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


Articles

Top 20 Blog Entries of 2011!

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

Top Education Next Articles of 2011!

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

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

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

Behind the Headline: Charter School Forges Ahead with Expansion

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

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

On Top of the News Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security 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 […]

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

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

Ed Next Book Club

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

Taking Stock of a Decade of Reform

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

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Poll: Predictions for 2011

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

Poll: Best and Worst Developments for K-12 Education

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

Blog Posts/Multimedia

What We’re Watching: Education and Opportunity Book Launch

On Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon, AEI will host a launch event for “Education and Opportunity,” a new book by Mike McShane.

08/27/2014

Behind the Headline: How Social Media Silences Debate

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.

08/27/2014

Behind the Headline: The Case for Cop and Teacher Cams

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.

08/26/2014

Behind the Headline: Students Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

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.”

08/26/2014

Behind the Headline: Sometimes the School Down the Block Makes You Nervous

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?

08/25/2014

Behind the Headline: The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

On Top of the News The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure 8/19/14 | Wall Street Journal Behind the Headline No Common Opinion on the Common Core Education Next In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson notes that Americans give 13% of teachers in their local school district a grade of D and […]

08/21/2014

What We’re Listening To: A Tale of Two Polls

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.

08/20/2014

2014 Education Next Survey: A Visual Breakdown

The 2014 Education Next survey was released today. Check out our infographic interpretations of the results.

08/19/2014

Behind the Headline: Kids’ Brains Reorganize When Learning Math Skills

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.

08/18/2014

Behind the Headline: How Sending Your Child to Private School Can Save You $53,000

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.

08/18/2014

What We’re Watching: The Vergara Fight Goes Coast to Coast

Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discuss the spread of legal challenges to state laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal, and seniority.

08/14/2014

Behind the Headline: Michelle Rhee Prepares To Leave CEO Job At StudentsFirst, Group She Founded

In the Huffington Post, Joy Resmovits reports that Michelle Rhee plans to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst.

08/13/2014

Behind the Headline: Lunch Lady Rises to Teachers Union Leader and Takes On All Comers, Bluntly

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.

08/12/2014

Behind the Headline: Diversity on the Rise Among TFA Recruits

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.

08/12/2014

Ed Next Book Club: Elizabeth Green on Building a Better Teacher

Mike Petrilli interviews Elizabeth Green about her new book on great teaching.

08/08/2014

What We’re Watching: How Teacher Evaluations Can Improve Teacher Performance

Eric Taylor of Stanford University explains the findings of a study on the effects of high-quality teacher evaluations on teacher performance.

08/07/2014

What We’re Watching: Saving Schools MOOC

A free online course on history, politics, and policy in American education, taught by Paul E. Peterson, will begin on Sept. 8.

08/04/2014

Remembering Gene Maeroff

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.

07/29/2014

Behind the Headline: After 10 Years at Work, Teachers in Some States Make Less than $40,000

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.”

07/28/2014

What We’re Watching: Are U.S. Schools Prepared for Migrant Students?

Nina Rees discusses how schools will need to respond to rising numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

07/27/2014

Behind the Headline: Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan is Paternalistic

On Thursday, Paul Ryan announced a new anti-poverty plan in a speech at AEI.

07/25/2014

What We’re Watching: OECD Test for Schools

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.

07/22/2014

What We’re Watching: Steering Great Leaders into the Principal’s Office

On January 31, Fordham hosted a panel discussion on their latest report, “Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement.”

07/22/2014

What We’re Watching: Underwater Dreams

Four undocumented teenagers from a high-poverty high school in Phoenix win a national robotics competition in this documentary produced by Jeb Bush, Jr.

07/18/2014

What We’re Listening To: What’s In the Common Core Math Standards?

Jason Zimba, one of the lead authors of the Common Core math standards, talks about what’s in the standards.

07/16/2014

Behind the Headline: Karen Lewis For Chicago Mayor? Union Leader Forms Exploratory Committee

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.

07/16/2014

What We’re Watching: Common Core: Realities of the Rollout

Fordham’s Amber Northern talks about Common Core implementation at the EWA’s 67th National Seminar.

07/15/2014

Behind the Headline: Charter School Battle Erodes Middle Ground

In Boston, the debate over whether to raise the cap on charter school spending is becoming more and more polarized.

07/15/2014

Behind the Headline: How D.C. Got To Be an Education Hot Spot

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.

07/14/2014

What We’re Listening To: The Children We Mean to Raise

On EdCast, Richard Weissbourd talks about his new report, which finds that children are more concerned with achievement than with being a good person.

07/11/2014

What We’re Watching: Live Online Speech Therapy

Students in Fowler USD, a school district in California facing financial challenges, can access speech therapy online.

07/10/2014

What We’re Watching: Why More States are Backing Off Common Core

Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour talks with Rick Hess and Carmel Martin.

07/08/2014

Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

The Department of Education has released a new plan to ensure that poor and minority students have equal access to effective teachers.

07/07/2014

Chester E. Finn, Jr. Honored with Award from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

One of the intellectual godfathers of the charter movement is inducted into the Charter School Hall of Fame.

07/07/2014

What We’re Watching: Game Brings History to Life

Middle school students play “Mission US,” an online adventure game that immerses students in American history.

07/01/2014

Behind the Headline: What to Expect From This Year’s NEA Convention

The annual convention of the National Education Association (NEA) begins on Wednesday, July 2 in Denver.

07/01/2014

What We’re Watching: Should School Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

Amber Northern appears on Huffington Post Live Monday at 2:30 pm to discuss the challenges of principal recruitment, selection, and placement.

06/30/2014

What We’re Watching: Arne Duncan on New Roles for Teachers

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.

06/27/2014

Behind the Headline: De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

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.

06/26/2014
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