Monthly Archives: April 2015

Education Links #10

Welcome back from Spring Break!

I did some extra reading over the break, including a larger-than-usual foray into education topics.  Here are articles from around the web that caught my eye.  Enjoy!

1.   Snow days don’t hurt student academic performance, but student absences from school do.  From Washington Post.

2.  An analysis of Pennsylvania’s School Performance Profile (SPP) rating system for schools shows that the profile scores are biased in favor of low-poverty districts like UCF.   Note that PVAAS growth scores (for reading and math) are the component with the least income bias.

3.  A presentation from a conference on teacher pensions shows that the biggest losers from the current retirement system are …. teachers.

4.  Why grading teachers using student test scores may not yield the expected benefits

5.  PA Lawmaker proposes changes to prevailing wage law, to lessen the cost of school district construction projects.  I good thing to do, IMHO.