Startups are offering new forms of human and social capital to schools and students to make up for staffing disparities in teachers and guidance counselors.
Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.
States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?
Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.
For all the passion, though, I’m not sure that we actually have all that clear an idea of what it means to be a “reformer.”
No one doubts that suspension and expulsion rates in too many public schools are far too high. But simply telling schools to “do less” suspensions and expulsions, has not worked.
Pensions are eating further and further into state and local education budgets, eating up dollars that could be spent on lots of other things, especially higher education.
NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.
NAEP’s achievement levels, especially “proficient,” do expect a lot from American schools and students, but proficiency in twelfth-grade reading on NAEP equates pretty closely to college readiness.
Given the disconnect between test scores and later life outcomes we need significantly greater humility about knowing which schools are succeeding.
Personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge; indeed, it is a powerful means for enabling students to master core knowledge
Both communities are bound by a stifling orthodoxy so ingrained that it’s invisible to its adherents.
Even in a time of great political polarization, at least some school choice policies have the potential to foster bipartisan collaboration.
There seems to be something very important about character skills in education even if we do not fully understand how to define, measure, or alter them.
What we teach our kids about responding to adversity says a lot about our vision of America.
Grit is a personality trait, not a skill to be taught. It is highly heritable. We have no validated interventions for teaching it that can be used by schools.
Instead of obsessing over laws and regulations, should education reformers focus more on getting better information and resources into the hands of parents and teachers?
Great lessons may not add up to a great education. A great education is carefully mapped out.
Given that the problems with Common Core were predictable, why did they catch so many advocates off-guard?
With graduation rates at an all-time high, , but federal achievement data indicate that these students likely have no better math or reading skills than their parents did.
OER content gives schools and teachers instructional “Legos” that they can organize, revise, and combine more easily to create custom learning solutions that meet their students’ needs.
The real question is whether the California laws that were challenged by the plaintiffs in the case “inevitably cause” poor and minority students to be provided with a lower quality education, and the answer is Yes.
The no-excuses model ought to remain a sturdy pillar of the charter sector, but bona fide school choice means plenty of different options,