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    In the stormy seas of school reform, this journal will steer a steady course, presenting the facts as best they can be determined, giving voice (without fear or favor) to worthy research, sound ideas, and responsible arguments. Bold change is needed in American K–12 education, but Education Next partakes of no program, campaign, or ideology. It goes where the evidence points.


Top 20 Blog Entries of 2011!

A rundown of the top posts on the Education Next blog in 2011

Top Education Next Articles of 2011!

A rundown of the most read Education Next articles of the past year

Behind the Headline: States Fail to Raise Bar in Reading, Math Tests

On Top of the News States Fail to Raise Bar in Reading, Math Tests Wall Street Journal | 8/11/11 Behind the Headline Few States Set World-Class Standards Education Next | Summer 2008 A new NCES report finds that, while some states have raised their standards for proficiency in math and reading, most states still fall […]

Behind the Headline: Charter School Forges Ahead with Expansion

On Top of the News Charter School Forges Ahead with Expansion Wall Street Journal | 7/14/11 Behind the Headline Future Schools Education Next | Summer 2011 Rocketship Education hopes to open 20 additional hybrid schools in California by 2017, a plan opposed by the local union and school district. The charter organization, which already runs […]

Behind the Headline: Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security

On Top of the News Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security | 07/13/11 Behind the Headline Cheating to the Test Education Next | Spring 2001 Cheating should not lead us to abandon assessments, writes Chester Finn on Instead, listen to testing expert Greg Cizek, who participated in the investigation of […]

Behind the Headline: D.C. School Ratings Up Among System Parents, But Doubts Remain

On Top of the News D. C. School Ratings Up Among System Parents, but Doubts Remain Washington Post | 06/22/11 Behind the Headline Mismatch Education Next | Fall 2011 According to a new survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is viewed more favorably now than […]

Ed Next Book Club

In-depth interviews by Mike Petrilli with authors of new and classic books about education.

Taking Stock of a Decade of Reform

School reformers have made forward strides in the last ten years, and public debate has acquired a bipartisan cast. But just how successful have reform efforts been?

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Poll: Predictions for 2011

What will 2011 bring to the world of education reform? Vote now for the two developments you think are most and least likely

Poll: Best and Worst Developments for K-12 Education

New Ed Next Readers Poll: Vote now on the best and worst events in 2010 for education.

Ed Next Poll: Top Books of the Decade

Please vote for the top three books of the decade.

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Behind the Headline: NCAA Bans Coursework Completed by Athletes in 24 K12 Inc. Virtual Schools

Students attending two dozen virtual schools run by K12 will not be able to count the courses they take at those schools toward NCAA eligibility.


What We’re Listening To: Texas Ten Percent Plan

The author of a new study on the impact of the Ten Percent plan on college enrollment talks with Houston Public Media.


Behind the Headline: Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a Michigan measure that banned the use of affirmative action in admission to the state’s public universities.


Behind the Headline: AFT’s Lesson-Sharing Site Clocks a Half-Million Registrants

Share My Lesson, a website developed by the AFT to help teachers share lesson plans, now has 500,000 registered users.


Behind the Headline: The Common Core Makes Simple Math More Complicated. Here’s Why.

The Common Core math standards will require that elementary school kids not just to know how to subtract, multiply and divide, but to understand what they’re doing and why.


What We’re Listening To: With Common Core, D.C. Students Read More — And More Deeply

WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza looks at what the new standards mean for students.


Behind the Headline: Appeals Panel Rebuffs Foes of Online Instruction in Two Charter Schools

A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.


Behind the Headline: Just Two Districts Named Broad Prize Finalists

The Broad Prize, awarded to an urban district for showing great improvement in student achievement, particularly among low-income and minority students, has only two finalists this year, Gwinnett County, Ga. and Orange County, Fla.


Behind the Headline: Court: Louisiana Must Report Voucher Data

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Louisiana must provide the U.S. Department of Justice with data on the students participating in the state’s voucher program.


Top Prize for Article on Graduates of No Excuses Schools in College

Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.


Behind the Headline: America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.


Behind the Headline: School District Weighs School Choice Program to Fight Declining Enrollment

In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.


Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies

In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.


Behind the Headline: Can Free College Save American Cities?

In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.


Behind the Headline: Opting In to Enthusiasm for the Common Core Tests

While newspapers are reporting on parents who are opting their kids out of state testing, students in Brooklyn who attend Uncommon Schools charters are gearing up for the tests in “wacky and joyful” ways.


Behind the Headline: Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”


Behind the Headline: More Americans Moving to Cities, Reversing the Suburban Exodus

According to new data from the Census Bureau, the American city is experiencing something of a renaissance, as more Americans, especially young professionals and Baby Boomers, move to the centers of the nation’s metropolitan areas.


Behind the Headline: Can The Success Of D.C.’s Best Middle Schools Be Replicated?

How to raise the quality of middle schools in the district’s public schools has been a point of debate for candidates in Washington, D.C.’s mayoral race.


Behind the Headline: Mass. Charter School Bill Stalls In Legislature

A bill that would raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other urban districts has failed to advance in the Massachusetts legislature.


Behind the Headline: A Good Turnaround Principal is Hard to Find, Urban Leaders Say

Leaders of urban school districts are telling the Obama administration that efforts to turn around low-performing schools via the $5.5 billion School Improvement Grant (SIG) program are unlikely to have much impact.


Behind the Headline: New Basis School Arrives in Brooklyn, Loudly

A new private school, Basis Independent Brooklyn, will open this fall as a for-profit spinoff the BASIS charter school network.


Behind the Headline: Latest CREDO Study Identifies Strengths in Los Angeles Charter Schools

A new study finds that has found that students attending charter schools in Los Angeles are making greater academic progress than students in nearby traditional public schools.


Behind the Headline: Data Doesn’t Back Tossing ‘Bad Apple’ Students

A new report assembles evidence documenting the disparate impact of exclusionary disciplinary policies like suspension and expulsion on certain groups of students: minority students, students with disabilities, and gay and lesbian students.


Behind the Headline: To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later so that teens can get more sleep has recently gained momentum, writes Jan Hoffman in the New York Times.


Behind the Headline: Teach for America Tests Out More Training

Teach for America has announced that it will create a pilot program to offer recruits one year of education classes along with hands-on classroom training during their senior year of college, before they begin teaching.


Behind the Headline: Does Khan Academy Help Kids Learn Math?

SRI has published a detailed report on how schools are using Khan Academy videos for their math classes.


Behind the Headline: SAT to Drop Essay Requirement and Return to Top Score of 1600

The College Board is overhauling the SAT in an effort to increase access to college for disadvantaged students.


Behind the Headline: Cuomo Vows to Defend Charter Schools, Setting Up Another Battle With de Blasio

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a rally in Albany organized by charter school parents and students who are upset about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent moves against charters.


Behind the Headline: New Orleans Goes All In on Charter Schools. Is It Showing the Way?

New Orleans has become a district-less school district where 9 in 10 students attend charter schools. Test scores and graduation rates are on the rise.


What We’re Listening To: Renewed Debate Over Common Core Standards And Testing

Monday morning at 11:00 am on the Diane Rehm show the topic is the Common Core standards.


Behind the Headline: School Closures And The “Snow Day Effect”

How much do snow days impact instruction and student achievement?


Behind the Headline: Major Charter School Chain To Lose Space Under New De Blasio Plan

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will not allow three charter schools that are part of Success Academy to use space in public school buildings in New York City, an arrangement which had been approved under the Bloomberg administration.


Behind the Headline: Five Points from Secretary Arne Duncan on Latinos and Education

Today President Obama is launching an initiative aimed at helping boys of color improve their chances for success.


Behind the Headline: Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked the state to waive the rules that prevent her from considering teacher performance when determining which teachers will be laid off.


Behind the Headline: Some Cities Are Promising Free College to High School Students. Does It Work?

“If a college degree is becoming as essential as a high school diploma was a generation ago, why not make college free?” asks Nora Caplan-Bricker in the New Republic.


Behind the Headline: ‘Transitional’ Courses Catch On as College-Prep Strategy

High school students who are on track to graduate and enroll in college but who are not prepared for college-level work have a new option in several states and districts: “transitional” courses that they take while still in high school.


Behind the Headline: So You Want to Be a Teacherpreneur?

In an article for Teacher magazine, Jessica Cuthbertson describes life as a “teacherpreneur,” which for her means splitting her days between teaching 7th grade English and supporting efforts to improve Colorado’s schools in partnership with a nonprofit.


Behind the Headline: Magnet Schools Find a Renewed Embrace in Cities

Magnet schools are making a comeback in Miami and some other urban districts, according to Motoko Rich.


Behind the Headline: Disadvantaged Children Can Hurt Achievement of Others in Their Classrooms, Study Finds

A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania finds that students who enter school with disadvantages can not only struggle in school themselves, but can also hurt the achievement of other students in the classroom.

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