The Not-So-Secret Recipe for ESEA Reauthorization

As the edu-intelligentsia anxiously anticipates another attempt at updating the law, it’s worth revisiting how we got our last reauthorization.

ESEA Update: More Red Than Green in Lamar Alexander’s Reauthorization Bill

Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the HELP Committee, has released a draft bill. Here’s where it stands on various issues

Barack Obama’s Love Affair With Universality

The real problem is the failure of existing schools and programs to do right by those who need the most help

Five Predictions for Education in 2015

A few scattered predictions from around the world of education about what we might see.

Three Thoughts About Secretary Duncan’s ESEA Speech

The administration is leaving itself room to sign a bill that would give heartburn to its allies in the reform and civil-rights communities.

Ten Things To Know About Secretary Duncan’s ESEA Reauthorization Speech

It’s pretty clear that the coming reauthorization debate is going to focus on accountability. But in addition to early childhood and more funding, Duncan also talked about educator evaluation, teacher preparation and support, and more.

State Chiefs Speak on ESEA

State education chiefs may have helped turn the tide against what appeared to be a mounting anti-assessment, anti-accountability wave.

Testing, Testing 1-2-3

Ending statewide, comparable, annual testing is an overreaction that creates more problems than it solves.

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.

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