Following the Money in Personalized Learning

Can personalized learning schools sustain expensive staffing models and technology costs after private funding runs out?

Testing Alone Won’t Make Good Readers

Children’s ability to understand what they read is intimately intertwined with their background knowledge and vocabulary. If a child is not broadly educated, he won’t be fully literate.

Arne Duncan, Lamar Alexander, and the Rule of Law

Duncan decried the “dysfunction” in Washington. But surely impugning the “motivations” of our political opponents doesn’t help to add function.

Mr. Duncan’s Sad Legacy

On Monday, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returned to Washington DC to speak at a Georgetown University conference.

Every School Can Have a Great Principal: A Fresh Vision for How

A new kind of principal would work with a “team of leaders” made up of great teachers within their school and could also lead multiple schools.

Why I’m Not Outraged by the Vergara Reversal

Courts are useful guardians of access to schooling but poorly suited to monitor the quality of policy or practice.

Stop Seeing Education Policy as the Only Driver of Educational Change

Policy change alone is not going to get us to the promised land of more effective, productive, and equitable schools.

The Teacher Hazing Ritual

It’s difficult to pinpoint why we seem so averse to making classroom management the centerpiece of new teacher training.

Blended Learning Can Enable Teachers to Focus on Cognitive Skills

An interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher of AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma

Measuring and Teaching Character Skills

A study finds that students who are more non-responsive to survey questions (skipping items or saying “don’t know”) have significantly lower educational attainment and fare less well in the labor market,

How Career and Technical Education in High School Improves Student Outcomes

A new study finds that Arkansas students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and have higher wages.

How ED’s Proposed Supplement not Supplant Regulations Could Backfire on Equity

If these rules are put into place, districts will face several incentives at odds with helping disadvantaged students.

What Frustrates Me About AERA

Over the past few days, nearly 20,000 education researchers descended on the nation’s capital for the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 100th annual conference.

Helping to Level the AP Playing Field: Why Eighth Grade Math Matters More Than You Think

The evidence presented in Loveless’ study suggests that tracking students in eighth grade is an effective way to prepare students for academic excellence, as measured by performance on Advanced Placement exams.

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Trump’s Rise Is a Wake-up Call for Education Reformers

Some advice on how to bring disaffected Trump voters back into the fold—or the economically disconnected in for a landing,

What Teachers of the Year Have to Say About Federal Education Policy

Teachers of the Year offer the kind of practical advice from seasoned professionals that administrators and policymakers sorely need—and need to treat very seriously.

ESSA Accountability: Don’t Forget the High-Achievers

The NCLB approach signals to schools that their low-achievers should be a higher priority than their high-achievers.

If Republican Legislatures Drown in Trump’s Wake, What Will Happen to Education Reform?

If November 2016 ushers in widespread erosion in the ranks of Republican policy makers, what might we anticipate on the education reform front?

How Friedrichs Saved Public Sector Unions – But Not In the Way You Think

If agency fees were ruled unconstitutional, states that currently have agency fees would not simply readjust to operate more like their right to work counterparts. Rather, all teachers’ unions in all states would suffer – and especially the states that are already operating under unfavorable labor law.

Local Control Versus State Obligation

Even a careful observer of education policy could wonder, “Who’s actually in charge of public schooling?” That is, at which level of government does the buck stop?

Common Core’s Major Political Challenges for the Remainder of 2016

Common Core is now several years into implementation. Supporters have had a difficult time persuading skeptics that any positive results have occurred. The best evidence has been mixed on that question.

Who’s to Blame? Public School Districts’ Pension Dilemma

Charter schools and private schools did not create the financial quagmire some states now face.

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A Trick for Attracting Science, Math, and Special Ed Teachers

Schools should spend funds with an eye to providing the best possible teaching and learning for students. That’s not happening if schools are simply ignoring supply and demand when it comes to teacher pay.

Should Non-Cognitive Skills Be Included in School Accountability Systems?

Preliminary evidence from California’s CORE districts

Evidence confirms that student skills other than academic achievement and ability predict a broad range of academic and life outcomes.

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.

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