A Response to Larry Berger’s ‘Confession’ on Personalized Learning

Joel Rose of New Classrooms responds to the concerns about personalized learning expressed by Larry Berger of Amplify.

What to Watch For When the NAEP Results Are Released Next Week

Will the flat national trends continue? Did the switch to tablet-based assessments have an impact on the scores? What’s the story in D.C, Indiana, Miami, Chicago, and California?

The Great Education Pendulum Swing of 2018

Eager to seize on their “moment,” reformers tend to make the same mistakes time and again.

Screening for the Strongest Teachers

Katharine Strunk and Paul Bruno find a link between how prospective teachers rate on a tool used to screen them and their later performance on the job.

Evidence-Based Reforms in College Remediation Are Gaining Steam – and So Far Living Up to the Hype

A number of large-scale reforms have given students more options for completing remediation quickly, and more ways to avoid it altogether.

Which Urban School Districts Have Been Moving in the Right Direction on NAEP?

These will be the school districts to watch when the newest NAEP scores are released in early April.

Rethinking School Discipline

Black students who have a same-race teacher are less likely to experience exclusionary discipline.

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

Unpacking Teacher Shortages

States should work with teacher prep programs to produce candidates that are more aligned to their needs.

What Standards Should Students Meet to Graduate from High School?

Twenty three education policy wonks (or teams of wonks) answered this question as part of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon

Teacher Preparation and the Diversity-Validity Dilemma

We are facing some real challenges in obtaining the high-quality, diverse teacher workforce that we need.

The Rebound in Charter Support — But Also a Widening Partisan Divide

Charters are making a rebound—at least among Republicans and African Americans.

A New “Report” Misleads on School Vouchers

Newspeak plays a central role in the latest Center for American Progress (CAP) broadside against the idea of low-income parents choosing private schools for their children .

How Life Outside of School Affects Student Performance in School

Approximately 18 percent of Michigan third graders have been formally investigated by Child Protective Services for possible exposure to abuse or neglect.

Which States Are on a Hot Streak Coming Into the 2017 NAEP Release?

The District of Columbia, Indiana, and Tennessee clearly have momentum going into the 2017 NAEP release, with the broadest gains in both subjects and grade levels

When Results Aren’t Enough: The Financial State of Urban Catholic Schools

If we want to preserve urban Catholic education, we need savvy fiscal experts and business leaders who can help build sustainable institutions in a fiercely competitive environment.

Remembering “A Nation At Risk”: Reflections on Politics and Policy

Standards-based reforms, choice-based reforms, and an expanded NAEP came to dominate education reform discussions in the report’s wake.

Do Strikes Signal Union Strength?

Power and the West Virginia teachers’ strike

School Choice Conference at Harvard, April 19, 2018

Learning from the long-term effects of school choice

The Teaching Gap’s Troubling Consequences

An interview with Dan Goldhaber about new research on the impact of disadvantaged kids being assigned less effective teachers.

Incremental Steps Toward Bold Student Loan Reforms

Congress can take significant steps in the next Higher Education Act toward designing a system that will better serve both borrowers and taxpayers and generate evidence to support bolder policymaking in the future.

Lessons from Chile’s Transition to Free College

Supporters of free college proposals in the U.S. often look to Europe for case studies, but Chile may actually provide a better comparative study.

NAEP Gains Over the Past 25 Years: A Closer Look at the Trends

How have U.S. students performed over the past twenty-five years on NAEP?

Were Teacher Evaluation Reforms a Net Positive or Net Negative?

Would schools, teachers, and students be better off if states had not implemented evaluation reforms at all? I suspect not.

What Lies Ahead for Teachers’ Unions After Janus?

We should not discount unions’ ability to adapt their political strategies to find influence even when the pendulum is swinging away from their interests.

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