Martin R. West
Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement
Also teacher grades, school choices, and other findings from the 2014 EdNext poll. Full results also available at education next.org/edfacts
The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do
Achievement tumbles when young students change schools
Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever
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, […]
The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree
Can citizens tell a good school when they see one?
The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.
Arizona rulings hit scholarships and special education vouchers
Higher private school share boosts national test scores
Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices
Probing American’s knowledge of school spending
Remarkable finding by an un-credible study
The 2007 Education Next—PEPG Survey
Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you
Does reducing class size work?
The value of high grading standards
The AFT hoodwinks the Times
Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? by JAMES J. HECKMAN AND ALAN B. KRUEGER, EDITED by BENJAMIN M. FRIEDMAN
School boards need to drive a harder bargain
Florida high school students taking Algebra or English I online perform at least as well on state math and reading tests as do students taking the same courses in a traditional format.
Evidence suggests that Americans have been wise enough to ignore the woefully misleading information about student proficiency rates generated by state testing systems when forming judgments about the quality of their state’s schools.
Efforts to provide better pay for teachers in the high-demand subjects of math and science may be insufficient to offset the differences in outside earnings opportunities.
Interstellar allows students anywhere to compete in real-time against similarly skilled competitors, in pick-up games if they like but also in structured leagues and tournaments.
MET argues for a more balanced set of weights among value added, classroom observations, and feedback from student surveys.
The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place next week. Marty West of Ed Next spoke with George Thampy, who won the bee in 2000, about what that was like.
Podcast: Eric Hanushek and Marty West discuss two new studies that look at teacher dismissals.
NEA Rhode Island assistant executive director John Leidecker was arrested Tuesday and charged with using his computer to impersonate state legislator Doug Gablinske in the context of the recent election campaign. Gablinske, a Democrat from Bristol, lost to an NEA-backed challenger in the primaries and mounted an unsuccessful write-in campaign to keep his seat.
I was saddened to learn recently of the death of Lovett “Pete” Peters, the legendary philanthropist, education reformer, and founder of the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, who passed away on November 11th at the impressive age of 97.
Charles Blow, the “Visual Op-Ed Columnist” for the New York Times, devotes his Saturday column this week to the “private school civility gap” – a phenomenon he deems a “not-so-little, not-so-secret, dirty little secret among the upper crust.”
Today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a new Education Next study showing that, at least in New York City, attending a standalone middle school rather than a K-8 school has a big negative impact on student achievement and attendance rates.
For several decades pollsters have asked American citizens to grade the nation’s public schools, both nationally and within their local community. Yet we know next to nothing about how citizens go about answering.
Support for charters among the public at large has remained relatively stable since 2008. Among African Americans, however, support has increased from 42 percent to 64 percent. Meanwhile, Hispanic support for charters has increased from 37 percent to 47 percent. It is puzzling, then, that a coalition of prominent civil rights organizations last week issued a statement criticizing the Obama administration’s current emphasis on chartering as a strategy to turn around low-performing schools.
In 2009 Education Next asked a representative sample of Floridians their opinion about teacher tenure and merit pay, the very issues that have just landed on Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s desk. Although Crist initially supported the bill, he has given hints that union-backed protests are causing him doubts. “Shame on any public servant who doesn’t listen to the people,” he told the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday. So let’s have a look at what the people think.
In the Fall 2008 issue of Education Next, economist C. Kirabo Jackson reported that the Advanced Placement Incentive Program boosted AP participation rates in participating schools, the share of students receiving solid SAT or ACT scores, and the share of students going on to post-secondary education. The results were no doubt encouraging, but they left unanswered questions as to what would happen to students after they had enrolled in college. A follow-up study now available in the NBER Working Paper series puts these concerns to rest.
Video: Mark Schneider talks with Education Next about the limits to what we can learn from international tests.
The academic book review is a lost art. In days gone by, one could count on fellow scholars to lay out the books’ argument, skewer it, then identify a laundry list of factual errors that demonstrate the author was careless or worse.
Video: Matthew Chingos, an author of Crossing the Finish Line, talks with Education Next about which factors best predict whether students will graduate from college. High school grades and AP test scores are stronger predictors than SAT or ACT scores, this new study finds.
Video: Martin West talks with Education Next about what it takes to change public opinion about reforms like charter schools.
A new NYU study finds that schools assigned new elementary and secondary principals trained by the Aspiring Principals Program of the New York City Leadership Academy outperformed other city schools with new principals who came through traditional routes in English Language Arts, and matched their performance in math.
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