The Politics of Choice When the Public School was Born

A review of Public vs. Private by Robert N. Gross

Are We Committed to Raising School Standards?

Here are some recent signs of the deep ambivalence we have toward the steps that would actually have to be taken to transform our education outcomes.

How Cheap Talk Fuels Bad School Accountability

The scrutiny given to the documents states drafted to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act may be pulling us further away from responsible accountability systems and public leadership.

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

Summit Now Partnering With Over 300 Schools

Summit Public Schools’ personalized-learning model, known as the Summit Learning Program (SLP), is replicating rapidly.

A Realistic Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

We need to face up to the findings of three decades of research on the effects of test-based accountability and engage in a vigorous debate about how best to move forward

Most States Step Up on Accountability under ESSA

When Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act, many reformers voiced concern that states would give up on rigorous accountability systems.

A Gloomy Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz

State Policies to Maximize the Utility of Testing Data

How assessments are administered and results are reported can make a difference.

(Re)Searching for a School

How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed

State Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Where Is the Research?

State plans mostly ignored research on what works and what does not to achieve particular outcomes.

Why the Education Status Quo Cannibalizes New Ideas — and What to Do About It

Disruptive innovation theory suggests that processes that dominated the past can wreak havoc on best-laid plans.

The Biggest Little Election You’ve Never Heard Of

How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide

Top Charter Networks Turning Attention to Curriculum

Rather than viewing curricular uniformity as a straightjacket, KIPP decided to build a coherent curriculum as a resource for its teachers.

Changing Support for Charter Schools Among Republicans

Why has support for the schools declined and what could turn that around?

Success Story

A review of “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir”

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Five Thoughts on Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade

Harvard’s Dan Koretz is just out with a thoughtful, immensely readable book that takes dead aim at test-based accountability.

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Here’s what we think our new study means—and doesn’t mean—for both state-led and federal efforts to expand school choice.

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

The Charter Movement’s ‘Tipping Point’ Strategy Isn’t Working. What Now?

Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.

In the News: Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate

While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.

District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – and That’s Ok

Let’s stop asking urban districts to try to be something they aren’t.

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

Researching the Ambiguities of School Accreditation

Are most schools accredited? Is accreditation required? Does accreditation even matter?

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