Students learned 3.6 percent of a standard deviation more if the teacher spent 10 percent more time on direct instruction. That’s one to two months of extra learning during the course of the year.
Over the decade, we have witnessed—perhaps contributed to—the advance of school reform.
Everyone’s local school needs to do better
All school evaluations, like all politics, are local
School markets are creative, not static
Promising results from charters that educate teens
Not as bad as it sounds
Research can change the political agenda…if the circumstances are right
But can we be sure about the students?
For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.
Today's choicest choice
Business model a guide to replicating quality schools
Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?
Is accountability the reform of the past?
The public supports a wide range of education reforms
A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report
Schools get an A in resisting reform.
What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future
Linking scholarship and reform
Examining the early responses of public schools to competition
High-school graduation rates are slipping? Can this be? Or is Chicken Little at it again? After rising for more than 100 years, reports Duncan Chaplin in our lead feature “Tassels on the Cheap,” graduation rates started to slip during the 1970s. By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points […]
Are teachers paid too little? This has been more of an assumption than a question in recent decades. Even raising the issue carries the risk of being labeled anti-education. Nonetheless, a few of our intrepid authors dared to tackle the subject in this issue’s pages. They suggest that today’s teachers may be well paid, but […]
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the city of Cleveland’s school voucher program constitutional because it took a neutral stance toward religion. Both religious and secular schooling options were available to parents. Now the political and legal struggle shifts to the states, where opponents of vouchers are pinning their hopes on the so-called Blaine […]
Fiscal troubles plague the public schools
The value of high grading standards