Researching the Ambiguities of School Accreditation

Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?

Straight Up Conversation: Teach to One CEO Joel Rose

An interview with Joel Rose, co-founder and CEO of Teach to One, a venture that helps schools redesign classrooms and curricula to customize teaching and learning.

Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Like mud bricks made without straw, Maryland’s accountability plan is sure to crumble.

Summer Learning Loss: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It?

Many students start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.

The Problem with Those Who Cried “Wolf!” on Trump’s Education Budget

The hyperbole that greeted the nothingburger of Trump’s budget swamped the chance to discuss whether some federal education spending should be cut.

John Danner, Education Entrepreneur, Doubles Down on Human Capital

An interview with the founder of NetGravity, Rocketship, and Zeal

Educators’ Time Loss and the Invisible Cost of Reform

A survey of school leaders that found they were spending 19 days a year on superfluous paperwork due to the state’s new teacher-evaluation system.

Straight Up Conversation: U.S. Organizer Eric Kalenze Explains researchED

researchED is a professional development organization that aims to build the research literacy of educators.

How to Earn Public Support for Charter Schools

The first step to gaining back and building support for charter schools is to hold them accountable for providing a quality education.

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Promote Commercial Products?

The New York Times ran an interminable front-page piece on Sunday raising doubts about the ethics and propriety of teachers who promote commercial products.

For Better Learning in College Lectures, Lay Down the Laptop and Pick Up a Pen

Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks.

The Play’s the Thing

What do students learn from field trips to see live theater? As it turns out, quite a lot.

A Vision for the Future of K-3 Reading Policy – Personalized and Mastery-Based

We need more nimble systems that can accommodate flexible and timely progression decisions based on clear learning objectives, transparent definitions of proficiency and a strong embedded formative assessment system.

Top Education Policy People and Organizations on Social Media 2017

We’re back with our annual look at who is dominating Twitter and other forms of social media in the education policy world.

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

When it Comes to School Discipline, Let Parents Choose

A school’s approach to student discipline and classroom management is a profound reflection of somebody’s value system.

Personalized Learning 1.0

In 2002, years before the current fervor over personalized learning, the state of Florida embraced a primitive form of the concept with its test-based promotion policy.

The Mixed Blessings of Education Technology

The editors of the Economist lay down several key precepts that are very much worth keeping in mind as we move forward.

Free College Is Now Here … Really

For the first time, any student anywhere can take free, top-quality courses online that lead to full academic credit at 2,900 traditional colleges.

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

The Texas blend – legislative commitment to higher quality, better oversight, and supportive partners that help charter schools diagnose and solve problems – is a promising one.

Transforming High School Through Self-Directed Learning

A collaboration between a nonprofit and a city won a $10 million grant from XQ Super School Project to open Powderhouse.

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To Compete with Charter Schools, Take a Closer Look at the What the Competition is Doing

In this post, I’ll discuss the third step, rethink the conventional wisdom of the traditional and reform sectors in budgeting, programming, and parent engagement.

Don’t Complain About Charter Schools, Compete With Them

For district leaders, tuning out the education reform debate is the first big step in adapting to—and surviving—charter growth.

Betsy DeVos Promotes Parents as First Line of Defense on School Accountability

But is the parent marketplace a good enough mechanism for gauging and producing effective schools of choice?

Choosing a Curriculum: A Critical Act

The content that teachers deliver in the classroom matters just as much as how effectively they deliver it.

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