Has the Education Reform Movement Lost Its Way?

Achieving a complex, ambitious goal—like providing all children in this nation with a strong education—requires laser focus, determination, abundant resources, an ability to measure progress, exceptional expertise, and a strong research basis.

Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research

Researchers should consider the importance of implementation research as an integral part of discipline reform program evaluation.

What’s a Few Billion between Friends? The Fuzzy Numbers on 529s for K-12 Tuition

A closer look at the claim that allowing parents to use their 529 savings for K-12 tuition will erode the tax base that funds public schools.

Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned

Some takeaways from a conference that examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more.

New Research on Opportunity Culture: Multi-Classroom Leaders’ Teams Produce Significant Learning Gains

The study compared student growth in classrooms led by teachers in Opportunity Culture roles to student growth in non-Opportunity Culture classrooms.

The 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Today we identify the university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to shape educational practice and policy.

The Looming Student Loan Crisis Is Worse Than We Thought

New data allow for the most comprehensive assessment to date of student debt and default.

The Lives of Others

A central problem with the nudge approach is that we know too little about the lives of others to know with confidence what is good for them or how our nudges will affect their entire lives.

The 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric

Tomorrow, I’ll be unveiling the rankings. Today, I want to run through the methodology used to generate those rankings.

RHSU Exclusive: The Five-Tool Scholar

The purpose of the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Should Schools Teach Our Children That the World is a Scary Place?

Teachers who view the world as awe-inspiring and who are eager to share their optimism and excitement with students might be more beneficial.

Why Disparate Impact Theory Is a Bad Fit for School Discipline

Jumping to conclusions from districts’ raw discipline data ought to end.

5 Big Ideas for Education Innovation in 2018

Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018.

Bridging the College Completion Gap with Comprehensive Systems of Support

The Dell Scholars program improves students’ year-over-year college persistence, academic achievement, and bachelor’s degree attainment.

Are We Committed to Raising School Standards?

Here are some recent signs of the deep ambivalence we have toward the steps that would actually have to be taken to transform our education outcomes.

Education Reform Developments to Watch For in 2018

The big stories will be NAEP scores, the Janus Supreme Court case, gubernatorial elections, school discipline, and school ratings.

My Education Resolution for 2018

We’re swimming in noise. There’s a yawning need for reflection and a willingness to listen to one another.

Laptops in the Classroom: An Open and Closed Case

Do professors who study education policy allow their students to use laptops in the classroom?

Helping High-Ability Kids from Disadvantaged Backgrounds in 2018

‘Tis a time of celebration, reflection, gift-giving, and—swiftly thereafter—planning and resolving for the year to come.

Three Cheers for Impostor Syndrome

I’d love to see more of us show less certainty when it comes to the analyses and prescriptions we so confidently offer.

New Evidence on School Choice and Racially Segregated Schools

School district policies that allow parents to easily choose a school for their children can lead to schools that are more segregated than would be the case if school assignment were based entirely on zip code.

Plain Talk and School Reform

We’ve discouraged practitioners from talking plainly about practical challenges—and made it hard for them to be heard when they do

Empowering Parents to Help Schools

Parents are an untapped resource for reform. It’s time to give them—to give us—a voice.

Some Advice for Champions of Social and Emotional Learning

If using a phrase like “social and emotional learning” is what it takes to remind policymakers, reformers, and superintendents that schools are educating real human beings, it’s a price worth paying.

The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2017

Every year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog as determined by readership.

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