Standing Under the Arch: Authorizer Accountability in Ohio

When charter school authorizers are not held accountable, too many schools open that lack the elements necessary for success, and too many low-performing schools remain open long after they should be shut down.

ESEA Reauthorization Explained in a Single Table

With Republicans fully in charge of Capitol Hill, the only question this time around when it comes to ESEA reauthorization is how much Congress will subtract from No Child Left Behind.

School Vouchers Help Low-Income Minority Students Earn a College Degree

For the first time, we are able to show that vouchers may have a long-term positive impact on college graduation rates.

Teachers Are Mobile and Need Portable Retirement Benefits

The median U.S. worker has less than five years of experience at his or her current job and teachers are no exception.

Common Core Standards Aren’t So Easy To Replace

For all the hoopla, just a handful of states have proposed significant changes to Common Core, and none of them has written higher standards.

Teachers Union in New York City Pushes Property Tax Change to Boost Teacher Hiring

By going back to the tried-and-true rhetoric of class size reduction, the teachers union would like to distract attention from any alternative school improvement policies.

The Missing Link Between Standards and Instruction

Standards for any subject are most effective when used not to drive lesson planning on any given day, but rather the selection of a clear, teacher-friendly, coherently developed curriculum.

Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

Here are some of the pieces—about Common Core and education at large—I wish I’d written in 2014.

The Limitations of Self-Report Measures of Non-Cognitive Skills

Researchers need to find better ways to study non-cognitive skills like conscientiousness, self-control, and grit.

Obvious Flaws Obviate New Education Efficiency Index

A new report ranks which countries get the best bang, in terms of student outcomes, for the government buck.

Why Aren’t All Teachers Covered By Social Security?

Most people probably don’t realize not all workers are covered under Social Security. In particular, teachers constitute one of the largest groups of uncovered workers.

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Big Data Wins the War on Christmas

A social scientist analyzes whether Christmas affects test scores

The Reading Paradox: How Standards Mislead Teachers

We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.

Conundrums in Competency

There seems to be growing enthusiasm for adopting competency-based approaches, but there are some philosophical and practical areas that administrators are still grappling with.

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

Simply By Forming an Exploratory Committee, Jeb Bush Places School Reform on the National Agenda

In 2016 neither Jeb Bush’s Republican primary opponents nor Hillary Clinton nor even Elizabeth Warren will be able to ignore the poor state of the nation’s schools. For they will be facing a candidate with the strongest school reform credentials any presidential candidate has ever had.

TNTP Reimagines Blended Teaching

A new paper describes the roles and essential competencies of blended-learning teachers and provides guidance to school leaders for recruiting and selecting blended-learning teachers.

Yong Zhao’s Biting Critique of the Chinese Edu-Miracle

Zhao’s writing flags the stifling nature of regulation and celebrates the creative power of entrepreneur-oriented education.

Pension Theory Versus Pension Reality

In the fantasy world that the National Institute on Retirement Security has created, state pension plans do a bang-up job of delivering benefits to workers. That’s just not the reality of the world we live in.

Homeostasis and the End of Today’s Era of Reform?

Three signs of homeostasis—a reversion to the old tried-and-true way of doing things.

Charters Can Do What’s Best For Students Who Care

Schools of choice can make their discipline codes clear to incoming families (and teachers); those who find the approach too strict can go elsewhere.

Have Democrats Failed the White Working Class?

McLanahan and Jencks provide data showing that growing up with one parent reduces chances of graduating high school by 40 percent

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It Pays to Increase Your Word Power

To grow up as the child of well-educated parents in an affluent American home is to hit the verbal lottery.

What Computer Science Education Can Tell Us About The Future Of Schools

Some of the pedagogical models we see emerging in computer science may be a harbinger of not just what we need to teach in the 21st century, but how we may come to teach it.

Who Needs the Law When You Have OCR?

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.

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