Straight Up Conversation: Urban Assembly CEO Kristin Kearns-Jordan

The Urban Assembly is a family of 21 district middle and high schools throughout New York City, plus one start-up charter school.

Emphasis on Thinking Skills over Facts in Schools Contributes to Truth Decay

If educators don’t teach kids to acquire, possess, and value facts, there’s no way they can teach them to value truth.

Education Reform Is Off Track. Here’s How to Fix It.

It was a mistake to assume that education policy, not classroom practice, is the most important lever to pull to drive enduring improvement.

Has the Education Reform Movement Lost Its Way?

Achieving a complex, ambitious goal—like providing all children in this nation with a strong education—requires laser focus, determination, abundant resources, an ability to measure progress, exceptional expertise, and a strong research basis.

In the News: Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help

Online courses offer many benefits to high achievers who are extremely motivated, but high schools across the country are increasingly steering struggling students into online courses.

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Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research

Researchers should consider the importance of implementation research as an integral part of discipline reform program evaluation.

What’s a Few Billion between Friends? The Fuzzy Numbers on 529s for K-12 Tuition

A closer look at the claim that allowing parents to use their 529 savings for K-12 tuition will erode the tax base that funds public schools.

2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens

Who are the top edu-scholars when it comes to particular fields or disciplines?

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In the News: A Very Bad Bargain

Does collective bargaining by teachers help or hurt students? An editorial in the Wall Street Journal refers readers to a recent study that tries to answer this question.

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Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned

Some takeaways from a conference that examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more.

New Research on Opportunity Culture: Multi-Classroom Leaders’ Teams Produce Significant Learning Gains

The study compared student growth in classrooms led by teachers in Opportunity Culture roles to student growth in non-Opportunity Culture classrooms.

The 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Today we identify the university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to shape educational practice and policy.

The Looming Student Loan Crisis Is Worse Than We Thought

New data allow for the most comprehensive assessment to date of student debt and default.

The Lives of Others

A central problem with the nudge approach is that we know too little about the lives of others to know with confidence what is good for them or how our nudges will affect their entire lives.

The 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric

Tomorrow, I’ll be unveiling the rankings. Today, I want to run through the methodology used to generate those rankings.

RHSU Exclusive: The Five-Tool Scholar

The purpose of the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

In the News: BPS Plan Would Eliminate Middle Schools

Superintendent Tommy Chang presented a plan to the Boston School Committee that would eliminate middle schools and change the grade configuration of other schools in Boston so that students only have to change schools once during their education.

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Should Schools Teach Our Children That the World is a Scary Place?

Teachers who view the world as awe-inspiring and who are eager to share their optimism and excitement with students might be more beneficial.

Why Disparate Impact Theory Is a Bad Fit for School Discipline

Jumping to conclusions from districts’ raw discipline data ought to end.

5 Big Ideas for Education Innovation in 2018

Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018.

In the News: iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors

Two large investors are asking Apple to do more to address the overuse of cell phones by kids.

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Bridging the College Completion Gap with Comprehensive Systems of Support

The Dell Scholars program improves students’ year-over-year college persistence, academic achievement, and bachelor’s degree attainment.

8 Education Stories We’ll Be Reading in 2018

As we wade into 2018, I thought I’d give my not-so-famed prognostication skills a spin.

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In the News: Trump Taps Stanford Researcher for NCES Commissioner

James (Lynn) Woodworth has been named the new commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Are We Committed to Raising School Standards?

Here are some recent signs of the deep ambivalence we have toward the steps that would actually have to be taken to transform our education outcomes.

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