Experimental Study Shows Major Benefits for Students Who Attend Live Theater

Culturally enriching field trips increase knowledge, tolerance, and the ability to read emotions of others

Substantial Opportunities for Improving Teacher Evaluations Lie in the Area of Classroom Observations

Researchers recommend adjusting classroom observation scores for student demographics, using observations conducted by trained external observers

Effective Schools Help Students Outperform Expectations Based on Cognitive Skills

Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.

Support for Common Core Slips, But Majority of Public Still In Favor

2014 EdNext poll finds while the public, on average, gives 50% of teachers in their local schools an A or a B grade, 22% are given a D or an F

Student Achievement Gains at KIPP Schools Cannot Be Explained by Student Attrition

Study finds students are similar to those in other local schools and most patterns of attrition are no different

Addressing Race Disparities in K‒12 School Discipline

Does the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” miss the mark on civil-rights enforcement?

Early Teacher Retirement Program Does Not Adversely Affect Student Achievement

Program costly, but in low-income schools small learning gains observed

U.S. Students from Educated Families Fall Short in Math Proficiency on Global Stage

U.S. ranks 27th out of 34 OECD countries overall; 28th among students with at least one college-educated parent

Texas Ten Percent Plan Brings More Students to State’s Flagship Universities

But automatic admission causes drop in comparable private and out-of-state colleges

Are the States Implementing Common Core?

Two experts identify implementation challenges and offer different assessments of progress thus far.

Supplementing College Tuition Improves Grades of African American Students

Study finds promise of non-merit-based academic college scholarship significantly decreases school-wide suspensions in urban school district.

Which Student Growth Method Should Policymakers Use to Evaluate Schools?

Measuring student performance correctly helps set the right expectations for students and teachers in both high-poverty and advantaged schools.

Poll Data Show Information on School District’s National Ranking Boosts Support for School Reform

Public supports Common Core, and when given national ranking of local schools, Americans give those schools lower grades and express greater support for vouchers, charters, and teacher tenure reform

Mayoral Election May Threaten Progress in NYC Schools

Will academic success and public support protect charters and small high schools under a de Blasio administration?

More Graduates with High Academic Scores Now Enter Teaching

Average SAT performance of first-year teachers rose between 1993 and 2008

Study Finds Louisiana Voucher Program Improves Racial Diversity in Public Schools

Contrary to allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the scholarship program improves racial integration in public schools in 34 districts under desegregation orders

Field Trips to Art Museums Improve Critical Thinking, Promote Historical Empathy, and Increase Tolerance

Though school field trips to culturally enriching institutions are in decline, study finds positive educational effects; students from rural regions and minorities benefit most.

Mayoral Election Could Open Door to More Charter Schools in Boston

Charter school growth in Boston is at a standstill, even though studies show strong academic results and the schools have popular support

Event: Is Our Stagnant School System Endangering our Nation’s Future Prosperity?

This event will explore why the United States must do better if it wishes to enhance its economic strength.

High School Graduation Rates Increase after 30 Years of Stagnation

Increased K‒8 math skills, decreased teen birth rates, and lower incarceration rates may have lifted completion rates between 2000 and 2010

A Majority of Public Supports Common Core, but Opposition is Growing

National survey finds declining support for increased school spending and teacher salaries; thinks schools do not do as well at attending to the needs of the less-talented as those of the more-talented.

School Choice Prompts Positive Reactions, Motivation in Traditional Public Schools

Evidence shows constructive district reactions to presence of charter schools in urban districts

School Administrators Benefit the Most from Teacher Pension Plans

Beginning teachers subsidize handsome payoffs to superintendents, guardians of the public interest

Despite Common Core’s Call for Increased State Standards, 26 States Lower Proficiency Bar

Authors Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan find that even though 37 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education as incentive to join the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia and raise their standards in 2009, standards still declined in rigor in 26 states and D.C. between 2009 and 2011.

Armed With Flexibility and Control, Wisconsin School Districts Reduce Debt

2011 legislation opened opportunities for education reform and debt reduction in Wisconsin’s schools

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