How Did Chronic Absenteeism Become a Thing?

If you look at the accountability systems states are developing to meet federal requirements, you’ll see a growing number are using chronic absenteeism as a metric.

Teachers Don’t Need to Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

In some school systems, teachers can network and support each other in the effort to radically remake the classroom.

That’s Not Fair!

Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.

Letter to a Middle-Aged Rick Hess

In the trenches of politics, the nuanced debate beloved by those of us in the think tank stratosphere just doesn’t cut it.

Time to Help Teachers Generate and Use Their Own Evidence on Digital Tools

Teachers tend to rely on their colleagues for advice. That’s understandable, but it means that teachers have little assurance of a product’s effectiveness.

Rigorous Preschool Research Illuminates Policy (and Why the Heckman Equation May Not Compute)

Let’s avoid big and irrevocable bets on conclusions and recommendations that are far out in front of what a careful reading of the underlying evidence can support.

My Experience with School Choice

Parents make choices based on their children’s best interest, overall well being, and future opportunities and they give nary a thought to politics or governance models.

American Exceptionalism Isn’t a Modern Idea

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of it in the 1830s

Hard Lessons in Education Reform: The 1,000 Flowers Question

We must strike the right balance between promoting coherent teaching and learning and inadvertently creating smothering bureaucracies along the way.

Rethinking Use of Space and Time for Next Generation Schools

For too long schools have followed a similar architectural design, rooted in “sit and get” learning traditions that were created in the post-Industrial Revolution era.

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Why I Go To Parent-Teacher Conferences, Or, The Flip Side of Accountability

I go to parent-teacher conferences because I want teachers to know my kid has an advocate.

Education Changes in Trump’s First 100 days

Those who follow federal education policy are well aware of a few big changes wrought by the Trump team, but another quintet of recent ed-related developments in Washington begs for attention.

Time to Connect Professional Development and Teacher Training to Curriculum

Why is it so rare that thoughtfully vetted instructional materials form the foundation of professional learning for teachers?

Are We Personalizing Learning for the Students Who Need It Most?

Personalizing learning to reach all students takes alert teachers, strong school leadership, and creative thinking.

Why School “Empowerment” Is Tough: United Edition

In too many schools and systems, empowerment tends to feel like an empty phrase.

Public School Choice as Competitive Advantage: A Look at Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools has garnered a reputation for pragmatism, collaboration, and innovation

Starting With the ‘Why’ in Personalized Learning

Even in schools committed to personalized learning, teachers often told us they weren’t sure what they were supposed to be doing to personalize learning, or even why they were personalizing learning in the first place.

Lessons From the End of Free College in England

The English experience suggests that making college free is hardly the only way to increase quantity, quality, and equity in higher education.

If You Mostly Care About Test Scores, Private School Choice Is Not For You

The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores

When It Comes to Schooling, Does the Public Trust Red or Blue?

When an unpopular president (Trump) pushes a popular idea (school choice), where does the public come out?

Let’s Leave the Worst Parts of NCLB Behind

Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.

What International Test Scores Reveal About American Education

Rankings based on international assessments are simple to understand—but they can also mislead.

Letters to a Young Education Reformer

Yesterday, Harvard Education Press released my new book, Letters to a Young Education Reformer.

Lessons for Improving School Choice from Other Policy Areas

There are three broad approaches that researchers and practitioners in P-12 choice systems can adopt to make their programs easier for parents to navigate.

The Importance of High Quality General Education for Students in Special Education

New evidence suggests that it’s possible for special education students to make large achievement gains without their traditional services in schools with high quality general education programs.

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