EdNext Podcast: ESSA — What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?

Making ESSA Work in the States

States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.

The Long Path to ESSA

An excerpt from The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States by Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden

An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”

More Money or More Charter Schools?

Letting great educators open up schools is much more cost effective than increasing spending by billions of dollars, which will yield very modest results.

Making Sense of ESSA’s New ‘Direct Student Services’

Direct Student Services gives states new leeway to use some of their federal Title I dollars to expand instructional choice for students.

Unintended Consequences of Test-Based Accountability

School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.

Charter School Advocates Should Think Twice Before Trashing Vouchers

What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.

Is Common Core Working? It May Be Too Early to Tell

Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects

A Federal Scholarship Tax Credit: The Only Fifty-State School-Choice Option

This idea could be included in the major tax-reform overhaul expected this spring.

Necessity, Not Nicety: What We’ve Learned About District-Charter Alliances

In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders.

School Choiceniks: Think “Common Core” and Be Careful What You Wish For

As someone who favors choice, I can’t think of anything less helpful than making this broad-based effort feel more like a creature of Washington.

Latinos Need Leadership in Education Reform

Latinos themselves support education reform at higher levels than other groups, but their elected officials often reject school choice.

How Might Trump’s School Choice Plan Work?

One proposal would offer individuals and/or corporations a federal tax credit if they donate to voucher programs.

How Obama’s K–12 Schooling Drove His Education Policy — And May Also Shape His Retirement

Obama was profoundly shaped by the opportunity to attend a top-flight independent school instead of what was almost surely an underperforming district school in Hawaii.

Are Voucher Schools Unaccountable?

If you oppose vouchers because you think they lack accountability, it may be time to take another look.

The Research on Charter Schools: An Introduction

Two professors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government give a quick explanation of charter schools and other education policy issues facing the Trump administration

Do Trump Voters Want Vouchers?

Except for getting out of the way, I don’t see much that the federal government can or should do in the K–12 realm that will bring any satisfaction to the people who voted for Donald Trump.

A Judicious Overview of the Charter Movement

Authors consider the controversies and the promise

A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright

Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017

We won’t make progress on education if we keep pushing our same old ideas. Let’s make 2017 the year for inventiveness, evidence, and humility.

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

Education Innovation in 2017: Four Personalized-Learning Trends to Watch

Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.

In the News: The Fog of “College Readiness”

Most parents think their children are on track to be prepared for college after their 12th-grade year, but the truth is, a shockingly large share of graduating high-school seniors are not prepared to go to college.

Lessons on Common Core

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter ‘Public’ School It Would Be Shut Down

Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.

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