If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.
The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves.
The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.
Is the best urban district good enough?
No, or at least not very much
A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.
The brute force and directness required for adopting national standards makes its effective implementation in a diverse, decentralized, and democratic country impossible.
In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.
Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?
After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.
The Broad Prize, awarded to an urban district for showing great improvement in student achievement, particularly among low-income and minority students, has only two finalists this year, Gwinnett County, Ga. and Orange County, Fla.
CRPE, DFER, CEE-Trust and more
A modern-day Flexner report should focus on finding a more effective model of teacher training.
A federal judge has ruled that the state of Louisiana must provide the U.S. Department of Justice with data on the students participating in the state’s voucher program.
Congratulations to Robert Pondiscio, whose article for Education Next won first prize in an Education Writers Association contest.
In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”
Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.
Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.
Jay Mathews notes that 67 of the 100 most challenging high schools in the U.S. (as rated by the Challenge Index, which rewards schools for the number of students taking Advanced Placement and IB tests) do not have football teams.
Can we have standards without the government imposing them?
School boards, charter schools, and more
In New Jersey, Andy Polhamus reports on discussions taking place in Pitman, a school district faced with declining enrollment that is considering opening up its schools to students from other districts.
Behind the Headline: D.C. Releases Proposed School Boundaries and Far-Reaching Student Assignment Policies
In Washington, D.C., the school district is considering a major overhaul of school boundaries that could include a shift away from automatically assigning students to neighborhood schools.
In a long feature in Politico, Cassie Walker Burke tells the story of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.
While newspapers are reporting on parents who are opting their kids out of state testing, students in Brooklyn who attend Uncommon Schools charters are gearing up for the tests in “wacky and joyful” ways.