The Myth About the Special Education Gap

Charter enrollment patterns reflect parental choices and disparate classification rates

Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies

Not in the Right Ballpark

A continuation of the debate over a study on the impact of school spending by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico

Money Does Matter After All

A response to Eric Hanushek

Money Matters After All?

A response to Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings by C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico

Behind the Headline: States Still Differ Dramatically In Their Academic Expectations, Study Finds

A new report released by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that states vary in where they set their proficiency standards, reports Joy Resmovits. The study converted states’ cutoff scores on their own 2012-2013 state tests to where those scores would fall on the NAEP scale.

Which Math Test is Better, PARCC or MCAS?

Massachusetts is moving to the new national standards and related tests. I prefer PARCC-Math over its predecessor, the MCAS-Math. Here are some of the reasons why.

ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.

Real Autonomy, Real Accountability: Pacts Americana

Can the performance-contract approach of chartering be used to re-envision ESEA?

Behind the Headline: Colorado Supreme Court Squashes Douglas County School Voucher Program

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.

Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

The story of New Orleans’ success entails two parts: a disaster that created room to reinvent a deeply troubled urban school system and an energetic commitment to seize that opportunity.

Education Savings Account Wonk-A-Thon Recap

As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.

The Key to Rigorous Online Assessments

Is it possible to integrate human-graded assessments into online learning software?

Who Opts Out of State Tests?

District-level data from New York suggest that relatively affluent districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, and that districts with lower test scores have higher opt-out rates after taking socioeconomic status into account

The Grey Lady’s School Choice Confusion

Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.

An Open Letter to Robert Putnam

What kind of education might work best for many (not all) kids who have holes in their hearts where their fathers should be? Or where their mothers should be? Or sometimes both?

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings

Does school spending matter after all?

Does school spending matter after all?

What We Didn’t Know About School Choice in 2001

An opinion piece by Delaware Governor Jack Markell ignores all we’ve learned about private school choice.

Will States Tell Parents and Students the Truth About College Readiness?

Amid way too much talk about testing and the Common Core, not enough attention is being paid to what parents will actually learn about their children’s achievement when results are finally released from the recent round of state assessments .

Was Missouri’s Interdistrict Transfer Program Poorly Designed?

The transfer program has allowed 2,000-plus students to have the opportunity for a better education and has launched a robust conversation about how to turn around struggling school districts.

Aim for Individual Mastery and the Rest Will Follow

How difficult will it be to square current accountability structures with emerging personalized learning models.?

Four Lessons from the Opt-Out Debate

It’s still too soon to gauge whether the opt-out movement is a true groundswell of opposition, a union-driven blip on the radar, or something in between.

How to Make Sense of the Opt-Out Phenomenon

To make sense of the facts, we need to look closely at the role of the teachers’ unions in New York and New Jersey.

Trust, But Verify

The draft School Quality Snapshot says clearly and unambiguously that the days of measuring a school by academic performance in New York City are over.

Education Savings Accounts Turn 5 Years Old

Some 3,000 students in Arizona and Florida are now using education savings accounts, more than half of them children with special needs.

Simpson’s Paradox Hides NAEP Gains (Again)

The achievement scores of black, Hispanic, and low-income students have increased dramatically.

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