The Testing Pendulum

If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.

The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics (Part 2)

The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves.

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Will Youth CareerConnect Disrupt or Sustain?

The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.

The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

Is the best urban district good enough?

Is TFA to Blame for the Rise in Teacher Attrition?

No, or at least not very much

Behind the Headline: Appeals Panel Rebuffs Foes of Online Instruction in Two Charter Schools

A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.

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The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics

The brute force and directness required for adopting national standards makes its effective implementation in a diverse, decentralized, and democratic country impossible.

Jeb Bush, the Common Core, and 2016

In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.

The Opt-Out Outrage

Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?

Next for Neerav, NSNO, and NOLA

After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.

Behind the Headline: Just Two Districts Named Broad Prize Finalists

The Broad Prize, awarded to an urban district for showing great improvement in student achievement, particularly among low-income and minority students, has only two finalists this year, Gwinnett County, Ga. and Orange County, Fla.

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Friday Catchall: Job Opportunities and Quick Reads

CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more

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A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

A modern-day Flexner report should focus on finding a more effective model of teacher training.

Behind the Headline: Court: Louisiana Must Report Voucher Data

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Louisiana must provide the U.S. Department of Justice with data on the students participating in the state’s voucher program.

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Top Prize for Article on Graduates of No Excuses Schools in College

Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.

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What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”

The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.

The Pension IOU

Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.

Behind the Headline: America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.

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What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?

Recent Edu-Reads, For Your Perusing Pleasure

School boards, charter schools, and more

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Behind the Headline: School District Weighs School Choice Program to Fight Declining Enrollment

In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.

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Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies

In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.

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Behind the Headline: Can Free College Save American Cities?

In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

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Behind the Headline: Opting In to Enthusiasm for the Common Core Tests

While newspapers are reporting on parents who are opting their kids out of state testing, students in Brooklyn who attend Uncommon Schools charters are gearing up for the tests in “wacky and joyful” ways.

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