Growing Up Poor and White in America: A View from the Inside

Books like J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” force us to confront simpleminded views of the ills we seek to address and to be humble about over-optimistic schemes to set things right.

Taking a Lesson from The Boys in the Boat and Aiming for ‘Swing’

The extreme focus, teamwork, effort, and joy that drive elite winning teams are exactly what’s required to turn around our lowest-performing schools.

In the News: Clinton Abandons the Middle on Education

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West compare the education plank of the Democratic party platform with what the public says it wants.

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Political Science for Ed Reform Dummies

Here are some basic lessons in political science for the leadership of the ed reform movement to help them avoid political failures and electoral defeats.

Arizona’s First Audit of Education Savings Accounts is Instructive

Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.

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Americans Win Gold at Math Olympiad

The six-student American team beat out competitors from over 100 other countries in this year’s International Math Olympiad for high school students.

Why Teacher vs. Non-Teacher Pay Comparisons Are Misleading

Pension benefits for public school teachers (and most public employees) are far more generous than for private sector professionals.

Much Ado About Grit? Interview with a Leading Psych Researcher

Research conducted by Marcus Crede suggests that grit is barely distinct from other personality traits and that standardized test scores, attendance, and study habits are much better predictors of long-term success than grit.

In the News: Crash course in credit recovery yields best-ever graduation rate of 75% for L.A. schools

In December, only about half of LAUSD seniors were on track to graduate, but by June, many of those students were all caught up after taking advantage of credit recovery programs.

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California’s Too-Colorful Accountability Plan

California’s new accountability system for schools and districts is complicated beyond imagining and does not lend itself to useful interpretation by parents, taxpayers, voters, or policymakers.

The Wrong and Right Ways to Ensure Equity in IDEA

Are U.S. schools over-identifying children for special ed based on their race or ethnicity? The best-available studies find that the opposite is occurring.

By Guest Bloggers   and   Blog, Editorial, Special Education  

Transition Time

Big transitions are underway throughout American education.

Summative Ratings Are All Around Us. Why Are We Afraid of Them in K-12 Education?

Cars, colleges, neighborhoods, restaurants, you name it — if there’s some sort of choice that people can make, there’s probably a rating system to help them decide.

Can Policymakers Fix What Ails Online Charter Schools?

Three recommendations for policymakers in states that are wrestling to turn the rapid development of online schools into a net plus for their pupils.

In the News: How a Free Denver Public Schools Camp Seeks to Stop the Summer Slide

DPS offers a free eight-week summer camp to all students in the district to help prevent summer learning loss.

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Urban Catholic Schools in Partnership Network Shine on State Tests

The inherent strengths of Catholic education—a focus on values, faith formation, and academic rigor, coupled with the belief that all children can succeed—are as sturdy a foundation as they have always been.

Two Tweaks for ESSA Accountability Rule

Mr. Secretary, I am writing to suggest two very specific changes to the proposed rule that your department published regarding the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Project-Based Learning Needs More Learning

When PBL is deployed, the object may be “deeper learning,” but the outcome is definitely narrower, potentially excluding other critical knowledge and skills.

In the News: School Closures Controversial, but Potentially Beneficial

While closing a school often sparks protests, and sometimes even legal action, a new study finds that school closures that took place in New York City between 2000 and 2014 benefited students.

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In the News: A Fifth of New York Students Opted Out of This Year’s Common Core State Exams

In New York, slightly more students opted out of the Common Core aligned state test this spring than did last year,

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A Response to Chester E. Finn’s Open Letter

The Zuckerberg gift made a massive difference in the lives of children in Newark, and continues to do so today.

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Can Strong Leaders Succeed When Their Hands Are Tied?

Given the dysfunction of the larger system within which they must work, how much should we focus on recruiting great leaders for traditional public schools and school districts?

In the News: No Consensus Against Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations, Contra Democratic Platform

The Democratic party platform states that researchers have rejected use of test scores, but that’s not accurate.

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In the News: A Program For Preschoolers Gets A Convention Bounce

A shoutout during Bill Clinton’s speech is bringing new attention to a program offering parents home visits from a coach.

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What Life Before EdTech Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

With excitement over new gadgets and possibilities, schools and edtech entrepreneurs alike often miss a key step: defining what the ideal student experience should look like absent technology.

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