Saturday, January 7, 2012

Reform: Value-Added Ratings -- For Think Tanks

This from This Week In Education:

Everyone gets rated and ranked these days -- teachers, schools, districts, states -- some of these ratings are quite elaborate. But not think tanks, or at least not education think tanks.

This seems interesting and unfair to me -- and an opportunity for someone to step in make a name for herself. After all, just this week AEI's Rick Hess named his top edu-scholar (Linda Darling-Hammond) of the year, and the Washington Post's Ezra Klein named its all-purpose think tank of the year (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).

Some of the key measures would have to be original research, media mentions, and political influence. Research quality. Cost-per-report.

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