Religion and Student Motivation

Priming students to think about religion increases students’ willingness to delay gratification as well as their political tolerance.

The False Dichotomy Between Memorization and Conceptual Understanding

Experts tend to forget just how much they’ve absorbed into long-term memory, so when they train novices, they tend to leave out a large amount of important information.

The Effect of Charter Schools on Students in Traditional Public Schools: A Review of the Evidence

Eleven studies have examined whether charter schools will have positive or negative indirect effects on students in district public schools.

A Broader View of OER: In Response to McShane’s Article on Open Education

Open education is a crucial means to organize and transform the work of faculty, teachers, librarians, independent scholars and learners.

Don’t Know or Don’t Care?

Around one third of the variation in PISA test performance across countries can be explained by how much effort students are willing to exert rather than what they know

Going to School is Optional: Schools Need to Engage Students to Increase Their Lifetime Opportunities

Missing school and skipping class has consequences for student learning. Luckily we have policy levers to keep students in school and in class.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

It is a mistake to demand that online credit-recovery courses require the same time and effort as regular courses.

In the News: Jill Biden’s Push to Make Community College Free

As the Obama administration nears its end, second lady Jill Biden is still working hard to try to make free community college a reality across the U.S.,

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Working Memory is the Path to Expertise

Experts at parallel parking, like experts at everything, have converted large chunks of critical, conscious mastery into their long-term memory.

What a Democratic Wave Election Would Mean for Education Reform

At risk are the folks who have led the push for expanded parental choice, who held the line on the Common Core when the going got tough, and are willing to make investments in education as long as they are tied to results.

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

Can Civil Rights Institutions Keep Up as Public Education Evolves?

Black families appreciate what advocacy groups have done to end discriminatory segregation, but they also want to be able to choose the school that works best for their child.

Of Deliberate Practice, Memory, and Expertise

Experts work fast, they get specific tasks right, they know how to improve, and they’re better than the rest of us at tackling new challenges in their area of expertise.

What You Need to Know about ED’s Proposed Rule on Title I Supplement-Not-Supplant

Requiring that districts move closer to equal spending across schools may simply shift high-cost but less effective resources to students in need.

Why Charters Will Lose in Massachusetts

Charters in Massachusetts would have been better positioned politically if they had not previously neglected to benefit more middle and upper-middle class families.

Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf on System Reform

Cerf says that reforming a school system is difficult, but the evidence suggests that it can pay off.

Black-White Disparity in Student Loan Debt More Than Triples After Graduation

Racial gaps in total debt are far larger than even recent reports have recognized, far larger now than in the past, and correlated with troubling trends in the economy.

In the News: Teacher Training As ‘Part Theater, Part Sport’

Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the Relay Graduate School of Education, a school singled out last week by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Will England Bring Back Selective Public High Schools?

Within weeks of becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May made clear that she wants more of them.

In the News: 50 Years Later, What America Still Hasn’t Learned From the Coleman Report

Progress has often been disappointing in addressing many of the problems related to educational inequity highlighted by the report.

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The Strange Case of the Disappearing NAEP

Why has NAEP abandoned its foundational assessment and embarked on a new agenda?

In the News: L.A. Unified Decides Fate of Six Charter Schools

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to reject petitions for renewal for five charter schools.

The Cost of Winner-Take-All Presidential Politics

The stakes seem to get higher and higher as presidents and their appointees tear away at the moorings meant to constrain them.

School Accountability Systems Must Focus on Proficiency

A school’s results matter in the real world, more even than the gains its students made while enrolled there.

At the Ballot Box, a Test for Bay State Charters

Question 2 has given Massachusetts voters a unique chance to weigh in on the future of school choice in their state.

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