EdStat: $1,220 per Pupil Was Spent by School Districts on Teachers’ Pension Benefits in 2017

Pension costs, excluding Social Security and retiree health insurance, have grown from $520 per student in 2004 to $1,220 today.

Yes, Teacher Turnover Can Be a Problem. But New Federal Data Show It’s Far From a National Crisis

Public education has some of the lowest rates of job turnover in our economy.

Can Digital Also Mean Low-Tech? Yes, and It Can Enhance Teaching

Simple innovations, like digital lesson plans, can go a long way toward improving teacher effectiveness and student outcomes

EdStat: 34,299 Students Receive Vouchers Through the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Launched in 2011, the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program is the nation’s largest voucher program, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all voucher students nationwide.

Why Is Accountability Always About Teachers?

Teachers do not manage or direct the system. Senior leaders make decisions that affect every aspect of life for teachers in schools.

On High School Graduation Rates: Want to Buy My Bridge?

Making graduation too easy undermines the motivation of the entire system to introduce and implement effective programs, from preschool to 12th grade.

Graduation Scandal Shouldn’t Overshadow Successful DCPS Reforms 

The recent furor over District of Columbia high schools issuing dubious diplomas has prompted pundits to declare a decade’s worth of school reform in the nation’s capital a failure.

Has Evaluation Reform Chased Away Competent Would-Be Teachers?

Teacher evaluation reforms seem to have dissuaded new teachers—promising and less so—in equal measure.

A Response to the Authors of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones”

One debunks myths with facts, not an alternative narrative.

A Response to Jay Greene’s Review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones”

The issue here is a difference in what we think education is for and what a good education is.

In the News: Douglas County Schools Must Pay the Private Education Costs of Student Who Has Autism, Judge Rules

In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District that public school students with disabilities are entitled to greater benefits than some lower courts had determined.

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In the News: The Majority of California Parents Like New State Report Card

A new poll released by USC and PACE finds that voters in California have a positive view of the state’s dashboard approach to accountability.

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A Confession and a Question on Personalized Learning

Personalized learning, most people think, starts with a map of all the things that kids need to learn.

ACT/SAT for All: A Cheap, Effective Way to Narrow Income Gaps in College

A universal test opens the door to more effective, targeted efforts to draw talented, disadvantaged students into college.

Straight Up Conversation: American Federation for Children President John Schilling

John Schilling is the president of the AFC, one of the nation’s most influential organizations advocating for school choice.

Narrowing the Gifted Gap for Disadvantaged Students

The United States wastes an enormous amount of its human capital by failing to cultivate the innate talents of many of its young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.

Meta-Analysis Confirms Effectiveness of an Old School Approach: Direct Instruction

Shouldn’t half a century and hundreds of studies be enough to earn Direct Instruction a little respect if education is so evidence-based?

Providing Computers Does Not Improve College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

A new study examines the effects of an experiment in which some community college students received free computers and others did not by lottery.

Why We Need State-by-State NAEP Scores for 12th Graders

Participating states would be given a valid and reliable metric for how many of their students are truly college-ready at the end of high school.

Straight Up Conversation: Build UP Founder Mark Martin

Build UP is a workforce development model that provides low-income youth with career-ready skills through paid apprenticeships coupled with appropriate academic coursework.

In the News: Inside the $28,000-a-year private school where children of tech workers learn to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk

BASIS runs a small handful of private schools in addition to its 25 public charter schools.

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018

What will 2018 bring? I asked some experts for their best predictions on four key questions.

Building Knowledge to Improve Degree Completion in Community Colleges

Policymakers should take steps to encourage colleges to adopt successful models such as ASAP and the Detroit Promise Path.

Straight Up Conversation: EMERGE Founder Rick Cruz

EMERGE works with high-performing students from underserved backgrounds to prepare them to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities.

When Catholic Schools Close and Reopen as Charter Schools

Memphis is not the first diocese to work with charter leaders to “convert” struggling urban Catholic schools into public charter schools, but its “conversions” are certainly the most prominent.

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