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Reports Related to Recent Promising Developments:
The election of Donald Trump should mark a turning point in education reform if we can believe his proposals put forth during the campaign. Now with a Trump friendly Congress market friendly education reform should take hold.

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Competition-K-12-02.pdf contains our tentative article, Signs of Competition in Private & Public K-12 Schools, describing evidence of successful competition among K-12 schools since 1990.

Competition-TchApnd-01.pdf contains further details of the analysis used to produce Signs of Competition just mentioned.

Spurring-Competition-03.pdf contains our tentative article, Spurring Competition in K-12 Education, which discusses tactics to employ in getting stakeholders' attention.


BottomUp.pdf contains our Theme article for Winter 2017, Bottom-Up School Reform: The Stars Are Aligned For It, which discusses new opportunities arising from recent events and trends.

TrumpReform.pdf
contains our Theme article for November 2016, Education Reform Ala Trump, which was written shortly after his election as President of the United States on November 8, 2016.

DlyCallerOpEd.pdf contains the Op-Ed we published in the Daily Caller. Entitled, Moving School Choice Outside The Government Box, it urges a move away from communistic systems to those that are free market.

HelpParentsWiseUp.pdf contains our discussion about the essential role played by parents in their choices of schools and other educational services for their children. It suggests ways in which these blissfully uninformed customers of education can be given the consumer information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Without such preparation, vouchers and even the parent's own money will be poorly spent.


Reports Related to The Failures of Common Core:
In the last half of 2014 and again in mid 2016, we at Asora wrote two reports about the problems with the recently ballyhooed but inferior academic standards: Common Core State Standards.


Replacing Common Core.pdf is a booklet we authored (published by the Heartland Institute). Entitled, Replacing Common Core With Proven Standards of Excellence, it shows how we can do much better than Common Core with existing testing systems such as ACT.

Overcoming-Common-Core.pdf is a booklet length article we authored (published by Asora Education). Entitled, Overcoming Common Core With Honest Academic Standards, it paints a very bleak picture of this progressivist paradise that we'll likely "escape."


AbandonCommonCore-01.pdf contains our discussion explaining why the Common Core State Standards should be abandoned.


FellowTravelersEssay-01.pdf contains our discussion about the confusion and misdirection of many educators and stakeholders regarding trends towards totalitarian education- as evident in the Common Core scandal.


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Asora® Reports on Public Policy and Reform

As part of Asora's effort to justify its raison d'etre we have generated a number of reports over the past seven years that address relevant issues. In one group we have reports that are specifically focused on the development of Asora's Stellar Schools, while in the other group are reports more analytical in nature that explore public policy issues of relevance and associated reform strategies. On this page we describe the reports in this latter category. For reports that are focused on the development of Stellar Schools, including the business plan, please go to Reports on Development.


In approximate reverse chronological order, we here list the reports that can be downloaded. By clicking here, you will be taken to the download page.



NAEP to ACT Mappings-01.pdf contains the formulas we derived to calculate ACT's percent on track (POT) from the NAEP's proficiency percentage. June 2016


FixLocalMkt.doc contains the Theme Essay for the January 2014 Asora Update, Fixing Local Education Marketplaces, which discusses the rationale for this approach together with a progress report on the effort in three counties (in MA, TN & CA).

FixPrivFirstEssay.doc contains the Theme Essay for the October 2013 Asora Update, Fixing Private Schools First, which discusses the benefits of reforming private schools before tackling public school reform. Hint: Because it is easier to do.


NAEPTrends.doc contains the report, In Critical Condition: American Private & Public Schools, which discusses recent trends of nationwide NAEP proficiencies for private and public school students paying particular attention to proficiencies of economically disadvantaged students- for whom private schools are now no better than public schools. It proposes reform through measures to overcome the existing market failure within the education industrial sector.


FriedmanCorrespondence.pdf contains the 2003 correpondence (including the report) with Milton Friedman regarding the report, K-P Education: Superior For-Profit Schools through Franchising. This early report contains the essential proposals and plans for what we now call Stellar Schools. Of key importance here was his concurrence about the problems of non-profit schools as they compare to for-profit versions.

AssessmentExaggerations.docx
is a report that discusses to what extent exaggerated achievement test proficiencies are deliberately deceptive and when that kind of practice is more appropriately labeled corrupt. It's based on data from 25 states.

NECAP-ACT-Reform.doc is a report that presents a proposal to replace the New England Common Assessment Program achievement testing with ACT tests- to give the testing a strong technical and ethical basis.

ELQ-Mappings.docx
is a report that presents the derivation of two reliable mapping formulas that provide NAEP estimates for local schools and in the process effectively removes the "inflation" from state reported proficiency percentages on achievement tests.

ELQ-Derivation.xlsx is the spreadsheet extension of ELQ-Mappings.docx. It provides the derivations and many applications to state reported data.

AssessmentKeyToReform.docx contains our short essay, "Honest Testing And Diplomas Will Drive Reform." Among its proposals, it challenges private organizations to perform the task of certifying high school graduates.

RIDE-OpEd.docx contains in draft form an op ed piece we wrote for Rhode Island newspapers. It discusses the responsibility for and the consequences of the Rhode Island Department of Education's inflation policy. It addresses what stakeholders might do to remedy the situation.

Review-Moe.docx is the review, "Did They Read My Mind," that we wrote on the Amazon.Com website for the Terry Moe & John Chubb book, "Liberating Learning."

Review-Christensen.docx is the review, "Good wheat. Too much chaff," that we wrote on the Amazon.Com website for Clayton Christensen et al book, "Disrupting Class."

DoubleDeceptionDozen.doc contains an article that discusses all twelve states in which the double deception is practiced. The twelve states, ordered worst to least in false gain, are: NY, WY, NM, RI, AR, NH, VA, IL, ND, LA, ME & AL.

NECAP-sequel.doc contains an article that discusses the deception seen in the three NECAP states of New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It puts forward a hypothesis explaining how the artificial false gains were generated.

NECAP-op-ed.doc contains the op-ed that appeared in the Providence Journal on February 18, 2009. It discusses problems with the 8th grade reading tests and points towards solutions.

NECAPProfNumsFullReport_01.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in the three New England states: New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The results are obtained by removing the inflation from the numbers reported by the states NECAP assessments.

NCAP-NAEP-Estimates.xls contains the detailed results discussed in NECAPProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

NECAPProfNumsShortReport_01.doc is a condensed version of the longer (see above) NECAPProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

NMProfNumsFullReport_01.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in New Mexico. The results are obtained by removing the inflation from the numbers reported by the state.

NM-NAEP-Estimates.xls contains the detailed results discussed in NMProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

NMProfNumsShortReport_01.doc is a condensed version of the longer (see above) NMProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

OKProfNumsFullReport_01.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in Oklahoma. The results are obtained by removing the inflation from the numbers reported by the state.

OK-NAEP-Estimates.xls contains the detailed results discussed in OKProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

OKProfNumsShortDraft_02.doc is a condensed version of the longer (see above) OKProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

PAProfNumsFullReport_01.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in Pennsylvania. The results were obtained by removing the inflation from the numbers reported by the state.

PA-NAEP-Estimates.xls contains the detailed results discussed in PAProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

PAProfNumsShortDraft_01.doc is a condensed version of the longer (see above) PAProfNumsFullReport_01.doc.

NJProfNumsLongDraft_04.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in Hudson County in New Jersey. The results are qualitatively similar to those just mentioned in Oklahoma.

VenturaProfNums.doc is a report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in Ventura County in California. The results are qualitatively similar to those just mentioned in Hudson County, New Jersey.

RIProfs2005TechReport.doc is a recent (but somewhat out of date) detailed report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school and district in Rhode Island. As in the preceding report, social promotion is endemic- even in the least bad schools. We are currently drafting an updated report based on 2007 testing.

RIProfs2005BasicReport.doc is an abreviated version of the preceding entry RIProfNumsTechReport.doc.

RI_Regents_01.doc is a one-page presentation to the Rhode Island Board of Regents about reforming its K-12 schools.

GrtrPvdProfNums.doc
is an older report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in public schools in Rhode Island and a nearby Massachusetts county. Except for high schools, the results are reported for districts only.

PvdProfNums.doc is an older report that presents realistic NAEP scale proficiency percentages for students in every public school in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It is similar to the preceding report but is more detailed. It shows how student proficiencies can go as low as 2% of students being at or above grade level.

EdReform-External-2007.doc is a report that describes activities that stakeholders can consider that would indirectly and externally put pressure on schools to improve.

EdReform-Internal-2007.doc is a report that describes policy changes that could revolutionize publicly supported education.

OnStateProfNums.doc is a report that discusses how the states of California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island inflate proficiency percentages on achievement tests, how to remove that "inflation," and then shows how poorly American students are doing.

RealDropOuts_01.doc is a short report on real dropout rates in public education. Think 80%.

KTChildAbuse.doc is an essay discussing whether public and private K-12 education systems are sometimes, perhaps unwittingly, abusive of American children.

ProfitableEducation.doc, is an early report that outlined in some detail the reasoning behind Stellar Schools.

AppendiciesProfblEd.doc contains the appendices of the just mentioned Profitable Education.doc wherein more detailed analyses are presented.



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