peer review! – sign at 2010’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Ten years after1 his most famous article, Why Most Published Research Findings are False, John Ioannidis has been interviewed by Vox. The interview does not explore Ioannidis’s underlying reasoning, which presumes that […]

Irregular verbs in federal law rewrite debates

At one level, the most recent debate over federal elementary and secondary education policy is about annual testing: will the next rewrite of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue to require that states test public school children annually in grades 3-8? The draft bill released by Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) suggested he was considering two possible policies: a […]

State-level NAEP data — slightly wonkish

Earlier this week, Morgan Polikoff and I had a brief Twitter exchange about the use of the low-stakes National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests for policy analysis, specifically the consequences of high-stakes accountability. I am on record as being moderately dissatisfied with use of state-level NAEP data for education policy analysis, and given the continued use of […]

Most Fabulist Edu-Predictions of 2015

Since NPR has seen fit to publish a listicle with education predictions for the year, I need to get in on this. Please be forewarned: I’m an historian, and sometimes it’s hard enough for me to predict the past, so there are no guarantees that these are going to be possible, let alone likely.

Jeb Bush and me

Well, no, not really. While he was governor, Jeb Bush and I had one short e-mail exchange, about a disability policy issue. That’ll prove disappointingly mundane if it’s in the cache of emails that Bush’s office has already released or will soon be releasing. But I do have a written record of comments on Jeb Bush as […]