ABCs of DumbDown: John Ayers Resigns – Forced Out?… Or Found Out?

An article titled “Tulane’s Cowen Institute head, John Ayers, resigns after botched report on New Orleans schools,” writer Jessica Williams of The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) reported on 11/10/14 that John Ayers, executive director of Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, said Monday he is resigning at the end of November. His announcement comes a month after the non-profit research organization retracted its widely cited report on gains in New Orleans high schools because of botched methodology.

The repudiated report used what’s called a “value-added” model to predict academic performance at 25 high schools, based on students’ socio-economic standing and past testing history. But the researchers’ conclusion — that many high schoolers do better than expected, given their background — was inaccurate due to their flawed methods, Ayers said. “We apologize for this mistake,” Ayers said.

Is it possible that, in addition to the high-profile embarrassment discussed above, that’s initial and ongoing exposure of John Ayers’ background may have contributed to Ayers resignation?

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

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Published in: on November 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hi!

    Good riddance to Mr. Ayers!

    Lise from Maine

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