Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?
Review of Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion
George Lucas reimagines the American classroom
Getting low-income “first-generation” kids into college is hard. Getting them to graduate from college is harder.
Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?
Schools and teachers anywhere can download free materials from EngageNY, a comprehensive, Common Core-aligned curriculum developed by New York State.
To be a good reader you need an understanding of literature, art, music, history, and the sciences — that is, you need a liberal arts education.
It’s still too soon to gauge whether the opt-out movement is a true groundswell of opposition, a union-driven blip on the radar, or something in between.
The draft School Quality Snapshot says clearly and unambiguously that the days of measuring a school by academic performance in New York City are over.
The backfilling debate is something of a proxy fight between two very different visions for charters. Are they a replacement strategy for disappointing schools and districts? Or are they closer to a poor man’s private school?
I found myself caught up short by the Atlanta verdict this week and eleven educators found guilty of racketeering in a widespread cheating scandal.
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.
Milestones seeks to demystify the Common Core standards with a free and engaging collection of short videos showing what grade-level work looks like
I share critics concerns that early childhood learning is leading schools to take all the joy out of kindergarten, but I see no reason to blame Common Core for that.
More time in school is not producing Americans with more or better skills.
We can have kindergarten that is both play-based and language-rich. It’s what the best kindergarten teachers have always done.
Arizona became the first state to make passing the U.S. Citizenship Test a high school graduation requirement.
Elementary school English language arts classrooms have long been in the thrall of nonsensical jargon.
Curriculum and content matter—and for no one more than poor kids who get too little of that knowledge and vocabulary at home.
While running the nation’s largest school system, Carmen Farina has made a growing list of decisions based not on empirical evidence, but on the chancellor’s personal preference.
Here are some of the pieces—about Common Core and education at large—I wish I’d written in 2014.
To grow up as the child of well-educated parents in an affluent American home is to hit the verbal lottery.
Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools,
It’s long past time to recognize that reading tests don’t measure what we think they do.
The overheated rhetoric around Common Core elides the fact that it incorporates several fundamentally sound and long-overdue ideas that have gone missing from our schools for decades.
Complaints about close reading bother me less than its potential overuse, or the creeping notion that close reading is what all reading instruction should look like under Common Core. That would be bad for the standards, and even worse for reading achievement in the U.S.
Opponents of the Common Core question the idea of improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.
Those who see Common Core as a curricular monoculture, a boondoggle for publishers, or a violation of local control would do well to come to Reno.
On Politico’s list of fifty “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter,” sharing the number eight spot are E.D. Hirsch and David Coleman, the principal author of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.
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!”
Secretary Duncan’s reflective take on testing can delay, but cannot resolve, the reckoning that seems to be at hand.
New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.
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.
The bottom line: the tests are hard, as expected, but the choice of texts needs work.
Any pedagogy, curriculum, approach, or technology has to be within the skills of ordinary teachers to implement well and effectively. If it takes a superstar teacher it’s a nonstarter.
We know for a fact that “balanced literacy” has had little effect on closing stubborn achievement gaps. So why is New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina bringing it back?
Common Core supporters should be showcasing lessons that represent a sharp break with the skills-driven, all-texts-are-created-equal approach that has come to dominate too many classrooms.
Ask a teacher about his or her first year in the classroom and you’ll hear, either with a smile or a shudder, how “nothing prepared me for my first year as a teacher.”
Our elite universities, should they wish, could end epic oversharing, help student writing, and improve college readiness in one fell swoop.
Steve Farr’s Teaching as Leadership lives in the shadow of Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion
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