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
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. This
Young people raised in one-parent homes complete fewer years of schooling and are less likely to receive a B. A. degree
Education attainment gap widens
Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance
What happens to children of unmarried mothers
An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.
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
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”
Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.
2014 EdNext poll finds while the public, on average, gives 50% of teachers in their local schools an A or a B grade, 22% are given a D or an F
Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices
A review of Elizabeth Green’s “Building a Better Teacher”
Study finds students are similar to those in other local schools and most patterns of attrition are no different
Here’s what the Common Core is designed to communicate: If your children are meeting the standards, it means they are believed to be on track for college and career readiness by the end of high school
If cities simply add more choice schools in the absence of changes to the enrollment process, parents can struggle to find information on schools, be forced to fill out widely varying school applications, and then receive a staggered barrage of acceptance and rejection notices.
When seats open up in charter schools mid-year, should those spots be filled by students on the waiting list, or should they be allowed to remain empty?
Chester E. Finn, Jr. wonders how it is possible that Brookings is allowing Russ Whitehurst to leave his position as the head of the Brown Center on Education Policy
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a new online course about the threat a failing education system poses to national security.
Rural superintendent don’t consider teacher recruitment and retention among their biggest challenges…and mixing rural schooling and technology is more complicated than you might think.
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.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two leaders of the D.C. Public Charter School Board argue that the goal should not be for ALL D.C. schools to become charter schools.
We’re hiring a manuscript editor at Education Next.
Some reforms may exacerbate inequality because they don’t help every last needy student. But pursuing equity above all else could jeopardize the gains of some very needy kids.
WNYC series looks at what it is like to be 12 years old.
Pam Reilly, Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2014, talks about the Common Core standards.
Some education reformers and media outlets are already using the results of the new, tougher tests to brand schools as “failing” if most of their students don’t meet the higher standards.
A parent in Virginia has sued state officials to force the release of value-added evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia. The Washington Post ran on its front page a long article by Emma Brown about the issue raised by the lawsuit.
Rick Hess talks about his new book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, which aims to help teachers who want to make their schools better for kids and teachers alike.
This St. Patrick’s Day, as always, “what will likely go unheralded is the singular achievement of the Irish in their adopted homeland: the Catholic school system that stretches across the nation and ranges from kindergarten through college.” So writes William McGurn in today’s Wall Street Journal.
On Thursday March 26, Tom Loveless and Matt Chingos discussed the Brown Center’s new report on reading and the gender gap.
How Illinois became one of the worst-funded states in the nation (pension-wise) and the consequences for the state’s education funding.
A new PBS documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville, explores how a town in South Carolina is working to provide a better education for its poor students.
As the diversity of students in our schools continues to grow, the arguments for policies meant to improve representation among teachers have more and more evidence to support them.
What happens when a program brings together students from a poor public school and a rich private school that are three miles apart?
What works in one place, at one time, for a certain community, will often turn out differently elsewhere.
The Cato Institute has produced a short film about New Hampshire’s scholarship tax credit program.
Milestones seeks to demystify the Common Core standards with a free and engaging collection of short videos showing what grade-level work looks like
Teachers who perform well and want to teach beyond the prescribed plan retirement age shouldn’t be punished
In his New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof argues that Democrats made a historic mistake fifty years ago when they distanced themselves from the Moynihan Report.
Affluent parents busy juggling work and family are increasingly turning to Uber and other app-based car services to take their kids to and from school and afterschool activities.
Advice for superintendents on how to survive the education reform wars
School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
In Boston, three prominent lawyers are filing a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on charter schools. Efforts by charter school advocates to raise the cap have been defeated by state lawmakers.
We are moving kids beyond just giving answers to explaining answers. That certainly won’t be an easy transition, but it most assuredly is a necessary one.
In a long article in Sunday’s Washington Post, Emily Badger writes about Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Last week the U.S. Department of Education made a groundbreaking decision to allow four school systems in New Hampshire to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.
The primary obstacle to faster progress in U.S. education reform is the infrastructure we never built for identifying what works.
Principals at Ranson and Ashley Park in Charlotte, N.C. explain how they use blended learning and multi-classroom leaders to extend the reach of great teachers
As the traditional urban school district is slowly replaced by a system marked by an array of nongovernmental school providers, new policies (undergirded by a new understanding of the government’s role in public schooling) are needed.
On March 5, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the state of the American family on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.
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.
An experimental study conducted by Mathematica has determined that new teachers who joined Teach for America during a period earlier this decade when the organization was rapidly expanding performed at a level similar to that of the teachers already working in the schools where they were assigned.
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