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Aaron Pallas

Aaron Pallas is Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, and served as a statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education.

Recent Stories

In charter-school oversight, as in foreign affairs: Trust, but verify

Will Betsy DeVos expand access to charters and private schools, shifting public money to private and quasi-private sectors?

What’s the worst that could happen under New Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos? Some scenarios

New York—Thanksgiving is, of course, about giving thanks, while being mindful of an America that has not always treated people fairly. This year, there is a lot to take stock…

The mystery of President-elect Donald J. Trump and his education agenda: ‘There’s not much more’

Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in…

NCTQ’s teacher-education ratings deserve an F

Why does Teach For America come out on top in NCTQ’s teacher-education ratings?

Did Arne Duncan bring American education, ‘kicking and screaming,’ into the 21st century?

Will John King, Jr. have a different view or approach? Not likely

Evaluating teachers: Precise but irrelevant metrics?

I’ve told this joke before: Two hot-air balloonists get lost, and they’re floating aimlessly. They spot someone down below and call out, “Hello!” The person on the ground replies,…

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch speaks during a meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

Chancellor Tisch’s empty rhetoric on ‘opting out’

It’s testing season, with statewide assessments of children in grades 3-8 in New York and other states beginning in less than a month. Should parents opt to excuse their children…

Gov. Cuomo’s wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment for New York schools

Many of us have spent more time in hospital emergency rooms than we’d like. The one nearest to where I live serves part of Harlem, and I’ve seen people arrive…

Lessons of nope: Joel Klein fails to educate us on how to fix our schools

Part memoir, part policy brief, and part sales pitch, Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools (HarperCollins, 2014) is an odd book. Klein was at the…

Want to be rated ‘highly effective’ in New York? Don’t teach English or math in grades 4-8

English and math teachers in grades 4-8 in New York are much less effective in promoting student growth on state assessments (or comparable measures) than other teachers in the Empire…

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