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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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Government and Politics

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Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

Government and Politics

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

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

Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope

Inside Schools

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

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High School of the Future

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Blended Learning Can Enable Teachers to Focus on Cognitive Skills

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

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School Policy

Ed Reform is Animal Farm

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NYT Hatchet Job on Charters

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Rather than dig in and really understand what underlies our Rocketeers’ impressive achievements, NPR went to great pains in trying to undermine our success.

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