When it Comes to Education, Are Californians Unique?

The Californians who participated in the 2017 Education Next survey of American adults have views that are different from the national sample on only a few issues.

Support for Common Standards Has Rebounded

Local control has its place—but, as Americans told Education Next, it also has its limits.

Help Wanted: Who Is Missing From This List of Top Tweeters in Education Policy?

It’s time again to post our mostly-annual list of the top education policy people, organizations, and publications on social media.

Disability Rights Advocates Are Fighting the Wrong Fight on School Choice

Rather than expending effort to fight school choice, we need to focus on fighting for policies that will make choice work well for students with special needs.

What the Closure of 2 Bootcamps Means for the Industry’s Future

An interview with Jake Schwartz, CEO and co-founder of General Assembly, one of the world’s leading bootcamps.

The Complications of State-level Education Policymaking

With the US Department of Education now approving state ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans, attention turns to those plans’ contents. This includes how states intend to help kids assigned to persistently struggling schools.

Let’s Fight Complacency by Recognizing Excellent Schools

Mediocrity, not failure, is the greatest challenge facing American schools today.

Winners and Losers in President Trump’s Student Loan Plan

President Trump proposed major changes to the federal student loan program in his first budget request to Congress.

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

The Every Student Succeeds Act grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind — meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings.

The NAACP’s Duplicitous Engagement of Black Families on Charter Schools is a Betrayal

I allowed myself to believe that the NAACP might have gotten the message from all these black moms and dads and kids enrolled—or yearning to be enrolled—in charter schools across America…not to mention the black advocates and the black charter educators out there.

Chronic Absenteeism: An Old Problem in Search of New Answers

Roughly 14 percent of students nationwide miss at least 18 days of school.

Can Personalized Learning Prevail?

After all, we’ve organized the entire, massive K–12 system around an age-based, grade-level, 180-days-per-year calendar.

The Don’t Do It Depository

Over the past 15 years, there has been a concerted effort in education research to find out “what works” and to share these policies and practices with schools.

The Next Big Thing in Education Reform May Be Practice, Not Policy

So what should philanthropists do now?

Should Congress Take a Page from the Gainful Employment Playbook?

Instead of targeting institutions of higher education, the government should consider targeting individual programs.

Some Schools Much Better Than Others at Closing Achievement Gaps Between Their Advantaged and Disadvantaged Students

Policymakers should pay much closer attention to the practices of individual schools rather than concentrating exclusively on policies and interventions typically enacted at the district level.

DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA

How the U.S. Department of Education should respond to the confusion over what states can and can’t do in their ESSA plans.

Balancing College and Career Readiness

ESSA accountability plans are a window into how states are trying to find the balance between preparing students for college or for careers.

Unintended Impacts of Regulations on the Quality of Schooling Options

The available evidence suggests that regulations did indeed deter higher-performing private schools from participating in a voucher program.

Straight Up Conversation: Abl CEO Adam Pisoni & Impact Guru Chris Walsh

An interview with two leaders from Abl, a new San Francisco-based venture seeking to help schools rethink how they use time.

Should We Abandon College Scorecard?

Making data available on how much money is earned by graduates of specific colleges with specific majors had no measurable effect on which college or field students enrolled in.

More Findings About School Vouchers and Test Scores, and They are Still Negative

Four recent rigorous studies—in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Ohio—used different research designs and reached the same result.

Charter Authorizing, Kludgeocracy, and a Principled Middle Ground

Can responsible authorizing entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork?

David Brooks and the Language of Privilege

It is within our power as educators and policymakers to help all children acquire the language of privilege so they will not be excluded.

‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure

Failure to find politically viable pathways to replacing low-performing schools can bring both district improvement strategies and charter growth to a halt.

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