Where Does Government Education Research Really Come From?

When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.

Is Character Education the Answer?

Developing teenagers’ self-regulation may require something other than parables, slogans, inspirational banners, and encouragement from compassionate teachers.

Where Common Core Is Not Controversial

Those who see Common Core as a curricular monoculture, a boondoggle for publishers, or a violation of local control would do well to come to Reno.

College Prep for All? Students Weigh In

Should all students be given a college-prep curriculum? College students share their views.

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Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.

Classroom Observations Offer Biggest Room for Improvement in Teacher Evaluations

Addressing the design flaws we have identified in teacher evaluation systems will bring districts closer to achieving the primary goal of meaningful teacher evaluation: assuring greater equity in students’ access to good teachers.

Wurman Testimony on Math and Science Standards in Ohio

This testimony was presented before the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee by Ze’ev Wurman, visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, on Aug. 20, 2014.

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Never Diet Without a Bathroom Scale and Mirror: The Case for Combining Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core

Schools should seize this window of transition—when it is safest for teachers to ask for help (and for instructional leaders to offer it)—to completely reinvent the teacher evaluation process.

K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

Leaders & Laggards grades each state on how it’s doing in 11 areas, using an A to F scale.

Empirical Proof on the Politics of Pensions

Pension benefit increases have been a painless way for politicians from both parties to provide something tangible to powerful interest groups without having to pay the costs immediately.

Behind the Headline: EdX Enters K-12 Arena with High School Level MOOCs

In its first venture into the world of K-12 education, EdX announced that it will release 26 free online courses covering AP and high school level material.

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The First Hard Evidence on Virtual Education

Florida high school students taking Algebra or English I online perform at least as well on state math and reading tests as do students taking the same courses in a traditional format.

Common Core and the Era of Good Behavior

The moderating of the debate over the Common Core seems to be mirroring the field’s increased focus on implementation.

A Quick Note to Dana Goldstein About Pensions

No one is seriously advocating for reducing the pensions of any individual teachers or retirees.

The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

The trickle downward of university curricular mischief into our schools and other institutions continues unabated, and it’s not a problem that the College Board alone can solve.

Smart Markets, Diverse Options, and Burke’s Caution

Mike McShane’s new book Education and Opportunity offers a sophisticated view of public school markets, how to understand them, use their strength, and appreciate their limitations.

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The Problems and Promise of Common Core

In a video roundtable, HGSE experts explore the challenges of implementing America’s new standards.

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What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.

Barbara Dreyer: A Champ to the End

Barbara helped create the K–12 online-learning movement, a powerful disruptive force that has the potential to create a more personalized and equitable education system that is student-centered so that all students can succeed.

How Self-Driving Cars Will Enable Greater School Choice

Transportation is a significant roadblock to exercising educational choice, but a new technology promises to greatly expand the number of schools that are logistically feasible for students to attend.

Connecting the Dots: E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and Common Core

On Politico’s list of fifty “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter,” sharing the number eight spot are E.D. Hirsch and David Coleman, the principal author of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

Diagnosing the Right Pension Problems

When the public is led to believe financial issues are the only problems with today’s pension plans, financial issues will be the only problems legislators seek to address.

How the Common Core Suppresses Competitive Federalism

Nationalizing standards and tests would eliminate them as differentiated school-reform instruments that could be used by states in competition over educational attainment.

Restarting the Common Core Debate

A raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, a debate been marked by acrimony rather than analysis, but there is hope that both sides want a reset.

The Inconsistent Implementation of Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Contrary to claims that teacher evaluation reforms are leading to strict, one-size-fits-all policies, data suggests that local districts are implementing state-based teacher evaluation reforms inconsistently.

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