Interesting DC data

A group supporting charter schools in DC, FOCUS (Friends of Charters in Urban Schools) has put up a new web site, The site offers several different ways to look at the school achievement scores and growth over time of all DC schools.   My focus isn’t on charter vs. non-charter performance, but rather on

Grading states on their innovation

On Monday I attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Education and Workforce Summit, where they released the second installment of their Leaders and Laggards report. The Chamber released the first installment two years ago which graded states on their education achievement. This installment, however, graded each state on their educational innovation in eight categories

Mixed results on our National Report Card

Yesterday the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the results of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics for 4th and 8th graders. The math assessment focused on measuring students’ grasp of mathematical concepts and their ability to apply those concepts to solve problems. Overall, there was little or no change

Don’t fear the data

This video got e-mailed to me earlier today perpetrating the fear of data collection. The video depicts a man calling to order a pizza in the year 2012 from the fictitious Pizza Palace. The video shows the Pizza Palace’s computer screen as he is ordering. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, the scary part is what