The Play’s the Thing

What do students learn from field trips to see live theater? As it turns out, quite a lot.

A Vision for the Future of K-3 Reading Policy – Personalized and Mastery-Based

We need more nimble systems that can accommodate flexible and timely progression decisions based on clear learning objectives, transparent definitions of proficiency and a strong embedded formative assessment system.

In the News: Do ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Lead to Success after High School? At One High-Profile Network, the Answer Seems To Be Yes

Many no excuses charter schools have high test scores, but critics are often skeptical that those scores will translate into outcomes that really matter.

Top Education Policy People and Organizations on Social Media 2017

We’re back with our annual look at who is dominating Twitter and other forms of social media in the education policy world.

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

When it Comes to School Discipline, Let Parents Choose

A school’s approach to student discipline and classroom management is a profound reflection of somebody’s value system.

In the News: Undergraduate Education Major, Banned for 56 Years, Returns

In the 1960s, the California legislature decided that aspiring teachers would have to major in an academic area other than education, but last week, Gov. Jerry Brown reversed that decision

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Personalized Learning 1.0

In 2002, years before the current fervor over personalized learning, the state of Florida embraced a primitive form of the concept with its test-based promotion policy.

In the News: City Will Move Sidelined Teachers From Limbo to Classrooms

New York City teachers who have not found permanent jobs will be moved from the “rubber room,” where they have been paid for not teaching, into schools with vacancies whether the schools want them or not.

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The Mixed Blessings of Education Technology

The editors of the Economist lay down several key precepts that are very much worth keeping in mind as we move forward.

In the News: Could the Dip Be a Blip?

In U.S. News, Rick Hess and Amy Cummings take a close look at the decline in support for charter schools found in last week’s EdNext poll.

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Free College Is Now Here … Really

For the first time, any student anywhere can take free, top-quality courses online that lead to full academic credit at 2,900 traditional colleges.

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

The Texas blend – legislative commitment to higher quality, better oversight, and supportive partners that help charter schools diagnose and solve problems – is a promising one.

Transforming High School Through Self-Directed Learning

A collaboration between a nonprofit and a city won a $10 million grant from XQ Super School Project to open Powderhouse.

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To Compete with Charter Schools, Take a Closer Look at the What the Competition is Doing

In this post, I’ll discuss the third step, rethink the conventional wisdom of the traditional and reform sectors in budgeting, programming, and parent engagement.

Don’t Complain About Charter Schools, Compete With Them

For district leaders, tuning out the education reform debate is the first big step in adapting to—and surviving—charter growth.

Betsy DeVos Promotes Parents as First Line of Defense on School Accountability

But is the parent marketplace a good enough mechanism for gauging and producing effective schools of choice?

Choosing a Curriculum: A Critical Act

The content that teachers deliver in the classroom matters just as much as how effectively they deliver it.

In the News: The Oldest Kids in the Class May Get an Edge in College Admissions

A new study evaluates whether students who are the oldest in their class have an advantage over their younger peers.

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In the News: Why Principals Lie to Ineffective Teachers — Honesty Takes Too Long

In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews considers whether any progress has been made in fixing the teacher evaluation systems that generally result in all teachers being rated satisfactory.

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Adding Pre-K to Renaissance Charter School

What New York City’s Pre-K For All initiative has meant for a charter school.

When it Comes to Education, Are Californians Unique?

The Californians who participated in the 2017 Education Next survey of American adults have views that are different from the national sample on only a few issues.

Support for Common Standards Has Rebounded

Local control has its place—but, as Americans told Education Next, it also has its limits.

In the News: How Does the ‘Trump Effect’ Change the Public’s View of Education?

Andrew Ujifusa writes about one of the more interesting findings from the new EdNext survey on the Politics K-12 blog.

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Help Wanted: Who Is Missing From This List of Top Tweeters in Education Policy?

It’s time again to post our mostly-annual list of the top education policy people, organizations, and publications on social media.

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