While many believe private schools to be “unregulated,” they already follow many regulations, regardless of their participation in a school choice program.
When we fail to right-size our reform efforts, we breed a sense of futility among teachers, parents and policymakers.
AP exams are a distinctly American solution to the problem that standards in American education are subjective and vary widely from school to school.
Competency-based education offers a philosophy of how students ought to progress through material; it frees students from the lock step, age-based progressions in traditional schooling.
In the median state, teachers must wait 24 years before their pension is finally worth more than their own contributions.
As more and more schools adopt blended learning in the years to come, the nature of teaching is going to change.
People with more money tend to be better organized and effective at protecting their interests than poor people, so designing a program to stick it to wealthy people is generally a bad idea.
There are flaws in new teacher evaluation systems that need correcting.
Redesigning jobs to extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students by having them work in collaborative teams will bring benefits to teachers, students, and the state as a whole.
Once educators and local (and state) officials see how poorly their kids do on tougher assessments and what the standards really require, they will start looking for better curricular materials and training.
Faced with a budget crisis, Illinois offered teachers a generous early retirement package. Large numbers of older, more experienced teachers took the offer, Here’s what happened next.
The main reason personalized learning is needed is that each student learns at a different pace and each student’s pace tends to vary based on the subject or even concept one is learning.
When schools are not run by locally elected school boards, can there still be local control?
It’s a myth that district schools “serve all comers.” They simply don’t. Nor should they. Every child deserves to have his or her needs met, but not necessarily under the same roof.
California discovered a $2.4 billion budget surplus from what it projected in January, but that money won’t be going to any new, exciting program.
“Course choice’ policies give K–12 students the option of taking courses from a range of providers, often but not always online, and public dollars follow students to the chosen course.
Under a provision in the federal No Child Left Behind Act called “safe harbor,” states must set different standards for different groups.
In the preschool realm, the U.S. Department of Education has it outsourced the number-gathering to a prominent interest group in the field and it has allowed that interest group to add its own spin.
New Hampshire was the first state to abolish the Carnegie Unit, which made way for the first statewide experiment in competency-based education at the high school level.
The Washington Post editorial board notes that teachers unions are beginning to push back against the Common Core standards in several states.
One of the great unanswered questions in American education policy is why the major gains we’ve seen on the Nation’s Report Card in the fourth and eighth grades evaporate once students reach the twelfth grade.
Given the news coverage, you’d think Common Core’s fate was daily hanging in the balance—that pro and con forces were trading massive victories, swapping gains with each successive battle. But that’s emphatically not happening.
When it comes to the Common Core State Standards, Peggy Noonan is only about 60 percent right.