Match Education’s Mike Goldstein asks some important questions about NYC School Surveys:
Unfortunately, my sense is: this wonderful NYC data [on school climate] is too buried to drive the policy conversation. Maybe I’m wrong.
Is anyone aware of scholars and reporters digging deep into this data set? Is there any other data set in the USA just as good?
I think it’d be hugely productive to identify NYC schools which have made progress in “Total Climate” — and then study why. Sometimes you’ll just find good old-fashioned leadership and teamwork, without any fancy new policies.
And to study the “low tail” as well — which NYC schools have culture which plummeted. I suspect sometimes you’d find that a few key staff departed, and it turned out “They were the glue that held it all together.”
–Mike Goldstein, “Lost at School” on Puzzl_ED (read the whole piece also for an insightful critique of Ross Greene’s Lost at School approach (which I’m a big fan of))