Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more
Support for Common Core State Standards slips, but opponents are still in the minority; a majority opposes requirements to balance discipline rates across race; only a minority backs union fees for non-union teachers; support for charter schools and tax credits to fund private school scholarships dips, but a majority still favors them
Through Course Access, students choose from a range of providers
Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement
Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice
School characteristics vary widely
Families have many options as 93 percent of public school students attend charter schools
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
Which strategy should the charter sector pursue in the short- to medium-term: selective chartering or a district-wide replacement strategy?
Here are six education policy themes—and associated infographics—that I hope the Presidential candidates embrace.
The school board in Indianapolis has approved a new teacher contract that will allow six schools to implement an experimental program that allows high-performing teachers to take on new roles, reach more students, and earn higher salaries.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public’s changing opinion of the Common Core.
In US News, Nina Rees takes a close look at what the public says about testing in two recent polls, and in particular considers why PDK/Gallup found that respondents believe there is too much emphasis on testing, while EdNext found that respondents support annual standardized testing.
Brandon Wright talks with The Wall Street Journal about what schools are doing for academically gifted students, the subject of a book he has written with Chester Finn.
The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 schooling.
Should charter schools be forced to backfill — to admit new students whenever they have an open seat because a student has left? Charter school advocates are divided over this issue. Paul Hill and Robin Lake of CRPE lay out their positions for and against backfilling on The Lens, the blog of CRPE.
In the midst of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial 2011 budget bill, many warned that the state’s public employees, including teachers, would retire in droves.
In 2014 the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, acting together, sent every school district a letter asking local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.
While many people blame standardized testing for narrowing the elementary school curriculum to reading and math, the real culprit is “a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.” So writes Natalie Wexler in an op-ed in the New York Times.
On Wednesday, I published the results of our latest ranking of top education policy people on social media. Now let’s look at organizations and media outlets.
… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.
Teachers are much more likely to move within a state than to cross state lines.
Research, features, and opinion from Ed Next authors on schools in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina
It’s time to review the progress of the charter movement and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray..
American schools don’t expect youth to be responsible for themselves or their learning. Finnish schools are different.
Does the American public support annual testing or think there’s too much testing, or both?
Behind the Headline: From Scholarship Student to Charter School Teacher, a Young Man Helps New Orleans Come Back
In the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Danielle Dreilinger tells the moving life story of Gary Briggs, a teacher in a New Orleans charter school.
It’s time for my annual list of top Twitter handles in education policy.
Martin R. West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 Education Next poll and compare the results with the findings from this week’s PDK/Gallup Poll.
An immersive, 360-degree panoramic view inside a Success Academy elementary school.
Gauging public opinion on parental opt-out, charters, Common Core and vouchers
CNN’s story relies on the results of one study that is limited in what it can tell us, but CNN even gets its main findings wrong.
“The creation of high-achieving urban charter schools is one of the most impressive triumphs of American social policy,” writes Jon Chait of New York magazine. “Nowhere has this revolution had a more dramatic impact than in New Orleans, because nowhere has reform been carried out with such breadth,” he continues.
The public is still quietly backing Common Core by a margin of nearly 15 percentage points
In January 2014, the Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and Education, acting together, sent every school district in the country a letter warning local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.
“Americans aren’t as pissed off about standardized testing as headlines often make it seem. In fact, it looks like most of the country’s adults support it. What the public isn’t so fond of are the people who are pissed off—the ones who are so pissed off they’re boycotting the assessments as part of a growing ‘opt-out movement.’” So writes Alia Wong in “Time Out for Opt-Outs?” in the Atlantic.
What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?
A new law in Wisconsin is forcing the Milwaukee school system to put all its vacant and surplus buildings on the market this October. Charter and private school operators will be able to purchase the properties.
New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.
While the federal government does not collect data on the graduation rates of students who receive Pell grants, an investigation by the Hechinger Institute suggests that billions of taxpayer dollars are going to students who never earn degrees.
Education Next is looking to hire a communications consultant, someone to help us promote articles appearing in EdNext by writing press releases, communicating with traditional media outlets, and maintaining a lively social media presence.
It’s August, which means it’s time for my annual list of top Twitter feeds in education policy.
When it comes to fundamental principles and practices regarding K–12 education, the American public is generally pretty sensible and steadfast.
The data simply don’t support the notion that teachers are leaving schools in droves in response to recent education reforms.
The 74’s Campbell Brown interviewed GOP presidential candidates about education policy in New Hampshire on August 19.
Are opinions about the Common Core driven by the public debate broadcast in the media or are they rooted in direct knowledge about what is happening in schools?
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