How To Fix Reading in the Era of ESSA

Substantial gains in decoding have shown we can get kids to the starting line. But we’re leaving them stuck there.

Charter Schools, Free Association, and Social Entrepreneurship

As the charter school sector expands, we should try to understand how the charter school sector has catalyzed a new generation of civil society organizations to support the sector.

James Coleman, the “Equality of Opportunity” Study, and School Choice

Coleman’s work spawned a large body of research comparing the effectiveness of district, private, and (later) charter schools in preparing students for college and life. A new article reviews that research.

How Should States Measure School Success?

Most of today’s K–12 accountability systems are, themselves, persistently underperforming.

Behind the Headline: Nation’s Charter Schools Aren’t Growing As Fast As Once Thought

Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.

The Three Tribes of the School Choice Movement

The school choice movement’s “big tent” now has factions in its various folds and corners that agree on parental choice but little else.

Retreating to an Education System Without School Choice is Not an Option

Many of today’s most difficult education debates are the result of our transition from a highly legible, single-provider model to a decentralized, choice-based model.

Should Your Next-Door Neighbor Assess Your Daughter’s Reading Skills?

Citizen-led assessments can be a useful tool to address common obstacles to low demand for quality education in developing countries.

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Uncommon Confusion

Washington Supreme Court strikes down charter schools

Washington Supreme Court strikes down charter schools

Time’s Up: Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Must Become Transparent Together

The full-time virtual charter schools that care about quality need to band together and create a membership organization and take responsibility for their industry’s results.

Voucher Victory

“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program

“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program

District and Charter Schools Communicate More Than Before, but True Collaboration is Limited

A new report looks at district-charter engagement in five cities.

Should NAEP Tests Be Updated to Reflect What’s in the Common Core?

It’s critical that NAEP’s math (and reading and writing) frameworks not flex with recent changes in standards, curriculum or pedagogical emphasis.

Charter Schools Are Much More Than R&D Labs for School Districts

When Hillary Clinton recently told an audience that the purpose of charter schooling is to “learn what works and then apply (it) in the public schools,” she made two mistakes.

Rethinking Charter School Evaluations When the Gold Standard Is Off the Table

The methods used by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) to analyze charter school effectiveness offer a reasonable alternative when the gold standard is not feasible or possible.

Can City Schools Address the Achievement and Opportunity Gap?

A new report looks at how public education is delivering on the promise of educational opportunity in 50 mid- to large-sized cities in the United States.

Fix Online Charter School Policy: It’s Past Time

A trio of new studies show that most online charter schools don’t work in their current context, but they don’t show that they can’t work.

Heartbreak on NAEP

The most honest approach is to reserve judgment until more sophisticated analyses emerge and wait for 2017 to see if these numbers are a one-time blip.

Behind the Headline: U.S. Student Performance Slips on National Test

Scores on the NAEP test, sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, were released this morning and the results were not good.

If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.

When Does Accountability Work?

Texas system had mixed effects on college graduation rates and future earnings

Texas system had mixed effects on college graduation rates and future earnings

Over the Long Term, NAEP Scores Are Way, Way Up

In anticipation of new NAEP scores coming out this week, I thought it would be useful to spend some time reflecting beforehand on what we know on a macro scale.

Will Declines in NAEP Scores Follow Declines in Median Income?

I’d wager that the states with big declines in median income are going to be the ones showing lower NAEP scores this time around.

Evaluating the DC School Voucher Program

More high-quality evidence on the nation’s most prominent voucher program has the potential to inform education policymaking in the capital and across the country

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