Testing, Testing 1-2-3

Ending statewide, comparable, annual testing is an overreaction that creates more problems than it solves.

Standing Under the Arch: Authorizer Accountability in Ohio

When charter school authorizers are not held accountable, too many schools open that lack the elements necessary for success, and too many low-performing schools remain open long after they should be shut down.

ESEA Reauthorization Explained in a Single Table

With Republicans fully in charge of Capitol Hill, the only question this time around when it comes to ESEA reauthorization is how much Congress will subtract from No Child Left Behind.

School Vouchers Help Low-Income Minority Students Earn a College Degree

For the first time, we are able to show that vouchers may have a long-term positive impact on college graduation rates.

Behind the Headline: Differentiation Doesn’t Work

In an Ed Week commentary, James Delisle explains why differentiated instruction doesn’t work.

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Teachers Are Mobile and Need Portable Retirement Benefits

The median U.S. worker has less than five years of experience at his or her current job and teachers are no exception.

Common Core Standards Aren’t So Easy To Replace

For all the hoopla, just a handful of states have proposed significant changes to Common Core, and none of them has written higher standards.

Behind the Headline: Confessions of a Fixer

In the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Brad Wolverton tells the story of a former college basketball coach with a lucrative side business helping hundreds of college athletes cheat their way through online courses in order to maintain their eligibility to compete in the NCAA.

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Behind the Headline: Six Education Stories to Watch in 2015

Veteran NPR reporter Claudio Sanchez identifies six education stories to watch in the year ahead.

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Teachers Union in New York City Pushes Property Tax Change to Boost Teacher Hiring

By going back to the tried-and-true rhetoric of class size reduction, the teachers union would like to distract attention from any alternative school improvement policies.

The Missing Link Between Standards and Instruction

Standards for any subject are most effective when used not to drive lesson planning on any given day, but rather the selection of a clear, teacher-friendly, coherently developed curriculum.

Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

Here are some of the pieces—about Common Core and education at large—I wish I’d written in 2014.

Behind the Headline: In Education-Crazy South Korea, Top Teachers Become Multi-Millionaires

In Korea, teachers at online cram schools called hagwons, which prepare students for college entrance exams, can earn millions of dollars.

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The Limitations of Self-Report Measures of Non-Cognitive Skills

Researchers need to find better ways to study non-cognitive skills like conscientiousness, self-control, and grit.

Obvious Flaws Obviate New Education Efficiency Index

A new report ranks which countries get the best bang, in terms of student outcomes, for the government buck.

Why Aren’t All Teachers Covered By Social Security?

Most people probably don’t realize not all workers are covered under Social Security. In particular, teachers constitute one of the largest groups of uncovered workers.

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Behind the Headline: The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

Eric Jaffe picks the rapid advance of Google’s self-driving car as one of the biggest transportation breakthroughs of 2014.

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Behind the Headline: Baker Names Peyser Education Secretary

In Massachusetts, Governor-elect Charlie Baker named Jim Peyser as state education secretary.

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Big Data Wins the War on Christmas

A social scientist analyzes whether Christmas affects test scores

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.

Behind the Headline: The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America Over the Last 50 Years

In the Washington Post, Emily Badger describes the dramatic changes in family structure that have taken place in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

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Conundrums in Competency

There seems to be growing enthusiasm for adopting competency-based approaches, but there are some philosophical and practical areas that administrators are still grappling with.

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

How Congress Can Address Over-Testing Without Overreaching

Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.

Behind the Headline: Teach For America Facing Recruitment Challenges

Teach for America has notified its partner districts that it is on track to train a smaller corps of teachers this year, possibly falling short of demand for its teachers by 25 percent.

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