In the News: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them.

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Can Online Credit Recovery Recover?

We must try to set rigorous outcome-based standards for credit-recovery courses with rigorous assessments.

The Winter 2018 Issue of EdNext Is Here!

The cover of the Winter 2018 issue features the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform.

Is A Solid Curriculum a Constraint on Teacher Creativity?

That so many ed reformers have steered clear of advocating for proven curricula speaks volumes about how resistant our culture is to anything that puts limits on individual autonomy.

In the News: How to Get Your Mind to Read

Americans are not good readers, but the cause is not smartphones; it’s how schools teach reading.

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In the News: Is DeVos Near Ending School Discipline Reform After Talks on Race, Safety?

Last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Education met with critics of school discipline policies that were put in place under the Obama administration.

In the News: ‘Teacher of the Year’ Voted New Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools

Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, will be the next superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.

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A Realistic Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

We need to face up to the findings of three decades of research on the effects of test-based accountability and engage in a vigorous debate about how best to move forward

New Research Answers Whether Technology is Good or Bad for Learning

There’s been an infuriating log-jam between those who argue technology is a distraction at best and those who argue it is an extremely positive force.

The Importance of a Diverse Teaching Force

Bachelor’s degree completion gaps make it much harder to achieve a teaching force whose diversity mirrors that of the student population.

In the News: Can These New Colleges Help Solve Higher Education’s Equity Problem?

Sometimes called hybrid colleges, these programs aim to help low-income students earn college degrees.

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Most States Step Up on Accountability under ESSA

When Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act, many reformers voiced concern that states would give up on rigorous accountability systems.

Listening > Robotics

For third-grade students, it’s easier to build a motorized beehive than be a good teammate. So when we coached my son’s robotics group we spent a lot of time on social skills.

In the News: Who’s Ready to Put Their Kid on a Self-Driving School Bus?

A driverless taxi service will soon be up and running in a suburb of Phoenix. Will self-driving school buses be next?

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In the News: Common Core Tests Were Supposed to Usher in a New Era of Comparing America’s Schools. What Happened?

Seven years after the Common Core standards were introduced, not much progress has been made in pulling together data from Common Core-aligned tests in different states that would allow researchers to make comparisons across states, Matt Barnum notes in an article for Chalkbeat.

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Can School Choice Keep Children Safe from Bullying?

Does a system that assigns students to schools based on where they live effectively trap some of them in dangerous situations?

New Evidence That Students’ Beliefs About Their Brains Drive Learning

Experimental research has found that developing a growth mindset can improve academic achievement and that schools can affect students’ mindset.

In the News: The Charter School Breakthrough Doesn’t Work for Boys

While researching what happens to graduates of top charter schools when they go to college, Richard Whitmire noticed a gender gap in the performance of the students.

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Reflections on the Election in Douglas County

This week’s election of a teachers’ union-backed slate of school board candidates in Douglas County, Colorado is a major setback for school choice.

State Policies to Maximize the Utility of Testing Data

How assessments are administered and results are reported can make a difference.

Can Hot Wheels Change the Way We Teach STEM?

Researchers developed a hands-on curriculum and professional development lessons teaching basic physics using the popular toys, then conducted a randomized controlled trial.

In the News: Why Do Some New York City Schools Get to Choose Their Students?

In New York City, roughly a quarter of the city’s middle schools and a third of high schools screen applicants based on their grades, test scores, artistic talents and other criteria.

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In the News: Anti-Reform Candidates Sweep the Slate in the Douglas County School Board Election

The anti-voucher candidates were victors in the Douglas County School Board election last night,, effectively killing the district’s voucher program.

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In the News: AltSchool to Close Elementary School in Manhattan’s East Village

AltSchool will close three of their seven private “micro-schools” and focus on developing their software platform.

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State Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Where Is the Research?

State plans mostly ignored research on what works and what does not to achieve particular outcomes.

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