Participating in international testing motivates both educators and students
International comparison drives efforts to improve
An excerpt from Greg Toppo’s The Game Believes in You
A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris
A review of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam
Increased Per-Pupil Spending Yields Improved Educational Attainment and Higher Future Wages for Students from Low-Income Families
How money is spent matters; school districts use unexpected increases more productively than they use other resources
Does school spending matter after all?
What are the general lessons to be learned from the many case studies of successful chartering?
A review of “The School Choice Journey” by Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf
Excerpts from No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform
Progressive education techniques and innovative teacher training help the charters outperform NYC public schools
Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how
And how scholars might use it as a research tool
A review of A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim
An excerpt from Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope
Commitments to Common Core may be driving the proficiency bar upward
Benjamin Riley and Alex Hernandez square off
A political game changer for public school choice?
Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students
States try managing lowest-performing schools
Finding and training civic-minded leaders
Breaking up large high schools improved graduation rates
Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education
But individual absences caused by weather when schools don’t close have negative effects on achievement
Students who stay home when school is in session are a much larger problem
Don’t try to quantify its worth
For the first time since the passage of No Child Left Behind, state standards have risen; all states that show strong improvements have adopted Common Core
Excerpts from The Cage-Busting Teacher
Education Next talks with Scott Pearson, John H. “Skip” McKoy, and Neerav Kingsland
Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.
Charter schools are revolutionizing public schooling in Washington, D.C. In just 18 years, charter schools have grown from an initial 5 to 112 schools today, managed by 61 nonprofit organizations.
Young people raised in one-parent homes complete fewer years of schooling and are less likely to receive a B. A. degree
What happens to children of unmarried mothers
Education attainment gap widens
Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance
Successful high-dosage tutoring model spreads to other schools
Prepare young people for rewarding careers
Better planning benefits new parents and their children
School culture supports students and their families
Social and economic barriers persist
A review of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” by Jason L. Riley
With Martha Derthick’s passing on January 12, 2015, America lost one of its preeminent scholars of American politics.
State lifts barriers to innovation, allowing districts and charters to personalize learning
To flourish, our nation must face some hard truths
A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson
U.S. Students from Two-Parent Families Achieve a Grade Level Higher than Peers from Single-Parent Families
The United States has one of the highest percentages of single-parent families among developed countries
Family structure matters more for U.S. students
Examples from Florida and Pennsylvania
50 Years after the Moynihan Report, More than One-Quarter of Young Black Males Are Neither Employed nor Enrolled in School or Vocational Training
The incarceration rate for young black men without a high school diploma rose from 10 percent in 1980 to 37 percent by 2008
Social policies have influenced the rate of growth in single-parent families
A review of “The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education” by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris
An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.
A review of No Struggle, No Progress by Howard Fuller
New evidence from a teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago
A review of Joel Klein’s “Lessons of Hope”
The 1965 report and its backlash
50 years after the Moynihan Report, the percentage of children in mother-only families has risen from around 25% to 50% among blacks, and around 7% to 19% among whites.
Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.
Litigation shows they have arrived
A list of lists
Just the facts, please!
A review of The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
Also teacher grades, school choices, and other findings from the 2014 EdNext poll. Full results also available at education next.org/edfacts
Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools
Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor
New standards help teachers create effective lesson plans
A review of Michael B. Horn’s and Heather Staker’s “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”
Lessons on how from four pioneering districts
Standards inspire collaboration and dissent
Education coverage is on the rise
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched Why Proficiency Matters, an interactive website that will help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.
Parents who are given actionable feedback on how their kids are doing in summer school are more likely to talk with their kids and their kids are more likely to earn course credit.
According to the conventional wisdom, minority students tend to be overrepresented in special ed because teachers are biased against them. Black students are 1.4 times more likely to be placed in special education than students of other races and ethnicities combined.
On June 29, Fordham hosted a discussion on turnaround school districts which included the leaders of these state-run districts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan.
The story of New Orleans’ success entails two parts: a disaster that created room to reinvent a deeply troubled urban school system and an energetic commitment to seize that opportunity.
A new study finds that the Kalamazoo Promise is boosting college enrollment and college success.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does allow “disparate impact” claims, in which plaintiffs only need to show that a particular practice has a disparate impact on a minority group and not evidence of discriminatory intent.
As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.
Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown is launching an education-focused website called The Seventy Four, named “for the 74 million children in America — the people the education establishment is supposed to serve.”
Is it possible to integrate human-graded assessments into online learning software?
On June 24, 2015 AEI hosted a research conference on the current role of entrepreneurship in improving K-12 Education.
Jay Mathews writes about a new report that describes ways of accelerating learning for gifted students and then describes barriers that school administrators and state legislators sometimes set up to block students who might do better in more challenging classes.
District-level data from New York suggest that relatively affluent districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, and that districts with lower test scores have higher opt-out rates after taking socioeconomic status into account
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The education community should be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules on a housing case from Dallas which considers whether plaintiffs can bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
Data suggest that some states should be investing much more heavily in teacher recruitment and retention efforts.
Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles, has become famous for helping his students, who come from low-income Hispanic and Korean families, put on a Shakespeare play every year.
In the Wall Street Journal, Caroline Porter describes the rise of the virtual field trip.
The cover of this week’s New Yorker shows two girls playing Minecraft on a playdate and in an article inside, Chris Ware describes what playing Miinecraft looks like to a parent of a 10-year-old girl.
USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.
New data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control show that the overall birth rate in the U.S. went up last year but that the rate of unmarried women who gave birth declined.
The use of teacher-collected video in classroom observations did seem to improve the classroom observation process.
Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth
Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, will partner with MIT to create a new kind of teacher training program, funded by $30 million from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
A new initiative aims to define, develop, and validate measures of what have often been called non-cognitive skills, but we think are more accurately described as character traits.
Court tells the state it can’t cut benefits for existing workers, so new and future workers will have to bear the full brunt of cuts.
“Despite the rising presence of online credit recovery programs, there exists scant evidence as to their effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, or their impact on other outcomes of interest,” notes Ly Le on the blog of the Albert Shanker Institute.
The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.
Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?
On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski explores the tension between protecting the privacy of student data and using large data sets to determine what is working in schools.
We have already closed the gap between college readiness and college attainment.
Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.
Ed Next’s Rick Hess is profiled in the Summer issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine.
For most teachers, a pension won’t lead to a cushy retirement.
The way to help poor children climb the ladder to the middle class and achieve the American Dream must involve rebuilding social capital.
The Brown Center hosted a panel to discuss why it has been so hard for Congress to reauthorize ESEA.
Instead of trying to come up with an unsatisfying compromise between pro- and anti-charter forces, legislators in New York should really be working to broker a compact between charter schools and the school district like the one Denver has. So argues Richard Whitmire in today’s New York Daily News.
Eric Hanushek talks about the economic growth that would result if countries could meet the goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.
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