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Remembering Graham Down

We are saddened to note that A. Graham Down passed away last weekend in Washington, D.C.

09/02/2014

Is Arne Duncan’s Teacher Evaluation Moratorium Unnecessary?

Despite state policy changes, many districts still don’t factor student growth into teacher evaluation ratings in a meaningful way.

09/02/2014

Public School Groups Sue to Limit Public’s Educational Options

Florida’s teachers union, school administrators association, and school boards association have sued to kill an education tax credit program that benefits 60,000 low income, mostly black and Hispanic children

09/02/2014

What We’re Watching: Building a Better Teacher

Fordham hosted a conversation with Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

09/02/2014

Thanks, Bobby Jindal!

When the court decides, as it almost certainly has to that, in fact, no one forced Louisiana or any other state to adopt Common Core, the most effective anti-Common Core argument goes, “Poof!”

08/29/2014

Is Ed Reform Tripping with a Testing High?

Boston’s successful charter schools appear to be able to get students to know more stuff but do not improve their ability to think quickly, keep things in memory, or solve new problems.

08/28/2014

Why is Competency- Based Education So Hard to Study?

The term “competency-based” often describes a wide range of classroom practices, but schools that call themselves competency-based may not subscribe to all such practices.

08/28/2014

Embracing a New Approach to Standardized Testing

I was part of a team of 14 teachers from across New York City that put the typical rhetoric aside and paired our collective experience with the existing body of research about standardized assessment to create a series of recommendations.

08/28/2014

California: A Case Study for Charter School Success

The California Charter Schools Association just released our 4th annual Portrait of the Movement report which covers what has happened in California’s charter school movement over the past five years, why it happened, and what can be done to ensure continued growth and momentum.

08/27/2014

What We’re Watching: Education and Opportunity Book Launch

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

08/27/2014

Behind the Headline: How Social Media Silences Debate

A new Pew report finds that using social media like Twitter and Facebook makes people less likely to express views that differ from those of their friends.

08/27/2014

Behind the Headline: The Case for Cop and Teacher Cams

As interest has grown in the idea of requiring police officers to wear video cameras, Slate’s Reihan Salam wonders why we don’t also ask teachers to wear them.

08/26/2014

Holding a Wolf by the Ears

Secretary Duncan’s reflective take on testing can delay, but cannot resolve, the reckoning that seems to be at hand.

08/26/2014

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

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement saying that “insufficient sleep in adolescents [is] an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.”

08/26/2014

Who Are Your Teachers? New Technology for Humanity

We are witnessing a particularly exciting breed of edtech that focuses on relationships and networks as much as academic content and assessment.

08/25/2014

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

It’s the first day of school in many locales, and many parents are taking their kids to the neighborhood school for the first time. But what to do if the neighborhood school in the community you love makes you nervous — maybe because it is overcrowded or has low test scores or has a lot of students who do not speak English or a lot of students from low-income families?

08/25/2014

Don’t Blame School Choice for Philly’s School Funding Fiasco

What’s really driving Philadelphia’s budget woes? The same growth mismanagement plaguing Pennsylvania statewide.

08/22/2014

Stuck in the Middle with State-Level Reform

There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.

08/22/2014

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
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