The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2013



By Education Next 10/23/2013

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Which Education Next articles were most popular in 2013?

Our top article of 2013 was a randomized experiment designed to measure the effect of taking students on a field trip to an art museum. The study concluded, as the authors wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times, that “art makes you smart.”

What other topics were popular?

Five of the top 20 articles for 2013 looked at some aspect of technology in education: an article on flipped classrooms, a study of the effectiveness of online learning for college students, a profile of a charter school that utilizes blended learning to individualize instruction, an article “checking the facts” of a study that evaluated K12 virtual schools, a look at educational apps aimed at preschoolers.

Another five articles of the top 20 articles focused on teachers or teacher training: a critique of ed schools, a look at the role played by substitute teachers, an article describing new organizations aimed at giving teachers a greater voice in the profession, a study of the academic qualifications of today’s teachers, an article on the cost of teacher benefits, and an article on changes at Teach for America.

Five more articles looked at some aspect of charter schooling:  a look at how graduates of No Excuses charter schools are doing in college, an inside look at high-scoring BASIS charter schools, a look at the softer side of KIPP schools, an article about a blended learning charter school in L.A., and a study looking at how competition with charter schools affects district schools.

Without further ado, here are the top 20 articles:


1. The Educational Value of Field Trips

Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more

By Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen

2. ‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

By Robert Pondiscio

3. 21st-Century Teacher Education

Ed schools don’t give teachers the tools they need

By Kate Walsh

4. Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards

Students proficient on state tests but not national

By Paul E. Peterson and Peter Kaplan

5. The Transformational Potential of Flipped Classrooms

Different strokes for different folks

By Michael B. Horn

6. High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

Arizona students outperform Shanghai

By June Kronholz

7. No Substitute for a Teacher

Adults’ absences shortchange students

By June Kronholz

8. Online Learning in Higher Education

Randomized trial compares hybrid learning to traditional course

By William G. Bowen, Thomas I. Nygren, Kelly A. Lack and Matthew M. Chingos

9. Taking Back Teaching

Educators organize to influence policy and their profession

By Richard Lee Colvin

10. Gains in Teacher Quality

Academic capabilities of the U.S. teaching force are on the rise

By Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch

11. The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

A view of KIPP schools in action

By Alexandra Boyd, Caleb Rose and Robert Maranto

12. The Promise of Personalized Learning

Blending the human touch with technological firepower

By Susan Headden

13. The 2013 Education Next Survey

What Americans are thinking about Common Core and other education policies

By Michael Henderson and Paul E. Peterson

14. The Rising Cost of Teachers’ Health Care

Private-sector employers pay much less

By Robert M. Costrell and Jeffery Dean

15. Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

New political circumstances, growing popularity

By Marc J. Holley, Anna J. Egalite, and Martin F. Lueken

16. Questioning the Quality of Virtual Schools

NEPC report on K12 uses flawed measures of school performance

By Matthew M. Chingos

17. Still Teaching for America

Common vision creates forward momentum

By June Kronholz

18. Combating the ‘Culture of Can’t’

School leaders have more power than they think

By Frederick Hess and Whitney Downs

19. Toddlers and Tablets

Emerging apps take cues from learning science

By Alex Hernandez

20. Graduations on the Rise

The 2000s saw boost in U.S. students completing high school

By Richard J. Murnane and Stephen Hoffman

Congratulations to all of our authors!

—Education Next

P.S. You can find the Top 20 Education Next articles of 2011 here.




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    good ..but not so good…….:

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