ED News

posted Feb 16, 2014, 9:52 AM by Joe OReilly

This week’s edition of ED News for K12 Researchers can be found at http://bit.ly/18mG3K1

Program Evaluation in School Districts Survey is closing soon.

Reply and get a copy of the results and your DRE membership paid for a year


To take the survey click here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LEAProgEval


Thanks to the many districts that have already replied.


Large county and suburban supts on how ESEA should be reformed http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/02/school_leaders_make_case_for_t.html

AP trends over the past 10 years by state and nation.  http://apreport.collegeboard.org/

IES guide on using logic models in program evaluations  http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=REL2014007

Donors Choose gets a write up (not research but many of us are also involved in grants)  http://ht.ly/ttZ1e

Alignment evaluation is heating up http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/02/05/20vetting_ep.h33.html?tkn=SVVFLZVggzjqfoJdH86AMicBLeqL7%2BCmt12L&cmp=clp-edweek

Testing time report admits errors  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/02/revisions_to_testing_times_stu.html?r=1494037081&cmp=SOC-SHR-TW&preview=1

 Your state has a SLDS, now what? webinar  (this is not related to the latest big freeze to hit the country)    http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-02-25_slds/index.html        

House Dems think Arnie is not enough for subgroups. Bad news for us? Or just politics?  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/house-democrats-to-duncan-states-are-backsliding-on-help-for-low-achievers/2014/02/12/3524acf4-9413-11e3-83b9-1f024193bb84_story.html?wprss=rss_Copy%20of%20local-alexandria-social&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

We are guilty of not always thinking through the opportunity costs of our decisions. Pew looked at the cost of not going to college  http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/02/11/6-key-findings-about-going-to-college/

The cost of using machine scoring of tests  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/02/study_examines_cost_saving_through_machine_scoring_of_tests.html

Colleges struggle over what are appropriate accountability measures. Déjà vu all over again for those of us in K12.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/data/2014/02/14/what-experts-on-college-ratings-system-mean-by-we-need-better-data/                                                             

Talk of developing “21st Century Skills” always bugs me because it seems the person talking does not realize we are already 14 years into the 21st century. Anyway, the folks at Rand have come up with ideas on measuring such skills.  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2014/02/how_to_assess_21st_century_competencies_skills_12_key_lessons.html

Managing longitudinal data systems. The link brings you to an invitation to a 2/25 webinar, but it also has hot links to related papers at the end of the invite.  http://relsouthwest.sedl.org/bridge_events/2014-02-25_slds/index.html

Snow days are better for achievement than not closing school?  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/10/snow-days-dont-hurt-student-achievement-study-says/

Data Quality Campaign brief on teacher data literacy.  http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/find-resources/latest-resources/

Going to AERA? Put this session on your calendar 

The Use of Student Learning Objectives in Teacher Evaluation: Measurement and Policy Considerations

Fri, April 4, 12:25 to 1:55pm, Convention Center, 100 Level, 116

Session Type: Invited Session


This joint symposium between Division H (Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools) and the Directors of Research & Evaluation (DRE) examines Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as measures of teacher effectiveness from multiple perspectives. Presenters will discuss both measurement and policy-related issues in the operationalization of SLOs in teacher evaluation systems. This symposium will begin by setting a context for how SLOs became part of the teacher evaluation milieu and the various forms they have taken in different states and districts, with a focus on promising practices. Next, the experience of providing technical support to districts on design and implementation of SLOs will be discussed. Finally, this symposium session will shift to a discussion from a district’s perspective on implementation and rollout of SLOs, the challenges involved, and the reaction of teachers to using of SLOs to measure performance.

And, the DREs will be having lunch and a meeting on the afternoon of the 3rd. Details to follow.

Directors of Research and Evaluation Business Meeting

Thu, April 3, 12:30 to 4:30pm, Convention Center, 200 Level, 204B

Lagniappe:  Can you live on minimum wage?  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/09/opinion/minimum-wage.html?_r=0   And if that does not pique your interest, what if we were all part of a computer simulation?  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/opinion/sunday/is-the-universe-a-simulation.html

There is all this and lots more in our weekly edition -- http://bit.ly/18mG3K1

As always, if you have a link or study to share, send it my way.

Joe O’Reilly