Focus Federal Investments to Give Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

To transform America’s public education system, it’s all-hands-on-deck time.

Behind the Headline: Student Test Scores Depend on Accountability

The scores of U.S. students on PISA tests in math and science rose significantly in 2009, but fell in 2012.

School Improvement Grants in Colorado

SIG is failing both because turnarounds seldom work and because state processes for doling out funds have been unsound.

Common Core and the Food Pyramid

The idea that the Common Core might be a “game-changer” has little to do with the Common Core standards themselves and everything to do with stuff attached to them, especially the adoption of common tests that make it possible to readily compare schools, programs, districts, and states.

SIG’s Downfall: Judge, and Be Judged, by Proficiency Rates

The SIG analysis released by the Department of Education is completely worthless. Looking at changes in proficiency rates tells us virtually nothing about the progress (or lack thereof) of these schools.

Interesting SIG vs. Non-SIG Comparisons

It’s hard to make the case that this massive program had a transformative influence on the state’s most troubled schools.

School Improvement Grants and the Lessons of History

The data are so discouraging that even the Department’s press statement found it difficult to conceal disappointment.

Behind the Headline: Wisconsin Supreme Court Considers Stay in Act 10 Case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court may quickly block a lower court judge’s ruling against Act 10, which limited collective bargaining for public workers. An article in the Fall 2013 issue of Ed Next looked at the impact of Act 10 on education in the state.

De Blasio’s Education Agenda Is Full of Hot Air

De Blasio would’ve done more to persuade education-reformers that he’s serious if he’d dispensed with 24-point agendas and instead said who he’d hire as schools chancellor.

Some Perspective on Common Core

I am not against having better learning standards, but I also believe that we cannot be distracted from more fundamental reform of our schools.

Hold Me Accountable on SIG

I’ve predicted that SIG was not going to produce anything remotely close to the results the Department and others were promising. If I got it wrong, I’ll say so.

Uncle Sam Shouldn’t Try to Manage School Staffing

The desire to more evenly distribute effective teachers is laudable, but the feds should take care not to accidentally undermine successful schools, compromise teacher effectiveness, or drive good teachers from the profession.

The Mayors’ Charter Schools

Innovation facilitates socioeconomic integration and high performance

Innovation facilitates socioeconomic integration and high performance in Rhode Island

Will Mayor de Blasio Turn Back the School Reform Clock?

New York City’s charters and small high schools at risk

New York City’s charters and small high schools at risk

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

Arne the Octopus

While Arne Duncan continues to champion ideas that enjoy bipartisan support, his methods have become increasingly imperious.

President Obama’s Not-So-Secret School Accountability Plan

Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing NCLB. Three years later, we’re still operating as if the blueprint never happened, as if three years of policymaking hasn’t happened.

The 2013 Education Next Survey

Americans React to Common Core and Other Education Policies

Americans React to Common Core and Other Education Policies

The Public Supports Accountability and Common Core Standards

While many in state capitols and Washington, D.C. are placing bets against state and national accountability systems that range from No Child Left Behind to Common Core State Standards, the public remains faithful to its long-standing commitment to hold schools, students and teachers accountable.

Partisanship and Bipartisanship

Gridlock and stasis don’t seem to be leaving the K–12 space in Washington anytime soon.

Teachers Union Poll Is Not Credible

The AFT’s poll supposedly shows that American parents don’t support education reform. That’s because some of the AFT’s questions were designed to push respondents into giving the answers the AFT wanted.

The Enduring Saga of SIG Shenanigans

I’ve been yearning for real data showing how the program is doing. I’m not the only one.

Behind the Headline: Understanding NEA’s Current Membership Numbers

The National Education Association has roughly 3 million members, but it is tough to come up with an exact number.

Behind the Headline: Scott Walker Makes 57 Vetoes, Signs $68 Billion Wisconsin Budget

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the state”s 2013-2015 budget bill on Sunday after exercising his "partial veto" power to strike 57 words and phrases from the budget.

Limits on Collective Bargaining

Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs

Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs

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