EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Math Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Declined in 20 States

What changes will be revealed on April 10 when the 2017 NAEP results are released?

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

What Standards Should Students Meet to Graduate from High School?

Twenty three education policy wonks (or teams of wonks) answered this question as part of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon

What We’re Watching: Charter Schools – Expanding Opportunity or Reinforcing Divides?

On Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted an Askwith Debate on whether charter schools enahnce or undermine equity.

The Rebound in Charter Support — But Also a Widening Partisan Divide

Charters are making a rebound—at least among Republicans and African Americans.

A New “Report” Misleads on School Vouchers

Newspeak plays a central role in the latest Center for American Progress (CAP) broadside against the idea of low-income parents choosing private schools for their children .

The Education Exchange: Looking Beyond Test Scores

School choice researchers are finding that vouchers may impact student test scores and later attainment outcomes in different ways. In this episode, Patrick Wolf joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why researchers should consider other outcomes besides test scores when evaluating school choice programs.

EdStat: West Virginia Teachers Secured a 5 Percent Pay Raise by Striking

Maybe we need to rethink how teachers’ pay schedules are structured.

Which States Are on a Hot Streak Coming Into the 2017 NAEP Release?

The District of Columbia, Indiana, and Tennessee clearly have momentum going into the 2017 NAEP release, with the broadest gains in both subjects and grade levels

EdStat: By 2016, 44 States Had Passed Legislation Mandating Major Teacher Evaluation Reforms

Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?

Lessons from Chile’s Transition to Free College

Supporters of free college proposals in the U.S. often look to Europe for case studies, but Chile may actually provide a better comparative study.

EdStat: 61 Percent of Respondents Liked the New California School Dashboard Accountability Site

According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.

EdStat: Charter Schools Received $3,509 Less on Average in Annual Funding per Student Than District Schools in 2011

Even though charter schools and district schools receive equal funding from the state, charters generally receive less funding per student.

EdStat: 71 Percent of New Mexico’s Teachers Rated Effective or Better

The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.

Vouchers Tend to Serve the Less Advantaged

At least 10 studies have examined the relative advantage of children that applied to a private-school-choice program relative to the population of eligible students in the same location.

EdStat: 93 Percent of Charters Opting Out of State Pension Plans Offer an Alternative

When charter schools opt out of state retirement plans, they usually offer their teachers an alternative.

EdStat: 76 Percent of Indiana’s Private Schools Participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Roughly 76 percent of Indiana’s private schools take part in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, including almost 100 percent of Indiana’s Catholic schools.

What Have We Learned From Three Studies of Private School Choice?

Understanding the effect of private school choice on real-world success beyond test scores requires data on outcomes like college enrollment and graduation, and thanks to three recent Urban Institute studies, we know more about this than we did a year ago.

EdStat: States’ Teacher Pension Plans Are Now Underfunded by $500 Billion

States’ teacher pension plans have been managed so poorly that they’re now underfunded by $500 billion.

EdStat: 19 Percent of Arizona Public-School Students Were Enrolled in Charter Schools in 2014

With 19 percent of its public-school students enrolled in charter schools, Arizona was the state with the highest percentage of charter-school students in 2014.

EdStat: 19 States Permit Charter Schools to Opt Out of State Retirement Plans

In 19 states, charter schools can offer their teachers an alternative to state retirement plans.

Surveying the Charter School Landscape

From the Editor: Some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next

Evidence Should Inform But Not Drive Decision Making

Decision makers may end up relying on data about outcomes that happen to be available rather than about outcomes that align with their goals.

EdStat: 48 Percent of Parents Support Testing Preschool Students

Even though controversy has sprung up around the new International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests.

3 Ways Charter Schools Can Make Sure They Recruit, Hire, and Retain the Teachers They Need

Charter sectors have a lot more control over their teacher pipelines than they realize.

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