Can Strong Leaders Succeed When Their Hands Are Tied?

Given the dysfunction of the larger system within which they must work, how much should we focus on recruiting great leaders for traditional public schools and school districts?

What Life Before EdTech Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

With excitement over new gadgets and possibilities, schools and edtech entrepreneurs alike often miss a key step: defining what the ideal student experience should look like absent technology.

Closing the Gap in Access to Summer Camp and Extracurricular Activities

Imagine a world where the summer, weekend, and after-school experiences of the poor aren’t as radically different as they are for the rich.

Nine Times Diane Ravitch Was Wrong About Common Core in the New York Times

This weekend, education historian and Common Core-opponent Diane Ravitch railed against the standards and assessments in a New York Times op-ed.

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Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

Use Caution in Drawing Conclusions from Ohio Voucher Study

The Fordham Institute recently released a study on the academic impact of Ohio’s flagship school choice program.

How Do Teacher Pension Plans Encourage Teachers to Retire? An Explainer

Ever wanted to work less and earn more? It’s difficult to pull off, but the majority of teacher pension plans actually incentivize employees to exit at a predetermined age, quietly penalizing those who continue to work.

Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

Without talking about grit or perseverance, competency-based learning systematically embeds the building of those skills into its design and fabric.

Teacher Pension Systems Are Incompatible with Efforts to Improve the Teaching Profession

Colorado has done the right thing in making the teaching profession at least somewhat contingent on performance. The state should create a retirement system that matches that expectation.

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students

Breakthrough innovations come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old processes.

Are Republicans and Democrats Turning Their Backs on Education Reform?

Little energy remains for school reform today—much less for working across the aisle.

How Chartering Makes Possible An Entirely New Approach to Accountability

The leadership of an urban district should ask state policy makers for permission to apply charter-type accountability to all schools in the district.

The Illinois Teacher Labor Market Is Incredibly Fragmented

The fragmented teacher labor market has implications for how we think about improving teacher preparation, not to mention how school districts go about hiring new teachers.

College Readiness, College Completion, and Race

African American and Asian American students are doing better in terms of college completion than their twelfth-grade NAEP scores would predict.

Are Teacher Salaries Flat Because of Changing Workforce Demographics?

The shift from a veteran-dominated profession to one more heavily tilted toward newcomers implications for calculating average teacher salaries.

Will Eliminating the “F” Eliminate Bad School Design?

Skeptics of eliminating failing grades must acknowledge that, in our current system, we move students forward grade by grade based largely on “seat time” rather than mastery of academic skills and content.

Should Charter Schools Be Pressured to Reduce Suspensions?

At the National Charter Schools Conference, Secretary of Education John King challenged U.S. charter operators to rethink their approach to discipline.

Teachers Unions and Hedge Funds Are Frenemies

Teacher retirement plans have real clout with Wall Street hedge funds, and the unions that staff the boards deciding how to invest that money also have clout.

No More Free Lunch for Education Policymakers and Researchers

For many years, the identification of students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches has doubled as a way for researchers and policymakers to identify students from low-income families.

Cultural Literacy in the Age of the Hashtag

Last month, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the hashtag ‪#‎BeckyWithTheBadGrades began trending on Twitter.

What Teachers Think of Common Core Math

Most teachers are partial to the Common Core math standards, but they don’t think all of their students and their parents are.

Retirement Plans Don’t Affect Teachers Until Teachers Are Ready to Retire

Advocates of today’s defined benefit teacher pension plans claim that these plans encourage workers to stick around and devote their lives to the profession, but there’s not much evidence that this is the case.

What Will the Next Twenty-Five Years of Charter Schools Look Like?

June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.

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