Why Aren’t NAEP Scores for High School Students Going Up?

And how do we kickstart achievement for high school students?

And how do we kickstart achievement for high school students?

Is a Massive New Set of Federal Regulations the Best Way to Reform Head Start?

Head Start is an example of sound impulses gone missing into the jungles of governmental extravagance and bureaucracy.

Chicago Made Its $634 Million Pension Payment, but Still Shortchanges Teachers

Because of post-recession pension cuts, new teachers in Chicago were placed in a less-generous plan and will face negative net benefits for their first two decades of service.

Behind the Headline: The Next Phase of D.C. Education Reform

In the Washington Post, Richard Whitmire writes about a new report from the National Research Council that finds that students in Washington, D.C., including low-income minority students, are doing better.

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A Checklist for Fixing ESEA

Things are moving rapidly here in DC. Yesterday, on a 218-213 vote, the House narrowly passed the Student Success Act.

Behind the Headline: Advocates for Arts Education May be Doing More Harm Than Good

An article in the Hechinger Report examines possible reasons for the decline in arts education, focusing on the idea that education today emphasizes skills over the humanities.

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Behind the Headline: States Still Differ Dramatically In Their Academic Expectations, Study Finds

A new report released by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that states vary in where they set their proficiency standards, reports Joy Resmovits. The study converted states’ cutoff scores on their own 2012-2013 state tests to where those scores would fall on the NAEP scale.

Don’t End Accountability for Federal Education Dollars

We should scale back NCLB’s federal micromanagement , but not all accountability is micromanagement.

Which Math Test is Better, PARCC or MCAS?

Massachusetts is moving to the new national standards and related tests. I prefer PARCC-Math over its predecessor, the MCAS-Math. Here are some of the reasons why.

It’s Finally Here: Our Best Chance To Update ESEA

Neither conservatives nor liberals have a realistic pathway to an ESEA bill that’s more to their liking.

Beware of Superintendents Who Push for Too Much Reform

New superintendents routinely propose agendas that are full to bursting. As a result, local educators get deluged with new proposals.

Behind the Headline: House Could Vote on Parent’s Right to Opt Out of Tests Under ESEA

As the House turns its attention back to ESEA reauthorization, an amendment introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R. – Ariz.) would allow parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests, without penalizing the school for accountability purposes, Alyson Klein notes.

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Great News: Fewer Students Attending High School Dropout Factories

Something amazing is going on with high school graduation rates.

Behind the Headline: Even Vocational High Schools Are Pushing Kids to Go to College

Gail Robinson visits two school in New York City that are part of the rapidly changing world of career and technical education for an article in the Hechinger Report.

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Behind the Headline: In Keynote, NEA President Garcia Strikes Populist Tone

The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today.

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Speak Up! Change The World! Ruin Your Career!

Bad ideas are preserved when current experts are afraid to fall out of favor with their colleagues and ambitious, budding experts are afraid to be rejected by the establishment so nobody speaks up.

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ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.

Behind the Headline: New Fund Aims to Grow Quality Private Schools

A small group of philanthropists and investors are founding a new philanthropic venture known as the Drexel Fund aimed at creating new high-quality private schools for 50,000 low- and middle-income students over the next decade.

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Real Autonomy, Real Accountability: Pacts Americana

Can the performance-contract approach of chartering be used to re-envision ESEA?

Change Education To Attack Technology-Driven Unemployment

As technology transforms society in the years ahead, it’s critical that our education system keeps pace.

4 Things North Carolina Can Teach Us About the Market for New Teachers

North Carolina has a new “Educator Quality Dashboard” with some fascinating data on teacher preparation in the state.

Behind the Headline: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Case on Public Sector Union Fees

The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

RIP, Marva Collins

Marva Collins put her own money and reputation on the line to prove that poor minority kids could succeed just fine if given the right kinds of expectations, encouragement, and instruction.

Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.

Summer School is Coming, Get Parents Involved

Parents who are given actionable feedback on how their kids are doing in summer school are more likely to talk with their kids and their kids are more likely to earn course credit.

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