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.
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.
Families are becoming smarter and pickier customers. Why has the faith-based schools community barely reacted or adapted to this new environment?
The administration wanted us to believe it had a smart, coherent vision and clear implementation plan for its federal education policy…until we realized it didn’t.
It makes sense for states to develop accountability systems that make space for alternative schools.
Articles you may have missed.
As statewide teacher-evaluation laws, Common Core implementation, tougher assessments, and other reforms really begin influencing suburbia, the ed-reform debate is going to seriously evolve.
Early indications are that Louisiana’s strong accountability system is contributing to improved student results.
People believe major efforts aimed at high-performing students aren’t all that important because these kids will do fine without any additional “favors” from the rest of us.
I’ve predicted that SIG was not going to produce anything remotely close to the results the Department and others were promising. If I got it wrong, I’ll say so.
IMPACT is an educator-evaluation system that provides the necessary tools for teachers to improve
Andy Smarick interviews J.B. Schramm, the founder of College Summit
Everyone I know who works on systemic reform cares deeply about what happens in the classroom. But everyone specializes in one way or another.
If we want to help disadvantaged urban kids, we must stop propping up the failed urban district.
Andy Smarick interviews Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of Education Pioneers
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