The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?
Los Angeles has over 41,000 students on charter school wait lists. But when the school district and teachers union got wind of the Broad Foundation’s plan to help launch schools to serve those students, simmering tensions over charter school expansion exploded.
Amanda Ripley and Robert Pondiscio discuss whether poor kids should be taught using the same methods as rich kids. This discussion was part of the New York Times’ Cities of Tomorrow event.
At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.” Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college.
At a meeting last weekend, the Democratic Party amended its education platform in a way that amounts to a rejection of the many of the policies of the Obama administration. C-Span broadcast the debate over the changes.
Stanford University’s Terry M. Moe sits down with EdNext editor Marty West to discuss how political debates over education reform have unfolded around the world, with a focus on the role played by teachers unions.
On Thursday, July 14 at 4 pm, Fordham will host a discussion of the results of a recent survey that found that, while teachers have begun to embrace Common Core math, parents (as perceived by teachers) seem less enamored.
EdBuild has created a website that shows, state-by-state, how schools are funded. (Clicking on the above map will take you to EdBuild’s interactive maps.)
Leslie Cornfeld, former special advisor to both the Secretary of Education and to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks with Paul E. Peterson about chronic absenteeism and how data can be used to identify kids who are at risk.
Paul E. Peterson speaks with Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas about his study finding that students in Milwaukee who received vouchers to attend private schools were 2-5 percentage points less likely to be accused or convicted of crimes than comparable students who attended public schools.
The Fordham Institute hosted a discussion on Monday, June 20, 2016 about what the education reform community agrees on.
Paul Peterson interviews Robert Shapiro, an expert on public opinion, about how the partisan divide in education policy is shifting, as issues of school quality and accountability have produced “conflicted liberals,” at the same time that the presidential election is creating “conflicted conservatives.”
On June 8, 2016, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Bringing education disparities to the forefront of the political debate.” Among the panelists were Gerard Robinson of AEI, DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter, and Peggy McLeod of La Raza.
A report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week finds that 6.5 million students missed at least three weeks of school last year. On this week’s podcast, Bob Balfanz talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about the problem of chronic absenteeism.
At Icahn Charter Schools in the South Bronx, students learn the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. Here they demonstrate some of the things they’ve learned in an end-of-year Core Knowledge Assembly program.
Paul E. Peterson discusses his recent article, “The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform,” with host Marty West.
EdPolicy Leaders Online has launched a new online course that will take a close look at PISA data and explore how the data can be used to improve education policymaking in the U.S.
Journalist Paul Tough talks with Education Next editor Marty West about his new book, Helping Children Succeed.
Match education has produced a series of 3-5 minute videos, Match Minis, to share what they have learned about classroom teaching, teacher training, and more. There are videos for teachers, for teacher coaches, and for school leaders.
Randall Reback, professor of economics at Barnard College and Columbia University, talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about flexibility for states under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
Earlier this week, top middle-school mathletes competed in the Mathcounts national championship. The final round aired on ESPN3
With the prospect of free college tuition attracting many young voters to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, EdNext’s Paul Peterson talks with Ludger Woessmann of the Ifo Institute in Munich about free higher education in Germany.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, starting at 9:30 am, AEI will host an event on education savings accounts (ESAs). Participants will include the authors of a new book on ESAs as well as policymakers, practitioners, and advocates.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2016, at 10 am, Fordham will host an event to examine how the Every Student Succeeds Act gives states an opportunity to boost reading comprehension.
Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) allow families to claim most or all of the funds that the state would have spent on their child’s education and spend those funds on private school tuition or home schooling.On this week’s episode of the Ed Next podcast, Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith join Ed Next’s Marty West to discuss the pros and cons of ESAs.