Michael J. Petrilli
Education crisis or poverty crisis?
And how scholars might use it as a research tool
Prepare young people for rewarding careers
Education coverage is on the rise
School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.
What autonomous automobiles will mean for adolescence
Among news media, competition less important than achievement gap
Education Next talks with Ben Austin and Michael J. Petrilli
Forum: Pulling the Parent Trigger
How “narrowcast” is the education policy debate?
Surprise! The press paints a distorted picture
Does the reality match the rhetoric?
Improving our schools in 140 characters or less
The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see A Battle Begun, Not Won by Paul E. Peterson, […]
Using video recordings to evaluate teachers
Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom
Why 2010 is a banner year for the education documentary
Interactive and expensive, whiteboards come to the classroom
The charter school movement turns 14
this year, and its behavior, some might say, is “developmentally
What happens when the education reporter goes away?
A peek inside the education blogosphere
Online training is the norm in other professions. Why not in K–12 education?
Newspaper editorialists support charter schools, split on NCLB
Assessing the online encyclopedia’s impact on K–12 education
Talk radio’s take on K–12 education
New technologies target teacher performance
Implementation is not the problem
Quality data and sound analysis matter, after all
Hollywood and Hip-Hop Discover Charter Schools
Schools get an A in resisting reform.
Will NCLB’s restructuring wonder drug prove meaningless?
The case for national standards and tests
Policymakers in Washington and in state capitals nationwide should stop trying to micromanage the vast majority of schools. But on the flip side, policymakers should be much more aggressive about shutting down failed schools in any sector.
If this is really to be about “the kids” and not just our own search for meaning, we need to be careful not to lapse into morality plays. We need to be particularly mindful not to malign our opponents. And we need to be humble enough to acknowledge the technical challenges in what we’re trying to achieve.
Capitol Hill staff have reached an agreement on the reauthorization of ESEA. What’s in the compromise? Here’s what I know.
America’s efforts to combat poverty look very different in international comparison depending on what you count and how you measure.
If the Success Academies and schools like them didn’t exist, many hard-working, high-achieving students would be in chaotic, low-performing public schools.
The most honest approach is to reserve judgment until more sophisticated analyses emerge and wait for 2017 to see if these numbers are a one-time blip.
If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.
I’d wager that the states with big declines in median income are going to be the ones showing lower NAEP scores this time around.
Outside of Ohio, most states are living up to their commitments to provide more honest information to parents. A key promise of the Common Core is being kept.
Why Did President Obama Appoint John King as “Acting” Education Secretary Rather Than Put Him Through the Senate Confirmation Process?
As Arne Duncan exits, another missed opportunity for bipartisanship
Montgomery County is getting just 11 percent of its low-income students to the college-ready level, and fewer than one in five of its minority students.
Parents will soon receive for the first time their children’s scores on new tests aligned to the standards. The news is expected to be sobering.
What can we do to keep more boys on the path to achievement long before high school?
The latest SAT scores are out and seem to show that education reform is hitting a wall in high school.
Here are six education policy themes—and associated infographics—that I hope the Presidential candidates embrace.
On Wednesday, I published the results of our latest ranking of top education policy people on social media. Now let’s look at organizations and media outlets.
It’s time for my annual list of top Twitter handles in education policy.
It’s August, which means it’s time for my annual list of top Twitter feeds in education policy.
On Wednesday, Campbell Brown and the American Federation for Children will host an education policy summit in New Hampshire with at least six of the GOP presidential contenders. Here’s what I hope they will say.
If the ESEA renewal processes gets across the finish line, the federal government will have much less power than it does today.
The Supreme Court has a chance to strike down union agency fees.
Why is it so difficult for America’s high-impact, “no-excuses” charter schools to participate in pre-K programs?
What will survive, what will be eliminated, and what’s still up in the air
Neither conservatives nor liberals have a realistic pathway to an ESEA bill that’s more to their liking.
The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.
We have already closed the gap between college readiness and college attainment.
The way to help poor children climb the ladder to the middle class and achieve the American Dream must involve rebuilding social capital.
Many states have been defining “proficient” at levels dramatically below the level that would indicate that kids are on track for college and career. But that is about to end.
It’s not hard to understand the appeal of these Turnaround School Districts. For one: nothing else has worked in the turnaround space, at least not at scale.
To make sense of the facts, we need to look closely at the role of the teachers’ unions in New York and New Jersey.
Much like the Great Depression did, the onset of the Great Recession led to a sharp decline in the U.S. birth rate.
Today’s 22-0 vote from the Senate HELP committee on ESEA reauthorization is an amazing tribute to the bipartisan leadership of Chairman Lamar Alexander and ranking member Patty Murray.
The bipartisan bill to update the No Child Left Behind Act requires states to pledge that they will get all of their students to college or career readiness, and build those expectations into their accountability systems.
The language in the Alexander-Murray compromise is much less prescriptive than No Child Left Behind’s “adequate yearly progress” concoction, but it’s fairly prescriptive nonetheless.
The proportion of recent high school graduates attending college is far higher than the proportion of twelfth graders who are prepared for college—and that gap has worsened over time.
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
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.
Advice for superintendents on how to survive the education reform wars
Our focus on college is too narrow because it overlooks other critically important steps on the ladder to the middle class.
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