Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

Charter Schools: Where They Work, Where They Don’t

Some of America’s highest-achieving schools are charters, but so are some of its worst.

In the News: Education Department Proposes Rules for Judging Schools

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations spelling out what states need to do to comply with the accountability provisions of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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School Choice and Section 1003(b): It’s In There!

ESSA has real potential for states and districts that want to leverage Title I to expand choice and enlarge their capacity to serve students otherwise stuck in struggling schools.

Does Gentrification Explain Rising Student Scores in Washington, DC?

Our new analysis shows that demographic change explains some, but by no means all, of the increase in scores.

Innovations That Bypass School Districts and Go Directly to Teachers and Students

How education reformers can work to improve learning besides pushing for policy changes.

Teachers Union Leaders Support Equity (in Theory) Or, Why We Can’t Have Nice Things In Education

How should public policies address inequities across schools and districts? American Federation of Teacher President Randi Weingarten says we hold schools accountable for how much money they have and the types of programs they build with that money.

Reinventing Research

Research that shows that, on average, a particular approach worked, may be masking a deeper understanding that is critical so that all students—not just most students—succeed.

The Summer 2016 Issue of EdNext Is Here

In his final issue as editor-in-chief of Education Next, Paul E. Peterson assesses the effectiveness of the regulatory approach to school reform and looks ahead to choice and competition as the best hope for the future.

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Not Leaving, Just Changing Jobs

This is the last issue of Education Next for which I will serve as editor-in-chief.

Is The Press Fair and Balanced on Charter Schooling?

A new AEI study analyzes the 2015 charter school coverage from a number of influential media outlets.

Why I Would’ve Voted No on Putting the School Board in Charge of New Orleans Charter Schools

Louisiana has decided that all New Orleans charter schools now overseen by the state’s Recovery School District will be placed under the control of the local school board.

Rumors of Death Premature: Portfolio Management Still Alive and Kicking in New Orleans

Can the portfolio strategy in New Orleans still fog a mirror, or is it dead as Jay Greene has just announced? It looks pretty lively, with all public school kids in charter schools and results improving steadily.

Behind the Headline: edTPA Teaching Exam’s Ties to Effectiveness Mixed, Study Finds

A new study looks at the predictive validity of the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a new performance-based test that is being used as a teacher licensing exam in some states.

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Behind the Headline: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Nevada School Choice Program

In Nevada, a judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state’s new education savings account (ESA) program.

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Behind the Headline: The ‘Intolerable’ Fight Over School Money

Yesterday marked the latest skirmish in the battle over how to implement Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which sends $15 billion from the federal government to school districts to help schools serving low-income students.

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Behind the Headline: New Evidence that U.S. Schools are Resegregating

A new report released by the Government Accountability Office finds that poor, minority students are increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in school.

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What Do Pac-Man and Pensions Have in Common?

If states continue to preserve their existing pension systems at any cost, teachers will see the Pension Pac-Man eat further and further into their take-home pay.

Behind the Headline: Virginia Governor Moves to Upend Traditional High School

In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation last week that will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements.

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Portfolio Management Fails in New Orleans

A big problem with building a centralized authority to govern all schools is that you cannot count on the good guys being in charge of that process forever.

Behind the Headline: Detroit schools’ decline and teacher sickout reflect bad economy and demographic shifts

Earlier this month, teachers in Detroit staged a sick-out, shutting down 97% of the district’s schools.

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How We Make Teaching Too Hard for Mere Mortals

Expecting teachers to be expert pedagogues and instructional designers is one of the ways in which we push the job far beyond the abilities of mere mortals.

Is Dumping the District the Way to Break the Link between Socioeconomic Status and Student Achievement?

If we know that high-performing, high-poverty schools are possible, why is it that not a single urban district in this entire nation has been able to bring those results to scale—even after fifty years of effort?

What Was Accomplished in the Era of Reform via Federal Regulation?

For all their differences, George W. Bush and Barack Obama shared a surprisingly common approach to school reform: a regulatory approach.

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