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?
What will 2011 bring to the world of education reform? Vote now for the two developments you think are most and least likely
New Ed Next Readers Poll: Vote now on the best and worst events in 2010 for education.
Please vote for the top three books of the decade.
Authors reading short excerpts from their recent books
Who will New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio pick to be his new schools chancellor?
Thousands of unionized teachers plan to rally Monday [Dec. 9] in cities from New York to San Francisco to ‘”reclaim the promise of public education.”
The New York Times editorial board yesterday weighed in on why American students hate math and how instruction needs to be changed.
According to a front page article in the New York Times, school districts across the country are cutting back on their use of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests as disciplinary tools.
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews argues that smart students will probably do just fine attending regular schools. Warren Buffett did! A study published in Education Next found that attending a gifted and talented program did little to accelerate the progress of high-achieving students.
A front-page article in the New York Times looks at efforts to enroll more minority students in Advanced Placement classes. Andy Mollison wrote for Ed Next about the explosive growth of the AP program and at whether the high academic standards of the program are being maintained.
The U.S. Department of Education is partnering with the NEA, the AFT, Teach for America, Microsoft, and other organizations to launch a public service campaign aimed at attracting high-achieving college graduates to a career in teaching.
In the New York Times, Brian Kisida, Jay Greene, and Daniel Bowen describe a random assignment study of the impact of field trips that finds that students who visited an art museum “demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.”
The Justice Department has dropped a suit aiming to block Louisiana’s school voucher program, but as Michael Warren notes in the Weekly Standard, the legal battle is far from over. On Friday, the Justice Department will make its case for a federal review of the voucher program.
Eleven students this year received perfect scores on the Advanced Calculus AP exam this year, and one of them was a high school freshman. Fifteen-year-old Eric Kim of BASIS Scottsdale answered every multiple choice question correctly and earned the maximum score on each of the essays.
Parents are reacting to a comment by Arne Duncan that some of the opposition to Common Core standards comes from white suburban moms who are upset that their children are not doing well on the new common core-aligned tests.
Manufacturers have been hoping that kid-friendly tablet computers will gain market share, but many families seem to prefer full-scale tablets for their kids.
Members of Congress yesterday introduced legislation that would expand preschool to every 4-year-old in the country, following up on a proposal made by President Obama several months ago. In an article for Education Next on the movement for universal preschool, Chester E. Finn, Jr. argued that funds for preschool should be focused on the neediest children.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may quickly block a lower court judge’s ruling against Act 10, which limited collective bargaining for public workers. An article in the Fall 2013 issue of Ed Next looked at the impact of Act 10 on education in the state.
The English school inspection system releases its report on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
While Education Secretary Arne Duncan is trumpeting gains made by U.S. students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek note that most of these student gains happened under the Bush administration, thanks to the enforcement of NCLB as well as various other state accountability systems.
NAEP scores for 4th and 8th graders are up slightly, but U.S. students have a long way to go to catch up to their peers abroad, Ed Next’s Paul Peterson points out to Motoko Rich in today’s New York Times.
Bill de Blasio is not a big fan of charter schools. What will his election as mayor of New York City mean for charter schools there and elsewhere?
Sarah Carr writes about charter schools springing up in New Orleans and elsewhere that enroll a racially and economically diverse student body by design. Alexander Russo wrote a long feature story about the phenomenon of diverse charter schools in the Winter 2013 issue of Ed Next.
California legislator Gloria Romero explains in an Ed Week Commentary why she wrote the nation’s first parent-trigger law. In the Summer 2013 issue of Education Next, Ben Austin of Parent Revolution and Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute debated the merits of parent-trigger legislation.
New York City voters go to the polls today to choose their next mayor. What would a de Blasio victory mean for education policy?
Behind the Headline: Teachers are Earning Millions of Dollars Selling their Lesson Plans on the “iTunes of Education”
Erin Griffiths writes about TeacherspayTeachers, a startup that allows teachers to sell their lesson plans to each other online. This week, the company crossed the threshold of $60 million in teacher-to-teacher sales, and one teacher, Deanna Jump, has sold $2 million worth of lesson plans.
Four out of seven seats on the school board in Douglas County, Colorado are up for grabs on Tuesday. Current school board members in the affluent district, which is dominated by Republicans, have taken the school district in an interesting direction.
Principals have many tools they can use to monitor how their students are behaving online. But can — or should — they punish students for their online behavior? In the Summer 2013 issue of Education Next, Josh Dunn and Martha Derthick looked at the legal issues involved.
A survey released today by Common Sense Media finds that the vast majority of young children in the U.S. are using mobile devices (like tablets and smart phones) and for much longer periods of time.
A new study found that students in 36 states outperformed the international average on math exams given through the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.
Paul E. Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. discuss what is wrong with the American education system and how it can be fixed.
Some schools and districts go to great lengths to encourage families to fill out application forms for free- and reduced-price lunches, but millions of dollars in school funding flow to schools based on free lunch enrollment numbers.
In the New York Times, Bill Keller writes about the shortcomings of schools of education and describes the efforts of Deborah Kenny, the founder of the Harlem Village Academies charter schools, to build a graduate education school that will be integrated with her K-12 campuses in Harlem.
In Washington, D.C., well-off and middle-class families mostly moved to the suburbs as soon as their children reached school age. Today’s young, affluent parents are increasingly willing to give the District of Columbia public schools a try.
Please stop confusing multiple intelligences with learning styles, writes education psychologist Howard Gardner in the Washington Post.
Behind the Headline: Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class: It Won’t Work
In the Atlantic, Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara looks at efforts by cities to convince more middle- and upper-middle-class families to stay in urban areas and send their kids to public schools.
What do you want to read about in Education Next in the year ahead?
In an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, Larry Summers argues that politicians need to stop arguing about debt limit extensions and budget deals and start focusing on economic growth.
Tina Rosenberg writes about the spread of flipped instruction on the New York Times’ Opinionator page.
The best new apps will push the boundaries of early childhood development and learning science in at least four areas: executive function, creativity, number sense, and phonemic awareness.
A new international study of the labor force in 23 industrialized nations finds that American adults score below international averages in basic problem-solving, reading and math skills.
The nation spends an estimated $15 billion annually on salary bumps for teachers who earn master”s degrees, even though research shows the diplomas don”t necessarily lead to higher student achievement.
Contrary to allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that the voucher program promotes segregation, the Louisiana Scholarship Program actually improves racial integration in public schools in 34 districts under desegregation orders, a new study has found.
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