DUNCAN WATCH: Giving "110 Percent" (Attendance)
Kudos to Catalyst Chicago* education magazine for plugging away at claims made by the Duncan administration, including this week's update (Decoding the district's progress report) on several issues, including shady attendance reporting practices that give some schools attendance rates for the first day of school of over 100 percent.
It should be noted that Chicago isn't the only urban district whose attendance reporting practices are suspect. I recently learned that the software many districts and schools use is often set to assume 100 percent attendance unless the teacher or school reports children missing. Forget to take attendance that day? It looks like everyone was there. No data? 100 percent.
Meanwhile: Bush praises Obama Ed. nominee
*Disclosure: Catalyst sponsors District 299, my Chicago schools blog.