The Conservative Case for HR 5

The “Student Success Act” would, if enacted, be the most conservative federal education move in a quarter century.

Scott Walker Doesn’t Need a College Degree—And Neither Do You

Employers use college degrees as a proxy for smarts, perseverance, and other valuable skills, but this shortcut unwittingly excludes many talented people from their prospective hiring pool.

Preserving the Federal Role in Encouraging and Evaluating Education Innovation

Increased reliance on competitive grants has been arguably the defining feature of the Obama administration’s K-12 education policy.

ESEA Testing Proposals in One Picture

NCLB assessments appear safer than I would’ve guessed sixty days ago.

One Size Fits Most, Even in the Suburbs

A subset of white, affluent, well-educated parents have long favored progressive education. Alternative schools are a good option for them.

Stop Pitting Technology Against Quality, In-Person Time

Technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers

Doug Lemov Reveals His Secrets

Doug Lemov’s work identifying what “champion” teachers do has been nothing short of transformational.

Snow Days Show Why Schools, Blended Learning Matter

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow.

Is Common Core Too Hard for Kindergarten?

We can have kindergarten that is both play-based and language-rich. It’s what the best kindergarten teachers have always done.

A Wonky But Important Argument for Annual Statewide Testing

A move away from annual testing would leave many subgroups and more than 1 million students functionally “invisible” to state accountability systems.

Teacher Evaluations: Uncle Sam, Exit Stage Left

The work of teaching is so extraordinarily complex and teachers are so tightly woven into the fabric of school communities that any attempt by faraway federal officials to tinker with evaluation systems is a fool’s errand

Live Event: The Moynihan Report at 50

Please join Education Next on March 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. for a discussion of single-parent families.

High Achievers, Tracking, and the Common Core

Eighth grade mathematics may be the single grade-subject combination most profoundly affected by the Common Core State Standards.

Where Did The Idea of School Accountability Come From?

As policymakers, educators and parents continue to debate concepts like standardized testing, it’s worth remembering that school accountability has a proud parentage that is worth preserving and modernizing.

NCLB Accountability is Dead; Long Live ESEA Testing

Despite frantic efforts by a number of groups to preserve some sort of federal accountability mandates in the next ESEA cycle, I think these should go away and almost surely will.

Teacher Retention Is Currently Rising. What Are the Effects on Pensions?

There’s some good news for schools and teachers from the Center for American Progress: more new teachers are staying in the classroom after five years, up nearly 20 percentage points since 2007.

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Coursera, K12, Inc. Make Bold Moves to Drive Learning

The two innovators still have a significant amount of work ahead, but their moves are pointing in the right direction.

Ohio’s Chain of Charter Accountability

In Ohio’s charter school sector, too many poorly-performing schools are allowed to remain open.

Obama’s Year-Seven Budget

Given today’s political conditions, President Obama’s education request is actually quite savvy. It retreats where necessary, digs in where possible, and has an eye on history.

Backfilling Charter Seats: A Backhanded Way to Kill School Autonomy

I respect schools that welcome students at any grade when space opens up, but whether to do this should remain the prerogative of the school, not the state or its regulators.

How the Aging of the U.S. Population Will Affect K-12 Education

As the Baby Boomers retire, a fierce battle between advocates of public spending on health and public education looms.

Why Annual Statewide Testing Is Critical to Judging School Quality

Accountability based on grade-span testing judges schools based on the students they serve, not how well they serve them.

The Problem With NCLB-Style ‘Political Cover’

As Congress debates the reauthorization of ESEA, those arguing for keeping NCLB-style mandates claim that reform-minded leaders in the states require “political cover” from Washington.

Three False Dichotomies in Blended Learning

Don’t assume that by adding blended learning, we must automatically be detracting from something else.

Nine Questions: What Does It Even Mean to Oppose the Common Core?

What does it mean when Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul, or Bobby Jindal says he “opposes” the Common Core?

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