The Answer Sheet: Matthew Di Carlo


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Michelle Rhee’s empty claims about her D.C. schools record

Here’s a critique of Michelle Rhee’s claims about her success im improving D.C. public schools when she was chancellor of the system.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matthew Di Carlo, Michelle Rhee

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Has teacher quality declined over time?

One of the common assumptions lurking in the background of our education debates is that “quality” of the teaching workforce has declined a great deal over the past few decades. Has it really?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2011

What the evidence on charter schools really shows

Matt Di Carlo looks at the research about the effectiveness of public charter schools and tells us what it really says: that test-based performance of both charter and regular public school varies widely and when there are differences in relative effects, they tend to be modest at best.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Answer Sheet, Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/31/2011

What we can expect from new NAEP scores

Tomorrow the education world will get the results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as the “nation’s report card.” The findings – reading and math scores among a representative sample of fourth and eighth graders – will drive at least part of the debate for the next two years. Here’s what’s going to happen.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Do ‘top’ college graduates really make better teachers?

There is a big push in education to draw top college graduates into the teaching profession under the assumption they would make better teachers. But the evidence isn’t really there to support that notion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Answer Sheet, Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Teacher turnover in charter, traditional public schools

Teacher turnover, which tends to be alarmingly high in lower-income schools and districts, has been identified as a major impediment to improvements in student achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/18/2011

What we don’t know about new teacher evaluation systems (and why it’s a problem)

Despite absurd declarations to the contrary, what we don’t know about new teacher evaluation systems outweighs what we know by an order of magnitude, writes Matthew Di Carlo.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matthew Di Carlo

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Value-added assessment: Theory vs practice

Conflating the importance of teacher quality with the ability to measure it carries big risks, and can lead states, districts and the media to miss the trees for the forest.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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