Tech Rocks

The CRLS Drama Festival entry, The Secret in the Wings, relies as much on an awesome stage and Tech crew as it does on the actors. Everything has to be perfect for Tech to get the stage up in under five minutes. Go over by just one second and the […] Read more »

State Data clearly shows Charter School High School enrollment decline average is greater than for non-Charters

According to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), charter schools, on average, lose over twice the average number of students between 9th and 12th grades than non-charter schools. A spreadsheet analyzing the data is posted below. Why Charters have such problematic enrollment issues is not clear to […] Read more »

Problems with PARCC

My wife, who knows more about MCAS, PARCC and teaching then I will ever know, had this to say about the PARCC: YES, PARCC is MUCH worse than MCAS for a host of reasons. Parts of the test are administered several times a year – which is more disruption to […] Read more »

Community Charter School of Cambridge, Prospect Hill Academy lose higher percentage of high school students than state or CRLS

As part of my stats class at the Harvard Kennedy School, I reviewed the enrollment numbers for high school students at two Cambridge-based charter schools (Community Charter School of Cambridge and Prospect Hill Academy), the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and the entire state.  I was astounded to find out […] Read more »

Out of School Time notes

Dr. Young:  The Extended Day discussion is still in realm of collective bargaining so they don’t want to talk about issues related to the extra hour.  Their presentation is aimed at collaborative work between school and City on afterschool.  The focus is on Out of School Time (OST). Dr. Turk:  […] Read more »