Matthew M. Chingos
African Americans benefited the most
Study finds that students enrolled in a large “hybrid” course learned as much as students in a traditional course, at substantial cost savings
NEPC report uses flawed measures
Can citizens tell a good school when they see one?
What kind of management does better than the district-run schools?
A social scientist analyzes whether Christmas affects test scores
There’s clearly a slam-dunk case for eliminating—or at least dramatically shortening—summer vacation, which fits into a broader push to lengthen the school year beyond the 180 days that is typical in the U.S.
Rhode Island is among the few states that have enacted sweeping pension reforms. Accurate information about the effects of those changes is vital both locally and to other states deciding which changes to make to their own retirement systems.
The findings reported here indicate that it is unlikely that charter schools—a prominent effort to increase school choice, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds—are making the problem worse.
The What Works Clearinghouse declared the voucher study to be “a well-implemented randomized controlled trial.”
Are smaller classes worth the cost, relative to the alternative of a salary increase?
Several of the issues raised by Goldrick-Rab have no merit and none undermine the primary conclusion of our study.
The public should not tolerate damage to the education of disadvantaged students resulting from a strike over disagreements about teachers’ salaries, benefits, job security, and method of evaluation.
How can we tolerate ignorance on something that is as critical to student learning as instructional materials?
There is little doubt that reducing class size can boost student achievement in some circumstances. What is much less certain is how much of a difference class-size policies can make, and whether the impacts are large enough to justify the costs of hiring additional teachers and building new classrooms.
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