In the Washington Post, Emma Brown describes the findings of a new study by Joshua Goodman on the impact of snow days on student achievement.
Rick Hess and Bethany Little describe how state and local school systems could use data and evidence to improve student outcomes just like Billy Beane did for the Oakland A’s.
Here’s what the Common Core is designed to communicate: If your children are meeting the standards, it means they are believed to be on track for college and career readiness by the end of high school
If cities simply add more choice schools in the absence of changes to the enrollment process, parents can struggle to find information on schools, be forced to fill out widely varying school applications, and then receive a staggered barrage of acceptance and rejection notices.
When seats open up in charter schools mid-year, should those spots be filled by students on the waiting list, or should they be allowed to remain empty?
Chester E. Finn, Jr. wonders how it is possible that Brookings is allowing Russ Whitehurst to leave his position as the head of the Brown Center on Education Policy
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.
Rural superintendent don’t consider teacher recruitment and retention among their biggest challenges…and mixing rural schooling and technology is more complicated than you might think.
Some fret that states that make the U.S. citizenship test a graduation requirement may be tacitly encouraging schools to abandon semester-long classes in civics. I’m skeptical.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two leaders of the D.C. Public Charter School Board argue that the goal should not be for ALL D.C. schools to become charter schools.
We’re hiring a manuscript editor at Education Next.
Some reforms may exacerbate inequality because they don’t help every last needy student. But pursuing equity above all else could jeopardize the gains of some very needy kids.
WNYC series looks at what it is like to be 12 years old.
Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.
Some education reformers and media outlets are already using the results of the new, tougher tests to brand schools as “failing” if most of their students don’t meet the higher standards.
A parent in Virginia has sued state officials to force the release of value-added evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia. The Washington Post ran on its front page a long article by Emma Brown about the issue raised by the lawsuit.
Rick Hess talks about his new book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, which aims to help teachers who want to make their schools better for kids and teachers alike.
This St. Patrick’s Day, as always, “what will likely go unheralded is the singular achievement of the Irish in their adopted homeland: the Catholic school system that stretches across the nation and ranges from kindergarten through college.” So writes William McGurn in today’s Wall Street Journal.
On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.
How Illinois became one of the worst-funded states in the nation (pension-wise) and the consequences for the state’s education funding.
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.
As the diversity of students in our schools continues to grow, the arguments for policies meant to improve representation among teachers have more and more evidence to support them.
What happens when a program brings together students from a poor public school and a rich private school that are three miles apart?
What works in one place, at one time, for a certain community, will often turn out differently elsewhere.
The Cato Institute has produced a short film about New Hampshire’s scholarship tax credit program.
Milestones seeks to demystify the Common Core standards with a free and engaging collection of short videos showing what grade-level work looks like
Teachers who perform well and want to teach beyond the prescribed plan retirement age shouldn’t be punished
In his New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof argues that Democrats made a historic mistake fifty years ago when they distanced themselves from the Moynihan Report.
Affluent parents busy juggling work and family are increasingly turning to Uber and other app-based car services to take their kids to and from school and afterschool activities.
Advice for superintendents on how to survive the education reform wars
School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
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.
We are moving kids beyond just giving answers to explaining answers. That certainly won’t be an easy transition, but it most assuredly is a necessary one.
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.
Last week the U.S. Department of Education made a groundbreaking decision to allow four school systems in New Hampshire to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.
The primary obstacle to faster progress in U.S. education reform is the infrastructure we never built for identifying what works.
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
As the traditional urban school district is slowly replaced by a system marked by an array of nongovernmental school providers, new policies (undergirded by a new understanding of the government’s role in public schooling) are needed.
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.
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