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Summer 2002 / Vol. 2, No. 2

The Business Model

Value-added analysis is a crucial tool in the accountability toolbox–despite its flaws


In the Shadow of Terror

Life returns to not quite normal at Stuyvesant High

By LAURA KRUG  
Features  

Surface Wounds

Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems By Frederick M. Hess Brookings Institution, 2002, $45.95; 268 pages. As reviewed by Edward B. Fiske For the most part, the language of economics has informed the public debate over school choice. Free-market economist Milton Friedman was the first to develop the concept […]

By EDWARD B. FISKE & JOHN GARDNER  
Features  

Data Vacuum

School Vouchers: Examining the Evidence By Martin Carnoy Economic Policy Institute, 2002. Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools By Brian Gill, P. Michael Timpane, Karen Ross, and Dominic Brewer RAND Corporation, 2001. School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee General Accounting Office, […]

By WILLIAM G. HOWELL  
Features  

NCATE responds

Quick fix Margaret Raymond and Stephen Fletcher’s findings (“Teach for America,” Research, Spring 2002) from their initial evaluation of Teach for America (TFA) are not too surprising, given the makeup of TFA recruits and the teachers with whom they are being compared. They find that TFA recruits in Houston are “at least as effective as […]

By Education Next  
Features  

Two Steps Forward?

Although September 11 briefly arrested the nation’s work on domestic issues, 2002 is still shaping up as a significant year for education reformers. When President Bush affixed his signature to the No Child Left Behind Act on January 8, 2002, he arguably brought to life the most important piece of federal education legislation since 1965. […]

By the editors  
Features  

Waiting for Utopia

It’s easy to tell when someone is in the grip of a Big Idea That Explains Everything. Tunnel vision sets in; every analysis, whatever the topic, becomes an occasion for the grand theory to appear. Evidence is read and supplied selectively, in such a way that the theory re-mains unscathed. Skepticism is deployed selectively as […]

By DAVID W. MURRAY  
Check the Facts  

Unrequited Promise

Tracing the evolution of New American Schools, from feisty upstart to bulwark of the education establishment

By Jeffrey Mirel  
Research  

The Power of Peers

What does the term “peer effects” mean in a school environment? It includes the effects of students’ teaching one another, but that is only the most direct form of peer effects. Intelligent, hard-working students can affect their peers through knowledge spillovers and through their influence on academic and disciplinary standards in the classroom. Alternatively, misbehaving […]


Monster Hype

School violence, the media’s phantom epidemic

By JOEL BEST  
Features, Inside Schools  

Swing State

The downs and ups of accountability in California

By MICHAEL W. KIRST  
Features  

Bipartisan Schoolmates

President Bush forges a consensus on federal education policy

By SIOBHAN GORMAN  
Features  

The Supreme School Board

Vouchers on Trial

A view from inside the courtroom


Vouchers on Trial

Will the Supreme Court’s decision in Zelman end the debate?

By JOSEPH P. VITERITTI  
Features  

Enemy of the Good

No standardized test is perfect. But they’re useful nonetheless

By DONALD R. McADAMS  
Features  

Expert Measures

All the evidence to date shows that value-added techniques are being employed responsibly

By ANITA A. SUMMERS  
Forum  

Sizing Up Test Scores

The latest innovation in measuring the performance of schools and teachers holds great promise, but the idea is still way ahead of our ability to execute it

By DALE BALLOU  
Forum  

Accountability Gains

Are we measuring achievement gains accurately enough?

By Education Next  
Forum, On Top of the News  

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