Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education
Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students
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
Benjamin Riley and Alex Hernandez square off
Progressive education techniques and innovative teacher training help the charters outperform NYC public schools
Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how
A review of A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim
A political game changer for public school choice?
Finding and training civic-minded leaders
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
An excerpt from Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope
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
Commitments to Common Core may be driving the proficiency bar upward
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
Culturally enriching field trips increase knowledge, tolerance, and the ability to read emotions of others
Students realize gains in knowledge, tolerance, and more
Learning from Live Theater Education Next, Winter 2015 Empirical Strategy Because the randomized controlled trial approach has the important feature of generating comparable treatment and control groups, we can use a straightforward set of analytic techniques, designed for use in social experiments, to estimate the impact of a school field trip to see live theater […]
A review of A Smarter Charter by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter
Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement
Making sense of the conflict
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Education Next talks with Chester E. Finn, Jr., Richard D. Kahlenberg and Sandy Kress
Evidence on which students leave KIPP middle schools and who replaces them
A conversation with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Why the district has a money problem
Court decision terrifies unions
Substantial Opportunities for Improving Teacher Evaluations Lie in the Area of Classroom Observations
Researchers recommend adjusting classroom observation scores for student demographics, using observations conducted by trained external observers
A review of Mary C. Bounds’ “A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led”
AltSchool, a high-tech, personalized learning startup, announced Monday that it had raised $100 million from investors including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a welcome message for National Charter Schools Week, which began Monday.
Though fraught with controversy and political peril, shuttering bad schools might just be a saving grace for students who need the best education they can get.
I’ve spent a good bit of time looking into a wide range of issues associated with the tough conditions faced by millions of city kids and what we might do to offer these boys and girls better opportunities.
Common Core is unlikely to produce meaningful changes in practice without an aligned test that punishes schools and educators, but those types of harsh consequences are unlikely to survive the political opposition of educators and parents.
Seniors at IDEA Public Schools, a charter school network in Texas which has sent 100% of its graduates to college for seven years straight, reveal their college plans.
The achievement scores of black, Hispanic, and low-income students have increased dramatically.
A new study from the Urban Institute finds that women in their twenties have a lower birth rate today than in any previous generation.
There are ways to far better serve millions of low-income kids than the turnaround- and district-focused strategies of the last several generations.
The Digital Learning Report Card looks at programs adopted by states to expand competency-based education.
When the history of this era’s urban-education reform movement is written, four big policy innovations are sure to get attention: the nation’s first voucher program, first charter law, first mayor-controlled charter authorizer, and first “extraordinary authority” unit (the RSD).
Not only is middle school content finding its way into college classrooms, college credit is being awarded for learning it.
Students will not achieve at higher levels until teachers teach at higher levels—and that’s simply not going to happen without quality feedback and evaluation.
This year’s John Bates Clark medal, given to the most promising American economist under 40, has been awarded to Roland Fryer.
Just because a teacher has the option to get a pension at some point down the road doesn’t necessarily mean she should take it.
Four ways for policymakers and reformers to create the conditions whereby cage-busting teachers can thrive
The larger legacy of the Every Child Achieves Act may well be how it cleans up supplement not supplant, a little discussed and often misunderstood fiscal rule
Districts are currently unwittingly hostile to school-level innovation. For that to change, they must aggressively work to change the incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.
I’m a strong supporter of assessments and accountability, and I wouldn’t opt out, but I think it’s unfair to discount the views of those who disagree.
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?
Krissy Clark of Marketplace visits Dayton, Ohio, which has one of the worst rates of economic mobility in the U.S, but which is also the home of a great deal of education innovation.
In Louisiana, where the fight over Common Core has been particularly salient, the effect of the “Common Core” label was even more negative than in the American public as whole, and the impact on polarization was greater.
Much like the Great Depression did, the onset of the Great Recession led to a sharp decline in the U.S. birth rate.
On April 28, the Fordham Institute hosted a conversation with Greg Toppo about his new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.
PBS NewsHour looks into the impact of legislation that promised to hold students back who cannot pass the state’s reading test by the end of third grade.
The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released a misleading report on school choice programs in Indiana and elsewhere
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.
Mike Kirst’s review of our book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, is insightful and constructive and raises important questions about how our proposal would work in practice.
“A headache-inducing logic problem from Singapore’s Math Olympiad went viral this week, sparking online debates, a Twitter hashtag, and even a song that mimics the process of elimination that leads to the correct answer,” notes Libby Nelson in Vox.
The bipartisan ESEA reauthorization bill crafted by Senators Alexander and Murray represents a very smart compromise on the key issue of accountability
In the majority of classrooms, where opt-out appears likely to remain at low levels, the data strongly suggest that students sitting out of standardized testing will have only a trivial impact on the ratings received by their teachers.
The state of Massachusetts is poised to take over the schools in Holyoke, after taking over the schools in Lawrence four years ago.
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.
Behind the Headline: Is Education Technology Where Women Are Starting To Buck The Tech World’s Sexist Trends?
“In the geeky boys’ club of tech, education tech may be one of the few slightly more bright spots where female founders and CEOs are showing up—and staying the course—in greater numbers,” writes Tony Wan in Fast Company.
The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, unveiled a few days back by Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and scheduled for HELP Committee mark-up on April 14, is a remarkable piece of work.
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.
When the Boston Public Schools commissioned a study to identify schools that are helping black and Latino boys close the achievement gap, they were unable to find any traditional district schools where black and Latino boys were achieving at levels that matched or exceeded state averages, writes Michael Jonas in Commonwealth magazine.
Teacher Marilyn Rhames gives teachers strategic advice on how to start new school programs. Rhames appeared at a Cage-Busting Teacher event at AEI.
Both the pro- and the anti-school choice crowds tend to ignore what should be the central issue when it comes to markets, which is their immense creative potential and the way they can shatter comfortable cartels.
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