Two stories from last week that will have legs going forward and are worth keeping an eye on:
Cheating in D.C. schools. This story seems likely to have some twists and turns and it seems like there is more to come. Smoke, fire, all that.
The Gary Miron “study” on KIPP from Western Michigan University (pdf). As a rule, when a “study” is shared with the schools being studied after it’s already been circulated to reporters you should be leery. These issues are complicated so common – and understandable – mistakes, for instance conflating or mixing-up capital and operating expenses are easily addressed through a review process – before a study is released. More generally, as Brian Gill (Mathematica) and Robin Lake (who has herself raised questions about KIPP) have pointed out a lot of this report is “apples to watermelons” comparisons and KIPP’s own response is a good overview (pdf). That’s less understandable. But the issue to keep an eye on is whether some easily-fooled reporters should have been more skeptical and asked some obvious questions they apparently did not. Stay tuned.