A rundown of the top posts on the Education Next blog in 2011
A rundown of the most read Education Next articles of the past year
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 […]
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 […]
On Top of the News Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security CNN.com | 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 CNN.com. Instead, listen to testing expert Greg Cizek, who participated in the investigation of […]
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 […]
In-depth interviews by Mike Petrilli with authors of new and classic books about education.
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?
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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.
The author of a new study on the impact of the Ten Percent plan on college enrollment talks with Houston Public Media.
The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a Michigan measure that banned the use of affirmative action in admission to the state’s public universities.
Share My Lesson, a website developed by the AFT to help teachers share lesson plans, now has 500,000 registered users.
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.
WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza looks at what the new standards mean for students.
A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
A bill that would raise the cap on charter schools in Boston and other urban districts has failed to advance in the Massachusetts legislature.
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.
A new private school, Basis Independent Brooklyn, will open this fall as a for-profit spinoff the BASIS charter school network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SRI has published a detailed report on how schools are using Khan Academy videos for their math classes.
The College Board is overhauling the SAT in an effort to increase access to college for disadvantaged students.
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.
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.
Monday morning at 11:00 am on the Diane Rehm show the topic is the Common Core standards.
How much do snow days impact instruction and student achievement?
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.
Today President Obama is launching an initiative aimed at helping boys of color improve their chances for success.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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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