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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

What Is Going On at Success Academy?

New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.

Inside Schools

Ed Next Book Club: Elizabeth Green on Building a Better Teacher

Mike Petrilli interviews Elizabeth Green about her new book on great teaching.

Government and Politics

Stuck in the Middle with State-Level Reform

There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.

Government and Politics

Stuck in the Middle with State-Level Reform

There is a yawning gap between the stirring language in state constitutions promising great primary and secondary schools and the nitty-gritty work of actually living up to that responsibility.

What We’re Listening To: A Tale of Two Polls

A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.

Why Do “Anti-Corporatists” Defend Factory-Style School Leadership?

There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.

Save Our Data! Protect the Integrity of Education Statistics

Everything you may be trying to accomplish, change, or protect in American education hinges more than you might realize on the integrity of our education data system and that data system is more vulnerable than you might think.

Race to the Top Wasn’t

What President Obama termed “the most meaningful education reform in a generation” has proven to be more a cautionary tale than a model.

Inside Schools

Ed Next Book Club: Elizabeth Green on Building a Better Teacher

Mike Petrilli interviews Elizabeth Green about her new book on great teaching.

Five Reasons Districts Should Love Course Access

Course Access is still a new policy, but for many students, no matter where they live or what school they attend, it will give them a significantly greater chance to fulfill their potential.

Pre-Kraziness

What is the benefit conferred by preschool if there’s no school after the pre?

The Politics of Teacher Evaluation Formulas

As states revamp their teacher evaluation systems, they continue to search for that magic number: the percentage of a teacher evaluation rating that should be based on student academic performance.

Not Teacher Quality, but Quality Teaching

Any pedagogy, curriculum, approach, or technology has to be within the skills of ordinary teachers to implement well and effectively. If it takes a superstar teacher it’s a nonstarter.

School Policy

What Is Going On at Success Academy?

New York’s latest round of state test results were released last week and the biggest news is the scores posted by Success Academy.

The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach

Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours?

New York’s Common Core Tests: Tough Questions, Curious Choices

The bottom line: the tests are hard, as expected, but the choice of texts needs work.

Suburbs Hold Key to Resolving Democratic Party’s Tensions over School Choice

On paper, the Democratic Party and huge swaths of black and Hispanic families craving better school options for their kids have been on a collision course for years.

KIPP, Student Attrition, and Peer Effects: A Response to Richard Kahlenberg

Our study did address all three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success, but reached its clearest conclusions about the effects of student attrition and replacement patterns.

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