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Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

Differences between the two polls derive from the questions that are asked and the way in which they are posed.

08/21/2014

What Is Going On at Success Academy?

New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.

08/21/2014

Behind the Headline: The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

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

08/21/2014

Principal Turnover and Pensions

Districts should consider paying principals more to attract strong candidates. Rather than paying principals substantial retirements at the back end, districts can pay more upfront in salary.

08/21/2014

What’s Behind the Declining Support for the Common Core?

Results from the annual Education Next poll are out and the news is not good for proponents of the Common Core.

08/20/2014

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

A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.

08/20/2014

Political Polarization Needlessly Divides the Public on Common Core and NCLB

Political polarization is making it increasingly difficult to sustain support for policy undertakings a majority of the public supports.

08/19/2014

2014 Education Next Survey: A Visual Breakdown

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

08/19/2014

Can You Be an Ed Reformer and a Conservative?

The real challenge for conservatives has less to do with the nature of school reform than ensuring that the public and private functions served by education are brought into proper balance.

08/18/2014

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

Will a new study of what brains look like when kids do math finally end the math wars? Probably not, but the study’s findings do support the notion that drilling kids on math facts so that they can come up with the answers automatically will help kids with higher-level math later on.

08/18/2014

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

A recent report by Trulia finds that houses in school districts where rich families send their children to public school can cost more than twice the national average per square foot. Jacob Davidson crunches the numbers for Money magazine and finds that for some families in some places, it would be cheaper to live in a less expensive neighborhood and send their child to private school (albeit not a top prep school) than it would be to buy or rent a home in a wealthy school district with outstanding public schools.

08/18/2014

The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach

Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours?

08/15/2014

Six Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green

The belief that a particular approach to mathematics instruction—referred to over the past half-century as “progressive,” “constructivist,” “discovery,” or “inquiry-based”—is the answer to improving mathematics learning in the U.S. is not supported by evidence.

08/14/2014

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

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

08/14/2014

Surveying the Common Core Battleground

Common Core’s hardened factions—Champions and Dissidents—appear to separate themselves on at least three worldviews relating to K-12 education

08/13/2014

Energized Retrenchment: The Coming Conservative K-12 Approach?

The new conservative approach attempts to advance positive change, not through massive new federal programs or fanciful technical solutions but via traditional, experience-informed means.

08/13/2014

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

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

08/13/2014

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

In three weeks, Lily Eskelsen Garcia takes over the leadership of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lyndsey Layton profiles her in today’s Washington Post.

08/12/2014

New York’s Common Core Tests: Tough Questions, Curious Choices

The bottom line: the tests are hard, as expected, but the choice of texts needs work.

08/12/2014

Behind the Headline: Diversity on the Rise Among TFA Recruits

Teach For America announced today that half of this year’s 5,300 recruits are people of color. The organization has recently changed some of its recruiting techniques to generate a more diverse applicant pool.

08/12/2014

Education Reform’s Most Urgent Task

How can we make sure that the major elements of the policy agenda fit well together and are not working at cross-purposes?

08/11/2014

Driving Blended Learning at the State Level

As blended learning continues to grow, one of the challenges education leaders are facing is the fact that knowledge of the concept spreads faster than expertise on how to foster and support it.

08/11/2014

Suburbs Hold Key to Resolving Democratic Party’s Tensions over School Choice

On paper, the Democratic Party and huge swaths of black and Hispanic families craving better school options for their kids have been on a collision course for years.

08/11/2014

Change and Preservation in Education Reform

Education reform has never thoughtfully discussed, much less enumerated, what ought to be conserved.

08/08/2014

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

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

08/08/2014

KIPP, Student Attrition, and Peer Effects: A Response to Richard Kahlenberg

Our study did address all three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success, but reached its clearest conclusions about the effects of student attrition and replacement patterns.

08/08/2014

What Explains KIPP’s Success? Peers May Be A Big Part of the Story

The new study is far less definitive than advertised because it addresses, at most, only one of the three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success.

08/08/2014

Keeping Score in the Greene-Polikoff Wager

With the withdrawal of Iowa this week from the Smarter Balanced testing group, there are only 26 states that plan to use one of the two national tests to assess their students during the 2014-15 school year.

08/07/2014

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

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

08/07/2014

Why Do “Anti-Corporatists” Defend Factory-Style School Leadership?

There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.

08/07/2014

African-Americans Must Blaze Own Path on School Choice, Ed Reform

I consider myself a proud progressive Democrat. However, I find myself on the outside of my party while defending the most progressive stance I have ever taken.

08/07/2014

The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy 2014

It’s August, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our annual list of top education-policy Twitter feeds.

08/06/2014

The Evolution of Teacher Pensions

Over the years, legislators increased pension benefits significantly, but they have not distributed those increases evenly to all teachers.

08/04/2014

What We’re Watching: Saving Schools MOOC

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

08/04/2014

Saving Schools—Launching My MOOC on HarvardX

On September 8, “Saving Schools” launches. Four (free!) mini- courses on “History, Politics and Policy in U. S. Education”

08/04/2014

Save Our Data! Protect the Integrity of Education Statistics

Everything you may be trying to accomplish, change, or protect in American education hinges more than you might realize on the integrity of our education data system and that data system is more vulnerable than you might think.

08/04/2014

Is Education Reform Anti- Conservative?

How could I be disposed to preserve venerable institutions and yet favor dramatic K–12 change?

08/01/2014

Education Reform in 2014

On August 1, Chester E. “Checker” Finn, Jr., will step down from his role as founding president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, passing the baton to Michael J. Petrilli. Here is his “farewell address” as president.

08/01/2014

Teacher-Tenure Decision Is NOT an Abuse of Judicial Power

Vergara precedents are multiple, judge’s actions restrained

07/31/2014
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