A conversation with Diane Tavenner
Sloppy English usage may seem like a modern problem, but the laxness that has led to this moment in grammar’s history bears a strong resemblance to the atmosphere in early-18th-century England.
Measuring the impact of effective principals
Create the path of least resistance
The potential for digital learning to boost student achievement seems boundless, but will the long-established organization of schooling embrace or hinder it?
Thirteen states enacted new K-12 school choice programs in 2011 and more than two dozen states are considering similar bills
A review of the new movie “Won’t Back Down”
Are public school teachers underpaid?
An insider’s view of ed schools
National Survey shows increased support for vouchers, but public’s views on merit pay, charters, and other policies have not changed, though teacher opposition to reforms intensifies
Romney and Pawlenty earn high marks for student achievement, Perry can spotlight Hispanic performance
Chicago Study Shows Principals Focus on Retaining Highly Effective Teachers in Dismissal Decisions – if Policies Permit
Reform improves student achievement by providing principals with the tools to manage the quality of personnel in their classrooms
A “no excuses” approach to teaching and learning and tight management make the difference
“Last in, first out” reduction-in-force policies give greater weight to teacher longevity than effectiveness
On Top of the News The German Example The New York Times | 06/08/11 Behind the Headline Teaching Math to the Talented Education Next | Winter 2011 On the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House, the New York Times’ David Leonhardt writes about what Germany is getting right these days, [...]
On Top of the News World-beating: A weird school measure Class Struggle (blog) | 06/07/11 Behind the Headline The NRC Judges Test-Based Accountability Education Next (blog) | 06/03/11 Jay Mathews critiques the new NRC report on test-based accountability, arguing that the NRC has an unreasonable standard for evaluating the reform strategy. Jay’s column quotes Rick [...]
On Top of the News Pa. girl wins Bee with ‘cymotrichous’ USA Today | 06/03/11 Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Education Next | Summer 2010 The 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee has a winner! June Kronholz wrote about spelling bees and other academic competitions in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next. Also [...]
On Top of the News GOP questions federal rules on healthier eating U.S. News & World Report | 05/31/11 Behind the Headline The School Lunch Lobby Education Next | Summer 2005 Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama administration over new rules that would require healthier school lunches. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared [...]
Students have the chance to accelerate and gain workforce skills, but roadblocks to dual enrollment remain
Cincinnati’s teacher evaluation system pinpoints link between teaching practices and student achievement
Widely-used problem-solving pedagogy as implemented in practice is not as effective for raising achievement levels
The state won the Race to the Top but his resignation leaves doubts that there will be any will to fulfill its promises
On Top of the News Holes in the case against Michelle Rhee The Washington Times | 04/11/11 Behind the Headline The Case Against Michelle Rhee Education Next | Summer 2011 In the Washington Times, Paul Peterson scrutinizes two recent studies of student achievement in the District of Columbia, and concludes that “the case against Michelle [...]
The case against Rhee evaporates in fact-checking analysis of two critiques of her record
Analysis examines direct link between teacher effectiveness and lifetime earnings
On Top of the News House passes Boehner’s school vouchers bill USA Today | 03/30/11 Behind the Headline Lost Opportunities Education Next | Fall 2009 On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would revive the school voucher program for students in Washington, D.C. Patrick Wolf, the principal investigator of the evaluation of the D.C. [...]
The Los Angeles school board has dumped Open Court, a reading program for elementary school students which provided scripted, phonics-intensive lessons. Many teachers hated the program, the L.A. Times reports. In the Winter 2007 issue of Ed Next, Diane Ravitch traced the history of the Open Court readers.
Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell vetoed a bill that would have required elementary and middle school students to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical education each week. A study that was published in Ed Next in 2006 found that mandating more time in PE classes does not always result in more exercise for kids.
Charter models that integrate teacher-directed and digital learning are on the leading edge of school reform
In a bid to prevent massive school closings, Detroit will consider converting nearly a third of its district-run schools into charter schools. In an article that appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Ed Next, Andy Smarick urged charter school advocates to embrace a strategy of large-scale replacement of failing district schools with charter schools.
Republicans are pushing to cut the budget for Head Start by $2 billion. The program is popular, but studies have raised questions about its effectiveness. The current budget for the program is $7.2 billion. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of Ed Next looked at earlier efforts to reform Head Start.
Bill Gates will outline how flawed pension accounting hampers the ability of states to pay for education, and will call for states to rethink their pension systems, in a talk to be presented at the TED conference tomorrow. Gates has created a website that shows the funding status for pension obligations and retiree health-care benefits for each state. In the Spring 2009 issue of Ed Next, Mike Podgursky and Bob Costrell wrote about the high cost of teacher pensions.
Will educators answer?
Even when implemented, the plans are more likely to be symbolic than substantive
New school models and governing arrangements at pivotal point as New Orleans looks ahead
School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success
Leaders of education organizations often have TFA experience
Significantly better student achievement seen in countries that make use of teacher performance pay
In Ed Week, Michelle Davis describes what the school day is like for parents whose children attend virtual school full-time. (Hint: it’s a lot of work!) In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.
Evidence from the New York City schools
Study provides evidence that the New York City bonus program did not lead to marked gains in student achievement
New York City’s decision to scrap school-wide bonus pay echoes study findings that school-wide performance pay hampers the incentives for individual teachers to improve performance
Edison Schools co-founder Chris Whittle has announced that he will open a for-profit, elite private school in New York City in September 2012. A study by Matt Chingos and Paul Peterson that was published in Ed Next in 2009 looked at what happened when for-profit firms, including Edison Schools, were given control of some public schools in Philadelphia.
In partnership with K12.com, George Washington University has launched a high school that will operate entirely online. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.
In the Washington Post this weekend, Richard Whitmire worries that the race to embrace a style of school reform he calls “Michelle Light” — the kinds of teacher quality reforms identified with Michelle Rhee, but pursued in a gentle, cooperative way–may not be able to accomplish much. Rhee was profiled by June Kronholz in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.
Students with exceptional intellectual ability are well served in an innovative Nevada public school
In the Wall Street Journal, Joel Klein argues that the structure of traditional pensions discourages talented young people from becoming teachers. The Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next included a study by Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky that showed how teacher pensions concentrate benefits on teachers who spend their entire careers in a single state, penalizing younger teachers, who change jobs and move more often than did previous generations.
Detroit Public Schools will spend $49 million in federal stimulus funds to buy laptops for 40,000 students in grades 6-12. In the Fall 2004 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hess wrote about other attempts by states and districts to boost achievement by passing out laptops. ” The tendency,” he noted, “has been to sprinkle computers and Internet connections across classrooms in the pleasant hope that teachers will integrate them into their lessons.”
Tax Credit Scholarships for Low-Income Florida Students to Attend Private Schools Improve Performance at Nearby Public Schools
Private school scholarship program leads to immediate and pronounced achievement improvements at neighborhood public schools, with elementary and middle schools most responsive
New analysis finds U.S. ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing at a high level of accomplishment, trailing Korea, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Lithuania, among others
At De La Salle Academy, a private school in New York City for high-performing low-income children profiled in today’s New York Times, rules are strict and expectations are high, but the school becomes like a family for students. An article by David Whitman that appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Ed Next explored the phenomenon of paternalistic schools, “highly prescriptive institutions that teach students not just how to think, but also how to act according to what are commonly termed traditional, middle-class values.”
Can charter management organizations deliver quality education at scale?
Barbara Martinez of the Wall Street Journal visits a Bronx elementary school where students spend two hours per day engaged in computer-directed instruction. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Gerald Huff and Bror Saxberg imagined what computer-assisted learning might look like in 2025 and described some ways that technology is being used to customize learning today.
Ron Huberman, who was appointed Chicago Schools CEO by Mayor Richard Daley after Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, has told Mayor Daley that he will leave his position before the mayor leaves office in May rather than serve under another mayor, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In the Winter 2003 issue of Ed Next, Alexander Russo wrote about the early days of mayoral control of education in Chicago.
Fifth grade test scores are down at KIPP schools in Washington, DC, but KIPP leaders are not concerned, and the network is continuing to add schools and grade levels, reports Jay Mathews. In Spring 2009, Ed Next published an excerpt from Jay’s book about KIPP, Work Hard. Be Nice.
Winnie Hu writes in the New York Times about school districts adopting Singapore Math, which is thought to provide a better foundation for higher-order math skills by teaching fewer topics but in more depth. Barry Garelick investigated Singapore Math in the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next.
Comprehensive analysis of 10 years of data from New York City shows middle-school students experience substantial achievement decline compared to K-8 peers
How and why middle schools harm student achievement
Behind the Headline: Hurricane Katrina swept away years of dysfunction in New Orleans public schools
Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, Cindy Chang of the New Orleans Times Picayune describes the transformation that has taken place in the city’s school system. In the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next, Kathryn Newmark and Veronique de Rugy wrote about the changes that were underway.
National Survey also reveals increased support for virtual schooling, support for charter schools rises sharply in minority communities
In New York, a judge has rejected a demand by the teachers union that the union be allowed to spend significantly more money on a Senate race than is permitted under the state’s current campaign finance law. In an article that appears in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next, Mike Antonucci took a close look at campaign spending by teachers unions.
In Ed Week, Stephen Sawchuk looks at how the NEA and the AFT are responding to the reforms being advanced by the Obama administration, and at what might explain the different responses from the two unions. In the Winter 2009 issue of Ed Next, Linda Seebach wrote about the two teachers unions, which had just chosen new presidents at their national conventions.
The Los Angeles Times has obtained seven years worth of test scores for individual students and used them to calculate “value added” scores for over 6,000 teachers. The teachers will be identified by name (and scores) in a series of articles and a database that will be made public. Kati Haycock and Eric Hanushek discussed the importance of identifying ineffective teachers in a forum that appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next about strategies for increasing the number of effective teachers in high-poverty schools.
In Slate, Brian Palmer looks at the history of letter grades for an explanation of why schools assign grades of A,B,C,D, and F—but not E. A study by David Figlio and Maurice Lucas that was published in Ed Next in 2004 found that elementary school students learn more from teachers who are tough graders.
Harvard Study Finds That Parents Grade Their Local Schools on Basis of Student Achievement Not Racial Composition of School
Analysis also debunks popular belief that low-income, minority and less-educated parents are not as informed about school quality
Teaching the incarcerated student
Behind the Headline: Venture Philanthropy gives $5.5 million for expansion of KIPP DC charter schools
A $5.5 million gift will allow KIPP to more than double the number of students enrolled in its schools in DC (to 3400 students) by 2015. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Julie Bennett explored how KIPP has been able to expand while maintaining quality.
First Lady Michelle Obama urges Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Bill, which would bring healthier school lunches to more kids. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2005, Ron Haskins wrote about the forces behind the federal school lunch program.
School districts attempting to turn around low-performing schools using federal funds are overwhelming choosing the least disruptive interventions. An article by Andy Smarick that appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next argued that turnaround efforts like these are unlikely to succeed.
Passing rates on state tests plummeted this year in New York after state education officials raised the cut score on the state’s reading and math tests. New York said that the tests had become significantly easier to pass. A study by Paul Peterson and Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadón that will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next finds that New York is not the only state that had been dumbing down its tests.
Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics
In Washington, schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering a plan that would offer vouchers to special ed students in need of full-time placements. Jay Greene and Stuart Buck explained how special ed vouchers work and dispelled myths about the vouchers in an article appearing in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.
Summer learning loss is among the most pernicious — if least acknowledged — causes of achievement gaps in America’s schools, notes David von Drehle in this week’s Time Magazine, and lengthening the school year is the answer. In an article published in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next, Dave Marcotte and Ben Hansen reviewed the research on the impact of extending the school year on student achievement.
The Fordham Institute has released an analysis of the Common Core standards and the state academic standards in all 50 states which finds that the Common Core standards are better than those in three quarters of the states. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2009, Chester Finn and Deborah Meier debated the merits of a national curriculum.
State policy trumps collective bargaining
A new Brookings study by Russ Whitehurst and Michelle Croft finds that students attending the charter school connected with the Harlem Children’s Zone do not outperform students at other New York City charter schools, but Jay Mathews warns that it is too soon to draw conclusions about the impact of the HCZ’s services. Cara Spitalewitz reviewed Paul Tough’s book about the Harlem Children’s Zone in the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next.
In Massachusetts, the commissioner of education is recommending that the state replace its highly regarded academic standards with the Common Core Standards. In an article that appeared in Ed Next last year, Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass worried that Massachusetts might turn its back on the nation’s most successful reform strategy, including its high academic standards.
In Colorado and other states, teachers’ job security will now be tied to how well their students perform on state tests. In an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hanushek and Kati Haycock debate the best ways to get more effective teachers into high-need schools. They both note that removing poorly performing teachers is an important part of any strategy to boost teacher quality.
Using money to win friends and influence policy
New Education Next analysis finds two national teachers unions spent $71.7 million on political campaigns in 2007-08 and millions more on policy research to support their agendas
In New Jersey, a flood of teachers are retiring this month in response to a proposal to reduce pension benefits for future retirees. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky investigated the peculiar incentives that are built into teacher pensions, incentives which can encourage teachers to leave teaching when they are still effective or to remain in their jobs when they have burned out.
On Top of the News How Many Graduates Does It Take to Be No. 1? 06/26/10 | New York Times Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next Many high schools are naming multiple students–sometimes dozens–as valedictorians to reduce pressure and competition among students. An article by June Kronholz in the [...]
On Top of the News Villaraigosa backs charter school bids, rips Cortines 06/25/10 | The Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The mayor of Los Angeles has criticized the L.A. Unified school district for not allowing more charter organizations to take over low-performing district schools [...]
On Top of the News TAKS grade inflation is nothing new 06/13/10 | Houston Chronicle Behind the Headline State Standards Rising in Reading but Not in Math Fall 2010 | Education Next It has been reported that the “passing” mark for some parts of the Texas state proficiency exam was altered after the results came [...]
On Top of the News Cincinnati Public Schools to put top teachers at weak schools 06/14/10 | Cincinnati.com Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Cincinnati teachers who receive special training to serve as “lead teachers” will no longer be able to return to their home schools, but [...]
On Top of the News Microsoft’s Philly high school traveled rocky road 06/15/10 | Forbes Behind the Headline High School 2.0 Spring 2010 | Education Next Philadelphia’s School of the Future graduates its first senior class today, and every graduate is headed for an institution of higher learning. In the Spring 2010 issue of Ed [...]
Behind the Headline: Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement
On Top of the News Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement 06/11/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Bye-Bye Blackboards Summer 2010 | Education Next Expensive and interactive, whiteboards are sprouting up in classrooms across the country. But do they improve academic achievement, Stephanie McCrummen wonders in the Washington Post. [...]
On Top of the News D.C. contract is just the tool to let creative, renegade teachers soar 06/07/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The new teachers contract in D.C. will give innovative teachers an opportunity to prove that they can help poor kids [...]
On Top of the News Why should education be exempt from recession budgeting? 06/06/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline The Phony Funding Crisis Winter 2010 | Education Next George Will writes that before Congress agrees to spend another $23 billion to prevent teachers from being laid off, “it should read ‘The Phony Funding [...]
On Top of the News 1 competitor, 1 spelling bee — 20,000 note cards 05/31/10 | The Boston Globe Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next With the National Spelling Bee just days away, attention has turned to its talented and dedicated competitors – including Tim Ruiter, one of the [...]
On Top of the News Slow learners at the 9th Circuit 05/18/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Credits Crunched Fall 2009 | Education Next On Thursday the Supreme Court will consider whether to reverse a ruling by the 9th Circuit that Arizona’s tax credit program violates the Establishment clause. “Surely this question was [...]
Landmark federal law responsible for gains in math among low-income and Hispanic students, but had no impact on reading achievement.
On Top of the News School Factors May Influence Teacher Effectiveness 05/17/10 | Teacher Beat Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next A new study by C. Kirabo Jackson finds that teachers who are effective in one school might not be as effective in other kinds of schools–schools [...]
Staying there isn’t easy
Education Next rates Each State’s Proficiency Standards; finds that Race to the Top Winners Delaware and Tennessee get a ‘C’ and an ‘F’, respectively
On Top of the News Mass. hunting for star teachers 05/10/10 | Boston Globe Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Massachusetts will today announce a new effort to recruit hundreds of successful teachers to work in 35 low-performing schools in Boston and other school districts. In the [...]
Flawed comparisons lead Civil Rights Project to unwarranted conclusions
Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state
On Top of the News U.S. Falls Short in Measure of Future Math Teachers 04/15/10 | The New York Times Behind the Headline The Mystery of Good Teaching Spring 2002 | Education Next A new study finds that America’s future math teachers have less knowledge of math than their counterparts in other countries. An article [...]
On Top of the News Obama’s plan to reward schools for innovation sparks debate 04/14/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Toothless Reform? Spring 2010 | Education Next The U.S. Department of Education is embracing an approach to spending that rewards states and districts for innovating instead of simply disbursing funds by formula to [...]
On Top of the News Teachers agree to shorten LAUSD school year 04/11/10 | Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Time for School? Winter 2010 | Education Next The teachers union in L.A. has ratified a deal that will shorten the school year this year and next as a cost-saving measure. As reported in the [...]
Advanced placement turns fifty
Charter school and Latino leaders push unions to innovate
On Top of the News Budget cuts could lead to fewer options at Florida Virtual 03/24/10 | The Gradebook Behind the Headline Florida’s Online Option Summer 2009 | Education Next The Florida Legislature is considering cutting Florida Virtual School’s per-student funding and limiting the length of time students may take to complete courses. An article [...]
New Study Finds State Funded Universal Kindergarten Provides Some Benefits for White Students but no Positive Impact for African American Students
Large state investments in universal early-childhood education programs do not necessarily yield clear benefits for more disadvantaged students
Benefits were small and only reached white children
Review of Rafe Esquith’s Lighting Their Fires
Charter Schools Show Increased Rates of High School Graduation and College Enrollment, According to New Study
In the first-ever analysis of the impacts of charter school attendance on educational attainment, educational researchers find that attending charter high schools is associated with higher graduation rates and college attendance.
New evidence suggests they are boosting high school graduation and college attendance rates
Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name?
My online education
Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?
How vouchers came to the Big Easy
In a decade in which many school voucher programs have been limited or rolled back in Washington, DC, Utah, Arizona, and Florida, the Louisiana legislature in 2008 passed a new voucher program for New Orleans. In 2009-10, the second year of the voucher program, 1,324 New Orleans students attended 31 private schools using vouchers with a maximum value of over $7,000.
How a teacher’s gender affects boys and girls
A charmed federal food program that no longer just feeds the hungry
As states catch their breath after rushing to meet the January 19 deadline for submitting applications for the first round of Race to the Top grants, education researcher Andy Smarick of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute warns that the administration must take steps to ensure that Race to the Top funds are spent in ways that promote reform.
How about more pay for new teachers, less for older ones?
After decades of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys are the ones in peril. Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail, and Susan McGee Bailey, principal author of the 1992 report How Schools Shortchange Girls debate whether schools are now shortchanging boys.
Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling?
It’s time for America to adopt European-style exit exams
As Education Week magazine prepares to release its annual report card for states, Quality Counts 2010, education researcher Margaret Raymond and a team of researchers from CREDO at Stanford University warn that one set of grades on the report card is not reliable.
Narrowing its scope to factors schools can control would give the measure greater value
New union leadership does not change a thing
Hispanic student success in Florida
What to do about it
Top candidates win customized teacher education
How Chicago reversed its descent
The new paternalism in urban schools
Will New Orleans become the new city of choice?
Evidence from Kenya
An inside look at school discipline
The history of teacher attitude adjustment
Intelligence and How to Get It; Liberating Learning; Unlearned Lessons; Leading for Equity
Younger Students Learn More in Charter Schools
To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care
What a Tennessee experiment tells us about merit pay
Can it be used to hold schools accountable?
In a time of penny pinching inspired by tight state and local education budgets, investigative reporter David Bass warns that taxpayers are picking up the tab for a large number of ineligible students who participate in the federal school-lunch program. Even more problematic may be the effect on school funding formulas, on research, and on accountability measures.
Public School Pension Plans Penalize Teachers who Move Jobs across States with Significant Retirement Losses, Researchers Find
In examining pension plans in six states, Costrell and Podgursky find that compared to a neutral cash balance system, the type of defined benefit pension system which covers almost all public school teachers redistributes about half the pension wealth of an entering cohort of teachers to those who subsequently retire in their mid-50s from those who leave the system earlier.
Meaningful dinner conversation can be hard to come by
Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty
Researchers Dave Marcotte and Benjamin Hansen summarize new evidence that expanding instructional time is as effective as other commonly discussed educational interventions intended to boost learning.
Forced busing didn’t work the first time
Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms
No longer famous, but still intact
Fueled by Federal Stimulus Package, Education Spending Will Likely Increase over Next Decade despite Lack of Achievement Gains for Students
The nation’s public schools will likely have more money and a larger and better paid labor force than they had in 2009
Who attends them and how well are they teaching their students?
In the wake of California’s Prop 227
New school start ups and replications of high performing charter school models provide a better solution
Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer
What we know about teacher preparation at elite education schools
A mathematician with a child learns some politics
Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?
Researchers Find Special Education Voucher Programs Ensure Better Services and Outcomes for Students
In a feature article for the winter 2010 issue of Education Next, education researchers Jay P. Greene and Stuart Buck of the University of Arkansas dispel several common myths about these programs and show how they have benefited handicapped children in states where they have been enacted, including those not in private placements.
The dangers of challenging power
Archive of Podcasts featuring Paul Peterson and Checker Finn
The roots and reality of the Knowledge Is Power Program
The supersized superintendent moves to the Superdome city
California unions tame the Terminator
Jacquelyn Davis works with D.C.’s education bureaucracy
Will school districts hire New Leaders?
What happens when teachers run the school?
Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise
Alternative Routes to Teaching; When Mayors Take Charge; From A Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind; Inside Urban Charter Schools; The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education; The Latino Education Crisis
“Obama Effect” Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics, according to Education Next–PEPG 2009 National Survey
Findings Show Research Evidence Can Be Equally Significant in Shaping Public Opinion. Read the full article,
The Persuadable Public, by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West.
Many think students have more rights than courts have granted. Read the full article, Law and Disorder in the Classroom, by Richard Arum and Doreet Preiss.
Students in D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Make Significant Improvements in Reading, U.S. Education Department Study Finds
Voucher gains are the largest achievement impacts from any federal education experiment so far. Read the full article, Lost Opportunities, by Patrick J. Wolf.
Our schools deserve an “F”
Domestic violence harms everyone’s kids
Race and Education, 1954—2007, by Raymond Wolters & Steady Gains and Stalled Progress, edited by Katherine Magnuson and Jane Waldfogel
Untangling race and education
Does school choice push public schools to improve?
Debating Massachusetts; scaling up KIPP; practice-based teacher training; alternative certification; for-profits in Philadelphia; selling success; teacher co-ops
Book Review: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
The Beautiful Tree; The Street Stops Here; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006; The Leader in Me; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk
New Education Next Forum: Is There a Connection between School Spending and Student Achievement? Should Courts Decide?
U. S. Supreme Court decision puts issue on front burner for states. Read the full article, Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindseth and Michael Rebell.
How information affects Americans’ support for school spending and charter schools
Teachers can instill a sense of purpose
Florida’s charters under attack
In 2006, we examined the damages from state education budget cuts. We proposed moving students in to charter schools.
When Provided with Accurate Information, Public Support for Increased Spending on Schools and Teacher Salaries Declines, Researchers Find
Read the full article, Educating the Public, by William G. Howell and Martin R. West.
The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves; The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006: Overcoming Corruption and Racial Segregation; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs That Break the Cycle of Poverty
A safety net grows in Harlem
The problem is adolescence
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Have a Negative Effect on the Behavior and Academic Achievement of Classroom Peers, New Study Finds
Troubled boys have a greater and more adverse impact on other boys. Read the full article, Domino Effect, by Scott Carrell and Mark Hoekstra.
Education Scholars Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb Debate the Pros and Cons of the Controversial Federal Education Policy. Read the full article, The Future of No Child Left Behind, with Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb
Books and ideas have no deep impact
Florida Virtual School reports 10-fold increase in enrollments over past ten years; nearly 50 percent growth among African-Americans since 2007. Read the full article, Florida’s Online Option, by Bill Tucker.
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
A personal tribute to John Brandl
The Seduction of Common Sense:How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America's Schools; Real Leaders,Real Schools: Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds; Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed; School Accountability,Autonomy, and Choice Around the World; The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship: Possibilities for School Reform
When court-ordered magnet schools don't work, try charters
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
Choice international; IES; Milwaukee finance; home schooling; alternative certification; union watch
My journey in competitive forensics
Film explores racial divide in 1930s America
So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools Charles M. Payne (Harvard Education Press) Payne, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, here sets out to explain “the sociology of failure” of urban reform. Drawing primarily on his experiences in Chicago, Payne considers the effects of social context, poverty, race, [...]
Murray's simple truths not so simple
Front-loading teacher pay; California home schooling; paying students for test scores; academics and discipline; technology education for teachers
The fiscal impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
The politics of education science
Everybody knows somebody who is teaching a child at home
Fox TV show doesn’t get it
By this professor’s calculations, math skills have plummeted
The true story of the federal role in education
Disrupting class; Governor Schwarzenegger; Reading First; New York City charters;wrong numbers; charter sector
As state after state expands pre-K schooling, questions remain
Maya Angelou Public Charter School offers hope and an education to kids in trouble
The impact of the Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program
Responses to Additional Questions
Mentors help interns figure it out
Lessons Learned: What International Assessments Tell Us about Math Achievement Tom Loveless, editor (Brookings Institution Press) While math scores are bandied about in the modern era, how much do we really know about what they mean or what they can teach about practice and policy? In this dense but thought-provoking volume, Brookings scholar Tom Loveless [...]
Educator’s diagnosis on the mark, 65 years later
Larger networks of schools produce higher student achievement
Promise and perils of federal leadership
U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements
The franchise model applied to schools
Back to the Feature
Back To The Feature
Students teach the wonders of technology
The Educational Morass: Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education. Myron Lieberman (Rowman and Littlefield). The equal-opportunity, granddaddy longlegs of all curmudgeons, Myron Lieberman, manages in one volume to savage teachers unions, education schools, the Education Writers Association, the New York Times, the Washington Post, education research, egalitarian school-choice proponents, and conservatives Diane Ravitch, Terry Moe, [...]
Catalysts for change or untrained temporaries?
Lessons learned from Utah
Secrets of successful schools
Why some places have more students in charter schools and others have fewer
Make charters a political advantage
Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver’s ProComp Plan. Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp (Harvard Education Press). The authors have delivered a straight-shooting, inside account of the design, politics, and implementation of the much-discussed Denver ProComp teacher pay plan—a plan the Denver Post termed “the nation’s most ambitious.” Widely regarded as the [...]
“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of [...]
The 2008 presidential election stands as a “change” election. The public’s anxiety over the challenges globalization poses to the future of the American Dream is driving a desire for the country to change direction. The American people understand that what will give the nation a competitive advantage in a global marketplace are the skills, creativity, [...]
In the 2000 election, President Bush’s pledge to combat the “soft bigotry of low expectations” was a pillar of his compassionate conservatism and crucial to his razor-thin margin of victory. That election begat the now-controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The law has split the Right between those who cheer accountability and those who [...]
Tax credits down and out in Missouri
Do schools practice educational triage?
What values do they hold?
Wrong role for school teachers
On the debate circuit with Central High
History of Chicago schools provides few answers
Evidence-based studies; update on Los Angeles; pre-K for all;
Indianapolis needs philanthropy; in defense of
NCLB can be fixed
Congress hopes to finish work on the reauthorization of the No ChildLeft Behind Act (NCLB) before the presidential primary season beginsin January 2008, though it is unclear whether that deadline will bemet. The six-year-old law was originally passed by Congress with strongbipartisan support, but now faces opposition from both the right andthe left. Can the [...]
Results from the Moving to Opportunity experiment
Explaining educational outcomes of the Moving to Opportunity program
New York’s adequacy case; underground education; North Carolina charters; the Bloomberg revolution
For more than three decades, the United States has been scoring below the international average among participating nations on tests of math and science achievement. Again and again, civic leaders have pointed to this fact when warning that a crisis in American education may imperil continued growth in economic productivity. Yet after two decades of [...]
Should Head Start emphasize academic skills?
How should we pay teachers?
How do teachers know they're working hard enough?
Ancient and Modern
Teens at the top pay a price
Catholic schools; teacher dispositions; private placements; teacher certification
The Los Angeles Unified School District once again finds itself positioned for great things—or grave disappointment. The district has an ambitious building plan, and a tough-talking retired admiral sits in the superintendent’s chair. The legislature passed a bill in 2006 that gives Mayor Villaraigosa greater control over the schools, but a lawsuit holds up his [...]
Politics may still save L.A. schools
An attempted takeover goes awry
Who should control a four-year-old’s education — the government or parents?
The Peyton Manning of charter schools
Parsing a self-proclaimed literacy guru
An interview with Florida governor Jeb Bush
Ed Next’s Paul E. Peterson was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio to discuss the Common Core.
Panel on the role that educational games and MOOCs can play in improving education and increasing student options.
Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss a new study of how vouchers increase the likelihood of college attendance.
On Choice Media, six education policy experts debated the merits of the Common Core.
PBS will be broadcasting an hour’s worth of TED talks about education on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 pm.
Mike Petrilli talks with Michelle Rhee about her new autobiography, ‘Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.’
Fordham and AEI created a video to recall the impact of A Nation at Risk and to reflect on what lies ahead.
Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss the importance of aligning teacher salaries with effectiveness.
David Steiner and Mark Bauerlein discuss whether and how the Common Core standards for English language arts will transform learning across the country.
The MAT@USC program combines interactive, web-based classes with an in-person practicum in the student’s own community.
The position will be available beginning May 1, 2013.
The National Spelling Bee is adding a new challenge: children will now be required to define words as well as spell them.
This recent Education Sector panel focused on the possibilities and challenges of blended learning.
The Center for American Progress recently hosted a discussion on strategies for getting the best people to become teachers and principals.
Reforming policy isn’t easy. But it’s the only path that will ensure lasting change.
Why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards?
Michelle Rhee, Russ Whitehurst, and Matthew Chingos discuss whether school districts can be levers for change to boost student achievement at a forum at Brookings.
Sara Mead and Russ Whitehurst assess President Obama’s preschool plan at a panel at the Fordham Institute.
Tom Loveless discusses a recent Brown Center study on the resurgence of ability grouping.
Mike Petrilli appeared on Independent Sources to discuss whether New York City’s gifted and talented programs increase racial segregation.
Fordham has released this teaser for a new book, Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform.
Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson talk about President Obama’s State of the Union address in a discussion at the Hoover Institution.
Mike Petrilli talks with Tony Wagner about how schools can light the spark of innovation within their students.
James Roldan won second place in C-SPAN’s student documentary competition with his video Education: America’s Challenge.
Sugata Mitra’s TED talk on how to use cloud technology to build a learning lab for students in India.
Eric Smith, Tom Luna, Ulrich Boser and Rick Hess discuss the grades given to the 50 states by StudentsFirst in its state policy report card.
The research field of teacher pensions has been a relative backwater, but lately it just keeps getting more interesting.
How extending the reach of excellent teachers can help teachers and kids.
Chris Barbic, Deb Gist, Kaya Henderson, Adrian Manuel, and Michelle Rhee were at AEI to discuss Rick Hess’s new book on the constraints education leaders face (and imagine).
Michelle Rhee addressed an audience at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of its series, “Decision Making: Voices from the Field.”
If states are going to make rational decisions to replace their own science standards with these new ones, it’s only right to insist that the new ones be stronger
Bellwether hosts a discussion of Andy Smarick’s new book, The Urban School System of the Future.
Disadvantaged students from high-flying charter schools spend 3 weeks at Franklin & Marshall learning what it will take to succeed in college.
Many proponents of private school choice take for granted that schools won’t participate if government asks too much of them. But is this assumption justified?
KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg discusses “cage-busting leadership” and how to empower principals to be leaders.
The Association of American Educators has posted a video featuring teachers in Wisconsin who have chosen to join the AAE, an alternative to teachers unions.
Angela Duckworth on how non-cognitive competencies can predict success.
A feature produced by LearningMatters looks at whether Rocketship charter schools can be broadly replicated.
Is the federal government’s $3 billion School Improvements Grants program to turn around failing schools working? Andy Rotherham, Carmel Martin, and Jean-Claude Brizard debate the issue at a Fordham panel.
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