Here’s what the Common Core is designed to communicate: If your children are meeting the standards, it means they are believed to be on track for college and career readiness by the end of high school
If cities simply add more choice schools in the absence of changes to the enrollment process, parents can struggle to find information on schools, be forced to fill out widely varying school applications, and then receive a staggered barrage of acceptance and rejection notices.
Some education reformers and media outlets are already using the results of the new, tougher tests to brand schools as “failing” if most of their students don’t meet the higher standards.
Milestones seeks to demystify the Common Core standards with a free and engaging collection of short videos showing what grade-level work looks like
School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
In Boston, three prominent lawyers are filing a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on charter schools. Efforts by charter school advocates to raise the cap have been defeated by state lawmakers.
We are moving kids beyond just giving answers to explaining answers. That certainly won’t be an easy transition, but it most assuredly is a necessary one.
Last week the U.S. Department of Education made a groundbreaking decision to allow four school systems in New Hampshire to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments.
As the traditional urban school district is slowly replaced by a system marked by an array of nongovernmental school providers, new policies (undergirded by a new understanding of the government’s role in public schooling) are needed.
This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
More time in school is not producing Americans with more or better skills.
The advent of the Common Core standards can and should boost the learning of America’s ablest young learners, not serve as a rationale for denying them opportunities to fulfill their potential.
Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.
A new report from ETS highlights a troubling paradox. While millennials in the U.S. have attended more years of school than previous generations, their skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving are lower than those of previous generations and of their peers in other nations.
Telling states how to operate their accountability systems hasn’t worked. It’s time to put the accountability monkey back onto the backs of states.
As policymakers, educators and parents continue to debate concepts like standardized testing, it’s worth remembering that school accountability has a proud parentage that is worth preserving and modernizing.
I respect schools that welcome students at any grade when space opens up, but whether to do this should remain the prerogative of the school, not the state or its regulators.