Common Core and the Food Pyramid

The idea that the Common Core might be a “game-changer” has little to do with the Common Core standards themselves and everything to do with stuff attached to them, especially the adoption of common tests that make it possible to readily compare schools, programs, districts, and states.

Gifted Education— What I Saw, What I’m Learning

I’ve visited eight countries to see how they educate their high-ability kids in the hope that we might pick up tips that would prove useful in improving the woeful state of “gifted education” in the U.S

America’s Schools Earn a ‘C’ on Their Report Card

NCLB needs a variety of (obvious) fixes, but abandoning accountability is not among them.

Why and How Parents Choose Schools

I agree with the study’s authors that we ought to do all we can to make school information widely available so parents can make informed choices, but I’m still of a mind that some level of regulation is needed

PISA and Occam’s Razor

What’s a better hypothesis for the lackluster math performance of our fifteen-year-olds? Maybe we’re just not very good at teaching math, especially in high school.

Tough Advice for Faith-Based Schools from a Critical Friend

Families are becoming smarter and pickier customers. Why has the faith-based schools community barely reacted or adapted to this new environment?

Stop Requiring Choice Programs to Take State Test

Testing requirements are a concession that should only be granted if necessary to expand choice. And a requirement that choice schools take any one of a long list of standardized tests is much more desirable than requiring the state test.

Behind the Headline: ‘White Moms’ Remark Fuels Common Core Clash

Parents are reacting to a comment by Arne Duncan that some of the opposition to Common Core standards comes from white suburban moms who are upset that their children are not doing well on the new common core-aligned tests.

If You Like Your Federal Education Policy, You Can Keep It!

The administration wanted us to believe it had a smart, coherent vision and clear implementation plan for its federal education policy…until we realized it didn’t.

Of Course We Want Instructional Change. Don’t You?

The main reason there’s been so little achievement gain over the past few decades arising from the reforms that so many of us have been pressing is precisely because neither curriculum nor instruction much changed.

Examining High-Stakes Testing

Education Next talks with Joshua Starr and Margaret Spellings

Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings

By Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings    Homepage, On Top of the News, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

Assessments Are Vital for Healthy Schools

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

A Testing Moratorium Is Necessary

Great instruction needs great assessments

Great instruction needs great assessments

Alternative Charters and Alternative Accountability Systems

It makes sense for states to develop accountability systems that make space for alternative schools.

What We’re Watching: The Nation’s Report Card Is Out

Paul E. Peterson discusses the latest NAEP results.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Besides its influential teacher union, Taiwan has a powerful parent union that appears to cause at least as much harm as it does good.

Behind the Headline: Some Charter Schools Aim to Break Old Patterns

Sarah Carr writes about charter schools springing up in New Orleans and elsewhere that enroll a racially and economically diverse student body by design. Alexander Russo wrote a long feature story about the phenomenon of diverse charter schools in the Winter 2013 issue of Ed Next.

Louisiana and the Promise and Pitfalls of Accountability Systems

Early indications are that Louisiana’s strong accountability system is contributing to improved student results.

Japan’s Robin Hood School-Voucher Program

The Abe government has proposed to impose tuition charges for public high school attendance by children of wealthy families and to use the proceeds from that tuition charge to subsidize the attendance of low income children in private schools.

Fordham and CC-Backers Need to Get Their Story Straight

Is the Common Core approach really tight on the ends of education but loose on the means for accomplishing those ends?

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

Common Core standards expect English language arts teachers to do things very differently than they have in the past. Will that really happen?

By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Kathleen Porter-Magee    Blog, Editorial, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

Playing in the Right League

Instead of being complacent about our international standings, we should focus on ways to get our students up to the top leagues.

Trends and Possible Improvements in School Quality Rating Systems

A new report reviews 25 different systems for rating school quality.

Some Perspective on Common Core

I am not against having better learning standards, but I also believe that we cannot be distracted from more fundamental reform of our schools.

The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

A view of KIPP schools in action

A view of KIPP schools in action

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