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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.


The EdNext Podcast

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Equality of Educational Opportunity Today: Reconsidering the Coleman Report on its 50th Anniversary

An Education Next Event

Revisiting the Coleman Report

“Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th Anniversary

The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2015

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.

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2015

Which topics were most popular with Education Next readers in 2015?

Single-Parent Families: Revisiting the Moynihan Report 50 Years Later

An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.

Revisiting the Moynihan Report on its 50th Anniversary

Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.

Blog Posts/Multimedia

In the News: The Fight for the Future of Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

Massachusetts voters will weigh in this fall in a referendum on whether to increase the number of charter schools in the state


What We’re Watching: Teaching Rich and Poor Alike

Amanda Ripley and Robert Pondiscio discuss whether poor kids should be taught using the same methods as rich kids. This discussion was part of the New York Times’ Cities of Tomorrow event.


EdNext Podcast: Summer Melt — Why College-Bound Kids Don’t End Up in College & How to Help

At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.” Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college.


In the News: The Sudden Rise and Ongoing Challenges of Democrats for Education Reform

A new article assesses the impact of DFER, an organization founded to create a ‘safe place’ for pro-charter, reform-oriented Democratic politicians to make much-needed changes to the education system.


In the News: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans, Not Professional Development

A new study finds that teachers who were given access to a set of “inquiry-based” lesson plans and online support on how to use the lesson plans saw increases in student achievement.


In the News: After Big Splash, Scaled-Back Rocketship Still Finding Its Way

Rocketship runs one of Milwaukee’s higher-performing charter schools, but the school has fallen short of enrollment goals and is running a $1.4 million deficit.


What We’re Watching: Debate Over Changes to Democratic Platform on Education

At a meeting last weekend, the Democratic Party amended its education platform in a way that amounts to a rejection of the many of the policies of the Obama administration. C-Span broadcast the debate over the changes.


EdNext Podcast: Teachers Unions Around the World

Stanford University’s Terry M. Moe sits down with EdNext editor Marty West to discuss how political debates over education reform have unfolded around the world, with a focus on the role played by teachers unions.


What We’re Watching: Teachers Like Common Core Math. Why Don’t Parents?

On Thursday, July 14 at 4 pm, Fordham will host a discussion of the results of a recent survey that found that, while teachers have begun to embrace Common Core math, parents (as perceived by teachers) seem less enamored.


In the News: The Sobering Evidence of Social Science

In his column, George Will notes that we have just passed the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. The Spring issue of Education Next featured a series of articles commemorating the anniversary.


In the News: Teachers Union Cheers Clinton for Stance on Standardized Testing and Pay, but Boos Her Embrace of Charters

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech before the NEA’s annual Representative Assembly and was booed for expressing support for charter schools.


In the News: A New Argument for More Diverse Classrooms

In a speech this evening at the National PTA Convention in Orlando, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. will call on parent and teachers to create diverse schools where students of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have access to good teachers and learning opportunities like he did.


What We’re Watching: Maps Showing How School Funding Works in Each State

EdBuild has created a website that shows, state-by-state, how schools are funded. (Clicking on the above map will take you to EdBuild’s interactive maps.)


EdNext Podcast: Politicians Taking On Chronic Absenteeism

Leslie Cornfeld, former special advisor to both the Secretary of Education and to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks with Paul E. Peterson about chronic absenteeism and how data can be used to identify kids who are at risk.


In the News: Leg Up or Catch Up? Wealthier Students Use Summer School to Get a Step Ahead

Summer school has become a place where some students do remedial work to make up an “F” grade while other students take advanced classes to get ahead.


In the News: Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes

A new paper looks at the impact of having demographically similar teachers on a wide range of students’ academic perceptions.


In the News: What’s Really in LAUSD’s Online Credit Recovery Courses?

An L.A. Times editorial writer arranged to take one of the online credit recovery courses taken by students and found good and bad.


EdNext Podcast: Do Vouchers Reduce Incarceration Rates?

Paul E. Peterson speaks with Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas about his study finding that students in Milwaukee who received vouchers to attend private schools were 2-5 percentage points less likely to be accused or convicted of crimes than comparable students who attended public schools.


In the News: Making Sense of the Opt Out Movement

To make sense of the opt-out phenomenon, Education Next has published a forum featuring two public school parents with contrasting views on opting out.


In the News: How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won

Writing for the 74, Matt Barnum takes a long look at education policy in California, where Governor Jerry Brown has led the charge against testing and accountability


What We’re Watching: Fordham Event on Education Reform’s Common Ground

The Fordham Institute hosted a discussion on Monday, June 20, 2016 about what the education reform community agrees on.


In the News: Coming of Age in a City Coming Apart

Khalil Bridges is a senior at one of Baltimore’s poorest and most violent high schools, Renaissance Academy High School.


In the News: The Exit Exam Paradox

In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum looks at what states are doing about their exit exams now that they are using Common Core-aligned tests,


EdNext Podcast: Partisan Politics in Education

Paul Peterson interviews Robert Shapiro, an expert on public opinion, about how the partisan divide in education policy is shifting, as issues of school quality and accountability have produced “conflicted liberals,” at the same time that the presidential election is creating “conflicted conservatives.”


What We’re Watching: Brookings Event on Inequality

On June 8, 2016, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Bringing education disparities to the forefront of the political debate.” Among the panelists were Gerard Robinson of AEI, DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter, and Peggy McLeod of La Raza.


In the News: Why I Reject the American Obsession with Achievement Gaps

When Jay Mathews looked at which school district had the smallest black-white achievement gap, he was surprised to find that it was Detroit, which he calls “our nation’s worst school district, or close to it.”


In the News: Invite All Comers to Teach in Our Public Schools

In an op-ed in the New York Daily News, RiShawn Biddle and Jeremy Lott argue for a new approach to boosting the number of high-quality teachers in our schools: “right-to-teach” laws.


In the News: Student Absences a Growing Problem

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that nearly 1 in 7 public school students miss too many days from school — at least 10 percent of the school year.


EdNext Podcast: How to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism

A report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week finds that 6.5 million students missed at least three weeks of school last year. On this week’s podcast, Bob Balfanz talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about the problem of chronic absenteeism.


In the News: If MCAS Is So Good, Why Are We Ditching It?

The MCAS was long considered one of the best tests in the nation. But last fall, the Massachusetts Board of Education decided to create a new test that would combine elements of the MCAS with elements of PARCC.


What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Performance at Icahn Charter School

At Icahn Charter Schools in the South Bronx, students learn the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. Here they demonstrate some of the things they’ve learned in an end-of-year Core Knowledge Assembly program.


In the News: New Rules To Ban Payday Lending ‘Debt Traps’

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new regulations affecting payday loans. The CFPB argues that these loans are set up in a way that makes it very difficult for lenders to repay them, so people end up borrowing more and more and ultimately pay far more in fees and interest than they borrowed.


In the News: Bursting the ‘Personalization’ Bubble: An Alternative Vision for Our Public Schools

A few years ago, Benjamin Riley sparked a debate over personalized learning with a blog entry arguing “Don’t personalize learning.” Not long after, Riley and Alex Hernandez debated “Should Personalization Be the Future of Learning?” in an EdNext forum.


In the News: Bill Aims to Ease Teacher Mobility Across States

Newly introduced federal legislation would make it easier for teachers to move to other states for teaching jobs without having to deal with licensure hassles.


EdNext Podcast: The Shared Legacy of Bush and Obama in Education Policy

Paul E. Peterson discusses his recent article, “The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform,” with host Marty West.


In the News: Education Department Proposes Rules for Judging Schools

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations spelling out what states need to do to comply with the accountability provisions of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.


What We’re Watching: Online Course on Using PISA to Drive Progress

EdPolicy Leaders Online has launched a new online course that will take a close look at PISA data and explore how the data can be used to improve education policymaking in the U.S.


EdNext Podcast: Can Non-Cognitive Skills Be Taught?

Journalist Paul Tough talks with Education Next editor Marty West about his new book, Helping Children Succeed.


The Summer 2016 Issue of EdNext Is Here

In his final issue as editor-in-chief of Education Next, Paul E. Peterson assesses the effectiveness of the regulatory approach to school reform and looks ahead to choice and competition as the best hope for the future.


Behind the Headline: edTPA Teaching Exam’s Ties to Effectiveness Mixed, Study Finds

A new study looks at the predictive validity of the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a new performance-based test that is being used as a teacher licensing exam in some states.


Behind the Headline: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Nevada School Choice Program

In Nevada, a judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state’s new education savings account (ESA) program.


Behind the Headline: The ‘Intolerable’ Fight Over School Money

Yesterday marked the latest skirmish in the battle over how to implement Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which sends $15 billion from the federal government to school districts to help schools serving low-income students.


What We’re Watching: Match Minis

Match education has produced a series of 3-5 minute videos, Match Minis, to share what they have learned about classroom teaching, teacher training, and more. There are videos for teachers, for teacher coaches, and for school leaders.


Behind the Headline: New Evidence that U.S. Schools are Resegregating

A new report released by the Government Accountability Office finds that poor, minority students are increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in school.


EdNext Podcast: How Will Accountability Change Under ESSA?

Randall Reback, professor of economics at Barnard College and Columbia University, talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about flexibility for states under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.


Behind the Headline: Virginia Governor Moves to Upend Traditional High School

In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation last week that will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements.


Behind the Headline: Detroit schools’ decline and teacher sickout reflect bad economy and demographic shifts

Earlier this month, teachers in Detroit staged a sick-out, shutting down 97% of the district’s schools.


What We’re Watching: Middle School Math Competition on ESPN

Earlier this week, top middle-school mathletes competed in the Mathcounts national championship. The final round aired on ESPN3


EdNext Podcast: Free College Tuition: Lessons from Germany

With the prospect of free college tuition attracting many young voters to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, EdNext’s Paul Peterson talks with Ludger Woessmann of the Ifo Institute in Munich about free higher education in Germany.


Behind the Headline: Appeals Court to Consider Teachers’ Lawsuit Over Tax-Credit Scholarships

An appeals court heard oral arguments yesterday in a lawsuit that a Florida teachers union has brought against the state’s tax credit scholarship program.


What We’re Watching: AEI Event on Education Savings Accounts

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, starting at 9:30 am, AEI will host an event on education savings accounts (ESAs). Participants will include the authors of a new book on ESAs as well as policymakers, practitioners, and advocates.


Behind the Headline: Has the MCPS Board Learned Its Lesson?

How does a local school board hire a superintendent? Or fire a superintendent? In Montomery County, Md., a suburban school district outside of Washington, D.C. with over 150,000 students and an annual budget of $2.4 billion, much of the work of the school board seems to take place behind closed doors.


What We’re Watching: The Reading Paradox and the ESSA Solution

On Tuesday, May 11, 2016, at 10 am, Fordham will host an event to examine how the Every Student Succeeds Act gives states an opportunity to boost reading comprehension.


EdNext Podcast: The Experts Debate Education Savings Accounts

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) allow families to claim most or all of the funds that the state would have spent on their child’s education and spend those funds on private school tuition or home schooling.On this week’s episode of the Ed Next podcast, Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith join Ed Next’s Marty West to discuss the pros and cons of ESAs.


What We’re Watching: Personalized Learning Event at Harvard

On Thursday, May 5 at 5:30, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host an event about a new online personalized learning platform that has been developed by teachers from Summit Public Schools with help from Facebook engineers.


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

To show our appreciation for all the great teachers out there, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite articles that we think teachers might enjoy.


Behind the Headline: Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares

A widely shared post on The Upshot uses a set of colorful graphics to shed light on achievement gaps both within and across school districts.


Behind the Headline: This Controversial Law Could Help Schools in Nevada Struggling With Growth Booms

A law passed in June 2015 in Nevada gave all parents in the state access to a new school choice mechanism — the education savings account (ESA).


Behind the Headline: The Merit Pay Myth: Why the Conventional Wisdom About Paying Teachers Is Wrong

It is easy to find statements by education experts and journalists that “merit pay doesn’t work,” but as as Matt Barnum writes, the research on merit pay is mixed.


Behind the Headline: National Teacher of the Year: I Was a Teenage Mom, and Teachers Changed My Life

Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., has been named this year’s National Teacher of the Year


Behind the Headline: Most High School Seniors Aren’t College Or Career Ready

The results from last year’s NAEP exam for 12th graders have just been released and NPR’s Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the most important numbers: math and reading scores both declined a tiny amount, lower-achieving students are doing slightly worse and higher-achieving students slighly better than they were two years ago, and fewer than 40 percent of high school seniors score at college- or career-ready levels


EdNext Podcast: How Much Economic Growth Can We Get If We Improve Our Schools?

Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about the findings of his new study, which calculates the impact we would see on the economy if states improve their schools and students improve their skills.


Behind the Headline: Can More Money Fix America’s Schools?

Is it how much you spend on schools or how you spend it? NPR’s ed team is in the midst of a series of reports on money and schools. The latest installment takes a close look at the debate over whether money matters.


Behind the Headline: White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college

Vice President Biden will announce today that the White House will award $100 million in grants to expand workforce training programs at community colleges.


What We’re Watching: Brookings Event on Charter Schools in America

On April 26, Brookings hosted an event looking at charter schools in the U.S., what they are doing well, what they need to do better, and what their future holds.


Behind the Headline: Texas, Arizona High Schools Dominate New U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has released its 2016 rankings of the country’s best high schools, identifying the public high schools that do the best job of preparing students for college and careers.


EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Have More Charter Schools?

In Massachusetts, a proposal to increase the number of charter schools that was made by Governor Charlie Baker is facing opposition in the state senate. Jim Stergios, the Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, talks with with Paul E. Peterson about the debate over charter schools that is now taking place in the Massachusetts state legislature.


What We’re Watching: Shavar Jeffries on the Democratic Candidates for President

The 74 talks briefly with Shavar Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and school reform.


Behind the Headline: Better Adult Outcomes for Charter School Students

A study released earlier this month by Mathematica finds that students attending charter high schools in Florida scored lower on achievement tests than students in traditional public schools, but years later, the charter students were more likely to have attended at least two years of college and also had higher earnings.


Behind the Headline: Sharply Divided Reactions as Vergara Is Reversed

Last week, an appeals court in California reversed a lower court ruling in Vergara v. California that had struck down several state laws involving teacher tenure. The plaintiffs in the case, minority students in California, had argued that California’s teacher tenure system violates the equal protection clause because it protects teachers who are ineffective, and poor and minority students are more likely to be assigned these ineffective teachers.


Behind the Headline: ESSA Can Help States Offer a Well-Rounded Education, John King Says

In a speech he gave on Thursday in Las Vegas, Education Secretary John King urged states to use the flexibility they’ve been granted by the Every Student Succeeds Act to expand their focus beyond the subjects of reading and math.


What We’re Watching: Webinar on Economic Gains from Raising School Quality

On Wednesday, April 20 at noon, Eric Hanushek will explain the findings of a new study, “It Pays To Improve School Quality,” in a webinar presented by Education Next.


Behind the Headline: House Oversight Committee Reauthorizes D.C. Voucher Program

The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday voted to reauthorize the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income D.C. students. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan praised the program at a press conference on Thursday.


What We’re Watching: Career and Technical Education Today: A Dead-End Track, or a Path to the Middle Class?

On Thursday, April 14 at 4 pm, Fordham hosts an event to discuss the findings of its new study on the impact of a well-designed Career and Technical Education program on student outcomes.


EdNext Podcast: How Has Denver Done It?

David Osborne talks with Marty West about the education reform strategies being embraced by the elected school board in Denver which have made the school district a leading example of urban reform.


Behind the Headline: Black and Latino Parents Want Better Teachers and Harder Classes for Their Kids

A new survey of black and Latino parents finds that they want their children challenged more in school and that lack of funding, inadequate teachers, and racism are the main reasons why their children do not get as good an education as white children.


Behind the Headline: Chicago Public Schools 101: The Politics, Passion, and Hopeless Financials Behind a System in Crisis

Matt Barnum and Naomi Nix of the 74 tell you all you need to know about what’s happening in Chicago now, answering questions starting with Why is Chicago in the news? Who is Rahm Emanuel? and Who is Karen Lewis? and moving on to What happened during the last strike? What is the financial situation in Chicago schools? Have recent reform efforts improved Chicago’s schools? and Why is Chicago important in the larger education debate?


EdNext Podcast: Energy and Entrepreneurialism in Catholic Education

Andy Smarick talks with Marty West about innovation in the Catholic school sector.


Behind the Headline: What Will Remain of StudentsFirst?

StudentsFirst, the education reform organization started in 2010 by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, announced last week that it is merging with another education reform group, 50Can.


Behind the Headline: White Teachers and Black Teachers Have Different Expectations for Black Students

A new study finds that, when evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers.


Behind the Headline: Brooklyn Private School Looks to Expand to Manhattan

BASIS schools started out as a network of charter schools that are routinely ranked among the top-performing schools in the country.


Behind the Headline: Dual-Enrollment Programs: Funding, Rigor, Alignment Are Crucial, Study Says

A new report from the Education Commission of the States examines the policies each state has in place for allowing high school students to earn college credit in “dual enrollment” programs.


Behind the Headline: Diddy Is Opening a Charter School. When Did They Become a Hot Celebrity Accessory?

In Slate, Laura Moser reports that “hip-hop and fashion impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs hopped on the bandwagon of celebrities who dabble in charter schools when he announced plans to help launch a new charter in his birthplace of Harlem.”


Behind the Headline: In D.C., A Radical Shift in Parent Involvement

In the Boston Globe, Michael Levenson describes how schools in Washington, D.C. are trying to involve parents in their children’s education in new ways, beginning with visits by teachers to the homes of the students before school even starts, and continuing with a series of specialized parent-teacher meetings that focus not on report cards but on how parents can support their children’s learning.


Behind the Headline: Racial Aspects Tinge Massachusetts Charter Debate

In Massachusetts, the political battle over whether to raise a cap on the number of charter schools has come to center around the issue of race.


EdNext Podcast: Can We Count on Schools to Boost Social Mobility?

Mike Petrilli and Marty West discuss the role schools can play in putting more low-income children on the path toward success, and what schools need to do differently in order to do a better job.


Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Deadlocks Over Public Employee Union Case

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it is split over Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.


Behind the Headline: Can Charlotte-Mecklenburg Desegregate Its Schools … Again?

A long article by Rachel Cohen in The American Prospect looks at new efforts to integrate schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, in North Carolina.


Behind the Headline: Schools Are Slow to Learn That Sleep Deprivation Hits Teenagers Hardest

Writing on The Upshot, Aaron Carroll reviews the research on sleep deprivation and concludes that, while sleep deprivation among adults is rare, among teens it is likely much more widespread.


Behind the Headline: Teachers Are Warned About Criticizing New York State Tests

In New York City, where state testing begins next week, the Department of Education is warning teachers and principals not to encourage parents to opt their students out of state tests.


Behind the Headline: Some Cities Are Making Great Strides In Educating Low-Income Students

A new report from Education Cities and GreatSchools identifies cities that are doing a better job than others at reducing the achievement gap between rich and poor students.


Behind the Headline: New Research Shows How a Federal School Turnaround Program Backfired in North Carolina

A new study examining North Carolina schools that were part of the state’s turnaround program finds that the program “had at best no effect on student achievement, and by some measures had a negative impact,” explains Matt Barnum in the 74.


What We’re Watching: Reading and Math in the Common Core Era

On Monday, March 28, Brookings hosted an online discussion of a new report that looks at how deeply the Common Core standards have penetrated schools and classrooms. It focused on new research by Tom Loveless looking at the emphasis of non-fiction vs. fiction texts in reading and on enrollment in advanced courses in mathematics.


EdNext Podcast: Do Teachers Matter Most?

Marty West talks with Dan Goldhaber about the differences teachers and schools make. Goldhaber is the author of “In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most.”


Behind the Headline: Teach for America To Cut National Staff by 15 Percent

Teach for America has announced that it will cut 15 percent of its national staff and give more independence to its regional offices, Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post.


How to Build a Better Reader, from the EdNext Podcast

In the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction, Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway offer clear guidance on how to teach students to be better readers. In the March 16, 2016 episode of the EdNext podcast, the authors sat down with EdNext executive editor Marty West to discuss strategies […]


Behind the Headline: NYC Charters Retain Students Better Than Traditional Schools

Data from charter schools and traditional public schools in New York City shows that a lower percentage of students transfer out of charter schools than traditional public schools


EdNext Podcast: Overcoming Knowledge Deficits to Boost Reading Comprehension

Education Next’s Marty West talks with Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway, authors of the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction.


Chingos, Peterson Win Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform

A study by Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson on the long-term impact of school vouchers on college enrollment and graduation won the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize awarded for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform.


Behind the Headline: Inside Educators’ Emotional Debate about ‘No Excuses’ Discipline

In a long, thoughful piece for Chalkbeat New York, Elizabeth Green looks “beyond the viral video” of a Success Academy teacher shaming a first-grade student to consider the pros and cons of the No Excuses approach to discipline and learning.


Behind the Headline: A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

In the Atlantic, Tom Toch looks at the evolution of teacher evaluation systems over the past decade and considers what might come next.


Behind the Headline: Running Out of Cash, CPS Tells Principals to Stop Spending

The Chicago Public Schools announced last week that teachers would have to take three unpaid days off this year as a cost-cutting measure.


What We’re Watching: Education for Upward Mobility Event

On Tuesday, March 15 at 4:00 pm, the Hoover Institution and the Fordham Institute will host an event to discuss a new book that looks at the role schools can play in helping low-income children advance in life.


Behind the Headline: Students Find More Awareness with Later Starts

An article by James Vaznis in the Boston Globe describes how many school districts in Massachusetts are exploring whether to change high school start times so that teens can get more sleep.


Behind the Headline: Americans Rank Last in Problem-Solving With Technology

A new report that looks at the skill of using technology to solve problems and evaluate information ranks American workers 18th out of 18 participating industrial countries.


EdNext Podcast: How Much Does Family Background Affect Student Achievement?

Marty West talks with Anna Egalite about the Coleman Report’s finding that family background explained more about student achievement than factors within the control of the school or other things that education policy can influence.


Behind the Headline: There Is No FDA For Education. Maybe There Should Be

NPR’s Eric Westervelt talks with Harvard education researcher Tom Kane about why American education research has mostly languished in an echo chamber for much of the last half century.


What We’re Watching: Meet the Visionary Chicago School Leader Who Just Won a ‘Genius’ Grant

The 74 made this video about Juan Salgado, who has launched two charter schools in Chicago through an organization called Instituto Del Progresso Latino.


Behind the Headline: Who’s Really Opting Out Anyway?

As the spring testing season is about to begin, Caroline Bermudez takes a look at the opt-out phenomenon that grabbed headlines last spring.


Behind the Headline: Why I Want My Students to Read Ta-Nehisi Coates But Believe Lin-Manuel Miranda

Writing for The 74, Robert Pondiscio compares the works of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lin-Manuel Miranda, two “young men of color who have created two of the most praised and dissected cultural works of the moment.


What We’re Watching: School Choice Regulation Event at Cato

On Friday, March 4 at noon, the Cato Institute will host a discussion with the title “School Choice Regulation: Friend or Foe?”


Behind the Headline: How this Bay Area charter school network is reinventing education

For an article in the LA Times, Nichole Dobo pays a visit to the Summit network of charter schools and its founder Diane Tavenner


EdNext Podcast: Will the Every Student Succeeds Act Boost Digital Learning?

The federal education law passed in December 2015 shifts power back to states and school districts. It gives states the flexibility to decide what they want a high school diploma to mean, among other things. Susan Patrick of iNACOL sits down with EdNext’s Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of the new Every Student Succeeds Act on digital learning, testing, and more.


Behind the Headline: There Are More High-Needs Students In NYC Charters Than You Think

The New York City teachers’ union is lobbying the state legislature to change the charter law so that schools that serve a below-average number of children with disabilities will be sanctioned.


Behind the Headline: Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

About five years ago, it started to become popular for schools to teach students social-emotional skills like grit, self-control, and perseverance after research showed that these skills improved academic performance.


Behind the Headline: Learn Different: Silicon Valley Disrupts Education

In the new issue of the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead takes a long look at AltSchool and in particular at AltSchool Brooklyn.


Behind the Headline: The Secret to School Integration

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Halley Potter and Kimberley Quick argue that, while school segregation overall is increasing, and challenges to integration are substantial, “viable options are still within reach for nearly any community that makes integration a priority.”


Behind the Headline: Judges Weigh Arguments Over Teacher vs. Student Rights in Landmark Tenure Lawsuit

Last Thursday, a California court heard arguments in Vergara vs. California. In 2014, a judge ruled that job protections for teachers like tenure are so harmful to students that they violate children’s rights to an equitable education. That ruling is now being challenged by the state of California and its teachers unions.


What We’re Watching: Education Policy 101

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now are offering an online course called Education Policy 101. The application deadline to take the Spring 2016 course is March 11. (Click here for the application.) As described on the course page Education Policy 101 (Ed Policy 101) is an innovative online course that introduces […]


The Spring 2016 Issue of Education Next is Here!

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Office of Education released James S. Coleman’s “Equality of Educational Opportunity” report, an immense analysis of data from around 600,000 public school students and tens of thousands of teachers.


Behind the Headline: Maryland Board Considers Two-Tier High School Diploma System

High school students in Maryland took the Common Core-aligned PARCC test last year for the first time. Because fewer students passed the test than passed the previous high school exam, the Maryland Board of Education is now considering whether to lower the score needed to pass the test or to issue two different diplomas, one for students who pass the PARCC exam and are ready for college and one for students who get a lower score on the test.


Behind the Headline: How Laurene Powell Jobs Is Reimagining the Future of Education

In Vogue magazine, Robert Sullivan profiles Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, who will use part of her $17 billion fortune to launch XQ: The Super School Project, a national competition aimed at reimagining the American high school


What We’re Watching: Reconsidering the Coleman Report on its 50th Anniversary

On February 26 EdNext hosted an event to revisit James S. Coleman’s 1966 report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th anniversary.


Equality of Educational Opportunity Event: Live Webcast

Tune in here Thursday at noon for a live webcast of an event that will revisit James S. Coleman’s 1966 report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity” (better known as the Coleman Report), on its 50th anniversary,


EdNext Podcast: Should We Abandon the Medical Model of Education Research?

In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Tom Kane talks with Marty West about why education research is not having an impact on education policy and what it would take for decisions made by policymakers at the state and local level to be influenced by research.


What We’re Watching: Release of Four Studies on Vouchers in Louisiana

On Monday, Feb. 22 at 4 pm, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will release four new reports on the Louisiana Scholarship Program.


Behind the Headline: Conservatives and Labor Find Common Ground: Can They Do It Again?

Could a Supreme Court decision striking down the legality of agency fees for teachers unions be good for unions?


What We’re Watching: Why Are Brooklyn’s Schools So Segregated?

A new video from Reason TV looks at a Brooklyn neighborhood where school boundaries may be redrawn to make schools more diverse, and wonders whether this is the best way to integrate schools.


Behind the Headline: The Education Issue We Should Debate This Election Year: School Choice

In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley laments the fact that the only education issue getting any air time at all in the debates among presidential candidates has been the Common Core.


EdNext Podcast: Common Core is Encouraging States to Raise Their Standards

Amanda Olberg interviews Paul E. Peterson about the results of his new analysis of state academic standards. The study looks at how high states are setting the bar for student proficiency.


Behind the Headline: This Viral Video of a Teacher Berating a Student is a Window on the Charter School Debate

Libby Nelson describes the controversy that has erupted after a secretly-recorded video was released showing a teacher from a Success Academy charter school berating a student in front of her classmates. Nelson writes “The video is undeniably upsetting. But the bigger question it raises is whether it happened to capture a teacher’s worst moment, or whether it’s indicative of a larger pattern.”


Behind the Headline: How Scalia’s Death May Grant Public-Sector Unions A Reprieve

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could impact the court’s ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association this term,


Behind the Headline: Can This Man Save U.S. Soccer?

In the Atlantic, Amanda Ripley describes how soccer officials who wanted to raise the level of soccer playing in the U.S. turned to a teacher of teachers, Doug Lemov, for answers.


Behind the Headline: Assessing Assessments: The New Wave of Testing

A new report by the Fordham Institute takes a close look at the content, rigor, and quality of the new Common Core-aligned tests, and also at the MCAS, the exam used in Massachusetts which has been considered one of the best tests in the country


EdNext Podcast: Are American Schools Re-Segregating?

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.


Behind the Headline: The Math Revolution

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.


What We’re Watching: How Good Are The New Common-Core Aligned Tests?

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.


Behind the Headline: Teach for America Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Washington Event

Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference in Washington, D.C. attended by thousands of alumni of the program.


What We’re Watching: Should Charter Schools Be Allowed to Push Out Difficult Kids?

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.


Behind the Headline: Nation’s Charter Schools Aren’t Growing As Fast As Once Thought

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.


Behind the Headline: A Radically Sensible Proposal for Training Teachers

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.”


EdNext Podcast: Do Snow Days Hurt Student Learning?

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.


Behind the Headline: ‘Micro Schools’ Could Be New Competition for Private K-12

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.”


Behind the Headline: Sometimes, teacher turnover is a good thing, study finds

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.


What We’re Watching: Who Has the Best Ideas for Accountability under ESSA?

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.


EdNext Podcast: Can Academic Games Motivate Teens in School?

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.


Behind the Headline: Millions take AP courses, but percentage of schools offering them drops

Participation in the Advanced Placement program has grown from 330,000 students in 1990 to 2.2 million in 2013.


Behind the Headline: School Closings Rolling In As D.C. Region Digs Out From Snowzilla

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.


Behind the Headline: Feds Quietly Close Long-Running Probe of Milwaukee Voucher Program

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.


Behind the Headline: The Hidden Bill Young Teachers Pay

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.


What We’re Watching: Teacher Pensions Explained in Less Than 3 Minutes

Concerned that our system of teacher pensions leaves too many teachers without adequate funds for retirement, the folks at have created a short video that explains the problems with today’s pensions for teachers.


EdNext Podcast: President Obama and the Scrambled Politics of Federal Education Policy

Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about President Obama’s education legacy.


Behind the Headline: Martin Luther King Jr. Born in Atlanta, Jan. 15, 1929

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.


Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson on Changes in the Achievement Gap

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.


Behind the Headline: Bills to Restructure Detroit K-12 District Finally Proposed

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.


Behind the Headline: The Key to the White House is Working-Class Whites

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.


Behind the Headline: Netflix Chief Announces $100 Million Fund for Education

Reid Hastings, the founder of Netflix, announced Tuesday that he is creating a $100 million foundation for education.


EdNext Podcast: The Coleman Report and the Achievement Gap

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.


What We’re Listening To: Slate’s Amicus Podcast on Friedrichs

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.


Behind the Headline: Don’t Fall For Easy Catchphrases Like ‘Race to the Bottom’

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.”


EdNext Podcast: Are Teachers Unions an Obstacle to School Improvement?

Michael Lovenheim of Cornell University sits down with Marty West to discuss his new study on the impact of teacher collective bargaining.


Behind the Headline: Why I’m Fighting My Teachers Union

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.


What We’re Watching: Arne Duncan on Race to the Top

In a talk delivered on November 12, Arne Duncan spoke about the legacy of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program.


Have You Heard? The EdNext Podcast is Here!

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.


Behind the Headline: Success Academy Schools, in Shortening Their Day, Shed a Distinction

Success Academy charter schools will shorten their school day next year, Eva Moskowitz, the head of the charter network announced this week.


Behind the Headline: Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers

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.


Behind the Headline: Leading By Example: Black Male Teachers Make Students ‘Feel Proud’

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.


What We’re Watching: Implementing ESSA – What to Expect in 2016

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.


EdNext Podcast: Mike Petrilli on ESSA

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?


Behind the Headline: Chris Cerf Reviews ‘The Prize’

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.


School Pension Costs Continue to Rise

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.


EdNext Podcast: William Howell on the Obama Administration’s Education Legacy

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?


Behind the Headline: As D.C. Gentrifies, Some Charter Schools Aim To Reach Broader Spectrum

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.


Behind the Headline: Standardized Testing Works, Depending On Where You Go To School

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.


Behind the Headline: High-Poverty Schools Often Staffed by Rotating Cast of Substitutes

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.


Behind the Headline: Where Will Mark Zuckerberg Direct His $45 Billion? Here Are Some Clues

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.”


Looking to Hire a Manuscript Editor for Education Next

We seek someone with excellent writing, editing, communication, and organizational skills and a substantial knowledge of education policy and research.


Behind the Headline: Ohio’s ‘Parent Trigger’ Law Doesn’t Work

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.


EdNext Podcast: Deborah McGriff on Charter Schools and Innovation

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.


Behind the Headline: The Catholic School Revival

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Zinsmeister looks at the surprising boost Catholic schooling is getting from charter schooling.


Behind the Headline: To Build a Better Teacher, Harvard Launches Program Aimed at Quality

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.


What We’re Listening To: Does Early Education Come Too Late?

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.


Behind the Headline: Urban Charter Schools Often Succeed. Suburban Ones Often Don’t.

On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski provides a careful review of the evidence on the effectiveness of charter schools.


Behind the Headline: Louisiana’s School Voucher Victory

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 Winter 2016 Issue of Education Next Is Here

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.


What We’re Watching: Marco Rubio Talks K-12 Education

Marco Rubio sat down with the Seventy Four’s Campbell Brown to discuss his views on federal education policy.


What We’re Watching: ESEA Conference Committee Meeting

The joint conference committee to reauthorize ESEA met on Wednesday afternoon and will meet again on Thursday morning at 10:00 am.


EdNext Podcast: Which Test Better Predicts College Success, MCAS or PARCC?

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.


Behind the Headline: John E. Chubb, Education Researcher and National Private School Leader, Dies

Influential education researcher and leader John Chubb passed away last week.


Behind the Headline: Sources: House and Senate Negotiators Have Reached Preliminary ESEA Deal

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.


Behind the Headline: How To Build a Better Teacher: Groups Push a 9-Point Plan Called TeachStrong

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.


Behind the Headline: Common Core Grade Inflation

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.


EdNext Podcast: Gerard Robinson on Education Policy and the Presidential Race

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.


Behind the Headline: Here’s Why $7 Billion Didn’t Help America’s Worst Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Three Testing Issues to Watch

Will Congress reauthorize ESEA in the coming months? If so they’ll have to resolve a handful of disagreements related to testing.


Behind the Headline: The War Over Evaluating Teachers—Where it Went Right and How it Went Wrong

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.


Behind the Headline: School vs. Society in America’s Failing Students

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.


What We’re Watching: Pre-Medial Education Event at Fordham

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.


EdNext Podcast: Does Test-Based Accountability 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.


Behind the Headline: Does the U.S. Lead the World in Childhood Poverty? Absolutely Not.

“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.


What We’re Watching: AEI Event on Brown v. Board of Education II 60 Years Later

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.


Behind the Headline: College Aid: Obama to Extend Pell Grants to Some HS Students

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.


What We’re Watching: Why Knowledge Is the Key to Skills — and the Common Core

On October 29, Fordham hosted a discussion of how the pursuit of skills rather than knowledge is widening the achievement gap.


Behind the Headline: The Poverty Cure: Get Married

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.


Behind the Headline: The Tech Elite’s Quest to Reinvent School in Its Own Image

Jason Tanz takes a close look at the Khan Lab School in Mountain View, California for Wired magazine.


Behind the Headline: U.S. Student Performance Slips on National Test

Scores on the NAEP test, sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, were released this morning and the results were not good.


EdNext Podcast: Al Hubbard on School Choice in Indiana

Al Hubbard talks with Paul E. Peterson about the state of school choice and other reforms in his home state of Indiana.


What We’re Watching: Katherine Bradley on the School of the Future

AEI hosted a discussion with Katherine Bradley on how technology and adaptive-learning software can be used to revolutionize learning.


Behind the Headline: Surprise: Florida and Texas Excel in Math and Reading Scores

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.


Behind the Headline: Obama Proposes Capping Standardized Testing at 2% of Classroom Time

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.


Behind the Headline: Should We Turn High School Into College?

This fall, a low-income school district in Texas became the first large district to implement “early college” in all of its high schools.


Behind the Headline: A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls

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.


Behind the Headline: Tiny Schools, Big Impact

There’s a lot of buzz about tiny schools like Altschools, but also a lot of skepticism, writes Michael McShane.


EdNext Podcast: Michael Podgursky on Pension Reform

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.


Behind the Headline: Make Pell Grants Conditional on College Readiness

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


Behind the Headline: High School Graduation Rates Are On The Rise In Most States

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.


Behind the Headline: State Faces Testing Showdown

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.


Behind the Headline: Are Charter Schools a Threat or Opportunity for Los Angeles?

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.


Behind the Headline: An Uncivil Civil War

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.


Behind the Headline: Schools for Wisdom

In his column in this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks reacts to a documentary about education called “Most Likely to Succeed.”


What We’re Watching: We Don’t Want School Choice

In this humorous video by ChoiceMediaTV parents, talk about why they don’t want school choice.


Behind the Headline: Democrats Propose Tuition-Free Public College, Vow to Lower Student Debt

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.


EdNext Podcast: Arne Duncan’s Legacy

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.


Behind the Headline: California Exit Exam’s Demise Revives Dreams for Thousands

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.


Ed Next Book Club: Failing Our Brightest Kids

Mike Petrilli interviews Chester Finn and Brandon Wright about their new book.


Behind the Headline: A Fight Over Private Schools, Federal Dollars and Home Rule

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.


EdNext Podcast: The Challenges of Implementing Tech-Based Personalized Learning

Michael Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss the growth of personalized learning and how technology can help advance it.


Behind the Headline: A Tale of Two Schools, One Building

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.


What We’re Watching: Failing Our Brightest Kids Event at Hoover in DC

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.


Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan Stepping Down, Returning to Chicago

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that he will step down in December.


Behind the Headline: What if No Child Left Behind Worked and Nobody Realized It? Blame the Media.

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.


What We’re Listening To: Can CBT Help Troubled Young Men Stop Fighting and Stay in School?

Freakonomics Radio looks at an effort to reduce violence and dropout rates among young men in the Chicago Public Schools using cognitive behavioral therapy.


EdNext Podcast: What Does the Public Want Taught?

Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. West and Michael B. Henderson discuss what the public thinks schools should be teaching more of.


Behind the Headline: Lesson-Sharing Sites Raise Issues of Ownership, Use

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.


What We’re Watching: Developing Strong K-12 Leaders from Within

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.


Behind the Headline: Why the Friedrichs Court Case Will Give Teachers More Power — and Better Pay

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 […]


Behind the Headline: When America Hated Catholics

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.


Behind the Headline: $490-Million Plan Would Put Half of LAUSD Students in Charter Schools

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.


What We’re Listening To: Lower Income, Higher Ed

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.


Behind the Headline: Race and Class Collide in a Plan for Two Brooklyn Schools

As gentrification brings new families into many Brooklyn neighborhoods, some schools there are becoming overcrowded and redrawing school boundaries is on the table.


EdNext Podcast: The Department of Education’s Equity Initiative

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.


Behind the Headline: Catholic Schools Are Back, and There’s Hope for Their Future

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.


Ed Next Book Club: The Prize

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.


Behind the Headline: KIPP Charter School Students Show Lasting Achievement Gains, Study Finds

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.


What We’re Listening To: Boston Schools Seek To Increase Teacher Diversity

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.


What We’re Watching: AEI Conference on Education Reform After Katrina

On September 16, AEI hosted an event on the state of education reform in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina.


EdNext Podcast: School Reform in New Orleans After 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.


Behind the Headline: The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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.


Behind the Headline: Laurene Powell Jobs Commits $50 Million to Create New High Schools

Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is launching a $50 million effort to reinvent the high school.


Behind the Headline: A Federal Raid on Local Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier Resigns

Houston Superintendent Terry Grier has announced that he is resigning effective March 2016.


Behind the Headline: Seattle Teachers Strike On First Day Of School

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.”


Behind the Headline: Rideshares for Kids Take On the After-School Pickup

A new company in the Bay Area is operating as an Uber for kids who need rides to and from school and afterschool activities.


EdNext Podcast: Does the Public Support Higher Teacher Salaries?

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.


Behind the Headline: Teachers Aren’t Dumb

“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.


Behind the Headline: Newark Students Are Better Off, Despite The Political Noise

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.


Behind the Headline: Washington Charter School Law Ruled Unconstitutional by State’s High Court

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the state’s charter-school law is unconstitutional.


Behind the Headline: Has Gentrification Begun in New Orleans Public Schools?

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


Behind the Headline: Indianapolis Pact Couples New Teacher Roles and Big Pay Boosts

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.


EdNext Podcast: Is Support for the Common Core Dropping or Stabilizing?

Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public’s changing opinion of the Common Core.


Behind the Headline: Tests Matter

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.


What We’re Watching: America’s Neglected Gifted Kids

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 Fall 2015 Issue of Education Next is Here!

The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.


Behind the Headline: The Obligations of High-Output Charter High Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge

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.


New Orleans Education Coverage by Education Next

Research, features, and opinion from Ed Next authors on schools in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina


Behind the Headline: 2 Polls Span 2 Poles On Testing In Schools

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.


EdNext Podcast: Comparing the EdNext Poll to the PDK Poll

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.


What We’re Watching: Virtual Tour of Success Academy Charter Schools

An immersive, 360-degree panoramic view inside a Success Academy elementary school.


Behind the Headline: How New Orleans Proved Urban Education Reform Can Work

“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.


Common Core’s Silent Majority

The public is still quietly backing Common Core by a margin of nearly 15 percentage points


The Feds Have Not Convinced Parents, Teachers, or the General Public on School Discipline

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.


Behind the Headline: Time Out for Opt-Outs?

“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.


Behind the Headline: State Law Forces Milwaukee to Put Vacant Schools Up for Sale

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.


Behind the Headline: Billions in Pell Dollars go to Students Who Never Graduate

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.


Job Opportunity at Education Next

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.


What We’re Watching: The New Hampshire Education Summit

The 74’s Campbell Brown interviewed GOP presidential candidates about education policy in New Hampshire on August 19.


Behind the Headline: Teachers and Schools are Funded at a Higher Rate Than Most People Know

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.


Behind the Headline: A Wink, a Nod and a Diploma?

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.


What We’re Watching: One New Orleans Senior Struggles to Graduate tells the story of Sean Talley, an at-risk teenager from New Orleans trying to make it through high school.


Behind the Headline: 20% of New York State Students Opted Out of Standardized Tests This Year

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.


What We’re Watching: Baseball Players To Visit Schools That Set High Standards

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 .”


Behind the Headline: Crowded Field of Online News Sites Focuses on Education Issues

“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.


What We’re Listening To: Diane Rehm Show on Teacher Shortages

Is there a nationwide teacher shortage? Why are so many districts struggling to fill certain kinds of teaching slots?


Behind the Headline: Charlotte, N.C. Gave Principals Power Over Teacher Layoffs. What Happened?

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.


Behind the Headline: Judge Rules New York Teacher Exam Did Not Discriminate Against Minorities

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.


What We’re Listening To: New Orleanians See Remarkable Progress A Decade After Hurricane Katrina

A new survey looks at how residents of New Orleans are feeling ten years after Hurricane Katrina.


Behind the Headline: Anxiety, Frustration and Incredulity Follow Suggestion of School Sports Cuts

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.


Behind the Headline: CDC: Too Many Schools Start Class Too Early, A Problem For Student Health

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.”


What We’re Listening To: This American Life on Desegregation

Nikole Hannah-Jones tells the story of Normandy School District, which accidentally launched a desegregation program.


Behind the Headline: Billions of Dollars in Annual Teacher Training is Largely a Waste

A new study by TNTP finds no evidence that any kind of teacher professional development consistently helps teachers improve in the classroom.


New Orleans Reforms Boost School Performance

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?


Behind the Headline: It’s Time to Reconsider the Parent Trigger

The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times writes that it’s time for changes to be made to California’s parent trigger law.


Behind the Headline: Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City

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.


Behind the Headline: The $1-A-Week School

Across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia inexpensive private schools are booming.


What We’re Watching: Dual Credit STEM Courses In Chicago High Schools

Chicago Public Television looks at five high schools where students are earning college credit through an early college program.


Behind the Headline: State-Run Achievement School District Posts Big Gains

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.


What We’re Watching: Key & Peele’s ‘TeachingCenter’

A new sketch from Comedy Central’s Key & Peele imagines teachers being treated like professional athletes.


Behind the Headline: BASIS, One of America’s Top Charter School Networks, Seeks New Turf: China

BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.


What We’re Watching: The Complicated Problem Of Race And Special Education

Are minority students, particularly African Americans, overrepresented or underrepresented in special ed? Experts discuss a new study.


What We’re Listening To: Michael McShane Banters About Education Entrepreneurship

Mike McShane discusses a recent conference AEI held on the state of education entrepreneurship in K-12 education.


Behind the Headline: Quality of Teacher Hires Improved During the Recession, Analysis Finds

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.


Behind the Headline: Missing, Messy Teacher-Prep Data Stumps Even Federal Watchdog

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.


Behind the Headline: Facing Decline, Catholic Schools Form a Charter-Like Network

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.


What We’re Listening To: Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

How much screen time is too much if the game is educational? Sarah Tribble of NPR investigates.


What We’re Watching: What Is Student Data?

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.


Behind the Headline: These Phone Notifications Could Actually Change Your Kid’s Life

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.


Behind the Headline: The Bizarre Alliance Between Republicans and Teachers Unions, Explained

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.


What We’re Watching: Campbell Brown Launches The Seventy Four

Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has launched an education-focused website called The Seventy Four.


What We’re Watching: What Should Replace No Child Left Behind?

Rick Hess and Bob Wise appear on PBS NewsHour to talk about how federal education policy should work in a post-NCLB world.


Behind the Headline: The Next Phase of D.C. Education Reform

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.


What We’re Watching: Blended Learning in a Pod at Intrinsic Schools

WTTW takes a look at Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago blended-learning charter school


Behind the Headline: Advocates for Arts Education May be Doing More Harm Than Good

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.


Behind the Headline: States Still Differ Dramatically In Their Academic Expectations, Study Finds

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.


What We’re Listening To: No More No Child Left Behind?

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Kati Haycock, and Lyndsey Layton discuss ESEA reauthorization on On Point.


What We’re Watching: The State of Entrepreneurship in K–12 Education

AEI hosted a research conference on the current role of entrepreneurship in improving K-12 Education.


Behind the Headline: House Could Vote on Parent’s Right to Opt Out of Tests Under ESEA

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.


Behind the Headline: Even Vocational High Schools Are Pushing Kids to Go to College

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.


Behind the Headline: In Keynote, NEA President Garcia Strikes Populist Tone

The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today.


Behind the Headline: New Fund Aims to Grow Quality Private Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Case on Public Sector Union Fees

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.


What We’re Watching: Turnaround Districts — Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan

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.


Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.


What We’re Watching: Why Proficiency Matters

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.


Behind the Headline: Study on Minorities in Special Education Proves Provocative

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.


Behind the Headline: What If Students Got Free College Tuition? Study Examines Kalamazoo Promise

A new study finds that the Kalamazoo Promise is boosting college enrollment and college success.


Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Upholds Broad Discrimination Claims Under Housing Law

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.


Behind the Headline: Why Are American Schools Slowing Down So Many Bright Children?

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.


Behind the Headline: Cami Anderson, Picked by Christie, Is Out as Newark Schools Superintendent

On Top of the News Cami Anderson, Picked by Christie, Is Out as Newark Schools Superintendent 6/23/15 | New York Times Behind the Headline Newark’s Superintendent Rolls Up Her Sleeves and Gets To Work Winter 2013 | Education Next Cami Anderson, the superintendent of the Newark public school system since 2011, resigned on Monday. Anderson […]


Behind the Headline: The Outrageous Treatment Of One Of The Nation’s Most Outstanding Teachers

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.


Behind the Headline: School Field Trips Go Virtual

In the Wall Street Journal, Caroline Porter describes the rise of the virtual field trip.


Behind the Headline: Cover Story: Playdate

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.


What We’re Watching: Who Invented the Common Core?

USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.


Behind the Headline: Share of Births to Unmarried Women Dips, Reversing a Long Trend

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.


What We’re Watching: The Knowledge of Capital Nations

Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth


Behind the Headline: A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

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.


Behind the Headline: How Effective Are Online Credit Recovery Programs?

“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.


What We’re Watching: The New TNTP: A Conversation with Daniel Weisberg

The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.


Behind the Headline: When Guarding Student Data Endangers Valuable Research

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.


Behind the Headline: Hess, Straight Up

Ed Next’s Rick Hess is profiled in the Summer issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine.


What We’re Watching: Getting Education Bills to the Finish Line

The Brown Center hosted a panel to discuss why it has been so hard for Congress to reauthorize ESEA.


Behind the Headline: A Charter-City Deal That Doesn’t Really Help Kids

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.


What We’re Watching: Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain

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.


What We’re Watching: The American Dream in Crisis

On May 13, Robert Putnam was at the Fordham Institute to discuss his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.


Behind the Headline: Study: Kids Can Learn As Much from ‘Sesame Street’ as from Preschool

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.


Behind the Headline: Take the Test to Get Into China’s Top Universities

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.”


Behind the Headline: School Vouchers for All? Nevada Law Breaks New Ground

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.


What We’re Watching: Why Common Core Math Problems Look So Weird

Libby Nelson of Vox explains the Common Core approach to math to skeptical parents and others.


Behind the Headline: From Harlem to Capitol Hill, A Lesson in Producing Better Teachers

In the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton describes a classroom demonstration organized by Success Academy on Capitol Hill.


Behind the Headline: How Do We Help Our Least Motivated, Most Disruptive Students?

Jay Mathews reviews Caleb Stewart Rossiter’s new book Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools.


Behind the Headline: CAEPed Crusader Ousted

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.


What We’re Watching: Gov. Scott Walker on Improving Education

Governor Scott Walker spoke about reforms he put in place in Wisconsin at a Harvard conference on improving school systems in July 2012.


Behind the Headline: Report Exposes Divide Over Charter School Authorizing Best Practices

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.


The Summer 2015 Issue of EdNext Is Here

Charter schools, state standards and snow days are featured in the latest issue.


On Winning (and Losing) the National Spelling Bee

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.


Behind the Headline: An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

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.


Behind the Headline: L.A. School Board Seat is a Pivotal Win for Charter School Movement

Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a charter school, won a seat on the school board in Los Angeles this week.


What We’re Watching: The Opt-Out Movement Against Standardized Testing

Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine hosts an online discussion of the opt-out movement with Robert Pondiscio and Jennifer Berkshire.


Ed Next Book Club: The Game Believes In You

Mike Petrilli interviews Greg Toppo about his new book.


Behind the Headline: Beyond a Spot on the Map

What can policymakers do to bring school reform to rural America? Experts are taking a fresh look.


What We’re Watching: This High School Trains Baltimore’s Students To Be Artists

PBS NewsHour has a feature on the Baltimore School for the Arts, where students are admitted based on their artistic potential.


Behind the Headline: A Father’s Initiative

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.


Behind the Headline: Common-Core Backers Hit States’ High Proficiency Rates

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.


What We’re Listening To: Teacher Diversity in America’s Schools

Anna Egalite appeared on Where We Live to talk about teacher diversity and student success.


Behind the Headline: Rise In Latino, Black High School Grad Rates Boosts National Numbers

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.


What We’re Watching: Turning Dropouts Into Diplomas

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.


Behind the Headline: This Teacher Has the Opportunity to Hit Police Unions Where It Hurts the Most

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.


What We’re Listening To: Ask A Teacher

In Slate’s new podcast, three teachers discuss the best and worst advice they’ve ever received.


Behind the Headline: Most States Lacked Expertise to Improve Worst Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: Zuckerberg, Tech Investors Fund AltSchool Initiative

AltSchool, a high-tech, personalized learning startup, announced Monday that it had raised $100 million from investors including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.


What We’re Watching: Welcome to National Charter Schools Week

Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a welcome message for National Charter Schools Week, which began Monday.


What We’re Watching: IDEA Public Schools Celebrates College Signing Day

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.


Behind the Headline: The Childless Millennial

A new study from the Urban Institute finds that women in their twenties have a lower birth rate today than in any previous generation.


Behind the Headline: Harvard’s Roland Fryer Wins John Bates Clark Medal

This year’s John Bates Clark medal, given to the most promising American economist under 40, has been awarded to Roland Fryer.


What We’re Listening To: What Makes A Land Of Opportunity?

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.


What We’re Watching: The Game Believes in You

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.


What We’re Watching: Does Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Test Miss its Goal?

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.


Behind the Headline: This Viral Math Problem Shows What American Schools Could Learn From Singapore

“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.


Behind the Headline: Fixing Failing Schools

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.


Behind the Headline: Study of Black and Latino Boys Excludes Charter Success

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.


What We’re Watching: What Can We Learn From Cage-Busting Teachers?

Teacher Marilyn Rhames gives teachers strategic advice on how to start new school programs. Rhames appeared at a Cage-Busting Teacher event at AEI.


Behind the Headline: Schools of Education Just Keep Fighting Change

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.


Behind the Headline: Sens. Alexander, Murray Propose Bipartisan Measure to Replace NCLB

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.


Behind the Headline: Shut Down Bad Charter Schools

In USA Today, Richard Whitmire argues that charter authorizers need to be more aggressive about shutting down poorly performing charter schools.


Behind the Headline: The War on Poverty: Was It Lost?

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.


Behind the Headline: Charter Schools Still a D.C. Hot-Button Issue

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.


Behind the Headline: Turning Schools Into Fight Clubs

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.


Ed Next Book Club: A Democratic Constitution for Public Education

Mike Petrilli interviews Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim about their new book.


What We’re Listening To: Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

A middle school in Nashville is embracing “opportunity culture” and allowing its most talented teachers to lead multiple classrooms.


What We’re Watching: Incorporating Noncognitive Skills into Education Policy

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.


Behind the Headline: Do Snow Days Hurt Student Progress? A Harvard Professor Says No.

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.


What We’re Watching: Moneyball for Education

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.


What We’re Watching: Cage-Busting Teachers

On Wednesday, April 15, AEI will host a discussion of The Cage-Busting Teacher, a new book by Rick Hess.


Behind the Headline: Charter-School Head Says City’s Transfer Kids Can’t Keep Up

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?


Behind the Headline: Has Brookings Lost Its Mind?

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


What We’re Watching: Securing Our Nation’s Future

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.


Behind the Headline: Getting the Balance Right

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.


Job Opening at Education Next

We’re hiring a manuscript editor at Education Next.


What We’re Listening To: Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

WNYC series looks at what it is like to be 12 years old.


What We’re Watching: Teachers of the Year on Common Core

Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.


Behind the Headline: Virginia Pushed Into Debate Of Teacher Privacy vs. Transparency For Parents

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.


What We’re Watching: Teaching Teachers How To Lead Beyond Their Classroom

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.


Behind the Headline: Feliz Día de San Patricio

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.


What We’re Watching: Girls, Boys, and Reading

On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.


What We’re Watching: 180 Days: Hartsville

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 We’re Listening To: Three Miles

What happens when a program brings together students from a poor public school and a rich private school that are three miles apart?


What We’re Watching: Live Free and Learn

The Cato Institute has produced a short film about New Hampshire’s scholarship tax credit program.


Behind the Headline: When Liberals Blew It

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.


Behind the Headline: Harried Parents Embracing Uber To Move Kids Around Town

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.


Behind the Headline: Civil Rights Fight Looms on Charter Schools Cap

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.


Behind the Headline: The Terrible Loneliness of Growing Up Poor in Robert Putnam’s America

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.


What We’re Watching: Two Charlotte Schools Choose an Opportunity Culture

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


What We’re Watching: Revisiting the Moynihan Report

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.


Behind the Headline: Study: Teach For America’s Scale-Up Didn’t Harm Quality

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.


Behind the Headline: D.C. Voucher Program at Center of Fiscal Fight (Again)

This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program


Behind the Headline: How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

The New York Times’ Room for Debate page focuses on teacher quality this week.


Behind the Headline: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Eric Westervelt of nprED looks into why enrollment in teacher training programs seems to be dropping in many states.


What We’re Watching: Empowering Parents and Voters for K-12 Education Reform

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Andrew Kelly and Jon Valant discussed new research on parent empowerment.


What We’re Watching: Measuring and Understanding Education Advocacy

On Wednesday, March 4, Brookings hosted a live online discussion on how advocacy efforts influence education policy.


What We’re Listening To: Rethinking Standardized Testing

Diane Rehm hosted a discussion of the role of standardized testing on her NPR show last week.


What We’re Watching: Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

A Fordham Institute panel on Monday, Feb. 23 considered how the Common Core standards will impact gifted students.


Behind the Headline: Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America’s ‘Bad Parts’

The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill that would end AP courses in U.S. history in the state.


Behind the Headline: The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families

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.


Behind the Headline: How Common Core Brought Attention To The Math Education Debate

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.


What We’re Watching: Do You Really Need a College Degree to be Successful?

Mike Petrilli tells Fox & Friends it doesn’t matter that Scott Walker never graduated from college.


Behind the Headline: America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future

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.


What We’re Watching: Are American Schools Just Not Designed to Succeed?

Rick Hess on why school reform could feel stuck, how we got here, and how we can do better.


Behind the Headline: Title I Portability Sticky Wicket in NCLB Rewrite

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.


What We’re Listening To: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot

President Obama weighed in on ESEA reauthorization in his weekly radio address.


What We’re Listening To: Are States Losing Common Ground on Common Core?

Mike Petrilli, Anne Hyslop, Anya Kamenetz, and Jeannie Metcalf on KCRW’s “To The Point”


What We’re Watching: The Future of Teach For America

AEI hosted a conversation with Elisa Villanueva Beard, the co-CEO of Teach For America.


Behind the Headline: Still Right on the Black Family After All These Years

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan report, which examined the growing problem of fatherless homes among poor, inner-city African Americans.


Behind the Headline: More State Takeovers of Public Schools Possible

Last month, the Arkansas State Board of Education took control of the schools in Little Rock.


What We’re Watching: Bill Bennett and Greg Abbott Debate Common Core

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and former US Secretary of Education Bill Bennett met on Fox News to debate the Common Core State Standards.


Live Event: The Moynihan Report at 50

Please join Education Next on March 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a discussion of single-parent families.


What We’re Watching: Video on International Competitiveness from the Kern Family Foundation

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.


What We’re Watching: Doug Lemov on Teach Like a Champion 2.0

Doug Lemov took part in a panel discussion on February 10 at Fordham on how to train teachers.


Behind the Headline: Fate of Brighter Choice Middle Schools Still Unclear

In Albany, two charter schools that once garnered praise now face hearings over the renewal of their charters.


What We’re Watching: Sen. Lamar Alexander at Brookings

Sen. Lamar Alexander discussed the Future of School Choice at Brookings on Wednesday, February 4.


Behind the Headline: Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds

On Top of the News Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds 2/3/15| New York Times Behind the Headline Education and Economic Growth Spring 2008 | Education Next A new study looks at the economic impact of raising math and science scores of U.S. students. If the achievement gap were eliminated, and lower-performing […]


Behind the Headline: Broad Foundation Puts Hold on Its Prize for Urban Education

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation today announced that it will “pause” its $1 million annual award, the Broad Prize for Urban Education.


Behind the Headline: More Special-Needs Students Remain at Charter Schools, Report Finds

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.


What We’re Watching: Is The New Education Philanthropy Good for Schools?

On Thurs., Feb. 5, AEI hosted a conference on foundation-funded school reform.


What We’re Watching: A Conversation With US Senator Tim Scott

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.


Behind the Headline: True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

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.


What We’re Watching: Is the New GED Test an Improvement or Setback?

PBS NewsHour looks into the changes made to the GED in order to make it Common Core compliant.


Behind the Headline: How Much Snow It Takes to Cancel School in Each State

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.


What We’re Watching: A Second Senate Committee Hearing on No Child Left Behind

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.


Good Reads for National School Choice Week

These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.


Behind the Headline: What the New Senate Education Chair Thinks About No Child Left Behind

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.


What We’re Watching: Poverty and Public Schools

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.


What We’re Watching: Rep. John Kline on Education Reform in the 114th Congress

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.


What We’re Listening To: Senate Committee Hearing on Fixing NCLB

The Senate HELP committee will look at how to fix the testing and accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind.


What We’re Watching: More on Testing, Accountability and the New ESEA

Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane discussed the Senate hearing on testing and accountability in a new episode of “A Fern Between Two Mikes”


Behind the Headline: A Rescue Plan for the Black Family

“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.


Behind the Headline: Governor Trumpets Reforms – and Makes Surprising Pitch for School Vouchers

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.


What We’re Watching: Has Education Reform Gone Wrong?

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.


Behind the Headline: Education Secretary Says He Backs Annual Testing

In a speech on Monday, Arne Duncan said that annual testing is critical for measuring educational progress.


What We’re Watching: Making the Case for Education Reform

AEI President Arthur Brooks on why people aren’t listening to education reformers and how the case for education reform can best be made.


What We’re Listening To: Freakonomics Radio on America’s Education Problem

How much of the problem lies in our teaching, and what’s to be done about it?


Behind the Headline: Differentiation Doesn’t Work

In an Ed Week commentary, James Delisle explains why differentiated instruction doesn’t work.


Behind the Headline: Confessions of a Fixer

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.


Behind the Headline: Six Education Stories to Watch in 2015

Veteran NPR reporter Claudio Sanchez identifies six education stories to watch in the year ahead.


Behind the Headline: In Education-Crazy South Korea, Top Teachers Become Multi-Millionaires

In Korea, teachers at online cram schools called hagwons, which prepare students for college entrance exams, can earn millions of dollars.


Behind the Headline: The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

Eric Jaffe picks the rapid advance of Google’s self-driving car as one of the biggest transportation breakthroughs of 2014.


Behind the Headline: Baker Names Peyser Education Secretary

In Massachusetts, Governor-elect Charlie Baker named Jim Peyser as state education secretary.


What We’re Watching: Welcome to Netflix Academy

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.


Behind the Headline: The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America Over the Last 50 Years

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.


What We’re Listening To: How Does A Principal Work?

KIPP Academy Middle School principal Andrew Rubin describes his workday on this edition of Slate’s Working podcast.


What We’re Watching: Our Voices Will Be Heard

The Partnership for Educational Justice interviews nine parents who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York .


Behind the Headline: Teach For America Facing Recruitment Challenges

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.


What We’re Watching: Will Regulation Ruin School Choice in New Orleans?

ReasonTV looks at how choice has changed public schooling in New Orleans and at what the future holds.


Behind the Headline: Children of Married Parents More Likely to Do Extracurriculars, Survey Shows

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.


What We’re Watching: Michael Horn iNACOL Keynote Speech

Michael Horn delivered a keynote address at this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.


Ed Next Book Club: Dana Goldstein on The Teacher Wars

Mike Petrilli interviews Dana Goldstein about her new book on teachers.


New Education Next Articles on the State of the American Family

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.


What We’re Watching: Exploring the Success of Success Academy

AEI hosted a discussion with Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz about the opportunities and challenges charter schools face in New York City.


Behind the Headline: Principals’ Group Latest to Criticize ‘Value Added’ for Teacher Evaluations

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has given preliminary approval to a resolution against the use of value-added analysis to evaluate teachers.


Education Books Make Great Gifts

Our guide to the education policy books of 2014.


Winter 2015 Issue of Education Next Now Available Online

Poll results on Common Core, changes in teachers union politics, how best to evaluate teachers, and more in the latest issue of Education Next.


Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2014

A list of lists


What We’re Watching: Joel Klein and Andy Rotherham on Changing Lanes

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.


Behind the Headline: Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

The Obama administration will be issuing guidance for school districts this week on the use of single-sex classrooms.


What We’re Watching: Education for Upward Mobility

The Fordham Institute hosts a daylong event on the role education can play in promoting upward mobility.

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