Behind the Headline: How Effective Are Online Credit Recovery Programs?

“Despite the rising presence of online credit recovery programs, there exists scant evidence as to their effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, or their impact on other outcomes of interest,” notes Ly Le on the blog of the Albert Shanker Institute.

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A Peek Inside the Classroom Black Box

Why is so little information available about which textbooks and curricula are being used?

Behind the Headline: When Guarding Student Data Endangers Valuable Research

On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski explores the tension between protecting the privacy of student data and using large data sets to determine what is working in schools.

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Want More College Graduates? Improve Our K–12 System

We have already closed the gap between college readiness and college attainment.

The Grey Lady’s School Choice Confusion

Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.

Behind the Headline: Hess, Straight Up

Ed Next’s Rick Hess is profiled in the Summer issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine.

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Not All Pensions Are Equal

For most teachers, a pension won’t lead to a cushy retirement.

How Schools Can Solve Robert Putnam’s Poverty Paradox

The way to help poor children climb the ladder to the middle class and achieve the American Dream must involve rebuilding social capital.

Behind the Headline: A Charter-City Deal That Doesn’t Really Help Kids

Instead of trying to come up with an unsatisfying compromise between pro- and anti-charter forces, legislators in New York should really be working to broker a compact between charter schools and the school district like the one Denver has. So argues Richard Whitmire in today’s New York Daily News.

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Common Core’s First Breakout Hit?

Schools and teachers anywhere can download free materials from EngageNY, a comprehensive, Common Core-aligned curriculum developed by New York State.

Teacher Retention and the Economy: An Example from Colorado

Big trends in the economy like unemployment rates and wages have at least as big an impact on teacher mobility as specific education policy changes.

Behind the Headline: Study: Kids Can Learn As Much from ‘Sesame Street’ as from Preschool

A major study on the impact of “Sesame Street” finds that the show “has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool,” writes Jim Tankersley in the Washington Post.

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Charter Schools Innovate To Tackle Teacher Preparation

The skills teachers need to be successful are changing and our current institutions that prepare and train teachers are woefully unprepared to support the shift.

An Open Letter to Robert Putnam

What kind of education might work best for many (not all) kids who have holes in their hearts where their fathers should be? Or where their mothers should be? Or sometimes both?

Behind the Headline: Take the Test to Get Into China’s Top Universities

During two days in June, 9 million Chinese high school graduates will take a college entrance test, the gaokao, that Bloomberg’s Yuling Yang calls “the SAT on steroids.”

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High-Poverty Schools With No Trouble Attracting Great Teachers

Higher pay is one currency, but hope is just as powerful for attracting great educators to serve in the schools that need them most.

Behind the Headline: School Vouchers for All? Nevada Law Breaks New Ground

A new Nevada law will allow parents of public school students to take their child’s share of state funding and use it toward tuition or other expenses related to education at a private school, or for homeschooling.

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School Districts Are Using Blended Learning, but Aren’t Keeping Data on Student Outcomes

To help school districts implement blended learning, we need to amplify the stories of places that are doing it right—and push districts to get more rigorous.

Understanding Incentives in Charter Authorizing

Are charter school authorizers requiring too much paperwork from prospective school founders?

Behind the Headline: From Harlem to Capitol Hill, A Lesson in Producing Better Teachers

In the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton describes a classroom demonstration organized by Success Academy on Capitol Hill.

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District Schools Showcased as Blended Learning Proof Points

To call attention to some district schools that have adopted blended learning and boosted student outcomes, here are profiles of six schools.

Behind the Headline: How Do We Help Our Least Motivated, Most Disruptive Students?

Jay Mathews reviews Caleb Stewart Rossiter’s new book Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools.

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When It Comes to Blended Learning, Charter Schools Get Most of the Attention

There are plenty of district schools that have adopted blended learning and boosted student outcomes.

Universal Basic Skills and Sustainable Development Goals

A new report examines the economic impact of meeting a goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.

Behind the Headline: CAEPed Crusader Ousted

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the body that accredits teacher preparation programs, announced last week that it would be dismissing its founding leader, Jim Cibulka.

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