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.
In some school systems, teachers can network and support each other in the effort to radically remake the classroom.
Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.
In the trenches of politics, the nuanced debate beloved by those of us in the think tank stratosphere just doesn’t cut it.
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.
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.
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.
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of it in the 1830s
We must strike the right balance between promoting coherent teaching and learning and inadvertently creating smothering bureaucracies along the way.
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.
I go to parent-teacher conferences because I want teachers to know my kid has an advocate.
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.
Why is it so rare that thoughtfully vetted instructional materials form the foundation of professional learning for teachers?
Personalizing learning to reach all students takes alert teachers, strong school leadership, and creative thinking.
In too many schools and systems, empowerment tends to feel like an empty phrase.
Denver Public Schools has garnered a reputation for pragmatism, collaboration, and innovation
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.
The English experience suggests that making college free is hardly the only way to increase quantity, quality, and equity in higher education.
The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores
When an unpopular president (Trump) pushes a popular idea (school choice), where does the public come out?
Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.
Rankings based on international assessments are simple to understand—but they can also mislead.
Yesterday, Harvard Education Press released my new book, Letters to a Young Education Reformer.
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.
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.