May 2008 Blog Posts (7)

Accountability Grows Up?

The Capital Region BOCES recently sponsored a useful conference entitled Ready, Set, Grow!: School Improvement through Value-Added Analysis. Value-Added is clearly an idea whose time has come, and the conference was co-sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and the School Administrators Association of New York State. If you looked in the eyes of the attendees - it was a crowded house - there was a mixture of… Continue

Added by Ken Wagner on May 31, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Trail Blazing.....

Trail Blazing...

In reference to computer technology, it seems to me that those born before 1970 are the tourists and those born after 1970 are the natives in the land of hardware and software applications. Maybe, for the first time in history the tourists are teaching the natives...maybe not? Let's leave it up for discussion.

No matter how you feel about it, computer technology and its companion, the steady increase in information, have been invading society for nearly 4… Continue

Added by Ellen Moore on May 20, 2008 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Reflections on the Special Education Snapshot

I imagine it will be anti-climatic when the bureaucratic button is finally pushed to close Part I of this year's biggest data drama. The Special Education Snapshot is - or will soon be - done.

For those of you who will not start watching until Season Two, the special education snapshot - or the annual count of all New York State students who receive special education services as of the first school day in December - was reported this year, not through aggregate counts, but via… Continue

Added by Ken Wagner on May 17, 2008 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Teacher Tenure and Student Data

Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2007 stipulates that New York State teachers cannot be awarded tenure unless they successfully use student performance data (including, but not limited to, performance on state assessments) to guide their instruction. A 2008 amendment to Chapter 57 prohibits districts from using test scores to evaluate teachers, while maintaining the requirement that teachers use test scores to improve instruction.

School districts must therefore provide teachers with… Continue

Added by Ken Wagner on May 8, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

What's Going On....

Every Now and then I stand back and take a look at what's going on in the world.

The world is changing rapidly!

We are living in the information age. Technology has once again forged its way into our homes, our schools, and the workplace. We have become digitized, virtual, distant, and “real.” The question we must ask ourselves is, “How do we continue to develop as a society within the realms of this revolution?”

Everyone is a pioneer. Our familiarity with life… Continue

Added by Ellen Moore on May 6, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Working on the Highway!

Working on the Highway is a vehicle for pedagogical communication. Please feel free to post your comments, feedback, and experiences.

Working on The Highway is also posted in the Information Highway at:

Please post your comments in… Continue

Added by Ellen Moore on May 6, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why data?

Three changes have affected education in the United States; all involve access.

All children now have the right to access educational services. There are no more places to hide those students who are harder to teach or slower to learn.

All customers of educational services - students, teachers, parents, and other taxpayers - now have a right to access educational data. There are no more places to hide those teachers and those practices that fail to educate.

And,… Continue

Added by Ken Wagner on May 3, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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