The new law retains NCLB’s federal framework for testing while getting the federal government out of the business of trying to judge teacher or school quality or how to “fix” schools.
The sooner schools see building knowledge across the curriculum as Job One in strengthening reading comprehension, the better.
With NCLB reauthorization taking another step forward, I’m again hearing the refrain that states won’t back away from school accountability when they’re not forced to by the feds.
ESSA doesn’t come close to getting it all right, but it’s a vast improvement on NCLB and the status quo.
Conventional formula-based programs can divvy up dollars evenly, but they don’t change behavior much. The right kind of competitive grant, however, allows the federal government to set a priority while enabling state and local direction and innovation.
How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life
If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.
We might see some significant education action in DC come 2017, but it’s unlikely to get much of a preview on the 2016 trail.
Why Did President Obama Appoint John King as “Acting” Education Secretary Rather Than Put Him Through the Senate Confirmation Process?
As Arne Duncan exits, another missed opportunity for bipartisanship
In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape
Five good reasons federalism is so important in education
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law is an existential threat to the parental choice movement.
With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.
Our education governance system, lamented and disparaged as it often is, is one of the least understood aspects of American K–12 schooling.
Gauging public opinion on parental opt-out, charters, Common Core and vouchers
New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.
When it comes to fundamental principles and practices regarding K–12 education, the American public is generally pretty sensible and steadfast.
Are opinions about the Common Core driven by the public debate broadcast in the media or are they rooted in direct knowledge about what is happening in schools?
Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more
2015 EdNext Poll Finds High Levels of Support for Testing and Little Sympathy for the Opt-Out Movement
Today Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard Kennedy School released the ninth annual Education Next public opinion poll on education policies.