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Bryan Richardson

The Data Use Five

We believe that UPD was put on this Earth to help states, districts, and schools perform at fundamentally higher levels. Kids and parents deserve it, and our ever-globalizing economy needs it. As I reflect on our…
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inBloom, Train Wrecks, and Ed-Fi

As I sat down to write this entry, my day was interrupted most unusually.  Doug texted me the picture to the left.  The caption said simply, “Say hello to 26th street and the railroad track.”…
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Congratulations NCTQ on your Teacher Prep Review in US News and World Report!

Hopefully on your drive to work today, you heard NPR’s story on the Teacher Prep Review just released by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  US News and World Report will publish the results in their…
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Do States Lack the Capacity for Reform?

Michael Usdan and Arthur Sheekey just wrote a great commentary on the complex and evolving relationship between federal policy, the State Education Agency, and the human capacity to get it all done. In their essay,…
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Managing for Mastery

We have blogged about the topic of that last video post before, including a reference to Herzberg’s classic “One more time, what motivates employees?” And just like Herzberg, Daniel Pink points out that the three…
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Motivation Animation

Every once and a while that friend that sends you three forwards a day hits on something interesting.  The other day, I received a link to a YouTube video from RSA that is a very…
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Why Naysayers on Teacher Pay for Performance are Missing the Mark

It seems simple, right?  Offer bonuses to teachers that bring big gains in student achievement, and you’ll get better performance out of your teachers.  But, a pack of studies over this past year seems to…
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Predicting Crime with CompStat?

A great article in Slate from Christopher Beam highlights a CompStat program in Los Angeles which will begin to use predictive statistics alongside traditional CompStat figures.  CompStat traditionally tracks a slate of common crime stats…
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CompStat and Campbell’s Law

As you may have seen in the news, The New York City Police Department is conducting a comprehensive review of its crime stats.  Over the past months, reports have emerged that Precinct Commanders felt pressured…
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Don’t Cross the Streams

A quick report from the trenches. We’ve been working these past weeks in Rhode Island helping stand up their more complex projects with Race to the Top and to help them performance manage the many…
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