In the News: Many State Report Cards Leave Parents in the Dark About School Achievement

A new study by the Data Quality Campaign reviews school report cards issued by each state and finds many of them lacking.

You Can’t Regulate Quality If You Can’t Predict Quality

On what basis will regulators be able to judge quality to protect families against making bad choices?

Why I Hope Betsy DeVos Boosts School Vouchers

No child should have to wait for a school to get better when there are other opportunities available.

Private Schools Equally Good at Fostering Civic Participation

A new study confirms earlier ones finding that public schools are not better than private schools at fostering civic values.

Red States and Blue Cities: The Precarious Politics of Charter Schooling Today

If charter schools are to thrive, we need support from Democrats and Republicans.

Graduation Rates: What Does a Diploma Tell Us?

As policymakers reconsider the “college for all” mindset, they face tough questions about what a high school diploma should mean and how best to ensure that every young adult has the chance to build a professional future that’s honored, fruitful, and rewarding.

In the News: D.C.’s Public Charter School System Turned 20 This Year. Now What?

The history of charter schools in D.C. at 20 and the past and future of charters nationwide at 25.

How States Should Redesign Their Accountability Systems Under ESSA

States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.

Evidence for the Disconnect Between Changing Test Scores and Changing Later Life Outcomes

Over-relying on test scores and declaring with confidence that we know what works and what doesn’t can lead to big policy mistakes.

Cristo Rey Schools Build Social Capital for Students — and Financial Stability for Schools

Students are able to pay up to 70 percent of their own tuition at a Catholic school by working one full day per week at a job in a professional setting arranged by their school.

Religion and Student Motivation

Priming students to think about religion increases students’ willingness to delay gratification as well as their political tolerance.

The Effect of Charter Schools on Students in Traditional Public Schools: A Review of the Evidence

Eleven studies have examined whether charter schools will have positive or negative indirect effects on students in district public schools.

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

Can Civil Rights Institutions Keep Up as Public Education Evolves?

Black families appreciate what advocacy groups have done to end discriminatory segregation, but they also want to be able to choose the school that works best for their child.

Why Charters Will Lose in Massachusetts

Charters in Massachusetts would have been better positioned politically if they had not previously neglected to benefit more middle and upper-middle class families.

Will England Bring Back Selective Public High Schools?

Within weeks of becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May made clear that she wants more of them.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing NAEP

Why has NAEP abandoned its foundational assessment and embarked on a new agenda?

In the News: L.A. Unified Decides Fate of Six Charter Schools

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to reject petitions for renewal for five charter schools.

School Accountability Systems Must Focus on Proficiency

A school’s results matter in the real world, more even than the gains its students made while enrolled there.

Stop Focusing on Proficiency Rates When Evaluating Schools

States should use proficiency rates cautiously because of their correlation with student demographics and prior achievement—factors that are outside of schools’ control.

Wells Fargo and the Atlanta Schools Testing Scandal

Wells Fargo is learning a hard and correct lesson—that performance incentives need to be realistic, that results must be checked, and that managers must question rosy results.

New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents

Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools?

In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state’s charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?

The Financial Impact of Charter School Growth on District Schools in Massachusetts

The notion that charter enrollment presents a net cost of over $400 million to districts is incomplete and misleading.

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