In the News: How a Free Denver Public Schools Camp Seeks to Stop the Summer Slide

DPS offers a free eight-week summer camp to all students in the district to help prevent summer learning loss.

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Urban Catholic Schools in Partnership Network Shine on State Tests

The inherent strengths of Catholic education—a focus on values, faith formation, and academic rigor, coupled with the belief that all children can succeed—are as sturdy a foundation as they have always been.

Two Tweaks for ESSA Accountability Rule

Mr. Secretary, I am writing to suggest two very specific changes to the proposed rule that your department published regarding the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Project-Based Learning Needs More Learning

When PBL is deployed, the object may be “deeper learning,” but the outcome is definitely narrower, potentially excluding other critical knowledge and skills.

In the News: School Closures Controversial, but Potentially Beneficial

While closing a school often sparks protests, and sometimes even legal action, a new study finds that school closures that took place in New York City between 2000 and 2014 benefited students.

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In the News: A Fifth of New York Students Opted Out of This Year’s Common Core State Exams

In New York, slightly more students opted out of the Common Core aligned state test this spring than did last year,

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A Response to Chester E. Finn’s Open Letter

The Zuckerberg gift made a massive difference in the lives of children in Newark, and continues to do so today.

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Can Strong Leaders Succeed When Their Hands Are Tied?

Given the dysfunction of the larger system within which they must work, how much should we focus on recruiting great leaders for traditional public schools and school districts?

In the News: No Consensus Against Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations, Contra Democratic Platform

The Democratic party platform states that researchers have rejected use of test scores, but that’s not accurate.

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In the News: A Program For Preschoolers Gets A Convention Bounce

A shoutout during Bill Clinton’s speech is bringing new attention to a program offering parents home visits from a coach.

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What Life Before EdTech Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

With excitement over new gadgets and possibilities, schools and edtech entrepreneurs alike often miss a key step: defining what the ideal student experience should look like absent technology.

In the News: The Democratic Platform: More of a Victory for Reformers Than It Seems

What does the Democratic party’s education platform have to say about school reform?

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Closing the Gap in Access to Summer Camp and Extracurricular Activities

Imagine a world where the summer, weekend, and after-school experiences of the poor aren’t as radically different as they are for the rich.

In the News: Social Security Isn’t Fair. Here’s How We Fix It

Teachers are not treated fairly when it comes to Social Security.

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In the News: Andrew Smarick Elected President of Maryland State Board of Education

Congratulations to Andy Smarick, longtime contributor to Education Next and the EdNext blog.

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Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times

This weekend, education historian and Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments in a New York Times op-ed.

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Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

Use Caution in Drawing Conclusions from Ohio Voucher Study

The Fordham Institute recently released a study on the academic impact of Ohio’s flagship school choice program.

In the News: The Fight for the Future of Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

Massachusetts voters will weigh in this fall in a referendum on whether to increase the number of charter schools in the state

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How Do Teacher Pension Plans Encourage Teachers to Retire? An Explainer

Ever wanted to work less and earn more? It’s difficult to pull off, but the majority of teacher pension plans actually incentivize employees to exit at a predetermined age, quietly penalizing those who continue to work.

Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

Without talking about grit or perseverance, competency-based learning systematically embeds the building of those skills into its design and fabric.

Teacher Pension Systems Are Incompatible with Efforts to Improve the Teaching Profession

Colorado has done the right thing in making the teaching profession at least somewhat contingent on performance. The state should create a retirement system that matches that expectation.

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students

Breakthrough innovations come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old processes.

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