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“Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th Anniversary
Each year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog. There’s usually a surprise or two and the 2015 list is no exception.
Which topics were most popular with Education Next readers in 2015?
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Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.
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Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor
How have patterns of school segregation evolved in recent decades? Are American schools re-segregating, as newspaper headlines often suggest? And what do we know about the consequences of school segregation for students? Marty West talks with Steven Rivkin, a professor of economics and the author of a new paper on desegregation since the 1960s.
In this month’s Atlantic, Peg Tyre writes about the remarkable number of American students performing at extremely high levels in math and looks at how they got there.
On Thursday, February 11 at 4:00 pm, the Fordham Institute will host an event to discuss a new report that evaluates the quality of three “next generation” assessments: PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and ACT Aspire.
Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference in Washington, D.C. attended by thousands of alumni of the program.
Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie talks with Robert Pondiscio about the charge that Success Academy charter schools try to push out students who are difficult to manage, and about whether poor kids should have the same right to disruption-free schools as rich kids.
Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.
On the 74, Matt Barnum writes about a new report arguing for a very different way of training teachers: “instead of raising the bar for those who enter teaching, we should actually lower it, while at the same time, making it tougher to remain in the classroom.”
Each winter, thousands of school superintendents must decide whether or not to cancel school in light of an impending snow storm. In this week’s podcast, Marty West talks with Josh Goodman, the author of “In Defense of Snow Days,” about why they should err on the side of cancelling school.
In the new issue of Ed Week Arriana Prothero writes about the rise of micro-schools, “tiny schools—sometimes with as few as half a dozen students—that put a heavy emphasis on technology and pushing instructional boundaries in a mash-up of lab schools and home school co-ops.”
A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research last week found that teacher turnover led to an improvement in average student achievement under a new teacher evaluation system in Washington, D.C.
Fordham held a competition to see who can come up with the best ideas for creating systems that states can use to hold schools accountable.
Behind the Headline: Education Department Tells States: If Students Don’t Take Tests, You Will Lose Funding
The U.S. Department of Education is reminding states that allowing or encouraging students to opt out of annual tests is not an option.
Marty West of EdNext talks with Greg Toppo about academic games and James Coleman’s idea that they could be used to increase motivation and academic performance among teens.
Participation in the Advanced Placement program has grown from 330,000 students in 1990 to 2.2 million in 2013.
Schools will be closed on Monday in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and many other areas on the east coast after a blizzard dumped 1 to 3 feet of snow over the weekend.
An investigation that was launched more than four years ago into whether the Milwaukee private school voucher program discriminates against students with disabilities has been closed.
In US News, Marcus Winters looks at the practice of expecting young teachers to pay for the retirement of the teachers who came before them.
Concerned that our system of teacher pensions leaves too many teachers without adequate funds for retirement, the folks at TeacherPensions.org have created a short video that explains the problems with today’s pensions for teachers.
Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about President Obama’s education legacy.
On Monday we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is today. His work to fight racial inequality inspires many to continue the struggle today.
As we reach the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report on equality of educational opportunity in the U.S., Hanushek and Peterson discuss how the achievement gap has changed over time.
Legislation that would create a new state-overseen school district in Detroit to run schools and leave the old Detroit Public Schools district in existence only to collect taxes and retire its debt has been introduced.
On the campaign trail, Marco Rubio has been talking up vocational education. Earlier this week he spoke at the auto shop of a community college in New Hampshire about the need for young people to learn tangible skills. Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa of the Washington Post wrote about the speech in an article on efforts by the Republican party to reach out to white working-class voters.
Reid Hastings, the founder of Netflix, announced Tuesday that he is creating a $100 million foundation for education.
As part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Congress authorized a national study of equality of educational opportunity in the United States. The study, conducted under the leadership of James Coleman, has reverberated across the decades.
We are now on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. For this occasion, Eric A. Hanushek has written about the changes in student achievement that have occurred over the past 50 years.
For this episode of the Ed Next podcast, he sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what the Coleman Report found about the size of the achievement gap between blacks and whites across the country and how that gap has changed over time.
Two lawyers who filed amicus briefs on opposite sides of the Friedrichs vs. CTA case are guests this week on a podcast called Amicus produced by Slate magazine.
Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions At the Supreme Court: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Friedrichs Case
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association this morning.
On “The Grade,” Alexander Russo takes a close look at the frequently stated claim that under NCLB, states lowered their standards in a “race to the bottom.”
Michael Lovenheim of Cornell University sits down with Marty West to discuss his new study on the impact of teacher collective bargaining.
In the Wall Street Journal, California teacher Harlan Elrich explains why he is one of the plaintiffs in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court next week.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan calls for addressing gun violence in final speech as education secretary
In his last speech as U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan spoke in the basement of a Catholic church in Chicago last week about the impact of gun violence on children.
In a talk delivered on November 12, Arne Duncan spoke about the legacy of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program.
We’re excited to bring our subscribers the EdNext Podcast, a weekly series hosted by Education Next editor-in-chief Paul E. Peterson and executive editor Martin West.
Success Academy charter schools will shorten their school day next year, Eva Moskowitz, the head of the charter network announced this week.
NPR reports on a new law in Texas that requires schools to videotape special ed classrooms if a parent or school staff member requests it.
In the Hechinger Report, Katy Reckdahl writes about the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Achievement, a program at Southern University in New Orleans that gives full scholarships to young African American men who show promise despite unremarkable transcripts and then trains them to be teachers.
Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute and three education experts will discuss the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act in a webcast on Thursday, December 17 at 2:00 pm.
On this episode of the Ed Next podcast, Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute joins Ed Next Executive Editor Marty West to discuss the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Who were the real winners and losers in this deal? And what happens next?
The Prize, published earlier this year, is Dale Russakoff’s examination of school reform efforts in Newark. New Newark superintendent Chris Cerf reviews the book for The 74. Cerf served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014.
Given that school districts now spend about $11,800 per pupil on average, the $1,085 spent on employee pensions represents a significant amount of money that might have otherwise been spent in ways that would benefit student learning.
William Howell of the University of Chicago talks with Marty West about the Every Student Succeeds Act and federal education policy in the Obama administration. The Every Student Succeeds Act will mark a dramatic change in federal education policy. Is the bill a repudiation of the Obama administration’s education legacy? What is the administration’s education legacy and how will that change?
The Washington Post’s Michael Alison Chandler looks at how the growth of charter schooling and rapid gentrification in some areas are affecting school diversity in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Hartnett of the Boston Globe reports on a new study by David Deming and three co-authors that looks at whether standardized testing really promotes outcomes education policy cares about most, like success in college and the job market.
Every U.S. classroom needs a sub from time to time. But in the troubled schools that serve some of the nation’s neediest children, it is not uncommon for classrooms to churn with substitutes as teachers leave in large numbers each June, or quit midyear, and principals struggle to fill the positions. So explains Emma Brown in a front page story for Sunday’s Washington Post.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares for charitable purposes to “advance human potential and promote equality.”
We seek someone with excellent writing, editing, communication, and organizational skills and a substantial knowledge of education policy and research.
The state of Ohio passed a law creating a “parent trigger” option that took effect last year, but so far no parents have expressed interest in pulling the trigger.
Deborah McGriff, managing partner of NewSchools Venture Fund, discusses the charter school movement with Marty West in this episode of the Education Next podcast.
How innovative has the charter school movement been? What are charter schools doing to narrow the achievement gap? These are questions that Deborah McGriff is well positioned to answer.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Zinsmeister looks at the surprising boost Catholic schooling is getting from charter schooling.
Harvard is launching a new training program for teachers that will combine instruction in teaching methods with practice in the classroom under the supervision of a mentor.
In the latest Freakonomics Radio podcast, hear the story of three economists, Steve Levitt, Roland Fryer, and John List who start an experimental preschool in Chicago that has a Parent Academy go to along with it to help parents learn how to best support their kids’ learning.
On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski provides a careful review of the evidence on the effectiveness of charter schools.
Earlier this month, a court in Louisiana overturned a lower court ruling that allowed the Justice Department to veto individual school vouchers awarded in Louisiana.
The cover story is the 2015 EdNext poll on school reform, which finds continuing high levels of support for educational testing and little sympathy for the opt-out movement.
Marco Rubio sat down with the Seventy Four’s Campbell Brown to discuss his views on federal education policy.
The joint conference committee to reauthorize ESEA met on Wednesday afternoon and will meet again on Thursday morning at 10:00 am.
Ira Nichols-Barrer and Brian Gill of Mathematica Policy Research sit down with Marty West to discuss an important testing decision faced by Massachusetts: whether to keep the MCAS assessment or switch to the PARCC assessment.
Nichols-Barrer and Gill, along with two other co-authors, are the authors of a new study that looks at which test better predicts college performance.
Influential education researcher and leader John Chubb passed away last week.
On Thursday evening, Alyson Klein of Politics K-12 broke the news that, after weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached preliminary agreement on a bill for the long-stalled reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, multiple sources say.
A coalition of 40 education groups is launching a campaign called TeachStrong aimed at “modernizing and elevating” the teaching profession, reports Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post.
On the Knowledge Bank blog, AEI’s Jenn Hatfield and Max Eden argue that Ohio’s decision to lower its cut score for proficiency on the PARCC test is more likely to make the state a trailblazer than an outlier.
Paul E. Peterson talks with Gerard Robinson of AEI about how education is being discussed (and not discussed) in the early stages of the presidential race.
Caitlin Emma has a long piece in Politico about the federal School Improvement Grants program that looks at “what two troubled high schools tell us about why the government got so little for so much money.”
Behind the Headline: Hillary Clinton: Most charter schools ‘don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them’
At a town hall in South Carolina this weekend, Hillary Clinton was asked whether she supports charter schools.
Will Congress reauthorize ESEA in the coming months? If so they’ll have to resolve a handful of disagreements related to testing.
Writing for The 74, Matt Barnum describes and evaluates the massive transformation in how teachers are evaluated that has taken place over the past few years.
In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Eduardo Porter considers whether it is a mistake to blame America’s schools for not doing a good enough job of educating disadvantaged students.
On Thursday, Nov. 5,the Fordham Institute hosted a discussion of what can be done to ensure that kids aiming for college do not graduate from high school unprepared for college-level work.
David J. Deming sits down with Ed Next’s Marty West to discuss his new study on the effects of a test-based accountability system on student learning.
“Bernie Sanders often claims that America has the highest child-poverty rate of any advanced democracy in the world. He uses this fact to justify his call for a European-style social-welfare state. But what if it’s simply not true?” So wonder Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright on NRO.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. AEI hosted three panel discussions on school integration on the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1955 ruling.
On Friday, the Obama administration announced an experimental program that will give up to 10,000 low-income students access to federal Pell grants to take college courses while still in high school.
On October 29, Fordham hosted a discussion of how the pursuit of skills rather than knowledge is widening the achievement gap.
In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Galston reviews several studies on the impact of family structure just published in the fall 2015 issue of the academic journal the Future of Children.
Behind the Headline: How Well do Minnesota’s Education Programs Prepare Students to be Teachers? It’s Almost Impossible to Tell
In a long article for MinnPost, reporter Beth Hawkins attempts to gather data that could be used to evaluate how good a job Minnesota’s teacher education programs are doing.
Jason Tanz takes a close look at the Khan Lab School in Mountain View, California for Wired magazine.
Scores on the NAEP test, sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, were released this morning and the results were not good.
Al Hubbard talks with Paul E. Peterson about the state of school choice and other reforms in his home state of Indiana.
AEI hosted a discussion with Katherine Bradley on how technology and adaptive-learning software can be used to revolutionize learning.
A report released today shows how states rank by NAEP scores when scores are adjusted based on student demographics, including poverty, race, native language and the share of students in special education.
On Saturday, the Obama administration outlined new guidelines on standardized testing, including a proposed cap on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.
This fall, a low-income school district in Texas became the first large district to implement “early college” in all of its high schools.
A study released Thursday investigates why boys in low-income families tend to do worse than girls in those families, both academically and in terms of behavior.
There’s a lot of buzz about tiny schools like Altschools, but also a lot of skepticism, writes Michael McShane.
University of Missouri Professor of Economics Michael Podgursky sits down with EdNext editor Paul E. Peterson to discuss the trouble some states are in with their pension systems.
Writing as part of a series on “big ideas for reforming college,” Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill proposes that Pell grants be made conditional on college readiness. She writes
Preliminary data released on Monday by the Department of Education show that high school graduation rates rose in a majority of states and gaps in graduation rates between white and minority students narrowed in most states.
Next month, education officials in Massachusetts will decide whether to abandon the state’s much-praised MCAS test and adopt the Common Core-aligned PARCC test.
Robin Lake and Paul Hill offer their take on the recently reported plan to serve half of all Los Angeles’ students in charter schools in an article in the Los Angeles Daily News.
An estimated 18,500 families, children, educators and charter school employees marched to the steps of city hall in New York City earlier this month to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to give more children the opportunity to attend effective charter schools. Many of the families had children attending Success Academy charter schools.
In his column in this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks reacts to a documentary about education called “Most Likely to Succeed.”
In this humorous video by ChoiceMediaTV parents, talk about why they don’t want school choice.
While K-12 education issues were not addressed during last night’s first official Democratic debate in Las Vegas, college affordability was in the spotlight.
Michael B. Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss Arne Duncan’s decision to resign and what his legacy will be as Secretary of Education.
Behind the Headline: Another State Redefines ‘Proficiency’ on Common Core Tests, Inflating Performance
The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that students who score at level 3 or above on new Common Core tests will be deemed “proficient,” even though the makers of the test say that only students who score at level 4 or above are on track to graduate from high school with the skills they need to be ready for college or a career.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law that suspends the state’s high school exit exam for three years.
Behind the Headline: Preschool is Good for Children, but it’s Expensive. So Utah is Offering it Online.
In Utah his year, more than 6,600 children are attending preschool online, using laptops at home to access lessons, games and songs.
Mike Petrilli interviews Chester Finn and Brandon Wright about their new book.
Eight members of the Washington, D.C. City Council have asked Congress to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the only federally funded private school voucher program.
Michael Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss the growth of personalized learning and how technology can help advance it.
Wadleigh Secondary School in New York City occupies the same building as a charter school, Success Academy Harlem West, and the students at both schools come from the same neighborhood.
On Monday, Oct. 26 Hoover hosted a discussion of Failing Our Brightest Kids, the new book by Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Brandon L. Wright.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that he will step down in December.
In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.
Freakonomics Radio looks at an effort to reduce violence and dropout rates among young men in the Chicago Public Schools using cognitive behavioral therapy.
Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. West and Michael B. Henderson discuss what the public thinks schools should be teaching more of.
Ed Week’s Stephen Sawchuk takes a close look at some of the most popular lesson-sharing websites for teachers and finds some complications lurking.
Fordham and EdFuel hosted a discussion about how education organizations can learn to recognize and retain their most talented staff and turn them into tomorrow’s leaders.
On Top of the News Why the Friedrichs Court Case Will Give Teachers More Power — and Better Pay The 74 | 9/28/15 Behind the Headline Teachers Unions At Risk of Losing Agency Fees Education Next| Winter 2016 In its 2015–16 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association a case that considers the legality […]
While Pope Francis is enjoying a warm welcome from politicians of all faiths during his visit to the United States, Josh Zeitz of Politico takes a look back at a time when anti-Catholic emotions were strong here.
A group of foundations in Los Angeles have developed a $490-million plan to add 260 new charter schools in the city over the next eight years, enrolling at least 130,000 students.
This radio documentary by WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza takes a close look at why so many low-income students who show great promise do not graduate from college.
As gentrification brings new families into many Brooklyn neighborhoods, some schools there are becoming overcrowded and redrawing school boundaries is on the table.
Shep Melnick and Paul E. Peterson discuss a “Dear Colleague” letter sent by the federal government to education officials around the country about equalizing educational resources for students of different races.
If you only read one article about Catholic schools on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to the U.S., make it this one by Andy Smarick.
Mike Petrilli talks with Dale Russakoff about her new book on school reform in Newark.
The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? tells a gripping, and mostly depressing, tale of the reform efforts in woebegone Newark, complete with some of the most colorful characters in American public life today. Chris Christie. Corey Booker. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Appointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson. And of course the teachers and students who are the true heroes of the book—and the victims of a school system—and a reform effort—gone badly astray.
A new study by Mathematica examines how the KIPP charter network fared during a period of rapid growth, when enrollment in KIPP schools roughly doubled to 68,000 students after the network received a $50 million expansion grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010.
Boston Public Schools, where 87 percent of students are minorities but only 38 percent of teachers are, is trying to build its own pipeline of talented minority teachers.
Behind the Headline: AltSchool, the High-Tech Ed Experiment, Announces New Locations in Manhattan and California
AltSchool, an education startup with schools in four locations and over $133 million in funding, will have ten school sites open in 2016, its founder says.
On September 16, AEI hosted an event on the state of education reform in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina.
Marty West and Doug Harris take stock of the education reforms that have taken place in New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina.
On the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic looks back at what Moynihan wrote in the original report, how Moynihan’s views later changed, and about the experiences of African Americans in the U.S. in the decades since the report was issued, with a focus on the phenomenon of mass incarceration.
Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is launching a $50 million effort to reinvent the high school.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
Houston Superintendent Terry Grier has announced that he is resigning effective March 2016.
Teachers in Seattle are on strike today after contract talks between the teachers union and the school district broke down. The two sides are far apart on key issues, “including pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day.”
A new company in the Bay Area is operating as an Uber for kids who need rides to and from school and afterschool activities.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 EdNext poll on public support for higher school spending and higher teacher salaries.
“The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training,” argues Dan Willingham in an op-ed in the New York Times.
Dale Russakoff, a reporter from the Washington Post, spent more than four years in Newark observing its school reform efforts, and the result is a new book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? which was released today.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the state’s charter-school law is unconstitutional.
While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on nola.com.
The school board in Indianapolis has approved a new teacher contract that will allow six schools to implement an experimental program that allows high-performing teachers to take on new roles, reach more students, and earn higher salaries.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public’s changing opinion of the Common Core.
In US News, Nina Rees takes a close look at what the public says about testing in two recent polls, and in particular considers why PDK/Gallup found that respondents believe there is too much emphasis on testing, while EdNext found that respondents support annual standardized testing.
Brandon Wright talks with The Wall Street Journal about what schools are doing for academically gifted students, the subject of a book he has written with Chester Finn.
The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Should charter schools be forced to backfill — to admit new students whenever they have an open seat because a student has left? Charter school advocates are divided over this issue. Paul Hill and Robin Lake of CRPE lay out their positions for and against backfilling on The Lens, the blog of CRPE.
While many people blame standardized testing for narrowing the elementary school curriculum to reading and math, the real culprit is “a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.” So writes Natalie Wexler in an op-ed in the New York Times.
Research, features, and opinion from Ed Next authors on schools in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina
Does the American public support annual testing or think there’s too much testing, or both?
Behind the Headline: From Scholarship Student to Charter School Teacher, a Young Man Helps New Orleans Come Back
In the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Danielle Dreilinger tells the moving life story of Gary Briggs, a teacher in a New Orleans charter school.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 Education Next poll and compare the results with the findings from this week’s PDK/Gallup Poll.
An immersive, 360-degree panoramic view inside a Success Academy elementary school.
“The creation of high-achieving urban charter schools is one of the most impressive triumphs of American social policy,” writes Jon Chait of New York magazine. “Nowhere has this revolution had a more dramatic impact than in New Orleans, because nowhere has reform been carried out with such breadth,” he continues.
The public is still quietly backing Common Core by a margin of nearly 15 percentage points
In January 2014, the Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and Education, acting together, sent every school district in the country a letter warning local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.
“Americans aren’t as pissed off about standardized testing as headlines often make it seem. In fact, it looks like most of the country’s adults support it. What the public isn’t so fond of are the people who are pissed off—the ones who are so pissed off they’re boycotting the assessments as part of a growing ‘opt-out movement.’” So writes Alia Wong in “Time Out for Opt-Outs?” in the Atlantic.
A new law in Wisconsin is forcing the Milwaukee school system to put all its vacant and surplus buildings on the market this October. Charter and private school operators will be able to purchase the properties.
While the federal government does not collect data on the graduation rates of students who receive Pell grants, an investigation by the Hechinger Institute suggests that billions of taxpayer dollars are going to students who never earn degrees.
Education Next is looking to hire a communications consultant, someone to help us promote articles appearing in EdNext by writing press releases, communicating with traditional media outlets, and maintaining a lively social media presence.
The 74’s Campbell Brown interviewed GOP presidential candidates about education policy in New Hampshire on August 19.
In an op-ed in the Washington Times, Paul E. Peterson takes a close look at what the public knows about school spending based on data from the 2015 EdNext poll.
2015 EdNext Poll Finds High Levels of Support for Testing and Little Sympathy for the Opt-Out Movement
Today Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard Kennedy School released the ninth annual Education Next public opinion poll on education policies.
In U.S. News, Robert Pondiscio worries that some credit recovery programs are a mere fig leaf covering up academic failure and inflating graduation rates.
Nola.com tells the story of Sean Talley, an at-risk teenager from New Orleans trying to make it through high school.
New York state education officials said Wednesday that more than 200,000 students declined to take the state’s standardized tests this year, which represents 20 percent of those students eligible to be tested.
To win the contest and get a visit from a major league baseball player, nominate a school that “is hitting it out of the park with higher standards, clear expectations, and classroom support .”
“The past two years or so have seen a boom in online news outlets covering education. New local and national sites are focusing exclusively on the subject; general-interest sites have education beat reporters or otherwise include K-12 issues in their mix.” So notes Mark Walsh of Ed Week, who goes on to describe the numerous new websites providing education news.
Is there a nationwide teacher shortage? Why are so many districts struggling to fill certain kinds of teaching slots?
A new study looks at which teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina were laid off when principals had to reduce their teaching staffs due to budget shortfalls.
A federal judge has ruled that, even though a greater proportion of minority teachers than of white teachers have failed a new licensing exam in New York, the test can still be used because it does measure skills crucial to teaching.
A new survey looks at how residents of New Orleans are feeling ten years after Hurricane Katrina.
A task force in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the nation’s largest school districts, has estimated that the district could save nearly $24 million by eliminating sports and cutting other extracurricular activities.
A report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that five out of every six middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Call for Papers: Harvard Conference on The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective
On May 5-6, 2016, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich will jointly host a workshop at Harvard on “The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective.”
Nikole Hannah-Jones tells the story of Normandy School District, which accidentally launched a desegregation program.
A new study by TNTP finds no evidence that any kind of teacher professional development consistently helps teachers improve in the classroom.
Are New Orleans’ schools living up to the expectation that once schools are freed from district and union contract rules and allowed to innovate, schools will work better and students will learn more?
The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times writes that it’s time for changes to be made to California’s parent trigger law.
Success Academy announced last week that it received an $8.5 million gift so that it can open more of its charter schools in New York City.
Across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia inexpensive private schools are booming.
Chicago Public Television looks at five high schools where students are earning college credit through an early college program.
Schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District, a special state-run district set up to try to turn around some of the state’s lowest-performing schools, achieved test score gains greater than the state average this year.
A new sketch from Comedy Central’s Key & Peele imagines teachers being treated like professional athletes.
BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.
Are minority students, particularly African Americans, overrepresented or underrepresented in special ed? Experts discuss a new study.
Mike McShane discusses a recent conference AEI held on the state of education entrepreneurship in K-12 education.
A new study finds that teachers hired during recession periods are more effective in math than teachers who are hired in more secure times because stronger applicants apply for teaching jobs when the economy is not doing well.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds that many states are not complying with a requirement under the Higher Education Act that they evaluate teacher education programs and identify “at risk” and “low performing” programs.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan’s Wrong Turn on Reform: How Federal Dollars Fueled the Testing Backlash
In an article for The 74, the new reform-oriented education news website launched by Campbell Brown, Matt Barnum looks at the impact of the Obama administration’s decision, in 2009, to push states applying for Race to the Top funds to come up with ways to evaluate all teachers based in part on student test scores.
Six Catholic schools in East Harlem and the South Bronx have banded together into a network managed by a new group called the Partnership for Inner City Education, which signed an 11-year contract with the Archdiocese of New York to run the schools.
How much screen time is too much if the game is educational? Sarah Tribble of NPR investigates.
A new video from the Data Quality Campaign shows the kinds of data that can be used to help educators and parents support student learning.
A study finds that text messages sent to the parents of preschoolers encouraging them to engage in literacy-boosting activities has a positive impact on literacy skills.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a vote of 81-17. The Every Child Achieves act would keep the testing requirements from No Child Left Behind but allow states to come up with their own systems for holding schools accountable for results.
Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has launched an education-focused website called The Seventy Four.
Rick Hess and Bob Wise appear on PBS NewsHour to talk about how federal education policy should work in a post-NCLB world.
In the Washington Post, Richard Whitmire writes about a new report from the National Research Council that finds that students in Washington, D.C., including low-income minority students, are doing better.
WTTW takes a look at Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago blended-learning charter school
An article in the Hechinger Report examines possible reasons for the decline in arts education, focusing on the idea that education today emphasizes skills over the humanities.
A new report released by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that states vary in where they set their proficiency standards, reports Joy Resmovits. The study converted states’ cutoff scores on their own 2012-2013 state tests to where those scores would fall on the NAEP scale.
Chester E. Finn, Jr., Kati Haycock, and Lyndsey Layton discuss ESEA reauthorization on On Point.
AEI hosted a research conference on the current role of entrepreneurship in improving K-12 Education.
As the House turns its attention back to ESEA reauthorization, an amendment introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R. – Ariz.) would allow parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests, without penalizing the school for accountability purposes, Alyson Klein notes.
Gail Robinson visits two school in New York City that are part of the rapidly changing world of career and technical education for an article in the Hechinger Report.
The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today.
A small group of philanthropists and investors are founding a new philanthropic venture known as the Drexel Fund aimed at creating new high-quality private schools for 50,000 low- and middle-income students over the next decade.
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.
On June 29, Fordham hosted a discussion on turnaround school districts which included the leaders of these state-run districts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched Why Proficiency Matters, an interactive website that will help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.
According to the conventional wisdom, minority students tend to be overrepresented in special ed because teachers are biased against them. Black students are 1.4 times more likely to be placed in special education than students of other races and ethnicities combined.
A new study finds that the Kalamazoo Promise is boosting college enrollment and college success.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does allow “disparate impact” claims, in which plaintiffs only need to show that a particular practice has a disparate impact on a minority group and not evidence of discriminatory intent.
Jay Mathews writes about a new report that describes ways of accelerating learning for gifted students and then describes barriers that school administrators and state legislators sometimes set up to block students who might do better in more challenging classes.
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Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles, has become famous for helping his students, who come from low-income Hispanic and Korean families, put on a Shakespeare play every year.
In the Wall Street Journal, Caroline Porter describes the rise of the virtual field trip.
The cover of this week’s New Yorker shows two girls playing Minecraft on a playdate and in an article inside, Chris Ware describes what playing Miinecraft looks like to a parent of a 10-year-old girl.
USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.
New data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control show that the overall birth rate in the U.S. went up last year but that the rate of unmarried women who gave birth declined.
Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth
Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, will partner with MIT to create a new kind of teacher training program, funded by $30 million from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
“Despite the rising presence of online credit recovery programs, there exists scant evidence as to their effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, or their impact on other outcomes of interest,” notes Ly Le on the blog of the Albert Shanker Institute.
The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.
On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski explores the tension between protecting the privacy of student data and using large data sets to determine what is working in schools.
Ed Next’s Rick Hess is profiled in the Summer issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine.
The Brown Center hosted a panel to discuss why it has been so hard for Congress to reauthorize ESEA.
Instead of trying to come up with an unsatisfying compromise between pro- and anti-charter forces, legislators in New York should really be working to broker a compact between charter schools and the school district like the one Denver has. So argues Richard Whitmire in today’s New York Daily News.
Eric Hanushek talks about the economic growth that would result if countries could meet the goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.
On May 13, Robert Putnam was at the Fordham Institute to discuss his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
A major study on the impact of “Sesame Street” finds that the show “has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool,” writes Jim Tankersley in the Washington Post.
During two days in June, 9 million Chinese high school graduates will take a college entrance test, the gaokao, that Bloomberg’s Yuling Yang calls “the SAT on steroids.”
A new Nevada law will allow parents of public school students to take their child’s share of state funding and use it toward tuition or other expenses related to education at a private school, or for homeschooling.
Libby Nelson of Vox explains the Common Core approach to math to skeptical parents and others.
In the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton describes a classroom demonstration organized by Success Academy on Capitol Hill.
Jay Mathews reviews Caleb Stewart Rossiter’s new book Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the body that accredits teacher preparation programs, announced last week that it would be dismissing its founding leader, Jim Cibulka.
Governor Scott Walker spoke about reforms he put in place in Wisconsin at a Harvard conference on improving school systems in July 2012.
A new AEI report, The Paperwork Pileup, makes the case that many charter school authorizers require applicants to fill out unnecessarily extensive applications to get approval to open a school.
Charter schools, state standards and snow days are featured in the latest issue.
The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week. In 2010, Marty West of Ed Next spoke with George Thampy about what it was like to win the bee in 2000.
The 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year award has been given to Josephine Brewington by Kelly Educational Staffing, the largest provider of substitute teachers in the U.S.
Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a charter school, won a seat on the school board in Los Angeles this week.
Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine hosts an online discussion of the opt-out movement with Robert Pondiscio and Jennifer Berkshire.
Mike Petrilli interviews Greg Toppo about his new book.
What can policymakers do to bring school reform to rural America? Experts are taking a fresh look.
PBS NewsHour has a feature on the Baltimore School for the Arts, where students are admitted based on their artistic potential.
In a powerful article in the Washington Post, Eli Saslow takes readers inside the world of an unemployed single father in Milwaukee trying to find a job and give his daughter a better life.
A report released this week examines the gap in most states between the proficiency rates their students achieve on state tests and the proficiency rates they achieve on NAEP.
Anna Egalite appeared on Where We Live to talk about teacher diversity and student success.
Nationwide high school graduation rates reached a record high of 81.4 percent in 2013, in part due to a rise in graduation rates among minority and low-income students, according to a report released this week.
This Ed Week video spotlights a dropout-recovery program in Lawrence, Mass., that includes home visits from a “scholar re-engagement manager” and personalized plans for returning to school.
A case that the Supreme Court might decide to hear this fall could have a huge impact on the power of teachers unions… and also police unions.
In Slate’s new podcast, three teachers discuss the best and worst advice they’ve ever received.
The Obama administration spent over $3 million on School Improvement Grants to states to help them turn around their lowest-performing schools, but a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education finds that most states lacked the capacity to improve those schools.
AltSchool, a high-tech, personalized learning startup, announced Monday that it had raised $100 million from investors including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a welcome message for National Charter Schools Week, which began Monday.
Seniors at IDEA Public Schools, a charter school network in Texas which has sent 100% of its graduates to college for seven years straight, reveal their college plans.
A new study from the Urban Institute finds that women in their twenties have a lower birth rate today than in any previous generation.
This year’s John Bates Clark medal, given to the most promising American economist under 40, has been awarded to Roland Fryer.
Krissy Clark of Marketplace visits Dayton, Ohio, which has one of the worst rates of economic mobility in the U.S, but which is also the home of a great deal of education innovation.
On April 28, the Fordham Institute hosted a conversation with Greg Toppo about his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.
PBS NewsHour looks into the impact of legislation that promised to hold students back who cannot pass the state’s reading test by the end of third grade.
“A headache-inducing logic problem from Singapore’s Math Olympiad went viral this week, sparking online debates, a Twitter hashtag, and even a song that mimics the process of elimination that leads to the correct answer,” notes Libby Nelson in Vox.
The state of Massachusetts is poised to take over the schools in Holyoke, after taking over the schools in Lawrence four years ago.
Behind the Headline: Is Education Technology Where Women Are Starting To Buck The Tech World’s Sexist Trends?
“In the geeky boys’ club of tech, education tech may be one of the few slightly more bright spots where female founders and CEOs are showing up—and staying the course—in greater numbers,” writes Tony Wan in Fast Company.
When the Boston Public Schools commissioned a study to identify schools that are helping black and Latino boys close the achievement gap, they were unable to find any traditional district schools where black and Latino boys were achieving at levels that matched or exceeded state averages, writes Michael Jonas in Commonwealth magazine.
Teacher Marilyn Rhames gives teachers strategic advice on how to start new school programs. Rhames appeared at a Cage-Busting Teacher event at AEI.
In RealClear Education, Kate Walsh analyzes the battle between schools of education and their accreditors over efforts to raise standards and hold ed schools accountable.
Senate leaders have released a bipartisan proposal to replace NCLB which would give states more leeway when it comes to setting academic standards, evaluating teachers, and deciding what to do about low-performing schools. The law would continue to require annual testing.
In USA Today, Richard Whitmire argues that charter authorizers need to be more aggressive about shutting down poorly performing charter schools.
In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Christopher Jencks reviews Legacies of the War on Poverty and explains why there is disagreement over the impact of the War on Poverty and why it is so difficult to measure changes in the poverty rate over time.
In Washington, D.C., the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools has grown every year for almost 20 years, but this year, enrollment has leveled off at 44 percent, notes Michael Allison Chandler.
Behind the Headline: There’s a Big Hole in How Teachers Build Skills, and Pinterest Is Helping Fill It
For many teachers, Pinterest has become a valuable place to find creative lesson plans, classroom decorations, and teaching tips, notes Madeleine Cummings in Slate.
In the Wall St. Journal, Eva Moskowitz warns that many across the country are engaging in a misguided campaign to diminish the school discipline needed to ensure a nurturing and productive learning environment.
Behind the Headline: Common Core Is Unpopular In Louisiana When You Call It Common Core, LSU Survey Finds
In Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the state legislature to drop the Common Core state standards in its upcoming legislative session, a survey finds high support for “generic” academic standards but lower support for the Common Core standards.
Mike Petrilli interviews Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim about their new book.
A middle school in Nashville is embracing “opportunity culture” and allowing its most talented teachers to lead multiple classrooms.
On Tuesday, March 31, the Brown Center hosted an event looking at what policymakers need to know about how noncognitive skills like grit can be cultivated.
In the Washington Post, Emma Brown describes the findings of a new study by Joshua Goodman on the impact of snow days on student achievement.
Rick Hess and Bethany Little describe how state and local school systems could use data and evidence to improve student outcomes just like Billy Beane did for the Oakland A’s.
On Wednesday, April 15, AEI will host a discussion of The Cage-Busting Teacher, a new book by Rick Hess.
When seats open up in charter schools mid-year, should those spots be filled by students on the waiting list, or should they be allowed to remain empty?
Chester E. Finn, Jr. wonders how it is possible that Brookings is allowing Russ Whitehurst to leave his position as the head of the Brown Center on Education Policy
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two leaders of the D.C. Public Charter School Board argue that the goal should not be for ALL D.C. schools to become charter schools.
We’re hiring a manuscript editor at Education Next.
WNYC series looks at what it is like to be 12 years old.
Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.
A parent in Virginia has sued state officials to force the release of value-added evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia. The Washington Post ran on its front page a long article by Emma Brown about the issue raised by the lawsuit.
Rick Hess talks about his new book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, which aims to help teachers who want to make their schools better for kids and teachers alike.
This St. Patrick’s Day, as always, “what will likely go unheralded is the singular achievement of the Irish in their adopted homeland: the Catholic school system that stretches across the nation and ranges from kindergarten through college.” So writes William McGurn in today’s Wall Street Journal.
On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.
A new PBS documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville, explores how a town in South Carolina is working to provide a better education for its poor students.
What happens when a program brings together students from a poor public school and a rich private school that are three miles apart?
The Cato Institute has produced a short film about New Hampshire’s scholarship tax credit program.
In his New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof argues that Democrats made a historic mistake fifty years ago when they distanced themselves from the Moynihan Report.
Affluent parents busy juggling work and family are increasingly turning to Uber and other app-based car services to take their kids to and from school and afterschool activities.
In Boston, three prominent lawyers are filing a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on charter schools. Efforts by charter school advocates to raise the cap have been defeated by state lawmakers.
In a long article in Sunday’s Washington Post, Emily Badger writes about Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Principals at Ranson and Ashley Park in Charlotte, N.C. explain how they use blended learning and multi-classroom leaders to extend the reach of great teachers
On March 5, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the state of the American family on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.
An experimental study conducted by Mathematica has determined that new teachers who joined Teach for America during a period earlier this decade when the organization was rapidly expanding performed at a level similar to that of the teachers already working in the schools where they were assigned.
This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
The New York Times’ Room for Debate page focuses on teacher quality this week.
Eric Westervelt of nprED looks into why enrollment in teacher training programs seems to be dropping in many states.
On Thursday, Feb. 26, Andrew Kelly and Jon Valant discussed new research on parent empowerment.
On Wednesday, March 4, Brookings hosted a live online discussion on how advocacy efforts influence education policy.
Diane Rehm hosted a discussion of the role of standardized testing on her NPR show last week.
A Fordham Institute panel on Monday, Feb. 23 considered how the Common Core standards will impact gifted students.
The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill that would end AP courses in U.S. history in the state.
In the Atlantic, Jessica Huseman looks at the reasons more black families are choosing homeschooling among African American families: often because they perceive a culture of low expectations for African American students and are unhappy with how their children—especially boys—are treated in schools.
John O’Connor takes a close look at some of the debates that are taking place over how math is taught in states that are implementing the Common Core standards and at the long history of debates over math instruction.
Mike Petrilli tells Fox & Friends it doesn’t matter that Scott Walker never graduated from college.
A new report from ETS highlights a troubling paradox. While millennials in the U.S. have attended more years of school than previous generations, their skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving are lower than those of previous generations and of their peers in other nations.
Rick Hess on why school reform could feel stuck, how we got here, and how we can do better.
While the debate over annual testing has gotten a great deal of attention, the issue of Title I portability is emerging as possibly a bigger obstacle to agreement on reauthorization of NCLB, notes Lauren Camera of Politics K-12.
President Obama weighed in on ESEA reauthorization in his weekly radio address.
Mike Petrilli, Anne Hyslop, Anya Kamenetz, and Jeannie Metcalf on KCRW’s “To The Point”
AEI hosted a conversation with Elisa Villanueva Beard, the co-CEO of Teach For America.
Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan report, which examined the growing problem of fatherless homes among poor, inner-city African Americans.
Last month, the Arkansas State Board of Education took control of the schools in Little Rock.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and former US Secretary of Education Bill Bennett met on Fox News to debate the Common Core State Standards.
Please join Education Next on March 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a discussion of single-parent families.
Paul Peterson, Eric Hanushek, Chester Finn, and others appear in this video on the need to better prepare U.S. students to compete in a global economy.
Doug Lemov took part in a panel discussion on February 10 at Fordham on how to train teachers.
In Albany, two charter schools that once garnered praise now face hearings over the renewal of their charters.
Sen. Lamar Alexander discussed the Future of School Choice at Brookings on Wednesday, February 4.
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The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation today announced that it will “pause” its $1 million annual award, the Broad Prize for Urban Education.
A new study from New York City finds that children with disabilities stayed at charter schools at a slightly higher rate than they did at traditional public schools.
On Thurs., Feb. 5, AEI hosted a conference on foundation-funded school reform.
AEI hosted Sen. Tim Scott (R – S.C.) as well as Thomas Stewart and Patrick Wolf, the authors of a new book The School Choice Journey: School Vouchers and the Empowerment of Urban Families.
People often use students eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches as a proxy for poverty, but is that a good metric, wonders Will Huntsberry of nprED.
PBS NewsHour looks into the changes made to the GED in order to make it Common Core compliant.
As a major snowstorm sweeps across New England, this map shows how many inches of snow it takes for school to be cancelled in each state.
On Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will hear testimony about supporting teachers and school leaders.
These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.
Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke with Time about his views on fixing NCLB. Alexander is still struggling to make a decision on whether a revised NCLB should include annual tests required by the federal government.
Nina Rees of the NAPCS and Mary Cathryn Ricker of the AFT will talk about poverty as part of a Communities in Schools Leadership Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 9:30 a.m.
On Thursday, American Enterprise Institute will host a conversation with U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN) on the direction the new Congress will take in education.
The Senate HELP committee will look at how to fix the testing and accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind.
Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discussed the Senate hearing on testing and accountability in a new episode of “A Fern Between Two Mikes”
“As we celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth, we should ask why so many of the problems against which he struggled — segregation, poverty, persistent racial gaps in education and income — remain so much a part of American life,” writes Paul Peterson in an op-ed in the New York Daily News.
In his State of the State address earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called on the legislature to pass a bill to create an Opportunity Scholarship program for low-income students to be funded through state tax credits.
D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson gave a Vision Talk at AEI on what we should really be measuring when we evaluate our schools.
Behind the Headline: Both Parties Agree: Economic Mobility Will Be a Defining Theme of 2016 Campaign
In the Washington Post, Phillip Rucker and Dan Balz describe how declining economic mobility has become a theme that Presidential candidates from both parties are trying to address.
In a speech on Monday, Arne Duncan said that annual testing is critical for measuring educational progress.
AEI President Arthur Brooks on why people aren’t listening to education reformers and how the case for education reform can best be made.
How much of the problem lies in our teaching, and what’s to be done about it?
In an Ed Week commentary, James Delisle explains why differentiated instruction doesn’t work.
In the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Brad Wolverton tells the story of a former college basketball coach with a lucrative side business helping hundreds of college athletes cheat their way through online courses in order to maintain their eligibility to compete in the NCAA.
Veteran NPR reporter Claudio Sanchez identifies six education stories to watch in the year ahead.
In Korea, teachers at online cram schools called hagwons, which prepare students for college entrance exams, can earn millions of dollars.
Eric Jaffe picks the rapid advance of Google’s self-driving car as one of the biggest transportation breakthroughs of 2014.
In Massachusetts, Governor-elect Charlie Baker named Jim Peyser as state education secretary.
The Fordham Institute wants to help parents turn TV time into learning time with these streaming videos that teach core content to early elementary-school children.
In the Washington Post, Emily Badger describes the dramatic changes in family structure that have taken place in the U.S. over the past 50 years.
KIPP Academy Middle School principal Andrew Rubin describes his workday on this edition of Slate’s Working podcast.
The Partnership for Educational Justice interviews nine parents who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York .
Teach for America has notified its partner districts that it is on track to train a smaller corps of teachers this year, possibly falling short of demand for its teachers by 25 percent.
ReasonTV looks at how choice has changed public schooling in New Orleans and at what the future holds.
According to a report from the Census Bureau, children who live with two married parents are much more likely to participate in extracurricular activities than children living with two unmarried parents or children living with single parents.
Michael Horn delivered a keynote address at this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.
Mike Petrilli interviews Dana Goldstein about her new book on teachers.
For the next three months, Education Next will be running a series of articles on the state of the American family to mark the 50th anniversary year of the publication of The Moynihan Report.
AEI hosted a discussion with Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz about the opportunities and challenges charter schools face in New York City.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has given preliminary approval to a resolution against the use of value-added analysis to evaluate teachers.
Our guide to the education policy books of 2014.
Poll results on Common Core, changes in teachers union politics, how best to evaluate teachers, and more in the latest issue of Education Next.
Joel Klein talks about his time as chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education, teacher unions, content knowledge, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and more.
The Obama administration will be issuing guidance for school districts this week on the use of single-sex classrooms.
The Fordham Institute hosts a daylong event on the role education can play in promoting upward mobility.
The Department of Education released proposed rules yesterday that will require states to rate teacher preparation programs on measures that will include the academic performance of the students of their graduates, which the teacher preparation programs must track.
Mike Petrilli debates Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education about the Common Core.
City and state officials are looking into ways of reorganizing the school system in Detroit, and are getting advice from Paul Pastorek, who helped turn around the school district in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division is taking on tracking and ability grouping in school districts where they lead to unequal racial representation in high-level classes, charging that black students are not being provided an equal opportunity to participate in advanced learning opportunities.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education will host the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20 and 21.
On Thursday, Jeb Bush will give a speech in Washington, D.C. at his think tank’s annual conference.
Is the strictness and attention to detail of these ‘No Excuses’ schools a good fit for high school students?
Reason TV tells the story of the charter school pioneer’s battles in New York City.
Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis hosted a forum on the Vergara vs. California decision and the difference it could make for students.
Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Spent $60 Million for the Midterms but Still Lost Many Elections
Teachers union-backed candidates lost in many states in Tuesday’s election, including many states where Democrats embraced policies that the unions opposed
Behind the Headline: Common Core Math Can Be A Mystery, and Parents Are Going To School To Understand It
The Washington Post ran a front-page story on Sunday about the struggles of parents to understand Common Core math.
NPR launches its 50 Great Teachers series with a look at Socrates.
AEI hosted Cami Anderson, superintendent of Newark Public Schools, in conversation with Rick Hess.
In 2009, a new charter school in New York City announced that it would pay all its teachers $125,000 a year with the possibility of a bonus on top of that. A new study by Mathematica finds that students at the school (called The Equity Project) have learned in four years as much math as they would have learned in 5.6 years elsewhere.
In the New York Times, Jane Peterson writes about a Chinese-immersion charter school in Minneapolis.
The cover story of Time magazine this week looks at the “latest batch of tech tycoons turned education reformers” who are behind the Vergara v. California lawsuit.
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New research from New York City continues to find that small high schools there have boosted graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color.
AEI hosted a discussion on October 22 on where things stand with the Common Core and how its future looks. Panelists were Rick Hess, Catherine Gewertz, and Chris Minnich.
The New York Times Room for Debate page hosts a variety of pieces today on whether high schools should drop their sports teams.
This week’s episode of This American Life tells stories of how schools handle misbehaving kids.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings advocates letting students control the pace of their own learning, which may include binge-learning calculus.
Teachers unions are spending big in this year’s midterm elections.
As part of Stanford University’s State of the Union 2014 course, Randi Weingarten, Linda Darling-Hammond and Chester Finn discuss the current state of education reform.
PBS NewsHour looks into how much testing there will be in this first year of Common Core testing.
Behind the Headline: Montgomery School Officials Ask for Delay in Using New State Tests for Graduation
In Maryland, where students will take new tests based on the Common Core standards for the first time this year, one school board is asking the state to delay a requirement that students pass the new tests to graduate from high school.
In the New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Confessore looks at the political fight over efforts to bring healthier food to school cafeterias, and explains how the School Nutrition Association became “Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
“In poll after poll, Americans vastly underestimate per-pupil education funding and overall school spending,” writes Nathan Benefield on Forbes.com.
A front-page story in today’s Washington Post looks at the debate that has broken out in Colorado over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum.
In his column, Jay Mathews highlights a blog entry by Mike Petrilli about the weak, content-free curriculum being taught to his first grader in the Montgomery County, Md. public schools.
Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Kennedy School at Harvard are looking for a staff assistant. This is a full-time job with benefits.
Mike McShane explains how our education system could be changed to help the have-nots catch up to the haves
On October 2, Campbell Brown was at AEI to discuss the Vergara v. California ruling and teacher tenure reform.
Chicago Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that schools will continue to receive funding for students that are not enrolled this year, “holding harmless” schools that do not meet enrollment targets.
A federal appeals court has declined to rehear a case involving high school students who were not allowed to wear American flag shirts to school on the day of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools hosted a discussion on the health of the charter school movement on Oct. 1.
Mike Petrilli talks with Laurence Steinberg about his new book on what science tells us about adolescence.
Attorney General Eric Holder will resign as soon as a successor can be appointed, he announced yesterday. As Evie Blad notes on Politics K-12,” in the education world, [Holder] is perhaps best known for his efforts to address disproportionately high discipline rates for students from certain racial and ethnic groups.”
A new study looks at what happened to schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind and finds that some of the sanctions against these schools ultimately had a positive impact on student learning.
Fordham hosted a conversation with Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Mike Petrilli and Neal McCluskey discuss the Common Core State Standards Initiative on CSPAN’s Washington Journal.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson looks at why it is so popular for politicians to call for more spending on schools.
Should all students be given a college-prep curriculum? College students share their views.
IntelligenceSquared recently hosted a debate on the Common Core which featured two Ed Next editors – Rick Hess and Mike Petrilli – on opposite sides.
In its first venture into the world of K-12 education, EdX announced that it will release 26 free online courses covering AP and high school level material.
Schools that want to see if they are holding their students to high standards can test their students using an exam given around the globe. A story on PBS Newshour takes a close look at the test.
The U.S. Department of Education will release new guidance this morning for struggling schools that receive federal funds under the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program.
As part of his HarvardX course, Paul E. Peterson discusses desegregation with Jim Ryan, the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The Fall 2014 issue of Education Next is now available online.
We are saddened to note that A. Graham Down passed away last weekend in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon, AEI will host a launch event for “Education and Opportunity,” a new book by Mike McShane.
A new Pew report finds that using social media like Twitter and Facebook makes people less likely to express views that differ from those of their friends.
As interest has grown in the idea of requiring police officers to wear video cameras, Slate’s Reihan Salam wonders why we don’t also ask teachers to wear them.
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement saying that “insufficient sleep in adolescents [is] an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.”
It’s the first day of school in many locales, and many parents are taking their kids to the neighborhood school for the first time. But what to do if the neighborhood school in the community you love makes you nervous — maybe because it is overcrowded or has low test scores or has a lot of students who do not speak English or a lot of students from low-income families?
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A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.
The 2014 Education Next survey was released today. Check out our infographic interpretations of the results.
Will a new study of what brains look like when kids do math finally end the math wars? Probably not, but the study’s findings do support the notion that drilling kids on math facts so that they can come up with the answers automatically will help kids with higher-level math later on.
A recent report by Trulia finds that houses in school districts where rich families send their children to public school can cost more than twice the national average per square foot. Jacob Davidson crunches the numbers for Money magazine and finds that for some families in some places, it would be cheaper to live in a less expensive neighborhood and send their child to private school (albeit not a top prep school) than it would be to buy or rent a home in a wealthy school district with outstanding public schools.
Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discuss the spread of legal challenges to state laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal, and seniority.
In the Huffington Post, Joy Resmovits reports that Michelle Rhee plans to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst.
In three weeks, Lily Eskelsen Garcia takes over the leadership of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lyndsey Layton profiles her in today’s Washington Post.
Teach For America announced today that half of this year’s 5,300 recruits are people of color. The organization has recently changed some of its recruiting techniques to generate a more diverse applicant pool.
Mike Petrilli interviews Elizabeth Green about her new book on great teaching.
Eric Taylor of Stanford University explains the findings of a study on the effects of high-quality teacher evaluations on teacher performance.
A free online course on history, politics, and policy in American education, taught by Paul E. Peterson, will begin on Sept. 8.
Gene Maeroff was an education reporter for the New York Times who later served as founding director of the Hechinger Institute and wrote a number of books about education policy. He died last week in New York at the age of 75.
In a post on Vox.com, Libby Nelson notes that the average teacher with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience earns less than $40,000 in many states, and that “relatively low salaries for experienced teachers with bachelor’s degrees are the norm, not the exception, in the US, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.”
Nina Rees discusses how schools will need to respond to rising numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
On Thursday, Paul Ryan announced a new anti-poverty plan in a speech at AEI.
On January 31, Fordham hosted a panel discussion on their latest report, “Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement.”
Four undocumented teenagers from a high-poverty high school in Phoenix win a national robotics competition in this documentary produced by Jeb Bush, Jr.
Jason Zimba, one of the lead authors of the Common Core math standards, talks about what’s in the standards.
Karen Lewis, the controversial head of the Chicago Teachers Union, has formed an “unofficial exploratory committee” to look into a possible challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral race.
Fordham’s Amber Northern talks about Common Core implementation at the EWA’s 67th National Seminar.
In Boston, the debate over whether to raise the cap on charter school spending is becoming more and more polarized.
Richard Whitmire looks at the evolving competition between district schools and charter schools in Washington, D.C. in an op-ed in the Washington Post.
On EdCast, Richard Weissbourd talks about his new report, which finds that children are more concerned with achievement than with being a good person.
Students in Fowler USD, a school district in California facing financial challenges, can access speech therapy online.
Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour talks with Rick Hess and Carmel Martin.
The Department of Education has released a new plan to ensure that poor and minority students have equal access to effective teachers.
One of the intellectual godfathers of the charter movement is inducted into the Charter School Hall of Fame.
Middle school students play “Mission US,” an online adventure game that immerses students in American history.
The annual convention of the National Education Association (NEA) begins on Wednesday, July 2 in Denver.
Amber Northern appears on Huffington Post Live Monday at 2:30 pm to discuss the challenges of principal recruitment, selection, and placement.
Addressing a Leading Educators conference, Arne Duncan says we need to give teachers more opportunities to influence education policy without having to leave their teaching jobs.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced (under pressure from the state legislature) changes that will make it easier for special-needs students to attend private school at public expense when their parents believe that public schools are not meeting the needs of their children.
In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) jointly released a “Dear Colleague Letter” containing guidance for schools on avoiding discrimination against students on the basis of race when administering school disciplinary policies.
Behind the Headline: States’ Special Education Services Face Tighter Oversight by the Obama Administration
The U.S. Department of Education is changing the way it holds states accountable for the education of students with special needs to focus more on results and less on inputs.
A new study finds that many of the barriers that principals cite as impediments to change and innovation are not true impediments and could easily be circumvented.
Great educational apps recommended by people who are tech experts, education policy wonks, parents, or all three.
The Center for American Progress hosted a forum on Common Core implementation.
Mike Petrilli interviews Richard about his new book about the high-performing Rocketship charter network.
The PTA’s national convention is taking place in Austin this year, and on Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address.
DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson talks with Andy Rotherham while driving through DC.
The National Council on Teacher Quality has released its second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs.
A superintendent, a teachers union president, and a reporter debate teacher tenure in light of a court ruling that found the policy unconstitutional.
In California, a court struck down the state’s teacher tenure and seniority system.
The Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would support a two-year moratorium on attaching any consequences, for teachers or for students, to scores on new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
The New York Times’ Room for Debate focuses this week on gifted education.
A new study released by the National Council on Teacher Quality Finds that about 16 percent of teachers in the cities they studied were”chronically absent,” meaning they missed 18 or more days per school year.
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews praises a new book about Rocketship charter schools by Richard Whitmire.
Behind the Headline: In New Orleans, Major School District Closes Traditional Public Schools for Good
In New Orleans, the Recovery School District, which was created by the state after Hurricane Katrina to administer low-performing schools, is closing its last five traditional schools.
All articles from the Summer 2014 issue of Education Next are now available on our website.
An article in Education Week describes a new book that argues that students attending public schools achieve the same or better math results as students attending demographically similar private schools.
California has approved rules allowing the testing of self-driving cars to begin on the state’s roads this fall.
Parent trigger laws, which allow parents to force low-performing schools to be transformed, are no longer so popular with state legislatures.
The BBC reports on a new study examining how U.S. students perform compared with students in other countries.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Andy Rotherham and Chad Aldeman point out how teachers are punished by poorly structured retirement policies.
In the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough looks at the challenges many low-income students face once they get to college.
“Segregation is back” reads the headline of an article by Peg Tyre in Politico, which continues, “Sixty years after Brown v. Board, educational advantages are still unequally divided—not by race, but by zip code.”
Nina Rees visits the Education Gadfly Show to talk about federal charter school legislation and what district schools can learn from charters.
In Newark, N.J., the mayoral election has been won by Ras Baraka, a community activist who has opposed the school reform policies of school superintendent Cami Anderson.
In an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Paul Peterson describes the results of a new study that finds that U.S. students from more advantaged backgrounds are not doing as well as similarly-situated students in other industrialized nations.
The Washington Post editorial board notes that teachers unions are beginning to push back against the Common Core standards in several states.
Nearly half of the students in public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers are.
Here’s our recommended reading list that highlight what is going on in the world of charter schooling under three headings: charter superstars, hot-button issues, and charter schools and politics.
David Brooks wrote last week about a long conversation between philosopher Isaiah Berlin and poet Anna Akhmatova.
Tom Loveless of Brookings on how the Common Core came about, why some are opposed to it , and what its impact will be on student achievement.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan Makes Sales Pitch for Waivers, Turnarounds, Early Ed in Senate Hearing
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the Senate on Wednesday to defend his budget request and was given a hard time by Senator Lamar Alexander over his decision to revoke Washington state’s NCLB waiver.
In Sunday’s New York Times, Motoko Rich wrote about the Walton Family Foundation’s support for charter schools.
In the New York Times’ new Upshot section, David Leonhardt describes the struggles of men in today’s economy and traces the problem back to the struggles of boys in school.
The Wall Street Journal has included a short excerpt from the new book Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think About Schools and How to Fix Them, as a Notable and Quotable item.
The Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program is featured on NPR’s Morning Edition.
A new report finds that U.S. high schools now have an 80 percent graduation rate. Gains in graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic students helped raise the overall rate.
The Obama administration will propose new regulations for teacher training programs in an effort to hold the programs accountable for the quality of the teachers they graduate.
When he was 15 years old, Battushig Myanganbayar got a perfect score on MIT’s first MOOC, a free online course on circuits and electronics.
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.
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