Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf on System Reform

Cerf says that reforming a school system is difficult, but the evidence suggests that it can pay off.

Black-White Disparity in Student Loan Debt More Than Triples After Graduation

Racial gaps in total debt are far larger than even recent reports have recognized, far larger now than in the past, and correlated with troubling trends in the economy.

In the News: Teacher Training As ‘Part Theater, Part Sport’

Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the Relay Graduate School of Education, a school singled out last week by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Will England Bring Back Selective Public High Schools?

Within weeks of becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May made clear that she wants more of them.

In the News: 50 Years Later, What America Still Hasn’t Learned From the Coleman Report

Progress has often been disappointing in addressing many of the problems related to educational inequity highlighted by the report.

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The Strange Case of the Disappearing NAEP

Why has NAEP abandoned its foundational assessment and embarked on a new agenda?

In the News: L.A. Unified Decides Fate of Six Charter Schools

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to reject petitions for renewal for five charter schools.

The Cost of Winner-Take-All Presidential Politics

The stakes seem to get higher and higher as presidents and their appointees tear away at the moorings meant to constrain them.

School Accountability Systems Must Focus on Proficiency

A school’s results matter in the real world, more even than the gains its students made while enrolled there.

At the Ballot Box, a Test for Bay State Charters

Question 2 has given Massachusetts voters a unique chance to weigh in on the future of school choice in their state.

Stop Focusing on Proficiency Rates When Evaluating Schools

States should use proficiency rates cautiously because of their correlation with student demographics and prior achievement—factors that are outside of schools’ control.

In the News: Protesters Interrupt NAACP Board Meeting in Cincinnati

On Saturday, the national board of the NAACP ratified a resolution adopted this summary calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion.

In the News: New D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Should Protect This Crucial Program

Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews urges the new chancellor of the D.C. public schools to continue teacher visits to the homes of students.

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Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States

Our traditional, time-based education system advances students based primarily on their age, regardless of their depth of understanding.

The Intriguing Possibilities of Catholic School Reform

Seton Catholic Schools is helping schools in its network rethink leadership and tackle challenges like recruiting and technology.

Battle over Control of School Calendar Continues in Maryland

The key issue is whether Maryland schools and districts should be able to start the year before Labor Day and continue it into the summer.

Are Students Buying What We’re Selling?

The “jobs to be done” theory can help reformers, school leaders, and education entrepreneurs alike bridge the frequently gaping chasm between need and demand in education.

How Charter School Boards Affect School Quality

A new study asks a simple but largely uninvestigated question: Do the characteristics, views, and practices of charter boards have any bearing on charter school quality?

An Evidence-Based, Voter-Approved Policy Agenda for Education

Based on my analysis of public opinion, there is broad public support for four policies, all of which also have at least modest research evidence to support them.

Why You Should Learn to Love Educational Productivity

Technologies today offer the promise of extending the impact of the instruction, tutoring, and mentoring of a terrific teacher so that she can coach, tutor, or instruct hundreds with the same energy she once expended reaching only five or twenty-five.

Why Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. Without support, leaders are easily overwhelmed and implementation can fail to get off the ground.

In the News: Boston Parents Ask Why Their Wealthy Neighbors Are Fighting Charter Schools

Will voters in Newton (median house listing price: $1.2 million) vote to help out voters in Roxbury (median list price: $479,000) looking for better school options?

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In the News: The Roles of Family and Community in Shaping Educational Success

This week Johns Hopkins University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. This evening at 5:50 pm, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. will speak at the conference.

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Wells Fargo and the Atlanta Schools Testing Scandal

Wells Fargo is learning a hard and correct lesson—that performance incentives need to be realistic, that results must be checked, and that managers must question rosy results.

New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents

Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.

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