So Far Only Ohio is Backing Off A High Standard for Proficiency

Outside of Ohio, most states are living up to their commitments to provide more honest information to parents. A key promise of the Common Core is being kept.

Are Test Scores Good Proxies for School Quality?

Test scores aren’t everything, but they are associated with long-term outcomes.

Ohio Fixes Its Charter Law

It’s been a long road to comprehensive charter reform in Ohio, but the legislation that overwhelmingly passed last week drew bipartisan support and praise from editorial boards across the state.

Do New Common Core Test Results Tell Us Anything New?

What do new assessments aligned to the Common Core tell us? Not much more than what we already knew.

Are Achievement Tests a Reasonable Proxy for School Quality?

The evidence is increasingly clear that test scores are only weakly correlated with other desirable outcomes from schools.

Does Regulation Improve the Political Prospects for Choice?

High-regulation of school choice comes with a cost to quality.

Does Regulation Protect Kids and Improve Outcomes from Choice?

In their desire to protect disadvantaged students, the backers of a heavy-regulation approach have ironically done serious harm to these students by driving away most of the supply

The High-Regulation Approach to School Choice

My fear is that just when school choice is achieving escape velocity as a self-sustaining and expanding policy, the love for high-regulation may do serious harm to these programs and the children they intend to help.

Schooling Isn’t Learning, the Rewards to Better Schools Are Enormous, and Other Observations from Eric Hanushek

An interview about accountability, attainment, and more

Correcting Misinformation on School Choice

Yet another author ignores the ample evidence available that school choice provides benefits for children.

Politicians Couldn’t Agree on a “Common” Yardstick for Schools. Statisticians Created One Anyway.

SchoolGrades uses the results of state tests to create a comparable, A-F grading system for all public elementary and middle schools in the U.S.

The Common Core Test Wake-Up Call Is Here

Parents will soon receive for the first time their children’s scores on new tests aligned to the standards. The news is expected to be sobering.

A Supreme Hit to Charter Schools in Washington

Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law is an existential threat to the parental choice movement.

Court Ruling Against Charter Schools Romanticizes an Obsolete Version of Local Control

With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.

Behind the Headline: Has Gentrification Begun in New Orleans Public Schools?

While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on nola.com.

New Orleans: A Success Story? Yes. A National Model? Maybe Not.

Which strategy should the charter sector pursue in the short- to medium-term: selective chartering or a district-wide replacement strategy?

Charter Schools: Taking Stock

It’s time to review the progress of the charter movement and the challenges that lie ahead, what we’ve done right as well as where we’ve gone astray..

Finland Offers Lessons For Building Student, Teacher Agency

American schools don’t expect youth to be responsible for themselves or their learning. Finnish schools are different.

New Orleans and the Remaking of American Urban Public Schooling

New Orleans is just one chapter in the much bigger story of a shift from a single government operator of schools to an array of nonprofit operators.

What Should States Do About School Districts In Financial Trouble?

Communities rarely embrace tough trade-offs. We need to lean on school boards and superintendents to take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.

Behind the Headline: 20% of New York State Students Opted Out of Standardized Tests This Year

New York state education officials said Wednesday that more than 200,000 students declined to take the state’s standardized tests this year, which represents 20 percent of those students eligible to be tested.

Why the New ESEA Won’t Embrace “Tight As To Results, Loose On How To Achieve Them”

If the ESEA renewal processes gets across the finish line, the federal government will have much less power than it does today.

Julie Young Returns To Online Learning

Julie Young’s new venture offers international students the opportunity to earn a dual diploma from their native country and from a U.S. accredited high school through virtual learning.

Behind the Headline: Success Academy Gets $8.5 Million to Add Charter Schools in New York City

Success Academy announced last week that it received an $8.5 million gift so that it can open more of its charter schools in New York City.

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