Wells Fargo and the Atlanta Schools Testing Scandal

Wells Fargo is learning a hard and correct lesson—that performance incentives need to be realistic, that results must be checked, and that managers must question rosy results.

New York’s Reading Standards Rewrite Should Alarm Parents

Students who learn to work with complex texts during their K–12 years can handle the demands of college reading. Those who haven’t cannot.

EdNext Podcast: Jeb Bush on Fixing School Accountability

Under ESSA, states have new freedom to design their own accountability systems for schools. Will they innovate or will they retreat from real accountability?

5 Thoughts on the Trump-Clinton Debate: Education Edition

Education has mostly stayed on the sidelines of this race. That hints at what’s ahead for education, but it also says even more about this race and the state of American politics today.

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools?

In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state’s charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?

The Financial Impact of Charter School Growth on District Schools in Massachusetts

The notion that charter enrollment presents a net cost of over $400 million to districts is incomplete and misleading.

Common Confusion

Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?

Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?

Massachusetts Charter Cap Holds Back Disadvantaged Students

This November, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to decide whether to expand the state’s quota on charter schools.

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

Talking HBO and School Reform

What HBO host John Oliver says about charter schools is not what education reformers should be worried about.

5 Reasons Why School Choice is Important Right Now

At a panel discussion this Friday, education researchers, change agents, community- and thought-leaders, and policy makers will discuss what we’ve learned about the country’s views on K-12 education over the past decade.

What Charter School Authorizers Can Teach States on ESSA: It’s Hard to Find Indicators of School Quality That Aren’t Test Scores

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to use “another indicator of student success or school quality,” in addition to test scores and graduation rates, when determining school grades.

Good News About Education Reform? Just Look Around

Parental choice in education has seen great success, and stories of students’ changed lives and parents’ and policymakers’ acts of courage are all around us.

States Should Use ESSA To Do Right by High-Achieving Students

The overwhelming majority of states provide schools with few incentives to focus on their high-achieving students.

Title I Flexibility and Micro ESAs

Instead of continuing with a complex and ineffective maze of Title I regulations, states should have the opportunity to let parents decide how to use Title I dollars.

EdNext Podcast: A Closer Look at Public Opinion on School Reform

The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll

Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular

Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular

Squeezing the Public School Districts in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards recently cut funding of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), claiming that it was necessary to save money.

ESSA Didn’t Settle Federal Education Policy. Far From It.

Our next President will be forced to make a number of important education policy decisions almost immediately upon taking office.

Arizona’s First Audit of Education Savings Accounts is Instructive

Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.

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California’s Too-Colorful Accountability Plan

California’s new accountability system for schools and districts is complicated beyond imagining and does not lend itself to useful interpretation by parents, taxpayers, voters, or policymakers.

Summative Ratings Are All Around Us. Why Are We Afraid of Them in K-12 Education?

Cars, colleges, neighborhoods, restaurants, you name it — if there’s some sort of choice that people can make, there’s probably a rating system to help them decide.

Can Policymakers Fix What Ails Online Charter Schools?

Three recommendations for policymakers in states that are wrestling to turn the rapid development of online schools into a net plus for their pupils.

Two Tweaks for ESSA Accountability Rule

Mr. Secretary, I am writing to suggest two very specific changes to the proposed rule that your department published regarding the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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