Category Archives: Assessment

Meanings: Bologna—or is it Baloney?

May 2, 2103 Today, Language Log sorts out the derisive term “bologna,” or should we say “baloney”?  Mark Liberman explains that it isn’t even clear that “baloney,” as an expression declaring some statement to be nonsense, is even related to … Continue reading

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Governance of Nonprofit Colleges and Universities

April 14, 2013 In Friday’s New York Times, health economist Uwe Reinhardt writes a column about “The Governance of Nonprofit Hospitals.” He comments on the recent, much discussed, article by Steven Brill in Time magazine entitled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical … Continue reading

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The Elusive Idea of Quality: A Tale of Two Titles

March 17, 2013 There is an important story given prominence in the today’s New York Times: talented, low-income high school students are not applying (and therefore not attending) highly selective colleges and universities, even though it wouldn’t cost them any … Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers: The Current View from K-12

February 24, 2013 Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s chief policy wonk, has a fascinating, upbeat interview with Thomas Kane about the evaluation of teachers. Kane is professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty … Continue reading

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Education Research: What Do We Know?

January 27, 2013 I was struck by these paragraphs in a recent NYT Economix column by Uwe Reinhardt, a first rate health care economist at Princeton: [T]he total sum the United States spends each year on health services research is … Continue reading

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