Model Citizens

Arizona became the first state to make passing the U.S. Citizenship Test a high school graduation requirement.

Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children

Raising the cap on Georgia’s scholarship tax credit program is an ideal way to bring freedom and excellence to K-12 education.

ESEA Reauthorization: Some Fixes to the Alexander Draft

Many bloggers have already pronounced their likes and dislikes of Senator Alexander’s ESEA reauthorization draft, and we would like to add to that discussion.

The Case Against Federal Accountability Mandates in Education

Instead of demanding that states intervene in failing schools, allow students to escape the worst schools through the powerful mechanism of parental choice.

To Empower State and Local Leaders, ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Competitive Grants

Competitive grant programs do not weaken local leadership. They strengthen local leadership much more effectively than block grants do.

How Charters Are Innovating on Pensions

Charter schools recognize that current teachers are increasingly mobile, so they offer teachers portable benefits.

Behind the Headline: How Much Snow It Takes to Cancel School in Each State

As a major snowstorm sweeps across New England, this map shows how many inches of snow it takes for school to be cancelled in each state.

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How New Funding Models Can Unlock Innovations in Pedagogy

Course Access policies may be paving the way to wholly new learning experiences for students.

Good Reads for National School Choice Week

These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.

Behind the Headline: What the New Senate Education Chair Thinks About No Child Left Behind

Sen. Lamar Alexander spoke with Time about his views on fixing NCLB. Alexander is still struggling to make a decision on whether a revised NCLB should include annual tests required by the federal government.

On Designing K-12 Education Savings Accounts

Education savings accounts operate like the “partial voucher” that Milton Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago.

Don’t Confuse Jargon with Rigor

Elementary school English language arts classrooms have long been in the thrall of nonsensical jargon.

Stump Speech Contest: What Members of Congress Should Say About Testing

Here are some “talking points” that members of Congress might use when the testing issue comes up at town hall meetings and the like.

Will the Common Core Lead to More Schools Labeled Failing? Not Really.

Since the Obama Administration has quietly transitioned to a normative accountability system, where schools are compared to each other rather than to some pre-determined “proficiency” benchmark, it doesn’t matter if all students appear to perform worse this year.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Oral Testimony of Martin West

Congress should maintain the law’s current annual testing requirements while restoring to states virtually all decisions about the design of their accountability systems.

Views from Private Schools

Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.

2015: The Year of Curriculum- Based Reform?

Curriculum and content matter—and for no one more than poor kids who get too little of that knowledge and vocabulary at home.

Can an Online College Course Live Up to Students’ Expectations?

What we learned by teaching “Saving Schools: History, Politics and Policy in U. S. Education,” our first Massive Open Online Course

Timely Ohio Report Could Change the ESEA Testing Debate

A new report from the Ohio Department of Education looks at the number of hours students spend preparing for and taking tests.

A Rescue Plan for the Black Family

Far from addressing the marriage problem, the federal government exacerbated it.

Behind the Headline: A Rescue Plan for the Black Family

“As we celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth, we should ask why so many of the problems against which he struggled — segregation, poverty, persistent racial gaps in education and income — remain so much a part of American life,” writes Paul Peterson in an op-ed in the New York Daily News.

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Exit, Voice, Loyalty—and the Common Core

Increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals.

Optimistic Predictions Notwithstanding, Common Core Faces Brutal 2015

Common Core proponents need an updated advocacy playbook. The political terrain of 2010 and 2015 are very, very different.

Grade-Span Accountability Is A Bad Idea: Just Ask CAP and the AFT

Rather than having regular check-ups on student progress, with relatively low stakes on those results, we’d have much higher stakes attached to a smaller number of test scores.

Is It Quality Or Quantity That Counts?

Ah, January is upon us: The wind is howling, the thermometer is plummeting, and we are greeted by the nineteenth consecutive edition of Quality Counts, Education Week’s compilation of mostly useful data, analysis, rankings and commentaries.

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