Two Student Loan Studies Everyone Missed

Perhaps these studies went widely unnoticed because they contradict popular narratives about student debt that imply the loan program ought to be more generous and lenient.

The Elusive Goldilocks Model of School Accountability

States face many practical challenges when it comes to accountability, such as the need to strike a balance between being supportive without simply being squishy.

In the News: Boston School Committee Approves New Start Times

High school students in Boston will get to sleep later next year, the Boston Globe reports. Most high schools will start at or after 8:00 am.

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In the News: Teacher Professional Development – Many Choices, Few Quality Checks

Teachers in most states need to earn a certain number of professional development credits in order to renew their licenses, but as Stephen Sawchuk explains in Ed Week’s Teacher magazine, what we have today is “a bewildering array of providers offering education credits” and nobody in charge of ensuring quality.

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In the News: How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most

New data from researchers at Stanford allows us to see where students are making the largest gains from year to year. And an interactive graphic created by the New York Times lets readers click on individual school districts to see how they are doing.

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Ed Reform Has an Asian Problem

For decades, the education world has stereotyped Asians as a “model minority” and left them out of the education dialogue. For most ed. reformers, Asians aren’t even an afterthought.

How Cheap Talk Fuels Bad School Accountability

The scrutiny given to the documents states drafted to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act may be pulling us further away from responsible accountability systems and public leadership.

A School Leader’s Guide to Personalized Learning

Some key takeaways from Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum, authors of Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change.

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

Why Some Schools Want Students to Eat Breakfast in Class

Students do better when they’ve been fed. And sharing a meal ends the free-food stigma, while giving kids a chance to practice teamwork.

In the News: A Bright Spot in School Diversity

Three charter schools in Washington, D.C. that are “diverse by design,” aiming to attract students of all races, are the subject of an article in US News.

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Education for the Common Good

The nation has a vital interest in its future citizens’ acquiring the knowledge and skills without which they will struggle to contribute to the commonweal.

Summit Now Partnering With Over 300 Schools

Summit Public Schools’ personalized-learning model, known as the Summit Learning Program (SLP), is replicating rapidly.

Are Pension Plans ‘Better’ for Charter School Teachers?

The traditional Pennsylvania system costs three times as much as what the charter school is offering.

In the News: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them.

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Can Online Credit Recovery Recover?

We must try to set rigorous outcome-based standards for credit-recovery courses with rigorous assessments.

The Winter 2018 Issue of EdNext Is Here!

The cover of the Winter 2018 issue features the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

Is A Solid Curriculum a Constraint on Teacher Creativity?

That so many ed reformers have steered clear of advocating for proven curricula speaks volumes about how resistant our culture is to anything that puts limits on individual autonomy.

In the News: How to Get Your Mind to Read

Americans are not good readers, but the cause is not smartphones; it’s how schools teach reading.

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In the News: Is DeVos Near Ending School Discipline Reform After Talks on Race, Safety?

Last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Education met with critics of school discipline policies that were put in place under the Obama administration.

In the News: ‘Teacher of the Year’ Voted New Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools

Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, will be the next superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.

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A Realistic Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

We need to face up to the findings of three decades of research on the effects of test-based accountability and engage in a vigorous debate about how best to move forward

New Research Answers Whether Technology is Good or Bad for Learning

There’s been an infuriating log-jam between those who argue technology is a distraction at best and those who argue it is an extremely positive force.

The Importance of a Diverse Teaching Force

Bachelor’s degree completion gaps make it much harder to achieve a teaching force whose diversity mirrors that of the student population.

In the News: Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

Sometimes called hybrid colleges, these programs aim to help low-income students earn college degrees.

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