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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

Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

Inside Schools

High School of the Future

Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further

Government and Politics

Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

Government and Politics

Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

What Was Accomplished in the Era of Reform via Federal Regulation?

For all their differences, George W. Bush and Barack Obama shared a surprisingly common approach to school reform: a regulatory approach.

The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform

Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope

Justice Deferred

Supreme Court lets agency fees stand

How ED’s Proposed Supplement not Supplant Regulations Could Backfire on Equity

If these rules are put into place, districts will face several incentives at odds with helping disadvantaged students.

Inside Schools

High School of the Future

Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further

Blended Learning Can Enable Teachers to Focus on Cognitive Skills

An interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher of AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students

An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Some New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

The new generation of teacher evaluations have the potential to strengthen instruction, make teaching more attractive work, and raise student achievement on a wide scale—if states and school districts stay the course on reform.

How To Create Accountability Systems that Build Knowledge and Increase Reading Ability

Accountability plans must ensure that every student gets the broad knowledge and vocabulary that remain the unacknowledged drivers of language proficiency

School Policy

Proposed ESSA Regulations Limit States on Accountability

Like No Child Left Behind, the proposed ESSA regulations are going to stand in the way of some promising approaches to state accountability. What’s the point of that?

Charter Schools: Where They Work, Where They Don’t

Some of America’s highest-achieving schools are charters, but so are some of its worst.

Is The Press Fair and Balanced on Charter Schooling?

A new AEI study analyzes the 2015 charter school coverage from a number of influential media outlets.

Why I Would’ve Voted No on Putting the School Board in Charge of New Orleans Charter Schools

Louisiana has decided that all New Orleans charter schools now overseen by the state’s Recovery School District will be placed under the control of the local school board.

Testing College Readiness

Massachusetts compares the validity of two standardized tests

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