Techie toddlers, smarter teachers, test $ & comparability, big data=bovine excrement? K12 News for Ed Researchers -- http://bit.ly/18mG3K1

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

The latest version of K12 News for Ed Researchers is out http://bit.ly/18mG3K1. This blast is also posted as a message at www.redirectors.org.  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. joreilly@mpsaz.org          

AERA/NCME/DRE meetings are not until April. But preview a brief description of the proposed DRE session here https://sites.google.com/a/redirectors.org/www-redirectors-org/home/conference-events                                                             

Here are some predictions of the future shape of education.  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2013/10/7_trends_impacting_edu-jobs.html  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  https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/directors-of-research-and-evaluation 

Career readiness assessments across states  http://www.cep-dc.org/

Gates new policy on evaluation  http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2013/10/Evaluation-Policy-and-Practice-Why-it-Matters

How will second gen digital natives change education? 65% of low income children have used a mobile device  http://digital.hechingerreport.org/content/more-on-the-mobile-digital-divide_980/  and 38% of children under 2 have used them  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/  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  http://educationnext.org/gains-in-teacher-quality

Headline: “Big Data is bovine excrement says Obama’s Big Data man.”  http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/big-data-is-bunk-obama-campaigns-tech-guru-tells-university-leaders/47885

How to save trillions in ed funding? Share data openly says McKinsey.  Diane Ravich -- your turn to comment now! http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/open_data_unlocking_innovation_and_performance_with_liquid_information?cid=other-eml-alt-mgi-mck-oth-2910

IES synthesis of research on early intervention and early childhood http://t.co/M99UQtCioZ 

 

Brookings looks at cost  http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/10/30-standardized-testing-and-the-common-core-chingos .  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)  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/30/10pencil_ep.h33.html?tkn=MYYFR6xGMLPqz%2BqdFJO58FJgX8kVnr7NpQ58&cmp=clp-edweek

Lagniappe: Edu-halloween. Some ideas for next year’s costume http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2013/10/update-best-educostumes-2013-ideas-so-far.html  

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

Joe O’Reilly

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