Closing the Gap in Access to Summer Camp and Extracurricular Activities

Imagine a world where the summer, weekend, and after-school experiences of the poor aren’t as radically different as they are for the rich.

In the News: Social Security Isn’t Fair. Here’s How We Fix It

Teachers are not treated fairly when it comes to Social Security.

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In the News: Andrew Smarick Elected President of Maryland State Board of Education

Congratulations to Andy Smarick, longtime contributor to Education Next and the EdNext blog.

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Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times

This weekend, education historian and Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments in a New York Times op-ed.

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Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

Use Caution in Drawing Conclusions from Ohio Voucher Study

The Fordham Institute recently released a study on the academic impact of Ohio’s flagship school choice program.

In the News: The Fight for the Future of Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

Massachusetts voters will weigh in this fall in a referendum on whether to increase the number of charter schools in the state

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How Do Teacher Pension Plans Encourage Teachers to Retire? An Explainer

Ever wanted to work less and earn more? It’s difficult to pull off, but the majority of teacher pension plans actually incentivize employees to exit at a predetermined age, quietly penalizing those who continue to work.

Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

Without talking about grit or perseverance, competency-based learning systematically embeds the building of those skills into its design and fabric.

Teacher Pension Systems Are Incompatible with Efforts to Improve the Teaching Profession

Colorado has done the right thing in making the teaching profession at least somewhat contingent on performance. The state should create a retirement system that matches that expectation.

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students

Breakthrough innovations come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old processes.

In the News: The Sudden Rise and Ongoing Challenges of Democrats for Education Reform

A new article assesses the impact of DFER, an organization founded to create a ‘safe place’ for pro-charter, reform-oriented Democratic politicians to make much-needed changes to the education system.

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Are Republicans and Democrats Turning Their Backs on Education Reform?

Little energy remains for school reform today—much less for working across the aisle.

In the News: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans, Not Professional Development

A new study finds that teachers who were given access to a set of “inquiry-based” lesson plans and online support on how to use the lesson plans saw increases in student achievement.

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How Chartering Makes Possible An Entirely New Approach to Accountability

The leadership of an urban district should ask state policy makers for permission to apply charter-type accountability to all schools in the district.

In the News: After Big Splash, Scaled-Back Rocketship Still Finding Its Way

Rocketship runs one of Milwaukee’s higher-performing charter schools, but the school has fallen short of enrollment goals and is running a $1.4 million deficit.

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The Illinois Teacher Labor Market Is Incredibly Fragmented

The fragmented teacher labor market has implications for how we think about improving teacher preparation, not to mention how school districts go about hiring new teachers.

The Accountability Legacy of a Hundred-Year-Old Decision

Our current understanding of “state accountability systems” is a reflection of a decision made one hundred years ago to have a single government provider of schools.

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College Readiness, College Completion, and Race

African American and Asian American students are doing better in terms of college completion than their twelfth-grade NAEP scores would predict.

Are Teacher Salaries Flat Because of Changing Workforce Demographics?

The shift from a veteran-dominated profession to one more heavily tilted toward newcomers implications for calculating average teacher salaries.

Will Eliminating the “F” Eliminate Bad School Design?

Skeptics of eliminating failing grades must acknowledge that, in our current system, we move students forward grade by grade based largely on “seat time” rather than mastery of academic skills and content.

Should Charter Schools Be Pressured to Reduce Suspensions?

At the National Charter Schools Conference, Secretary of Education John King challenged U.S. charter operators to rethink their approach to discipline.

Teachers Unions and Hedge Funds Are Frenemies

Teacher retirement plans have real clout with Wall Street hedge funds, and the unions that staff the boards deciding how to invest that money also have clout.

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