Working Memory is the Path to Expertise

Experts at parallel parking, like experts at everything, have converted large chunks of critical, conscious mastery into their long-term memory.

What a Democratic Wave Election Would Mean for Education Reform

At risk are the folks who have led the push for expanded parental choice, who held the line on the Common Core when the going got tough, and are willing to make investments in education as long as they are tied to results.

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

Can Civil Rights Institutions Keep Up as Public Education Evolves?

Black families appreciate what advocacy groups have done to end discriminatory segregation, but they also want to be able to choose the school that works best for their child.

Of Deliberate Practice, Memory, and Expertise

Experts work fast, they get specific tasks right, they know how to improve, and they’re better than the rest of us at tackling new challenges in their area of expertise.

What You Need to Know about ED’s Proposed Rule on Title I Supplement-Not-Supplant

Requiring that districts move closer to equal spending across schools may simply shift high-cost but less effective resources to students in need.

Why Charters Will Lose in Massachusetts

Charters in Massachusetts would have been better positioned politically if they had not previously neglected to benefit more middle and upper-middle class families.

Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf on System Reform

Cerf says that reforming a school system is difficult, but the evidence suggests that it can pay off.

Black-White Disparity in Student Loan Debt More Than Triples After Graduation

Racial gaps in total debt are far larger than even recent reports have recognized, far larger now than in the past, and correlated with troubling trends in the economy.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing NAEP

Why has NAEP abandoned its foundational assessment and embarked on a new agenda?

The Cost of Winner-Take-All Presidential Politics

The stakes seem to get higher and higher as presidents and their appointees tear away at the moorings meant to constrain them.

At the Ballot Box, a Test for Bay State Charters

Question 2 has given Massachusetts voters a unique chance to weigh in on the future of school choice in their state.

Stop Focusing on Proficiency Rates When Evaluating Schools

States should use proficiency rates cautiously because of their correlation with student demographics and prior achievement—factors that are outside of schools’ control.

Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States

Our traditional, time-based education system advances students based primarily on their age, regardless of their depth of understanding.

The Intriguing Possibilities of Catholic School Reform

Seton Catholic Schools is helping schools in its network rethink leadership and tackle challenges like recruiting and technology.

Are Students Buying What We’re Selling?

The “jobs to be done” theory can help reformers, school leaders, and education entrepreneurs alike bridge the frequently gaping chasm between need and demand in education.

How Charter School Boards Affect School Quality

A new study asks a simple but largely uninvestigated question: Do the characteristics, views, and practices of charter boards have any bearing on charter school quality?

An Evidence-Based, Voter-Approved Policy Agenda for Education

Based on my analysis of public opinion, there is broad public support for four policies, all of which also have at least modest research evidence to support them.

Why You Should Learn to Love Educational Productivity

Technologies today offer the promise of extending the impact of the instruction, tutoring, and mentoring of a terrific teacher so that she can coach, tutor, or instruct hundreds with the same energy she once expended reaching only five or twenty-five.

Why Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. Without support, leaders are easily overwhelmed and implementation can fail to get off the ground.

Wells Fargo and the Atlanta Schools Testing Scandal

Wells Fargo is learning a hard and correct lesson—that performance incentives need to be realistic, that results must be checked, and that managers must question rosy results.

New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents

Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.

Pension Incentives and Teacher Retention

In St. Louis, a substantial boost to pension benefits did not boost teacher retention.

The Wisdom of Mandatory Grade Retention

Mandatory grade retention is clearly popular, at least among many state legislators. But is it good policy?

No College Left Behind?

Higher education reform increasingly feels like a rerun of the past two decades of K-12 reform—only on a 15 year time delay.

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