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Standards, Testing, and Accountability

Accountability was widely embraced as a reform strategy in the 1990s, but skepticism has grown about whether the approach is working. Amid mounting evidence that state-level accountability systems have been built on wildly differing expectations for student performance, there has been increased interest in the development of common academic standards that could be adopted by all 50 states.

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School Policy

Betsy DeVos Deserves the Support of Education Reformers

Education reformers who are reflexively critical of DeVos are framing a narrow set of policies—the ones they prefer—as the very definition of “school choice,” “justice,” “morality,” or “accountability.”

Inside Schools

Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

If a new seriousness about civic education takes root, schools may turn to the new off-the-shelf curriculum developed by the College Board.

Government and Politics

Twenty Questions for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s New Education Secretary

It’s going to be important for the press, and for the Senate HELP committee, to ask a lot of questions to understand where she and the President who chose her plan to take federal education policy

Government and Politics

Twenty Questions for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s New Education Secretary

It’s going to be important for the press, and for the Senate HELP committee, to ask a lot of questions to understand where she and the President who chose her plan to take federal education policy

Protecting and Promoting the Use of Evidence in the Regulatory Process

The regulatory process provides a unique opportunity for researchers and the public at large to engage with policy. We should take advantage of it, in any administration.

How States Should Redesign Their Accountability Systems Under ESSA

States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.

Filling the Dozen Top Jobs in Trump’s Department of Education

Here are some of the names I’d love to see considered for a dozen of the top jobs.

Donald Trump Won. What Does That Mean for Education Policy?

Here are my 11 reflections on what this means and predictions for what might happen.

Inside Schools

Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

If a new seriousness about civic education takes root, schools may turn to the new off-the-shelf curriculum developed by the College Board.

Why Should Education Advocates Care About Pension Reform?

Here are my best arguments for why education advocates should invest their time and political capital in pensions, as opposed to everything else they might want to work on.

A Silver Lining for Online Higher Education?

While the overall picture regarding online higher education is mixed, some new papers present some cause for optimism, especially if we can figure out ways to successfully monitor and certify the quality of online education.

Are Teacher Turnover Rates Rising? Maybe Not

We may just be employing more teachers who fall into career stages with high turnover.

In the News: Math Teachers: Open Resources Come With Risks

The NCTM released a statement warning of the challenges math teachers can face when schools rely too heavily on open educational resources.

School Policy

Betsy DeVos Deserves the Support of Education Reformers

Education reformers who are reflexively critical of DeVos are framing a narrow set of policies—the ones they prefer—as the very definition of “school choice,” “justice,” “morality,” or “accountability.”

Betsy DeVos and Charter School Regulation: A View from Michigan

It is a falsehood that Michigan charters have no regulation, no oversight, and no accountability.

School Accountability and the Infinite Information Problem

We should recognize the government’s limited ability to collect, analyze, and make use of the extraordinary amount of information relevant to school quality and family preferences.

In the News: Many State Report Cards Leave Parents in the Dark About School Achievement

A new study by the Data Quality Campaign reviews school report cards issued by each state and finds many of them lacking.

You Can’t Regulate Quality If You Can’t Predict Quality

On what basis will regulators be able to judge quality to protect families against making bad choices?

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