YES Prep Steps Up

Houston-based YES Prep charter schools has released a probing analysis of its graduates’ postsecondary performance and the strategies it’s using to improve that performance.

Behind the Headline: Alternative Certification Deemed Weak by NCTQ in New Teacher-Prep Report

The National Council on Teacher Quality has released its second annual evaluation of teacher preparation programs.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

State education leaders will have to decide if their states are ready to move forward with consequences based on Common Core assessments.

Teacher Autonomy and Blended Learning at USC Hybrid High School

A blended-learning high school experiments with new roles for teachers.

The Three-Sector Approach and Decision-Defending

Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?

New Deal for Teachers; New Will by Managers

Tenure is just one part of a dysfunctional approach to human resource management in U.S. schools that needs a complete overhaul.

More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone

Early, irreversible decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.

10 Things to Know about the Vergara Decision

Yesterday, a California superior court overturned five state laws related to the employment of teachers. Here’s what you need to know.

Behind the Headline: California Teacher Tenure and Seniority System is Struck Down

In California, a court struck down the state’s teacher tenure and seniority system.

Behind the Headline: Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

The Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would support a two-year moratorium on attaching any consequences, for teachers or for students, to scores on new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Life Is an Implementation Problem

What matters in education is what actually happens in 100,000 schools educating 50 million kids. That’s all implementation, and that means it matters a lot that some reforms are much more likely to suffer bumps, distortions, and problems than are others.

Are Maryland Teachers Leaving Because of the Common Core or New Teacher Evaluation Requirements? Probably Not.

There are a number of factors that may affect teacher retention in any given year. We should be wary about trying to pin down any one reason.

Who Profits from the Master’s Degree Pay Bump for Teachers?

The fact that teachers with master’s degrees are no more effective in the classroom, on average, than their colleagues without advanced degrees is one of the most consistent findings in education research.

Behind the Headline: Segregation by Ability

The New York Times’ Room for Debate focuses this week on gifted education.

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Teacher Benefits Still Eating Away at District Spending

Instead of hiring more teachers or paying them more money, districts are devoting an increasing share of finite resources to employee benefits.

Breaking Down “Public Rules on Private Schools”

While many believe private schools to be “unregulated,” they already follow many regulations, regardless of their participation in a school choice program.

Behind the Headline: Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are ‘Chronically Absent’

A new study released by the National Council on Teacher Quality Finds that about 16 percent of teachers in the cities they studied were”chronically absent,” meaning they missed 18 or more days per school year.

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Shooting Bottle Rockets at the Moon: Overcoming the Legacy of Incremental Education Reform

When we fail to right-size our reform efforts, we breed a sense of futility among teachers, parents and policymakers.

To AP or Not To AP?

AP exams are a distinctly American solution to the problem that standards in American education are subjective and vary widely from school to school.

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Beach Edu-Reads, Part 2

Common Core, MOOCs, teachers of the year, student surveys, rural education, and more

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Behind the Headline: How Charters and Rivals May Get Together

In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews praises a new book about Rocketship charter schools by Richard Whitmire.

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What Does Competency- Based Education Have To Do With Disruption?

Competency-based education offers a philosophy of how students ought to progress through material; it frees students from the lock step, age-based progressions in traditional schooling.

Beach Edu-Reads, Part 1

Choice, teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and more

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Another Hidden Penalty On Teachers

In the median state, teachers must wait 24 years before their pension is finally worth more than their own contributions.

Addressing Teachers’ Concerns about Online Learning

As more and more schools adopt blended learning in the years to come, the nature of teaching is going to change.

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