America’s Millennials: Overeducated and Unprepared

More time in school is not producing Americans with more or better skills.

Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core?

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.

The State-Led ESEA Compromise

A compromise around the idea of accountability for results would require the right to agree to include explicit performance targets and the left to agree to give states greater flexibility in tackling challenges.

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests.

The New Orleans Case for All-Charter School Districts

Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.

D.C. Students Benefit from Mix of Charter and Traditional Schools

Charter schools are revolutionizing public schooling in Washington, D.C. In just 18 years, charter schools have grown from an initial 5 to 112 schools today, managed by 61 nonprofit organizations.

Ed Trust Midwest Report on Michigan’s Charter Authorizers: A Decent Start, But Hardly the Final Word

Charter school quality, authorizer quality, and authorizer accountability are all great topics of conversation for policymakers in Michigan.

ESEA Testing Proposals in One Picture

NCLB assessments appear safer than I would’ve guessed sixty days ago.

Behind the Headline: America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future

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.

Behind the Headline: Title I Portability Sticky Wicket in NCLB Rewrite

While the debate over annual testing has gotten a great deal of attention, the issue of Title I portability is emerging as possibly a bigger obstacle to agreement on reauthorization of NCLB, notes Lauren Camera of Politics K-12.

The Future of School Accountability

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.

Where Did The Idea of School Accountability Come From?

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.

NCLB Accountability is Dead; Long Live ESEA Testing

Despite frantic efforts by a number of groups to preserve some sort of federal accountability mandates in the next ESEA cycle, I think these should go away and almost surely will.

Ohio’s Chain of Charter Accountability

In Ohio’s charter school sector, too many poorly-performing schools are allowed to remain open.

Backfilling Charter Seats: A Backhanded Way to Kill School Autonomy

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.

Nine Questions: What Does It Even Mean to Oppose the Common Core?

What does it mean when Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul, or Bobby Jindal says he “opposes” the Common Core?

Portfolio Districts: One Ring to Rule Them All

I am wary of portfolio districts, mayoral takeovers, and other proposals for a super-regulator to govern all choice and traditional schools.

Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children

Raising the cap on Georgia’s scholarship tax credit program is an ideal way to bring freedom and excellence to K-12 education.

The Case Against Federal Accountability Mandates in Education

Instead of demanding that states intervene in failing schools, allow students to escape the worst schools through the powerful mechanism of parental choice.

How Charters Are Innovating on Pensions

Charter schools recognize that current teachers are increasingly mobile, so they offer teachers portable benefits.

Good Reads for National School Choice Week

These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.

On Designing K-12 Education Savings Accounts

Education savings accounts operate like the “partial voucher” that Milton Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago.

Stump Speech Contest: What Members of Congress Should Say About Testing

Here are some “talking points” that members of Congress might use when the testing issue comes up at town hall meetings and the like.

Will the Common Core Lead to More Schools Labeled Failing? Not Really.

Since the Obama Administration has quietly transitioned to a normative accountability system, where schools are compared to each other rather than to some pre-determined “proficiency” benchmark, it doesn’t matter if all students appear to perform worse this year.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: Oral Testimony of Martin West

Congress should maintain the law’s current annual testing requirements while restoring to states virtually all decisions about the design of their accountability systems.

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