School district costs for teachers’ health insurance rose at an average annual rate of 4 percent above inflation from 2004 to 2012

Early results from Wisconsin’s Act 10 indicate promise of significant savings

Substitute Teachers are a Large Presence in American Schools

Regular teacher absences are costly to school budgets and student learning

“No Excuses” Charter Schools Confront High Bar of Expectations as Graduates Enter College in Record Numbers

KIPP and others focus on factors critical to raising their students’ college-completion rates

New Generation of Teachers Seeks Greater Role in Education Reform

Changing demographics and ideas fuel challenges to conventional teachers union positions

Widely Publicized Critique of Virtual Schools Seriously Flawed

Evidence used in report on K12 Inc. presents misleading information about how much students learn

Increasing Instructional Time for Algebra Boosts Student Performance and Graduation Rates

Taking two periods of Algebra in 9th grade has long-run positive effects on lower-achieving students

Study Quantifies Individual Principals’ Contributions to Student Achievement Growth

A new study has found that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between 0.05 and 0.21 standard deviations.

Digital Learning Sparks Debate over the Pace of Change Needed in American Schools

The potential for digital learning to boost student achievement seems boundless, but will the long-established organization of schooling embrace or hinder it?

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School Choice Expands in Variety and Scope, Despite Tumultuous Legal Landscape

Thirteen states enacted new K-12 school choice programs in 2011 and more than two dozen states are considering similar bills

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New Survey Shows Majority of Independent Voters Favor Charter Schools, feel Unions do 'More Harm than Good'

Overall, public says teacher salaries and tenure should be based heavily on student test performance; public has less confidence in teachers than previously reported

Review of Florida Test Scores Confirms Substantial Gains over Past Decade

After the end of social promotion in 3rd grade, Florida shown to have boosted student performance

Teacher Evaluations Found to Improve Midcareer Effectiveness

When teachers in Cincinnati were evaluated rigorously, student performance on math tests improve

New Report Identifies 165 Public High Schools That Admit Students Based on Top Academic Records

Schools disproportionately serve Asians and African Americans; Whites and Latinos underrepresented

Public Schools still have more money and employees per pupil than they did in 2000, but are now feeling a financial squeeze

Bold action is needed to protect students without raising costs

Student Achievement Gains in U.S. Fail to Close International Achievement Gap

U.S. ranks 25th out of 49 countries in student test-score gains over 14-year period, report 3 scholars at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich

States and Cities Taking Steps to End the District Monopoly on Public School Facilities

Movement growth prompts districts to accommodate charter needs – but bigger structural changes are needed

School Start Times Found to Affect Student Achievement

North Carolina study suggests a one-hour later start time in middle school would reduce achievement gaps

Researchers Report Findings Showing Lasting Impacts of Effective Teachers

Teachers who raise test scores have long-term effects on students’ college enrollment and earnings as adults

Low Family Income Not a Major Reason For Poor Student Achievement

Although income and achievement are correlated, the Broader, Bolder Approach to school reform errs in ignoring other, more important factors

Although income and achievement are correlated, the Broader, Bolder Approach to school reform errs in ignoring other, more important factors

Policy Obstacles Stall, But Do Not Stop, Progress of Charter Schools in South Carolina

Lessons from past 15 years show difficult political and financial path charter schools face

Milwaukee School Voucher Program has more Students with Disabilities than Previously Reported

Study shows that 7 to 14 percent of voucher students have disabilities, as compared to 2 percent estimate by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Students who attend middle schools at risk of dropping out of high school

As compared to students in K-8 elementary schools, middle school students also score lower on achievement tests. Losses amount to as much as 3.5 to 7 months of learning

The Battle Over Common Core Math Standards: Will A Larger Federal Role Help or Hinder Curriculum Improvement?

Standards raise the bar in many, but not all, states, and still do not reach the highest international level

School Choice Program Found to Reduce Crime and its Related Social Cost Among High-Risk Youth

High-risk middle- and high-school students who transfer to their preferred school are less likely to be arrested and spend less time incarcerated, pointing to impact of school choice

Experts Envision New Federal Role Advancing Equity and Choice in Education

NCLB reauthorization offers possibility for federal redirection, if it focuses on providing parents more accurate information and greater choice rather than requiring top-down compliance

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