Behind the Headline: Schools Are Slow to Learn That Sleep Deprivation Hits Teenagers Hardest

Writing on The Upshot, Aaron Carroll reviews the research on sleep deprivation and concludes that, while sleep deprivation among adults is rare, among teens it is likely much more widespread.

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Behind the Headline: Teachers Are Warned About Criticizing New York State Tests

In New York City, where state testing begins next week, the Department of Education is warning teachers and principals not to encourage parents to opt their students out of state tests.

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How Many Teachers Deserve Adequate Retirement Benefits? Some? Most? All?

Current teacher retirement systems require teachers to stay 20, 25, or even 30 years before they qualify for adequate retirement benefits.

Behind the Headline: Some Cities Are Making Great Strides In Educating Low-Income Students

A new report from Education Cities and GreatSchools identifies cities that are doing a better job than others at reducing the achievement gap between rich and poor students.

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Behind the Headline: New Research Shows How a Federal School Turnaround Program Backfired in North Carolina

A new study examining North Carolina schools that were part of the state’s turnaround program finds that the program “had at best no effect on student achievement, and by some measures had a negative impact,” explains Matt Barnum in the 74.

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How Should States Design School Rating Systems? A Conversation with an Expert

Under the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, all states will be responsible for designing their own statewide accountability systems.

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Could Well-Meaning New Labor Rule Hurt Charter Schools, Preschools, & Tutoring Programs?

The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is moving to revamp the “overtime rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This could have a big impact on programs that depend on the passionate commitment of small staffs.

Some New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

The new generation of teacher evaluations have the potential to strengthen instruction, make teaching more attractive work, and raise student achievement on a wide scale—if states and school districts stay the course on reform.

Behind the Headline: Teach for America To Cut National Staff by 15 Percent

Teach for America has announced that it will cut 15 percent of its national staff and give more independence to its regional offices, Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post.

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Never Judge a Book By Its Cover—Use Student Achievement Instead

A focused effort to evaluate curricula and shift demand toward more effective options would yield a higher return on investment than more resource-intensive measures.

How To Create Accountability Systems that Build Knowledge and Increase Reading Ability

Accountability plans must ensure that every student gets the broad knowledge and vocabulary that remain the unacknowledged drivers of language proficiency

How to Build a Better Reader, from the EdNext Podcast

In the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction, Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway offer clear guidance on how to teach students to be better readers. In the March 16, 2016 episode of the EdNext podcast, the authors sat down with EdNext executive editor Marty West to discuss strategies […]

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Behind the Headline: NYC Charters Retain Students Better Than Traditional Schools

Data from charter schools and traditional public schools in New York City shows that a lower percentage of students transfer out of charter schools than traditional public schools

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Poor and Working-Class Americans Have Gotten Hammered. Here’s How To Help Their Children Do Better.

While our education system alone cannot solve the stubborn, tragic problem of persistent poverty and the growing gaps between working-class and college-educated Americans, there’s much it can do for the children entrusted to it.

Response to The Trouble With Texting

As behavioral nudge strategies continue to expand in education and across numerous policy domains, we should continue to critically examine and debate the questions of replicability, long-term impact, and appropriate use that Jay Greene raises in his critique.

Chingos, Peterson Win Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform

A study by Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson on the long-term impact of school vouchers on college enrollment and graduation won the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize awarded for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform.

Beware of Taking Flexibility a Step Too Far

Most families have not embraced full-time online virtual learning as an answer to their particular circumstances or values.

Behind the Headline: Inside Educators’ Emotional Debate about ‘No Excuses’ Discipline

In a long, thoughful piece for Chalkbeat New York, Elizabeth Green looks “beyond the viral video” of a Success Academy teacher shaming a first-grade student to consider the pros and cons of the No Excuses approach to discipline and learning.

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Could D.C. Give Its Schools the Same Autonomy as Charter Schools?

How Washington, D.C. could lay the foundation for the next decade of improvement for its schools.

Behind the Headline: A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

In the Atlantic, Tom Toch looks at the evolution of teacher evaluation systems over the past decade and considers what might come next.

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Behind the Headline: Running Out of Cash, CPS Tells Principals to Stop Spending

The Chicago Public Schools announced last week that teachers would have to take three unpaid days off this year as a cost-cutting measure.

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Behind the Headline: Students Find More Awareness with Later Starts

An article by James Vaznis in the Boston Globe describes how many school districts in Massachusetts are exploring whether to change high school start times so that teens can get more sleep.

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The Case for a Broader Approach to Education

A broader education, including the arts, may be essential for later success in math and reading as well as the proper development of civic values and character skills,

Behind the Headline: Americans Rank Last in Problem-Solving With Technology

A new report that looks at the skill of using technology to solve problems and evaluate information ranks American workers 18th out of 18 participating industrial countries.

When Fancy New Teacher-Evaluation Systems Don’t Make a Difference

A new study looks at teacher evaluation results in 19 states that have adopted new evaluation systems since 2009.

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