Data

Hiding the Bill for Teacher Pensions

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Michael Regnier

The debate about charter school funding was split wide open last week when a new study found that charter schools receive much less public support per pupil, when accounting for the full value of retirement promises to district school teachers. The valuation matters because the City is not saving enough for today’s workers’ future benefits, instead effectively running up a credit card bill.

New Paper: Four Simple Ways to Improve NYC School Data

Friday, December 21, 2012

A flood of data is re-shaping American public education, nowhere more than in New York City. Yet there are still key topics in NYC education debates where the critical data are not publicly available, or do not exist at all. It's possible for city and state agencies to address these gaps in ways that enrich the public understanding of education, including charter schools, without placing a burden on the schools themselves.

Survey Says: Parents Love Charter Schools

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The results are out from the NYC Department of Education's Learning Environment Surveys, a rich source of information on how parents, students, and teachers view their public schools (district and charter). This year's surveys elicited responses from over 476,000 parents, over 62,000 teachers, and over 428,000 students in grades 6-12. (Charter schools' collective responses rates were higher than the city average among all three groups.)

Parent Demand for NYC Charter Schools: Survey-Based Estimates (Spring 2012)

Out of the 159 New York City charter schools currently enrolling students for 2012-13, 130 (82%) responded to the New York City Charter School Center's survey about their lottery application rates. Based on survey data, the Charter Center estimates that New York City charter schools received a total of 133,000 applications for 14,600 new seats.

Hopelessly Muddled – Needlessly Public: Teacher Evaluations Need to be Treated with Caution

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Today, teacher data reports for some 32 charter schools will be released to the public, following release of TDRs for district teachers as part of the Teacher Data Initiative. There are two distinct issues worth commenting on: the particularities of the charter school data and the errors therein, and the general issue of public release of such data.

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