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Why do we trust superintendents more than teachers? The Case of Houston ISD

October 22, 2011

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In an article in the Texas Watchdog at: http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2011/10/houston-isd-school-trustees-begin-terry-grier-evaluation/1319204896.column The article states: But Grier’s performance review is just beginning, said Trustee Julie Stipeche, who represents HISD District VIII. “Today was the first day we, as a board, had the opportunity to review the data the administration provided us,” Stipeche said. “Everybody fills out an evaluation […]

The KIPP Schools that KIPP Doesn’t Claim: What’s in a Name?

October 16, 2011

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It turns out that the names on the national website are different than the names turned into the Texas Education Agency for 5 of the 8 KIPP schools with less than average growth. No conspiracy here. But less transparency than one would hope for. If you don’t know the name of the school, how can […]

Student Disappearance in the Greater Houston Area

October 15, 2011

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The Houston Chronicle has a guest blog by me today that looks at the number of 3rd grade students who took the TAKS test in the spring of 2003 who are still enrolled in school in 2011. See http://blog.chron.com/schoolzone/2011/10/where-are-all-the-third-graders-now/ Below are some more details on the numbers I discuss in the blog. Looking at the […]