President Obama’s path to performance pay
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools
Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.
From Promising to Proven is a meditation on the history, status, and future of charter schooling
A new report by Sir Michael Barber Barber’s is an exhaustive—if exhausting—assessment of Massachusetts’ standing and a thorough plan for generating improved results.
Developments in South Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas, Indiana, and Louisiana
If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.
Is the best urban district good enough?
After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.
CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more
Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.
School boards, charter schools, and more
Today, the U.S Department of Education released Year-Three reports on the 12 states that won funding via Race to the Top’s first two competitions.
We probably spent billions of dollars to get the same outcomes as if this program had never existed. And yet, these dollars continue to flow.
Teacher pensions, school productivity, virtual school accountability, and more
Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education.
One could infer from Mayor de Blasio’s comments about charter schools that private money and public schooling should not mix. So why is the mayor’s chancellor of schools, Carmen Fariña, the board chair of the Fund for Public Schools?
Ostensibly “obscure” words give us powers of description that can inform our surroundings, and they can bring clarity and insight to our understanding or the world.
The Obama administration has just released its 2015 budget proposal. Here are its most notable K-12 edu-features.
The most persistently low-performing schools in American got several million dollars, on average, and yet a third of them got worse.
The places in our nation with the highest percentages of African Americans offer the lowest-income kids the bleakest hopes of making it to the top.
Charter schools, vouchers, Louisiana, Ohio, and more
Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.
Better policy alone won’t expand the public-school options available to rural kids. Charter advocates need to better understand rural communities—their strengths, challenges, hopes, and fears.
George Will’s column isn’t the real story here. It’s what the column represents: the quiet but growing and hardening principled opposition to Common Core.
If the state board of education accepts this plan, things will never be the same. It will be a state-led initiative to replace the urban district as the delivery system for public schooling, thereby breaking with 100 years of history.
There were many important releases and developments this week—invaluable new SIG information from IES, Race to the Top audits, new Brookings “choice index”—and I couldn’t keep up!
In a state with deeply troubled urban school districts—Newark, Paterson, Asbury Park—Camden’s stands apart for its calamitous results.
Waivers, KIPP, and more
School closures, poverty, economic mobility, and more
SIG is failing both because turnarounds seldom work and because state processes for doling out funds have been unsound.
One of the biggest stories coming out of the 2013 NAEP TUDA data release, especially for those inside the beltway, were the results for District of Columbia Public Schools.
The performance of students in urban districts is distressingly low.
Charter schools, principal recruiting, South Africa, and more
Good reads on gifted kids, value-added analysis, urban school reform, and more
Rural public schools enroll eleven million children, fully a quarter of students nationwide. Yet, sadly, the challenges faced by rural educators and their students have received scant attention from national education leaders.
What I’ve Been Reading
I agree with the study’s authors that we ought to do all we can to make school information widely available so parents can make informed choices, but I’m still of a mind that some level of regulation is needed
Tom Loveless on NAEP, Emily Richmond on class size, Rick Hess and Mike McShane on the Common Core, and more
We’ve taken care of policy in lots of places but implementation is a major challenge
It’s hard to make the case that this massive program had a transformative influence on the state’s most troubled schools.
The data are so discouraging that even the Department’s press statement found it difficult to conceal disappointment.
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