Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies
Students with disabilities more likely to remain in charters than in district schools
Win or lose, states enacted education reforms
Education Next talks with Joanne Weiss and Frederick M. Hess
In July 2009, it wasn’t just about the money. The $4 billion (to be spent over four years) amounted to less than 1 percent of what K‒12 schooling spends each year.
Much has been said about the impact of the Race to the Top program—some good, some not so good, some accurate, some less so.
Winners enact new initiatives, strengthen standards and expand charters
Benjamin Riley and Alex Hernandez square off
Participating in international testing motivates both educators and students
International comparison drives efforts to improve
Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning
An excerpt from Greg Toppo’s The Game Believes in You
Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students
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
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!
BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.
Mike McShane discusses a recent conference AEI held on the state of education entrepreneurship in K-12 education.
Education Reformers Need To Look Beyond Ideas, Ideology, and Innovation and Learn About The Efforts That Preceded Them
Schools have been around forever. There are mountains of accumulated wisdom to study if we’re willing to look up from our Twitter feeds.
If those in our nation’s capital want to modify federal education policy along lines preferred by the public at large, they will enact a law that resembles the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.
Employer pension costs represent a significant drain on resources that might otherwise have been available for classroom expenditures.
A new study finds that teachers hired during recession periods are more effective in math than teachers who are hired in more secure times because stronger applicants apply for teaching jobs when the economy is not doing well.
Graduation rates don’t tell us very much about whether students are prepared for life after graduation.
If you don’t like the message, kill the messenger
A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds that many states are not complying with a requirement under the Higher Education Act that they evaluate teacher education programs and identify “at risk” and “low performing” programs.
Chicago Public Television looks at five high schools where students are earning college credit through an early college program.
The fierce debate over the privacy of student data often risks preventing students from benefiting from the enormous breakthroughs that technology makes possible in 21st century schools.
I promise that you’ll learn interesting stuff by just spending some time with “Conditions of Education.” And maybe if we all do that, our debates would be a bit more fruitful and a bit less contentious.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan’s Wrong Turn on Reform: How Federal Dollars Fueled the Testing Backlash
In an article for The 74, the new reform-oriented education news website launched by Campbell Brown, Matt Barnum looks at the impact of the Obama administration’s decision, in 2009, to push states applying for Race to the Top funds to come up with ways to evaluate all teachers based in part on student test scores.
Why is it so difficult for America’s high-impact, “no-excuses” charter schools to participate in pre-K programs?
Six Catholic schools in East Harlem and the South Bronx have banded together into a network managed by a new group called the Partnership for Inner City Education, which signed an 11-year contract with the Archdiocese of New York to run the schools.
Getting low-income “first-generation” kids into college is hard. Getting them to graduate from college is harder.
What will survive, what will be eliminated, and what’s still up in the air
How much screen time is too much if the game is educational? Sarah Tribble of NPR investigates.
A new video from the Data Quality Campaign shows the kinds of data that can be used to help educators and parents support student learning.
Can we work together to change policies and systems to support giving every student access to excellent teaching, and giving every teacher outstanding career opportunities without being forced up and out of the classroom?
A continuation of the debate over a study on the impact of school spending by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico
American adults in the 1940s had about the same odds of being a high school graduate as today’s Americans have of being a college graduate.
A study finds that text messages sent to the parents of preschoolers encouraging them to engage in literacy-boosting activities has a positive impact on literacy skills.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a vote of 81-17. The Every Child Achieves act would keep the testing requirements from No Child Left Behind but allow states to come up with their own systems for holding schools accountable for results.
A response to Eric Hanushek
A response to Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico
Judging by a recent survey, a plurality of the American public and an equally large share of teachers oppose forced union payments.
This is part two of my analysis of instruction and Common Core’s implementation.
June marked the end of my first year as superintendent of Partnership Schools, a nonprofit school management organization that was granted broad authority to manage and operate six K–8 urban Catholic schools.
And how do we kickstart achievement for high school students?
Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has launched an education-focused website called The Seventy Four.
Head Start is an example of sound impulses gone missing into the jungles of governmental extravagance and bureaucracy.
Because of post-recession pension cuts, new teachers in Chicago were placed in a less-generous plan and will face negative net benefits for their first two decades of service.
Rick Hess and Bob Wise appear on PBS NewsHour to talk about how federal education policy should work in a post-NCLB world.
In the Washington Post, Richard Whitmire writes about a new report from the National Research Council that finds that students in Washington, D.C., including low-income minority students, are doing better.
WTTW takes a look at Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago blended-learning charter school
Things are moving rapidly here in DC. Yesterday, on a 218-213 vote, the House narrowly passed the Student Success Act.
An article in the Hechinger Report examines possible reasons for the decline in arts education, focusing on the idea that education today emphasizes skills over the humanities.
A new report released by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that states vary in where they set their proficiency standards, reports Joy Resmovits. The study converted states’ cutoff scores on their own 2012-2013 state tests to where those scores would fall on the NAEP scale.
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