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It’s Not Looking Good for ESEA Reauthorization

It’s looking increasingly like Secretary Duncan is going get to keep on enjoying his waivers through January 2017.

03/04/2015

Behind the Headline: How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

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

03/04/2015

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.

03/04/2015

Marriage as a Springboard to the Middle Class

Our focus on college is too narrow because it overlooks other critically important steps on the ladder to the middle class.

03/03/2015

Nathan Glazer on Revisiting the Moynihan Report

Fifty years ago the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report that identified a surprising rate of growth in the percentage of African American children born into single-parent families.

03/02/2015

America’s Millennials: Overeducated and Unprepared

More time in school is not producing Americans with more or better skills.

03/02/2015

Don’t Capitulate To The Credit Hour, Recreate It

A report from the Carnegie Foundation examines the history of the century-old Carnegie Unit and its impact on education reform in K–12 and higher education.

03/02/2015

What We’re Watching: Revisiting the Moynihan Report

On Thursday, March 5, Education Next will host an event to discuss the state of the American family on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.

02/27/2015

Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

The advent of the Common Core standards can and should boost the learning of America’s ablest young learners, not serve as a rationale for denying them opportunities to fulfill their potential.

02/27/2015

The State-Led ESEA Compromise

A compromise around the idea of accountability for results would require the right to agree to include explicit performance targets and the left to agree to give states greater flexibility in tackling challenges.

02/26/2015

What We’re Watching: Measuring and Understanding Education Advocacy

On Wednesday, March 4, from 2-3 p.m., Brookings will host a live online discussion on how advocacy efforts influence education policy.

02/26/2015

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.

02/26/2015

Memo to Teachers’ Unions: Now Might Be a Good Time to Start Panicking

In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association

02/25/2015

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests.

02/25/2015

The Conservative Case for HR 5

The “Student Success Act” would, if enacted, be the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century.

02/25/2015

Scott Walker Doesn’t Need a College Degree—And Neither Do You

Employers use college degrees as a proxy for smarts, perseverance, and other valuable skills, but this shortcut unwittingly excludes many talented people from their prospective hiring pool.

02/25/2015

Preserving the Federal Role in Encouraging and Evaluating Education Innovation

Increased reliance on competitive grants has been arguably the defining feature of the Obama administration’s K-12 education policy.

02/23/2015

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.

02/23/2015

Ed Trust Midwest Report on Michigan’s Charter Authorizers: A Decent Start, But Hardly the Final Word

Charter school quality, authorizer quality, and authorizer accountability are all great topics of conversation for policymakers in Michigan.

02/20/2015

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.

02/20/2015

ESEA Testing Proposals in One Picture

NCLB assessments appear safer than I would’ve guessed sixty days ago.

02/19/2015

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.

02/19/2015

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.

02/18/2015

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.

02/18/2015

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.

02/17/2015

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.

02/17/2015

One Size Fits Most, Even in the Suburbs

A subset of white, affluent, well-educated parents have long favored progressive education. Alternative schools are a good option for them.

02/17/2015

Stop Pitting Technology Against Quality, In-Person Time

Technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers

02/17/2015

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.

02/16/2015

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.

02/15/2015

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

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

02/15/2015

Doug Lemov Reveals His Secrets

Doug Lemov’s work identifying what “champion” teachers do has been nothing short of transformational.

02/13/2015

Snow Days Show Why Schools, Blended Learning Matter

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow.

02/13/2015

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”

02/13/2015

Is Common Core Too Hard for Kindergarten?

We can have kindergarten that is both play-based and language-rich. It’s what the best kindergarten teachers have always done.

02/12/2015

A Wonky But Important Argument for Annual Statewide Testing

A move away from annual testing would leave many subgroups and more than 1 million students functionally “invisible” to state accountability systems.

02/12/2015

Teacher Evaluations: Uncle Sam, Exit Stage Left

The work of teaching is so extraordinarily complex and teachers are so tightly woven into the fabric of school communities that any attempt by faraway federal officials to tinker with evaluation systems is a fool’s errand

02/11/2015

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.

02/11/2015

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.

02/11/2015
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