Despite the conventional wisdom, there’s very little evidence that current education policies are driving teacher turnover.
An appeals court heard oral arguments yesterday in a lawsuit that a Florida teachers union has brought against the state’s tax credit scholarship program.
And should schools with persistently low test score gains be shut down even if parents continue to choose them?
Simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances?
The onset of chartering was no lightning bolt. This audacious innovation had multiple ancestors and antecedents.
Short-term test score gains don’t lead to long-term test score gains, but they do lead to long-term success.
If tests were reliable indicators of school and program quality, they should consistently be predictive of later-life outcomes. But they’re not.
The fundamental organization of our school system—a patchwork of 14,000 school districts with geographic monopolies over the residents who live within them—contributes both to spending and educational inequities.
How does a local school board hire a superintendent? Or fire a superintendent? In Montomery County, Md., a suburban school district outside of Washington, D.C. with over 150,000 students and an annual budget of $2.4 billion, much of the work of the school board seems to take place behind closed doors.
Test Scores Don’t Tell Us Everything, But They Certainly Tell Us Something About School Quality And Student Success
For elementary and middle schools, test data should play a more central role in evaluating school quality than it should for high schools.
if we’re unable to develop strong measures of school quality that can be used remotely, we should instead rely on the judgments of those closer to the situation, including parents.
Not that it’s easy to identify measures beyond reading and math scores that are valid and reliable indicators of school success.
Vast economic gains are likely to accrue to any state that can improve the quality of its schools.
If regulators were to rely primarily on test scores when deciding which programs or schools to shutter and which to expand, they would make some horrible mistakes.
To show our appreciation for all the great teachers out there, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite articles that we think teachers might enjoy.
A widely shared post on The Upshot uses a set of colorful graphics to shed light on achievement gaps both within and across school districts.
Behind the Headline: This Controversial Law Could Help Schools in Nevada Struggling With Growth Booms
A law passed in June 2015 in Nevada gave all parents in the state access to a new school choice mechanism — the education savings account (ESA).
It is easy to find statements by education experts and journalists that “merit pay doesn’t work,” but as as Matt Barnum writes, the research on merit pay is mixed.
Behind the Headline: National Teacher of the Year: I Was a Teenage Mom, and Teachers Changed My Life
Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., has been named this year’s National Teacher of the Year
The results from last year’s NAEP exam for 12th graders have just been released and NPR’s Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the most important numbers: math and reading scores both declined a tiny amount, lower-achieving students are doing slightly worse and higher-achieving students slighly better than they were two years ago, and fewer than 40 percent of high school seniors score at college- or career-ready levels
Can personalized learning schools sustain expensive staffing models and technology costs after private funding runs out?
Is it how much you spend on schools or how you spend it? NPR’s ed team is in the midst of a series of reports on money and schools. The latest installment takes a close look at the debate over whether money matters.
Behind the Headline: White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college
Vice President Biden will announce today that the White House will award $100 million in grants to expand workforce training programs at community colleges.
Children’s ability to understand what they read is intimately intertwined with their background knowledge and vocabulary. If a child is not broadly educated, he won’t be fully literate.