If the superintendents of failing school districts were as adept at fixing schools as they are at making excuses for their poor performance, America would have the best education system in the world.
Special education is in need of a top-to-bottom makeover that nobody seems willing or able to undertake. But some worthy repairs can be made around the periphery of current policy
Rural public schools enroll eleven million children, fully a quarter of students nationwide. Yet, sadly, the challenges faced by rural educators and their students have received scant attention from national education leaders.
Charter schools, once little more than glass miniatures, are proving to be the toughest, most enduring of all education reforms.
Given a choice, decision-makers would do well to choose the option with the better odds of success, even when those differences are not “statistically significant.”
Interstellar is a web application that features live, team-based, online academic competitions. Math teams can invite other teams across the country to an on-the-spot competition or can enter league play events like Math Madness.
I agree with the study’s authors that we ought to do all we can to make school information widely available so parents can make informed choices, but I’m still of a mind that some level of regulation is needed
What’s a better hypothesis for the lackluster math performance of our fifteen-year-olds? Maybe we’re just not very good at teaching math, especially in high school.
What should scare us is the low percentage of U.S students in the highest levels of performance in the latest PISA results.
The new PISA results are out and education charlatans of every stripe are finding proof of their own preferred policy solution.
The edtech market consists of numerous niche solutions that fail to provide educators with integrated solutions.
We’ve taken care of policy in lots of places but implementation is a major challenge
In team-based models, schools add new paraprofessionals to teaching teams to do teachers’ administrative paperwork and oversee skill practice, project work, and digital instruction at school.
Transforming from a time-based to a competency-based system upends the traditional culture, structure, and schedule in schools and districts. Bell schedules, grading policies, academic department structures, fixed sense of course scope and sequence, and familiarity with whole-group instruction may all be exerting the tug of status quo bias.
The data are so discouraging that even the Department’s press statement found it difficult to conceal disappointment.
Schools can boost achievement by giving the most effective teachers larger classes than the least effective teachers.
Families are becoming smarter and pickier customers. Why has the faith-based schools community barely reacted or adapted to this new environment?
Poor children deserve effective programs, not just programs that are well-intentioned.
Testing requirements are a concession that should only be granted if necessary to expand choice. And a requirement that choice schools take any one of a long list of standardized tests is much more desirable than requiring the state test.
The move to blended learning matters because learning science has long told us that students learn at different paces, have different working memory capacities, and possess different background knowledge when they enter a learning experience.
The power of blended learning—to let students learn individually paced basics online, so teachers can focus on personalized, enriched face-to-face instruction—can bring excellent teaching to more students, and enable all teachers to earn more.
The administration wanted us to believe it had a smart, coherent vision and clear implementation plan for its federal education policy…until we realized it didn’t.
The main reason there’s been so little achievement gain over the past few decades arising from the reforms that so many of us have been pressing is precisely because neither curriculum nor instruction much changed.
It’s long past time for the U.S. Department of Justice to drop its embarrassing lawsuit which would keep black kids in failing schools.