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When It Comes To How We Use Evidence, Is Education Reform The New Welfare Reform?

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This is smart and spot on and I highly recommend reading robin Rogers dillon book the welfare experiments, then consider the RCT movement.... Ive blogged on this at eduoptimists -- see archives for higher Ed copouts

Overall a good post, but it would be useful if you'd occasionally call out your own side for egregious offenses against the principles of social science. For example, Diane Ravitch has often used NAEP trends that don't control for anything to make causal claims about the effectiveness of vouchers in Milwaukee, the effectiveness of unions in different states, and the effectiveness of charter schools. Perhaps someone on her own side would be able to keep her honest.

Mr. Di Carlo- Florida was administering the 2011 NAEP round about the same time that the teacher bill was passing the Florida legislature. I can promise you therefore that you will not be hearing any claims from me that either the teacher bill or any other 2011 bills had anything to do with whatever happens with the 2011 NAEP. We can both monitor state tests over the next few years, and see what happens in the 2013 and 2015 NAEP exams. Policies take hold over time, and you are correct that one must be mindful of multiple other changes going on at the same time. In the meantime, there is more than enough high-quality statistical evidence, much of it from left of center sources such as Brookings, to convince a reasonable person that we ought to be revising the way we recruit, compensate and retain teachers. Florida will not be the only case we have to examine going forward. I am hopeful that we will see a variety of different approaches tried, and learn a great deal.

Thanks for the comment, Matthew. You're of course correct about the 2011 NAEP, which was a careless mistake. I meant 2013, and I am correcting the text to reflect this change. I apologize for the error, and thanks for pointing it out. As for your main points, I agree on all counts. Thanks again, MD

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