Techie toddlers, smarter teachers, test $ & comparability, big data=bovine excrement? K12 News for Ed Researchers --

posted Nov 3, 2013, 8:24 AM by Joe OReilly

The latest version of K12 News for Ed Researchers is out This blast is also posted as a message at  Note that some links are only found in this message, they do not show up in the paper because they do not allow linking.     

******** A request from a fellow DRE: are you aware of any resources that would help a district complete an educational equity audit? Examples, reports, RFPs, vendors, etc.  If you have anything that could be helpful from suggestions to links to products, please send it to me and I will pass it on. I can also share it with others in the group who may be interested. Thanks.          

AERA/NCME/DRE meetings are not until April. But preview a brief description of the proposed DRE session here                                                             

Here are some predictions of the future shape of education.  Young K12 researchers/DREs To Be, what are the opportunities, threats and challenges you will face if these changes go through? Join our discussion group and share your thoughts with colleagues!forum/directors-of-research-and-evaluation 

Career readiness assessments across states

Gates new policy on evaluation

How will second gen digital natives change education? 65% of low income children have used a mobile device  and 38% of children under 2 have used them  Interestingly, the gap between rich and poor mostly disappears when you compare how those with mobile devices use them for ed purposes. These tykes are coming to a school near you soon!

The incoming teacher workforce

Headline: “Big Data is bovine excrement says Obama’s Big Data man.”

How to save trillions in ed funding? Share data openly says McKinsey.  Diane Ravich -- your turn to comment now!

IES synthesis of research on early intervention and early childhood 


Brookings looks at cost .  In a related note, a testing salesman came to tell me about the great new tests we will be getting. Our $10ish tests will now be $26, $20 if we do it online. Will the shift to the common core give the shaft to LEA testing budgets?  If we all start getting squeezed we should speak back with one voice.

Atoms vs. bits: does which you choose impact your test results? In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, You betcha! (hmmm, many of the psychometricians would only speak if given anonymity)

Lagniappe: Edu-halloween. Some ideas for next year’s costume  

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

Joe O’Reilly