The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

A view of KIPP schools in action

A view of KIPP schools in action

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul’s Defined Benefit Pension

The fact that Missouri’s defined benefit pension systems do not tie an individual’s contributions directly to his or her pension benefits causes numerous problems.

What We’re Watching: What (Education Pundit) Parents Want

What do education reformers look for in a school for their own kids?

By Education Next    Multimedia, School Choice, Video  

Education Savings Accounts Leave a Mom at Loss for Words

In survey results that the Friedman Foundation released today, evidence indicates that parents using education savings account are very satisfied with their new options.

Rising Expectations in Brazil and Chile

Reforms lift student performance but middle-class families want more

Reforms lift student performance but middle-class families want more

Choice and Special Education

Schools of choice appear to be open to students with disabilities but aren’t as bureaucratically inclined to label students as disabled as are traditional public schools.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Study Shows Louisiana’s Choice Program Improves Racial Integration

In the name of civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to keep low-income black students in Louisiana from attending the schools of their choice. However, new research shows that Louisiana’s school choice program improves racial integration.

Flim-Flam Says Sports Are Bad for Student Achievement, Evidence Suggests Otherwise

There’s no reason to believe that the absence of high school sports explains the difference between student achievement in the US and countries like Finland and South Korea.

High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

Arizona students outperform Shanghai

Arizona students outperform Shanghai on international exams

Boston and the Charter School Cap

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools

President Obama’s Not-So-Secret School Accountability Plan

Way back in March of 2010, President Obama released his blueprint for reauthorizing NCLB. Three years later, we’re still operating as if the blueprint never happened, as if three years of policymaking hasn’t happened.

Charter “Restarts” Offer Alternative to Closing Failing Schools

When a charter school doesn’t uphold its end of the charter bargain—autonomy for accountability—and fails to produce strong student learning, must closing the school be the only option?

Let’s Hear It For Proficiency

Kids can show plenty of “growth” in school but still not be ready for college because they aren’t actually proficient. This is why absolute levels matter and why schools should be judged in part by how many of the students emerging from them are truly college and career ready.

Why the ‘Opt-Out’ is Not a Cop-Out

States should allow a small group of schools to opt out of regular testing and accountability requirements and let these schools use an alternative set of metrics instead.

Ending Summer Vacation is Long Overdue—Here’s How to Pay for It

There’s clearly a slam-dunk case for eliminating—or at least dramatically shortening—summer vacation, which fits into a broader push to lengthen the school year beyond the 180 days that is typical in the U.S.

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

New political circumstances, growing popularity

New political circumstances, growing popularity

By Marc J. Holley, Anna J. Egalite, and Martin F. Lueken    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Features, Homepage, Journal  

Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice

School vouchers never had a better friend than Peter Flanigan.

What We’re Watching: Opt-Out or Cop Out?

Fordham hosted a forum on the growing numbers of parents, educators and administrators calling for a local “opt-out” from state testing systems.

Chicken Little Goes to School

The Common Core sky is not falling. Rather, the Common Core is right sizing.

That’s How the Consortia Crumble

On Monday, PARCC released the cost of its tests—and right on cue, another state, Georgia, dropped out of the testing consortia. This is a disaster.

What We’re Watching: Georgia Sets the Bar Lowest

WSB-TV Action News in Atlanta on an Ed Next study that ranks states on where they set the bar for student proficiency.

Implementation, Implementation, Assessment, Assessment

For the Common Core standards really to take root and blossom, every state that claims to follow them faces a mammoth implementation challenge.

The Import of the CREDO Charter School Study

The new national charter school study by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has attracted enormous, well-deserved attention.

Common Core State Standards: Do You Need To Be Proficient In Order To Be Proficient?

Too many people ignore international comparisons and set low expectations for U.S. students and their schools.

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