Monday, January 11, 2016

F is for Friedrichs… and Freeloader: A Supreme Court Nightmare | gadflyonthewallblog

F is for Friedrichs… and Freeloader: A Supreme Court Nightmare | gadflyonthewallblog:

F is for Friedrichs… and Freeloader: A Supreme Court Nightmare

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Say you’re on an airplane flying high over the Rockies.
The plane is going down.
You need a parachute.
Luckily, before you took off, all the passengers got together and pooled their money to buy them.
There’s enough for everyone. We’re all going to make it out of this alive.
People line up at the doors getting ready to jump.
Right in front of you is a lady with a sour look on her face.
“I can’t believe they’re making us pay for these parachutes,” she says.
“Really?” you reply. “Don’t you want one?”
“Sure I do!” she says. “I just don’t think I should be forced to pay for it.”
You give her a look. You can’t help it.
“But how else can they buy the parachutes?” you say.
She puts her hands on her hips and says, “There are some people on other airplanes F is for Friedrichs… and Freeloader: A Supreme Court Nightmare | gadflyonthewallblog:


CURMUDGUCATION: Ranking Is Not Measuring

CURMUDGUCATION: Ranking Is Not Measuring:

Ranking Is Not Measuring

This point came up in passing a few days ago when I was reviewing some writing by Mark Garrison,
but it is worth hammering home all by itself.

We have been told repeatedly that we need to take the Big Standardized Tests so that we can hold schools accountable and tell whether our teachers are succeeding or not. "Of course we need accountability systems," the policy makers say. "Don't you want to know how well we're doing?"

And then we rank schools and teachers and students. But ranking is not measuring.

Would you rather be operated on by a top-ranking surgeon or one who was the bottom of his class? What if the former is the top graduate of Bob's Backyard School of Surgical Stuff and the latter is the bottom of Harvard Medical School? Would you like homework help from the dumbest person in MENSA or the smartest person in a 6th grade remedial class? And does that prompt you to ask what we even mean by "dumb" or "smart"? 

"But hey," you may reply. "If I'm going to rank people by a particular quality, I have to measure that quality, don't I?"

Of course not. You can find the tallest student in a classroom without measuring any of them. You can find the heaviest box of rocks by using a scale that doesn't ever tell you how much they weigh. Ranking requires no actual measurement at all.

Not only that, but when we are forced to measure, ranking encourages us to do it badly. Many qualities or characteristics would best be described or measured with a many-dimensional matrix with a dozen different axes. But to rank-- we have to reduce complex multidimensional 
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LAUSD board picks long-time administrator Michelle King as new superintendent | 89.3 KPCC

LAUSD board picks long-time administrator Michelle King as new superintendent | 89.3 KPCC:

LAUSD board picks long-time administrator Michelle King as new superintendent

LAUSD's Michelle King


After months of speculation and a closed-door search process, the seven members of the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education announced on Monday that they have selected long-time district administrator Michelle King to be the district's next superintendent.
King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984, first as a life sciences teacher and then in a variety of academic and administrative roles, including as a high school principal, local district superintendent and the district's chief instructional officer for secondary schools. 
Her appointment caps a months-long national search for an educational leader who can fix the school district’s financial and academic problems. 
All eyes will be on how the new superintendent will turn around the school district’s dire financial outlook and raise academic achievement levels that have been inching up but are still far below state averages.
In November, a financial review panel commissioned by Cortines reported that the district faces a $333 million budget deficit by the 2017-18 school year and that shortfall could grow to more than $600 million two years after that.
The report found that the school district lost 100,000 students in the past six years, in part due to an exodus to independent charter schools. Additionally, a 2012 state LAUSD board picks long-time administrator Michelle King as new superintendent | 89.3 KPCC:

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