I Ain’t Talking to You If You Ain’t Talking About Structural Reform

In a compelling recent blog post, Washington State’s new Teacher of the Year, warned that he won’t be taking positions on most of the hot policy topics of the day. He said he wants to use his new bully pulpit to talk about the only things that really matter: resource inequities and the need for more high-quality and diverse teachers.

Scapegoating Sports

Brookings fellow Michael Hansen has a piece blaming high school sports for distracting public schools from their mission.

James Coleman, the “Equality of Opportunity” Study, and School Choice

Coleman’s work spawned a large body of research comparing the effectiveness of district, private, and (later) charter schools in preparing students for college and life. A new article reviews that research.

Behind the Headline: The Math Revolution

In this month’s Atlantic, Peg Tyre writes about the remarkable number of American students performing at extremely high levels in math and looks at how they got there.

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How Should States Measure School Success?

Most of today’s K–12 accountability systems are, themselves, persistently underperforming.

Behind the Headline: Teach for America Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Washington Event

Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference in Washington, D.C. attended by thousands of alumni of the program.

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3 Reactions to Our Teacher Prep Reports

Our report, which finds that we don’t actually know very much about how to prepare teachers or help them improve, has generated a lot of feedback.

The Educational Freedom Legacy of Andrew Coulson

Early yesterday morning, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer, Cato Institute Senior Fellow in Education Policy Andrew Coulson passed away.

Teach for America Recognizes Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Teach for America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. An increasing number of alumni are staying in the classroom, and the organization has adopted new policies to recognize this.

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Behind the Headline: Nation’s Charter Schools Aren’t Growing As Fast As Once Thought

Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.

How Should We Spend $4 Billion on Computer Science Education?

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide.

Behind the Headline: A Radically Sensible Proposal for Training Teachers

On the 74, Matt Barnum writes about a new report arguing for a very different way of training teachers: “instead of raising the bar for those who enter teaching, we should actually lower it, while at the same time, making it tougher to remain in the classroom.”

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Can We Predict Who Will Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Allison Atteberry

How much do we know about a teacher before they enter the classroom? What about after they’ve been teaching a few years? Is any of this information strong enough to act on?

Star Wars and Education Reform

In both the movie and the school reform world, advocates of modernity can be snootily proud of their creations and dismissive of the tools of older generations.

Behind the Headline: ‘Micro Schools’ Could Be New Competition for Private K-12

In the new issue of Ed Week Arriana Prothero writes about the rise of micro-schools, “tiny schools—sometimes with as few as half a dozen students—that put a heavy emphasis on technology and pushing instructional boundaries in a mash-up of lab schools and home school co-ops.”

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Great Ideas For Designing Accountability Systems for Schools

More than two dozen teams have submitted proposals that are chock-full of suggestions for designing better state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In Search of On-ramps to Competency-based Learning

Many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner are thwarted by time-based metrics in school districts, but here are some areas where innovations may be able to take root

Behind the Headline: Sometimes, teacher turnover is a good thing, study finds

A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research last week found that teacher turnover led to an improvement in average student achievement under a new teacher evaluation system in Washington, D.C.

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The Three Tribes of the School Choice Movement

The school choice movement’s “big tent” now has factions in its various folds and corners that agree on parental choice but little else.

Behind the Headline: Education Department Tells States: If Students Don’t Take Tests, You Will Lose Funding

The U.S. Department of Education is reminding states that allowing or encouraging students to opt out of annual tests is not an option.

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Arete: Leveraging the Excitement of Competition to Inspire Academic Excellence

A web application hosts live, online academic competitions among students.

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Retreating to an Education System Without School Choice is Not an Option

Many of today’s most difficult education debates are the result of our transition from a highly legible, single-provider model to a decentralized, choice-based model.

Behind the Headline: Millions take AP courses, but percentage of schools offering them drops

Participation in the Advanced Placement program has grown from 330,000 students in 1990 to 2.2 million in 2013.

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Behind the Headline: School Closings Rolling In As D.C. Region Digs Out From Snowzilla

Schools will be closed on Monday in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and many other areas on the east coast after a blizzard dumped 1 to 3 feet of snow over the weekend.

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Behind the Headline: Feds Quietly Close Long-Running Probe of Milwaukee Voucher Program

An investigation that was launched more than four years ago into whether the Milwaukee private school voucher program discriminates against students with disabilities has been closed.

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