Education savings accounts operate like the “partial voucher” that Milton Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago.
These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.
Here are some “talking points” that members of Congress might use when the testing issue comes up at town hall meetings and the like.
Since the Obama Administration has quietly transitioned to a normative accountability system, where schools are compared to each other rather than to some pre-determined “proficiency” benchmark, it doesn’t matter if all students appear to perform worse this year.
Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.
Curriculum and content matter—and for no one more than poor kids who get too little of that knowledge and vocabulary at home.
Increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals.
Common Core proponents need an updated advocacy playbook. The political terrain of 2010 and 2015 are very, very different.
Rather than having regular check-ups on student progress, with relatively low stakes on those results, we’d have much higher stakes attached to a smaller number of test scores.
Ending statewide, comparable, annual testing is an overreaction that creates more problems than it solves.
For all the hoopla, just a handful of states have proposed significant changes to Common Core, and none of them has written higher standards.
Standards for any subject are most effective when used not to drive lesson planning on any given day, but rather the selection of a clear, teacher-friendly, coherently developed curriculum.
We must stop trying to teach reading the way we teach math.
Will Republicans eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement? They should eliminate the teacher evaluation mandate instead.
In Michigan, school funding has increased, but schools aren’t seeing much of the money. Instead, most of the funding increases are going toward paying off the state’s retirement debt.
The potential for formative assessment to continuously expand and improve will be stunted so long as we perpetuate summative assessment regimes.
The Sun-Sentinel’s anti-school choice editorial rests on faulty evidence.
Two big changes in American education policy have been good for kids in general, but not particularly good for Catholic schools, especially the urban variety.
Test scores in D.C. offer reason to believe that chartering—if done smartly—can replace the district system for delivering public education in America’s cities.