The most honest approach is to reserve judgment until more sophisticated analyses emerge and wait for 2017 to see if these numbers are a one-time blip.
In anticipation of new NAEP scores coming out this week, I thought it would be useful to spend some time reflecting beforehand on what we know on a macro scale.
More high-quality evidence on the nation’s most prominent voucher program has the potential to inform education policymaking in the capital and across the country
What is the right amount of regulation for school choice?
A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. A new report tackles this problem in the state of Ohio.
We might see some significant education action in DC come 2017, but it’s unlikely to get much of a preview on the 2016 trail.
Outside of Ohio, most states are living up to their commitments to provide more honest information to parents. A key promise of the Common Core is being kept.
Test scores aren’t everything, but they are associated with long-term outcomes.
It’s been a long road to comprehensive charter reform in Ohio, but the legislation that overwhelmingly passed last week drew bipartisan support and praise from editorial boards across the state.
A significant focus in my next stage of life will be to work with a portfolio of education companies in a variety of board and advisory roles to help shape the future of education in ways that I could not as executive director.
What do new assessments aligned to the Common Core tell us? Not much more than what we already knew.
In Arizona, families use ESAs to access a variety of learning opportunities for their children.
For some education reformers, other reforms seem much more important than curriculum battles. Here’s what they are missing.
Two dozen deans of education schools have come together to embrace empirical validation of teacher preparation methods and accountability for student learning.
What TNTP’s report “The Mirage” gets wrong on teacher development
The root of the problem is our collective failure to even try to measure the impact professional development has on teacher performance in the first place.
High-regulation of school choice comes with a cost to quality.
Those who work in education research, policy, and practice frequently fail to communicate with one another, and when they do, each faction speaks a different language.
In their desire to protect disadvantaged students, the backers of a heavy-regulation approach have ironically done serious harm to these students by driving away most of the supply
How to make compensation more fair for more teachers
Backloading teachers’ pensions substantially increases the compensation of experienced teachers relative to younger teachers.
Why do most government programs not require accountability for performance? Because we trust that the interests of participants are aligned with the public interest in providing them with the benefit.
The SAT is not designed to measure national achievement; the score losses from 2014 were miniscule; and most of the declines are probably the result of demographic changes in the SAT population.
Why Did President Obama Appoint John King as “Acting” Education Secretary Rather Than Put Him Through the Senate Confirmation Process?
As Arne Duncan exits, another missed opportunity for bipartisanship
My fear is that just when school choice is achieving escape velocity as a self-sustaining and expanding policy, the love for high-regulation may do serious harm to these programs and the children they intend to help.
Schooling Isn’t Learning, the Rewards to Better Schools Are Enormous, and Other Observations from Eric Hanushek
An interview about accountability, attainment, and more