Education Savings Accounts Turn 5 Years Old

Some 3,000 students in Arizona and Florida are now using education savings accounts, more than half of them children with special needs.

By Guest Blogger    Blog, Editorial, School Choice  

Behind the Headline: Most States Lacked Expertise to Improve Worst Schools

The Obama administration spent over $3 million on School Improvement Grants to states to help them turn around their lowest-performing schools, but a new report from the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education finds that most states lacked the capacity to improve those schools.

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Teacher Licensing Reform and the “Massachusetts Education Miracle”

The revision of the teacher licensing system in Massachusetts contributed significantly to the long-lasting effects of the state’s first-class standards.

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Behind the Headline: Zuckerberg, Tech Investors Fund AltSchool Initiative

AltSchool, a high-tech, personalized learning startup, announced Monday that it had raised $100 million from investors including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

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School Closures and Student Achievement

Though fraught with controversy and political peril, shuttering bad schools might just be a saving grace for students who need the best education they can get.

Baltimore and the Societal Factors Influencing Our Schools

I’ve spent a good bit of time looking into a wide range of issues associated with the tough conditions faced by millions of city kids and what we might do to offer these boys and girls better opportunities.

Jay P. Greene’s Testimony to the Arkansas Common Core Council

Common Core is unlikely to produce meaningful changes in practice without an aligned test that punishes schools and educators, but those types of harsh consequences are unlikely to survive the political opposition of educators and parents.

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Simpson’s Paradox Hides NAEP Gains (Again)

The achievement scores of black, Hispanic, and low-income students have increased dramatically.

Behind the Headline: The Childless Millennial

A new study from the Urban Institute finds that women in their twenties have a lower birth rate today than in any previous generation.

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School Closures, Student Learning, and the New System of Schools

There are ways to far better serve millions of low-income kids than the turnaround- and district-focused strategies of the last several generations.

Why Our 19th Century Education System Belongs in the Museum

The Digital Learning Report Card looks at programs adopted by states to expand competency-based education.

Education Reform’s Women — and the Credit and Opportunities They Deserve

When the history of this era’s urban-education reform movement is written, four big policy innovations are sure to get attention: the nation’s first voucher program, first charter law, first mayor-controlled charter authorizer, and first “extraordinary authority” unit (the RSD).

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Defining ‘College Readiness’ Down

Not only is middle school content finding its way into college classrooms, college credit is being awarded for learning it.

The Next Phase Of Teacher Evaluation Reform: It’s Up To You, New York, New York!

Students will not achieve at higher levels until teachers teach at higher levels—and that’s simply not going to happen without quality feedback and evaluation.

Behind the Headline: Harvard’s Roland Fryer Wins John Bates Clark Medal

This year’s John Bates Clark medal, given to the most promising American economist under 40, has been awarded to Roland Fryer.

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Teachers May Want a Refund on Their Pension

Just because a teacher has the option to get a pension at some point down the road doesn’t necessarily mean she should take it.

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What “The Cage-Busting Teacher” Means For School Reformers

Four ways for policymakers and reformers to create the conditions whereby cage-busting teachers can thrive

The Best Part of NCLB Reauthorization You’ve Never Heard Of

The larger legacy of the Every Child Achieves Act may well be how it cleans up supplement not supplant, a little discussed and often misunderstood fiscal rule

By Guest Blogger    Blog, Editorial, No Child Left Behind  

Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

Districts are currently unwittingly hostile to school-level innovation. For that to change, they must aggressively work to change the incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.

A Test of Education Reform

I’m a strong supporter of assessments and accountability, and I wouldn’t opt out, but I think it’s unfair to discount the views of those who disagree.

Charter Schools and Backfill: The Debate We’re Not Having

The backfilling debate is something of a proxy fight between two very different visions for charters. Are they a replacement strategy for disappointing schools and districts? Or are they closer to a poor man’s private school?

Partisanship and Public Opinion on the Common Core

In Louisiana, where the fight over Common Core has been particularly salient, the effect of the “Common Core” label was even more negative than in the American public as whole, and the impact on polarization was greater.

Teacher Layoffs Are Coming, and It’s the Great Recession’s Fault

Much like the Great Depression did, the onset of the Great Recession led to a sharp decline in the U.S. birth rate.

Debunking a Misleading Report on School Choice

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released a misleading report on school choice programs in Indiana and elsewhere

What’s Next on ESEA?

Today’s 22-0 vote from the Senate HELP committee on ESEA reauthorization is an amazing tribute to the bipartisan leadership of Chairman Lamar Alexander and ranking member Patty Murray.

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