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Meta-Analysis: Merit Pay Increases Student Performance

Matthew Springer, Lam Pham, and Tuan Nguyen from Vanderbilt University recently published “Teacher Merit Pay and Student Test Scores: A Meta-Analysis,” which examines “reported findings from 44 primary studies” of teacher merit pay programs.  They concluded that the “presence of a merit pay program is associated with a modest, statistically significant, positive effect on student testContinue Reading






Take a break from politics…

Holden Beach, N.C.: Ice-cream-loving squirrel nibbles on bite-sized cone






Journal article reveals tensions between NCAE and Organize 2020

Organize 2020 is the “social justice caucus” of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the state’s National Education Association affiliate.  Last year, 14 members of Organize 2020 were arrested in downtown Raleigh for sitting in the middle of the road to protest education funding or something.  Citizen journalist A.P. Dillon has chronicled their activitiesContinue Reading






Wake County middle school worksheet takes a page from the Maury Show

The Maury Show is famous for conducting DNA tests for guests who have doubts about the paternity of their children. Yesterday’s show, for example, was “6 Kids denied…5 men tested…Who’s the father?” Now, a middle school in Wake County is bringing that experience to the classroom. I received a photo of the worksheet from aContinue Reading






Foreign Exchange Students: U.S. Classes are Easy

The “Brown Center Report on American Education,” published annually by the Brookings Institution, always offers interesting tidbits about the state of American education.  In this year’s edition, senior fellow Tom Loveless discusses results from a recent Brookings survey of 600 foreign exchange students.  The institution conducted a similar survey in 2001, so last year’s effortContinue Reading






Parents as “advocates” in the district system

I just received an email from the WCPSS (Wake County Schools) Family Academy. Parents are often the best educational advocates for their child. Research indicates that being involved in your child’s education has a positive correlation with being successful in school. The parents will learn how to be engaged in their child’s education. This eventContinue Reading






Martin Center: Concerns Raised Over NC’s Dual Enrollment Program

Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center for Academic Renewal has the details: Recently, concerns over dual enrollment have been raised at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina. The school’s problems, however, may go beyond dual enrollment; they appear to extend to issues involving improper college governance, lack of oversight, and lack of transparency. First,Continue Reading






School Choice Deniers

The Wall Street Journal sets the record straight on what the best available research says about the efficacy of school vouchers. A meta-analysis last year by the Friedman Foundation found that 14 of 18 empirical studies analyzing programs in which students were chosen at random by lottery found positive academic outcomes. Two demonstrated no visibleContinue Reading






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