Behind the Headline: Should We Turn High School Into College?

This fall, a low-income school district in Texas became the first large district to implement “early college” in all of its high schools.

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Behind the Headline: A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls

A study released Thursday investigates why boys in low-income families tend to do worse than girls in those families, both academically and in terms of behavior.

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Evaluating the DC School Voucher Program

More high-quality evidence on the nation’s most prominent voucher program has the potential to inform education policymaking in the capital and across the country

Straw Men and Choice Regulation

What is the right amount of regulation for school choice?

Behind the Headline: Tiny Schools, Big Impact

There’s a lot of buzz about tiny schools like Altschools, but also a lot of skepticism, writes Michael McShane.

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Majority Of School Respondents In Ohio Report Using Blended Learning

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. A new report tackles this problem in the state of Ohio.

Behind the Headline: Make Pell Grants Conditional on College Readiness

Writing as part of a series on “big ideas for reforming college,” Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill proposes that Pell grants be made conditional on college readiness. She writes

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Behind the Headline: High School Graduation Rates Are On The Rise In Most States

Preliminary data released on Monday by the Department of Education show that high school graduation rates rose in a majority of states and gaps in graduation rates between white and minority students narrowed in most states.

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Behind the Headline: State Faces Testing Showdown

Next month, education officials in Massachusetts will decide whether to abandon the state’s much-praised MCAS test and adopt the Common Core-aligned PARCC test.

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What the 2016 Race May Hold for Education

We might see some significant education action in DC come 2017, but it’s unlikely to get much of a preview on the 2016 trail.

Behind the Headline: Are Charter Schools a Threat or Opportunity for Los Angeles?

Robin Lake and Paul Hill offer their take on the recently reported plan to serve half of all Los Angeles’ students in charter schools in an article in the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Behind the Headline: An Uncivil Civil War

An estimated 18,500 families, children, educators and charter school employees marched to the steps of city hall in New York City earlier this month to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to give more children the opportunity to attend effective charter schools. Many of the families had children attending Success Academy charter schools.

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So Far Only Ohio is Backing Off A High Standard for Proficiency

Outside of Ohio, most states are living up to their commitments to provide more honest information to parents. A key promise of the Common Core is being kept.

Behind the Headline: Schools for Wisdom

In his column in this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks reacts to a documentary about education called “Most Likely to Succeed.”

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Are Test Scores Good Proxies for School Quality?

Test scores aren’t everything, but they are associated with long-term outcomes.

Ohio Fixes Its Charter Law

It’s been a long road to comprehensive charter reform in Ohio, but the legislation that overwhelmingly passed last week drew bipartisan support and praise from editorial boards across the state.

Stepping Aside To Dig Deeper: My Next Career Move

A significant focus in my next stage of life will be to work with a portfolio of education companies in a variety of board and advisory roles to help shape the future of education in ways that I could not as executive director.

Behind the Headline: Democrats Propose Tuition-Free Public College, Vow to Lower Student Debt

While K-12 education issues were not addressed during last night’s first official Democratic debate in Las Vegas, college affordability was in the spotlight.

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Do New Common Core Test Results Tell Us Anything New?

What do new assessments aligned to the Common Core tell us? Not much more than what we already knew.

Curriculum: The Great Divide Among Education Reformers

For some education reformers, other reforms seem much more important than curriculum battles. Here’s what they are missing.

Behind the Headline: Another State Redefines ‘Proficiency’ on Common Core Tests, Inflating Performance

The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that students who score at level 3 or above on new Common Core tests will be deemed “proficient,” even though the makers of the test say that only students who score at level 4 or above are on track to graduate from high school with the skills they need to be ready for college or a career.

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Behind the Headline: California Exit Exam’s Demise Revives Dreams for Thousands

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law that suspends the state’s high school exit exam for three years.

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Behind the Headline: Preschool is Good for Children, but it’s Expensive. So Utah is Offering it Online.

In Utah his year, more than 6,600 children are attending preschool online, using laptops at home to access lessons, games and songs.

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“Deans for Impact” Group Aims to Reform Ed Schools From Within

Two dozen deans of education schools have come together to embrace empirical validation of teacher preparation methods and accountability for student learning.

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