Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings
Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.
A conversation with Barbara Dreyer
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New political circumstances, growing popularity
Teachers adapt what they find to what their students need
The “stewards” of the system benefit the most
Sloppy English usage may seem like a modern problem, but the laxness that has led to this moment in grammar’s history bears a strong resemblance to the atmosphere in early-18th-century England.
Measuring the impact of effective principals
Create the path of least resistance
The potential for digital learning to boost student achievement seems boundless, but will the long-established organization of schooling embrace or hinder it?
Thirteen states enacted new K-12 school choice programs in 2011 and more than two dozen states are considering similar bills
Are public school teachers underpaid?
An insider’s view of ed schools
National Survey shows increased support for vouchers, but public’s views on merit pay, charters, and other policies have not changed, though teacher opposition to reforms intensifies
Romney and Pawlenty earn high marks for student achievement, Perry can spotlight Hispanic performance
Chicago Study Shows Principals Focus on Retaining Highly Effective Teachers in Dismissal Decisions – if Policies Permit
Reform improves student achievement by providing principals with the tools to manage the quality of personnel in their classrooms
A “no excuses” approach to teaching and learning and tight management make the difference
“Last in, first out” reduction-in-force policies give greater weight to teacher longevity than effectiveness
On Top of the News The German Example The New York Times | 06/08/11 Behind the Headline Teaching Math to the Talented Education Next | Winter 2011 On the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House, the New York Times’ David Leonhardt writes about what Germany is getting right these days, […]
On Top of the News World-beating: A weird school measure Class Struggle (blog) | 06/07/11 Behind the Headline The NRC Judges Test-Based Accountability Education Next (blog) | 06/03/11 Jay Mathews critiques the new NRC report on test-based accountability, arguing that the NRC has an unreasonable standard for evaluating the reform strategy. Jay’s column quotes Rick […]
On Top of the News Pa. girl wins Bee with ‘cymotrichous’ USA Today | 06/03/11 Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Education Next | Summer 2010 The 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee has a winner! June Kronholz wrote about spelling bees and other academic competitions in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next. Also […]
On Top of the News GOP questions federal rules on healthier eating U.S. News & World Report | 05/31/11 Behind the Headline The School Lunch Lobby Education Next | Summer 2005 Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama administration over new rules that would require healthier school lunches. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared […]
Students have the chance to accelerate and gain workforce skills, but roadblocks to dual enrollment remain
Cincinnati’s teacher evaluation system pinpoints link between teaching practices and student achievement
Widely-used problem-solving pedagogy as implemented in practice is not as effective for raising achievement levels
The state won the Race to the Top but his resignation leaves doubts that there will be any will to fulfill its promises
On Top of the News Holes in the case against Michelle Rhee The Washington Times | 04/11/11 Behind the Headline The Case Against Michelle Rhee Education Next | Summer 2011 In the Washington Times, Paul Peterson scrutinizes two recent studies of student achievement in the District of Columbia, and concludes that “the case against Michelle […]
The case against Rhee evaporates in fact-checking analysis of two critiques of her record
Analysis examines direct link between teacher effectiveness and lifetime earnings
On Top of the News House passes Boehner’s school vouchers bill USA Today | 03/30/11 Behind the Headline Lost Opportunities Education Next | Fall 2009 On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would revive the school voucher program for students in Washington, D.C. Patrick Wolf, the principal investigator of the evaluation of the D.C. […]
The Los Angeles school board has dumped Open Court, a reading program for elementary school students which provided scripted, phonics-intensive lessons. Many teachers hated the program, the L.A. Times reports. In the Winter 2007 issue of Ed Next, Diane Ravitch traced the history of the Open Court readers.
Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell vetoed a bill that would have required elementary and middle school students to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical education each week. A study that was published in Ed Next in 2006 found that mandating more time in PE classes does not always result in more exercise for kids.
Charter models that integrate teacher-directed and digital learning are on the leading edge of school reform
In a bid to prevent massive school closings, Detroit will consider converting nearly a third of its district-run schools into charter schools. In an article that appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Ed Next, Andy Smarick urged charter school advocates to embrace a strategy of large-scale replacement of failing district schools with charter schools.
Republicans are pushing to cut the budget for Head Start by $2 billion. The program is popular, but studies have raised questions about its effectiveness. The current budget for the program is $7.2 billion. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of Ed Next looked at earlier efforts to reform Head Start.
Bill Gates will outline how flawed pension accounting hampers the ability of states to pay for education, and will call for states to rethink their pension systems, in a talk to be presented at the TED conference tomorrow. Gates has created a website that shows the funding status for pension obligations and retiree health-care benefits for each state. In the Spring 2009 issue of Ed Next, Mike Podgursky and Bob Costrell wrote about the high cost of teacher pensions.
Will educators answer?
Even when implemented, the plans are more likely to be symbolic than substantive
New school models and governing arrangements at pivotal point as New Orleans looks ahead
School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success
Leaders of education organizations often have TFA experience
Significantly better student achievement seen in countries that make use of teacher performance pay
In Ed Week, Michelle Davis describes what the school day is like for parents whose children attend virtual school full-time. (Hint: it’s a lot of work!) In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.
Evidence from the New York City schools
Study provides evidence that the New York City bonus program did not lead to marked gains in student achievement
New York City’s decision to scrap school-wide bonus pay echoes study findings that school-wide performance pay hampers the incentives for individual teachers to improve performance
Edison Schools co-founder Chris Whittle has announced that he will open a for-profit, elite private school in New York City in September 2012. A study by Matt Chingos and Paul Peterson that was published in Ed Next in 2009 looked at what happened when for-profit firms, including Edison Schools, were given control of some public schools in Philadelphia.
In partnership with K12.com, George Washington University has launched a high school that will operate entirely online. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.
In the Washington Post this weekend, Richard Whitmire worries that the race to embrace a style of school reform he calls “Michelle Light” — the kinds of teacher quality reforms identified with Michelle Rhee, but pursued in a gentle, cooperative way–may not be able to accomplish much. Rhee was profiled by June Kronholz in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.
Students with exceptional intellectual ability are well served in an innovative Nevada public school
In the Wall Street Journal, Joel Klein argues that the structure of traditional pensions discourages talented young people from becoming teachers. The Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next included a study by Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky that showed how teacher pensions concentrate benefits on teachers who spend their entire careers in a single state, penalizing younger teachers, who change jobs and move more often than did previous generations.
Detroit Public Schools will spend $49 million in federal stimulus funds to buy laptops for 40,000 students in grades 6-12. In the Fall 2004 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hess wrote about other attempts by states and districts to boost achievement by passing out laptops. ” The tendency,” he noted, “has been to sprinkle computers and Internet connections across classrooms in the pleasant hope that teachers will integrate them into their lessons.”
Tax Credit Scholarships for Low-Income Florida Students to Attend Private Schools Improve Performance at Nearby Public Schools
Private school scholarship program leads to immediate and pronounced achievement improvements at neighborhood public schools, with elementary and middle schools most responsive
New analysis finds U.S. ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing at a high level of accomplishment, trailing Korea, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Lithuania, among others
At De La Salle Academy, a private school in New York City for high-performing low-income children profiled in today’s New York Times, rules are strict and expectations are high, but the school becomes like a family for students. An article by David Whitman that appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Ed Next explored the phenomenon of paternalistic schools, “highly prescriptive institutions that teach students not just how to think, but also how to act according to what are commonly termed traditional, middle-class values.”
Can charter management organizations deliver quality education at scale?
Barbara Martinez of the Wall Street Journal visits a Bronx elementary school where students spend two hours per day engaged in computer-directed instruction. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Gerald Huff and Bror Saxberg imagined what computer-assisted learning might look like in 2025 and described some ways that technology is being used to customize learning today.
Ron Huberman, who was appointed Chicago Schools CEO by Mayor Richard Daley after Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, has told Mayor Daley that he will leave his position before the mayor leaves office in May rather than serve under another mayor, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In the Winter 2003 issue of Ed Next, Alexander Russo wrote about the early days of mayoral control of education in Chicago.
Fifth grade test scores are down at KIPP schools in Washington, DC, but KIPP leaders are not concerned, and the network is continuing to add schools and grade levels, reports Jay Mathews. In Spring 2009, Ed Next published an excerpt from Jay’s book about KIPP, Work Hard. Be Nice.
Winnie Hu writes in the New York Times about school districts adopting Singapore Math, which is thought to provide a better foundation for higher-order math skills by teaching fewer topics but in more depth. Barry Garelick investigated Singapore Math in the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next.
Comprehensive analysis of 10 years of data from New York City shows middle-school students experience substantial achievement decline compared to K-8 peers
How and why middle schools harm student achievement
Behind the Headline: Hurricane Katrina swept away years of dysfunction in New Orleans public schools
Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, Cindy Chang of the New Orleans Times Picayune describes the transformation that has taken place in the city’s school system. In the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next, Kathryn Newmark and Veronique de Rugy wrote about the changes that were underway.
National Survey also reveals increased support for virtual schooling, support for charter schools rises sharply in minority communities
In New York, a judge has rejected a demand by the teachers union that the union be allowed to spend significantly more money on a Senate race than is permitted under the state’s current campaign finance law. In an article that appears in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next, Mike Antonucci took a close look at campaign spending by teachers unions.
In Ed Week, Stephen Sawchuk looks at how the NEA and the AFT are responding to the reforms being advanced by the Obama administration, and at what might explain the different responses from the two unions. In the Winter 2009 issue of Ed Next, Linda Seebach wrote about the two teachers unions, which had just chosen new presidents at their national conventions.
The Los Angeles Times has obtained seven years worth of test scores for individual students and used them to calculate “value added” scores for over 6,000 teachers. The teachers will be identified by name (and scores) in a series of articles and a database that will be made public. Kati Haycock and Eric Hanushek discussed the importance of identifying ineffective teachers in a forum that appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next about strategies for increasing the number of effective teachers in high-poverty schools.
In Slate, Brian Palmer looks at the history of letter grades for an explanation of why schools assign grades of A,B,C,D, and F—but not E. A study by David Figlio and Maurice Lucas that was published in Ed Next in 2004 found that elementary school students learn more from teachers who are tough graders.
Harvard Study Finds That Parents Grade Their Local Schools on Basis of Student Achievement Not Racial Composition of School
Analysis also debunks popular belief that low-income, minority and less-educated parents are not as informed about school quality
Teaching the incarcerated student
Behind the Headline: Venture Philanthropy gives $5.5 million for expansion of KIPP DC charter schools
A $5.5 million gift will allow KIPP to more than double the number of students enrolled in its schools in DC (to 3400 students) by 2015. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Julie Bennett explored how KIPP has been able to expand while maintaining quality.
First Lady Michelle Obama urges Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Bill, which would bring healthier school lunches to more kids. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2005, Ron Haskins wrote about the forces behind the federal school lunch program.
School districts attempting to turn around low-performing schools using federal funds are overwhelming choosing the least disruptive interventions. An article by Andy Smarick that appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next argued that turnaround efforts like these are unlikely to succeed.
Passing rates on state tests plummeted this year in New York after state education officials raised the cut score on the state’s reading and math tests. New York said that the tests had become significantly easier to pass. A study by Paul Peterson and Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadón that will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next finds that New York is not the only state that had been dumbing down its tests.
In Washington, schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering a plan that would offer vouchers to special ed students in need of full-time placements. Jay Greene and Stuart Buck explained how special ed vouchers work and dispelled myths about the vouchers in an article appearing in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.
Summer learning loss is among the most pernicious — if least acknowledged — causes of achievement gaps in America’s schools, notes David von Drehle in this week’s Time Magazine, and lengthening the school year is the answer. In an article published in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next, Dave Marcotte and Ben Hansen reviewed the research on the impact of extending the school year on student achievement.
The Fordham Institute has released an analysis of the Common Core standards and the state academic standards in all 50 states which finds that the Common Core standards are better than those in three quarters of the states. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2009, Chester Finn and Deborah Meier debated the merits of a national curriculum.
A new Brookings study by Russ Whitehurst and Michelle Croft finds that students attending the charter school connected with the Harlem Children’s Zone do not outperform students at other New York City charter schools, but Jay Mathews warns that it is too soon to draw conclusions about the impact of the HCZ’s services. Cara Spitalewitz reviewed Paul Tough’s book about the Harlem Children’s Zone in the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next.
In Massachusetts, the commissioner of education is recommending that the state replace its highly regarded academic standards with the Common Core Standards. In an article that appeared in Ed Next last year, Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass worried that Massachusetts might turn its back on the nation’s most successful reform strategy, including its high academic standards.
In Colorado and other states, teachers’ job security will now be tied to how well their students perform on state tests. In an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hanushek and Kati Haycock debate the best ways to get more effective teachers into high-need schools. They both note that removing poorly performing teachers is an important part of any strategy to boost teacher quality.
New Education Next analysis finds two national teachers unions spent $71.7 million on political campaigns in 2007-08 and millions more on policy research to support their agendas
In New Jersey, a flood of teachers are retiring this month in response to a proposal to reduce pension benefits for future retirees. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky investigated the peculiar incentives that are built into teacher pensions, incentives which can encourage teachers to leave teaching when they are still effective or to remain in their jobs when they have burned out.
On Top of the News How Many Graduates Does It Take to Be No. 1? 06/26/10 | New York Times Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next Many high schools are naming multiple students–sometimes dozens–as valedictorians to reduce pressure and competition among students. An article by June Kronholz in the […]
On Top of the News Villaraigosa backs charter school bids, rips Cortines 06/25/10 | The Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The mayor of Los Angeles has criticized the L.A. Unified school district for not allowing more charter organizations to take over low-performing district schools […]
On Top of the News TAKS grade inflation is nothing new 06/13/10 | Houston Chronicle Behind the Headline State Standards Rising in Reading but Not in Math Fall 2010 | Education Next It has been reported that the “passing” mark for some parts of the Texas state proficiency exam was altered after the results came […]
On Top of the News Cincinnati Public Schools to put top teachers at weak schools 06/14/10 | Cincinnati.com Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Cincinnati teachers who receive special training to serve as “lead teachers” will no longer be able to return to their home schools, but […]
On Top of the News Microsoft’s Philly high school traveled rocky road 06/15/10 | Forbes Behind the Headline High School 2.0 Spring 2010 | Education Next Philadelphia’s School of the Future graduates its first senior class today, and every graduate is headed for an institution of higher learning. In the Spring 2010 issue of Ed […]
Behind the Headline: Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement
On Top of the News Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement 06/11/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Bye-Bye Blackboards Summer 2010 | Education Next Expensive and interactive, whiteboards are sprouting up in classrooms across the country. But do they improve academic achievement, Stephanie McCrummen wonders in the Washington Post. […]
On Top of the News D.C. contract is just the tool to let creative, renegade teachers soar 06/07/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The new teachers contract in D.C. will give innovative teachers an opportunity to prove that they can help poor kids […]
On Top of the News Why should education be exempt from recession budgeting? 06/06/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline The Phony Funding Crisis Winter 2010 | Education Next George Will writes that before Congress agrees to spend another $23 billion to prevent teachers from being laid off, “it should read ‘The Phony Funding […]
On Top of the News 1 competitor, 1 spelling bee — 20,000 note cards 05/31/10 | The Boston Globe Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next With the National Spelling Bee just days away, attention has turned to its talented and dedicated competitors – including Tim Ruiter, one of the […]
On Top of the News Slow learners at the 9th Circuit 05/18/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Credits Crunched Fall 2009 | Education Next On Thursday the Supreme Court will consider whether to reverse a ruling by the 9th Circuit that Arizona’s tax credit program violates the Establishment clause. “Surely this question was […]
Landmark federal law responsible for gains in math among low-income and Hispanic students, but had no impact on reading achievement.
On Top of the News School Factors May Influence Teacher Effectiveness 05/17/10 | Teacher Beat Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next A new study by C. Kirabo Jackson finds that teachers who are effective in one school might not be as effective in other kinds of schools–schools […]
Staying there isn’t easy
Education Next rates Each State’s Proficiency Standards; finds that Race to the Top Winners Delaware and Tennessee get a ‘C’ and an ‘F’, respectively
On Top of the News Mass. hunting for star teachers 05/10/10 | Boston Globe Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Massachusetts will today announce a new effort to recruit hundreds of successful teachers to work in 35 low-performing schools in Boston and other school districts. In the […]
Flawed comparisons lead Civil Rights Project to unwarranted conclusions
Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state
On Top of the News U.S. Falls Short in Measure of Future Math Teachers 04/15/10 | The New York Times Behind the Headline The Mystery of Good Teaching Spring 2002 | Education Next A new study finds that America’s future math teachers have less knowledge of math than their counterparts in other countries. An article […]
On Top of the News Obama’s plan to reward schools for innovation sparks debate 04/14/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Toothless Reform? Spring 2010 | Education Next The U.S. Department of Education is embracing an approach to spending that rewards states and districts for innovating instead of simply disbursing funds by formula to […]
On Top of the News Teachers agree to shorten LAUSD school year 04/11/10 | Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Time for School? Winter 2010 | Education Next The teachers union in L.A. has ratified a deal that will shorten the school year this year and next as a cost-saving measure. As reported in the […]
Charter school and Latino leaders push unions to innovate
On Top of the News Budget cuts could lead to fewer options at Florida Virtual 03/24/10 | The Gradebook Behind the Headline Florida’s Online Option Summer 2009 | Education Next The Florida Legislature is considering cutting Florida Virtual School’s per-student funding and limiting the length of time students may take to complete courses. An article […]
New Study Finds State Funded Universal Kindergarten Provides Some Benefits for White Students but no Positive Impact for African American Students
Large state investments in universal early-childhood education programs do not necessarily yield clear benefits for more disadvantaged students
Benefits were small and only reached white children
Review of Rafe Esquith’s Lighting Their Fires
Charter Schools Show Increased Rates of High School Graduation and College Enrollment, According to New Study
In the first-ever analysis of the impacts of charter school attendance on educational attainment, educational researchers find that attending charter high schools is associated with higher graduation rates and college attendance.
New evidence suggests they are boosting high school graduation and college attendance rates
Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name?
My online education
How vouchers came to the Big Easy
In a decade in which many school voucher programs have been limited or rolled back in Washington, DC, Utah, Arizona, and Florida, the Louisiana legislature in 2008 passed a new voucher program for New Orleans. In 2009-10, the second year of the voucher program, 1,324 New Orleans students attended 31 private schools using vouchers with a maximum value of over $7,000.
How a teacher’s gender affects boys and girls
A charmed federal food program that no longer just feeds the hungry
As states catch their breath after rushing to meet the January 19 deadline for submitting applications for the first round of Race to the Top grants, education researcher Andy Smarick of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute warns that the administration must take steps to ensure that Race to the Top funds are spent in ways that promote reform.
How about more pay for new teachers, less for older ones?
After decades of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys are the ones in peril. Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail, and Susan McGee Bailey, principal author of the 1992 report How Schools Shortchange Girls debate whether schools are now shortchanging boys.
It’s time for America to adopt European-style exit exams
As Education Week magazine prepares to release its annual report card for states, Quality Counts 2010, education researcher Margaret Raymond and a team of researchers from CREDO at Stanford University warn that one set of grades on the report card is not reliable.
Narrowing its scope to factors schools can control would give the measure greater value
New union leadership does not change a thing
Hispanic student success in Florida
What to do about it
Top candidates win customized teacher education
How Chicago reversed its descent
The new paternalism in urban schools
Will New Orleans become the new city of choice?
Evidence from Kenya
An inside look at school discipline
The history of teacher attitude adjustment
Intelligence and How to Get It; Liberating Learning; Unlearned Lessons; Leading for Equity
To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care
What a Tennessee experiment tells us about merit pay
Can it be used to hold schools accountable?
In a time of penny pinching inspired by tight state and local education budgets, investigative reporter David Bass warns that taxpayers are picking up the tab for a large number of ineligible students who participate in the federal school-lunch program. Even more problematic may be the effect on school funding formulas, on research, and on accountability measures.
Public School Pension Plans Penalize Teachers who Move Jobs across States with Significant Retirement Losses, Researchers Find
In examining pension plans in six states, Costrell and Podgursky find that compared to a neutral cash balance system, the type of defined benefit pension system which covers almost all public school teachers redistributes about half the pension wealth of an entering cohort of teachers to those who subsequently retire in their mid-50s from those who leave the system earlier.
Meaningful dinner conversation can be hard to come by
Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty
Researchers Dave Marcotte and Benjamin Hansen summarize new evidence that expanding instructional time is as effective as other commonly discussed educational interventions intended to boost learning.
Forced busing didn’t work the first time
Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms
No longer famous, but still intact
Fueled by Federal Stimulus Package, Education Spending Will Likely Increase over Next Decade despite Lack of Achievement Gains for Students
The nation’s public schools will likely have more money and a larger and better paid labor force than they had in 2009
Who attends them and how well are they teaching their students?
In the wake of California’s Prop 227
New school start ups and replications of high performing charter school models provide a better solution
Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer
What we know about teacher preparation at elite education schools
A mathematician with a child learns some politics
Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?
Researchers Find Special Education Voucher Programs Ensure Better Services and Outcomes for Students
In a feature article for the winter 2010 issue of Education Next, education researchers Jay P. Greene and Stuart Buck of the University of Arkansas dispel several common myths about these programs and show how they have benefited handicapped children in states where they have been enacted, including those not in private placements.
The dangers of challenging power
Archive of Podcasts featuring Paul Peterson and Checker Finn
The roots and reality of the Knowledge Is Power Program
The supersized superintendent moves to the Superdome city
California unions tame the Terminator
Jacquelyn Davis works with D.C.’s education bureaucracy
What happens when teachers run the school?
Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise
Alternative Routes to Teaching; When Mayors Take Charge; From A Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind; Inside Urban Charter Schools; The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education; The Latino Education Crisis
“Obama Effect” Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics, according to Education Next–PEPG 2009 National Survey
Findings Show Research Evidence Can Be Equally Significant in Shaping Public Opinion. Read the full article,
The Persuadable Public, by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West.
Many think students have more rights than courts have granted. Read the full article, Law and Disorder in the Classroom, by Richard Arum and Doreet Preiss.
Students in D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Make Significant Improvements in Reading, U.S. Education Department Study Finds
Voucher gains are the largest achievement impacts from any federal education experiment so far. Read the full article, Lost Opportunities, by Patrick J. Wolf.
Our schools deserve an “F”
Domestic violence harms everyone’s kids
Race and Education, 1954—2007, by Raymond Wolters & Steady Gains and Stalled Progress, edited by Katherine Magnuson and Jane Waldfogel
Untangling race and education
Does school choice push public schools to improve?
Debating Massachusetts; scaling up KIPP; practice-based teacher training; alternative certification; for-profits in Philadelphia; selling success; teacher co-ops
Book Review: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
The Beautiful Tree; The Street Stops Here; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006; The Leader in Me; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk
New Education Next Forum: Is There a Connection between School Spending and Student Achievement? Should Courts Decide?
U. S. Supreme Court decision puts issue on front burner for states. Read the full article, Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindseth and Michael Rebell.
Teachers can instill a sense of purpose
Florida’s charters under attack
In 2006, we examined the damages from state education budget cuts. We proposed moving students in to charter schools.
When Provided with Accurate Information, Public Support for Increased Spending on Schools and Teacher Salaries Declines, Researchers Find
Read the full article, Educating the Public, by William G. Howell and Martin R. West.
The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves; The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006: Overcoming Corruption and Racial Segregation; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs That Break the Cycle of Poverty
A safety net grows in Harlem
The problem is adolescence
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Have a Negative Effect on the Behavior and Academic Achievement of Classroom Peers, New Study Finds
Troubled boys have a greater and more adverse impact on other boys. Read the full article, Domino Effect, by Scott Carrell and Mark Hoekstra.
Education Scholars Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb Debate the Pros and Cons of the Controversial Federal Education Policy. Read the full article, The Future of No Child Left Behind, with Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb
Books and ideas have no deep impact
Florida Virtual School reports 10-fold increase in enrollments over past ten years; nearly 50 percent growth among African-Americans since 2007. Read the full article, Florida’s Online Option, by Bill Tucker.
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
A personal tribute to John Brandl
The Seduction of Common Sense:How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America's Schools; Real Leaders,Real Schools: Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds; Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed; School Accountability,Autonomy, and Choice Around the World; The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship: Possibilities for School Reform
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
Choice international; IES; Milwaukee finance; home schooling; alternative certification; union watch
My journey in competitive forensics
Film explores racial divide in 1930s America
So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools Charles M. Payne (Harvard Education Press) Payne, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, here sets out to explain “the sociology of failure” of urban reform. Drawing primarily on his experiences in Chicago, Payne considers the effects of social context, poverty, race, […]
Murray's simple truths not so simple
Front-loading teacher pay; California home schooling; paying students for test scores; academics and discipline; technology education for teachers
The fiscal impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
The politics of education science
Everybody knows somebody who is teaching a child at home
Fox TV show doesn’t get it
By this professor’s calculations, math skills have plummeted
The true story of the federal role in education
Disrupting class; Governor Schwarzenegger; Reading First; New York City charters;wrong numbers; charter sector
As state after state expands pre-K schooling, questions remain
Maya Angelou Public Charter School offers hope and an education to kids in trouble
Responses to Additional Questions
Mentors help interns figure it out
Lessons Learned: What International Assessments Tell Us about Math Achievement Tom Loveless, editor (Brookings Institution Press) While math scores are bandied about in the modern era, how much do we really know about what they mean or what they can teach about practice and policy? In this dense but thought-provoking volume, Brookings scholar Tom Loveless […]
Educator’s diagnosis on the mark, 65 years later
Larger networks of schools produce higher student achievement
Promise and perils of federal leadership
U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements
The franchise model applied to schools
Back to the Feature
Back To The Feature
Students teach the wonders of technology
The Educational Morass: Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education. Myron Lieberman (Rowman and Littlefield). The equal-opportunity, granddaddy longlegs of all curmudgeons, Myron Lieberman, manages in one volume to savage teachers unions, education schools, the Education Writers Association, the New York Times, the Washington Post, education research, egalitarian school-choice proponents, and conservatives Diane Ravitch, Terry Moe, […]
Catalysts for change or untrained temporaries?
Lessons learned from Utah
Secrets of successful schools
Why some places have more students in charter schools and others have fewer
Make charters a political advantage
Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver’s ProComp Plan. Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp (Harvard Education Press). The authors have delivered a straight-shooting, inside account of the design, politics, and implementation of the much-discussed Denver ProComp teacher pay plan—a plan the Denver Post termed “the nation’s most ambitious.” Widely regarded as the […]
“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of […]
The 2008 presidential election stands as a “change” election. The public’s anxiety over the challenges globalization poses to the future of the American Dream is driving a desire for the country to change direction. The American people understand that what will give the nation a competitive advantage in a global marketplace are the skills, creativity, […]
In the 2000 election, President Bush’s pledge to combat the “soft bigotry of low expectations” was a pillar of his compassionate conservatism and crucial to his razor-thin margin of victory. That election begat the now-controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The law has split the Right between those who cheer accountability and those who […]
Tax credits down and out in Missouri
Do schools practice educational triage?
What values do they hold?
Wrong role for school teachers
On the debate circuit with Central High
History of Chicago schools provides few answers
Evidence-based studies; update on Los Angeles; pre-K for all;
Indianapolis needs philanthropy; in defense of
NCLB can be fixed
Congress hopes to finish work on the reauthorization of the No ChildLeft Behind Act (NCLB) before the presidential primary season beginsin January 2008, though it is unclear whether that deadline will bemet. The six-year-old law was originally passed by Congress with strongbipartisan support, but now faces opposition from both the right andthe left. Can the […]
Results from the Moving to Opportunity experiment
Explaining educational outcomes of the Moving to Opportunity program
New York’s adequacy case; underground education; North Carolina charters; the Bloomberg revolution
For more than three decades, the United States has been scoring below the international average among participating nations on tests of math and science achievement. Again and again, civic leaders have pointed to this fact when warning that a crisis in American education may imperil continued growth in economic productivity. Yet after two decades of […]
Should Head Start emphasize academic skills?
How should we pay teachers?
How do teachers know they're working hard enough?
Ancient and Modern
Teens at the top pay a price
Catholic schools; teacher dispositions; private placements; teacher certification
The Los Angeles Unified School District once again finds itself positioned for great things—or grave disappointment. The district has an ambitious building plan, and a tough-talking retired admiral sits in the superintendent’s chair. The legislature passed a bill in 2006 that gives Mayor Villaraigosa greater control over the schools, but a lawsuit holds up his […]
Politics may still save L.A. schools
An attempted takeover goes awry
Who should control a four-year-old’s education — the government or parents?
The Peyton Manning of charter schools
An interview with Florida governor Jeb Bush
Campbell, David E. 2001a. “Civic Education: Readying Massachusetts’ Next Generation of Citizens.” White Paper 17, Boston: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Available by request of the author, Dave_Campbell@nd.edu. ———. 2001b. “Making Democratic Education Work.” In Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education, edited by Paul E. Peterson and David E. Campbell. Washington, DC: Brookings, pp. 241-67. […]
Secretary Spellings – the ace in Bush’s hand
Let student teachers and mentors choose the best fit
Educating School Teachers. Arthur Levine (The Education Schools Project). In this 140-page report, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, seeks to do for teachers what his 2005 report did for administrators: appraise the current state of their professional preparation and suggest needed reforms. The news is mostly glum: “Teacher education in the U.S. […]
Solid snap judgments are deeply grounded
Teacher Certification; Adequacy Studies; National Standards; Restructuring Questions; Spotlight on Newark; Kids and Exercise
Best practices in character education
An interview with Sandy Kress
How vendors manipulate research and cheat students
Obesity, exercise, and the role of schools
Teacher Gender; Hope in New Orleans; Miracle Math; PE in Schools; Newark’s Cory Booker; National Standards
If children showed any aptitude and ambition for learning, they were not hampered by restrictions [or] rules
Cutting Through the Hype: A Taxpayer’s Guide to School Reforms. Jane L. David and Larry Cuban (Education Week Press). Silver bullets come not here. In this slender, readable volume, veteran educators Jane David (now head of the Bay Area Research Group) and Larry Cuban (emeritus education professor at Stanford) conduct a breakneck tour of almost—but […]
Dumbing-down reading instruction
So far, states and districts have opted for anything but
“Restructured” usually means little has changed
Making early childhood education matter
The brave new world of data-informed instruction
Does the law’s great big machine for overhauling schools produce anything worthwhile?
How local school boards–and their allies–block the competition
Can it be saved?
Assessments of the state of American education on the 20th anniversary of the A Nation at Risk report
Agents of reform or defenders of the status quo?
When the lack of a cohesive curriculum comes back to bite
Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today’s Schools. Edited by Jane Hannaway and Andrew J. Rotherham (Harvard Education Press). It is not clear what justifies use of “change” in the title of this book. Since the days of the Luddites, it has been in the nature of unions to oppose anything that jeopardizes worker […]
The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children
By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
The Bostonian Tom Payzant had an extraordinary ten-year run as superintendent of schools in Boston, as described in Alexander Russo’s fine story (“The Bostonian,” features, Summer 2006). Although it’s hard to remember now, Boston public schools were in free fall a decade ago, with a dysfunctional school committee, a series of short-term superintendents, and a […]
To get national standards, leaders will need to be bold
Should the federal government tell schools what to teach?
A successful program from Singapore tests the limits of school reform in the suburbs
How some schools do — and don’t do — PE
Can Cory Booker save Newark's schools?
Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap
The Head Start approach to school readiness
The War on Poverty goes to school
She was asking for the barest of minimums: her child’s safety
Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy by Stephen Macedo Asking the schools to mold good citizens—again
Progressive ideals, lost in translation
Linking scholarship and reform
How choice would affect teachers
For most of the century just past, and into the current one, school districts have paid their teachers according to a “single salary schedule,” a pay scheme that bases an individual teacher’s salary on two factors: years of experience (steps) and number of education credits and degrees (lanes).
The recent entry of for-profit schools into the K–12 arena is an intriguing trend.
Why start a charter school in the style of a military college-prep academy? Put simply, Oakland’s public high schools are a disaster.
Public education’s new lease on life
Learning from the New Zealand experiment
Is preschool too early for academic instruction?
Will the imprimatur of “board certification” professionalize teaching?
The Educational Testing Service makes divining the methods of good teachers look easy. It’s not.
The common stereotypes of Christian schools mask their healthy diversity
Tattered Blue Ribbons at the Department of Education
How to prevent reading disabilities
The obstacles in my path were perfect training for a teacher
Poorly designed high-stakes tests may undermine the standards movement
Our name has changed, but our mission has not
Why education rejects randomized experiments
Private schools, public ends
A new agenda for the teacher unions
Why teachers must come to regard-and organize-themselves as mind workers
Can teacher unions really promote reform?
Any attempt to divine the cultural consequences of choice must recognize that the movement for educational choice has not been limited to vouchers.
Public schools once taught a common culture. Now they try to teach every culture
Will school reform undermine the common culture?
Houston has plenty of unfinished business as it transitions to new leadership an
A recent Council of the Great City Schools report hailed Houston for ‘beating the odds’ by generating sizable gains in student achievement.
Will success survive the Paige promotion?
A cause worth fighting for
Religious schools, parental choices
Examining the early responses of public schools to competition
Education demands a first-rate R & D shop. The Department of Education isn’t it-yet
Fearing conformity, violence, secularism, or simply bad teaching, more and more parents are taking their children’s education into their own hands. And more and more of their children are entering the nation’s finest institutions of higher education. Can home schoolers handle college life?
Cities look for a savior to transform their school systems, lasting reform takes a sustained, community-wide effort
Just a few years back, school-based management was the rage in Cleveland. Except that the central office wasn't all that interested in relinquishing control
In Baltimore, the mayor’s lack of success at school reform led to a state takeover of the city’s schools. In Washington, D.C., mayoral control has begun to stabilize the system. So what does this tell us about the ability of city hall to run a school system?
Can new management save urban school districts?
If school vouchers bettered the educational opportunities only of children who use the vouchers to attend private schools or schools in another district, many reformers would be left holding cups half empty.
After five years, school choice is beginning to have visible effects in Michigan’s education system.
My high school was certified as “college preparatory.” I was able to take introductory calculus, advanced chemistry and biology, and even several English literature courses for college credit. I graduated as valedictorian of my decent-sized class, with just over a 3.9 GPA. However, as my father often observed with great frustration, I rarely spent my […]
Inside Charter Schools: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization Edited by Bruce Fuller Harvard University Press, 2000, $31.50; 288 pages. Reviewed by Patrick J. Wolf The soaring popularity of charter schools among parents, education reformers, and politicians still hasn’t convinced Bruce Fuller of their worth. Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University […]
A-Plus for vouchers? In “The Looming Shadow“ (Research, Winter 2001), Jay P. Greene of the Manhattan Institute examines whether the threat of vouchers under Florida’s A-Plus program forced the state’s failing schools to improve. The A-Plus program is essentially a top-down accountability system with a voucher add-on. The state grades schools from A to F […]
Do we need good teachers? Don’t be silly. Of course we do. We can all recall a teacher who made a big difference in our lives. And now we have research, as reviewed in Dan Goldhaber’s Feature essay “The Mystery of Good Teaching,” which shows more clearly than ever before that the quality of the […]
Since 1990 the New York-based Teach for America (TFA) program has placed more than 7,000 teachers in some of the nation’s most challenging school districts. The nonprofit organization recruits high-achieving seniors from top colleges and asks them to commit themselves to two years of teaching in inner-city or rural schools. TFA currently supplies teachers to […]
The urban school districts of California have a well-publicized shortage of teachers. So they’re eager to move well-qualified candidates into the classroom, right? Not always. Nontraditional candidates-namely recent college graduates and career changers who haven’t attended a standard teacher-preparation program-often encounter serious roadblocks, even with the state’s full endorsement of alternative certification programs that allow […]
Inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is seen as either a sea change in federal education policy or a half-measure designed to demonstrate the political leadership’s willingness to “do something” on education. On one side are supporters of the legislation who point to its substantial tightening […]
From his first days in office, President Bush made education reform one of his chief priorities. Congress responded with a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that requires states to ensure that all students reach a certain level of proficiency within the next 12 years. Schools that fail to meet their achievement […]
Picture Gerard, a 28-year-old business consultant who majored in economics at Williams College and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. Gerard has been working for a consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut, but is looking for a new, more fulfilling position. He has demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and work habits. In addition, though he didn’t major in […]
Education schools have lost the confidence of the public
and policymakers alike. They'll need to relinquish their
monopoly on teacher preparation in order to gain it back
Licensure ought to guarantee that every classroom comes
equipped with a skilled, knowledgeable teacher. The new
performance standards for teachers are making that possible
Life returns to not quite normal at Stuyvesant High
Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems By Frederick M. Hess Brookings Institution, 2002, $45.95; 268 pages. As reviewed by Edward B. Fiske For the most part, the language of economics has informed the public debate over school choice. Free-market economist Milton Friedman was the first to develop the concept […]
School Vouchers: Examining the Evidence By Martin Carnoy Economic Policy Institute, 2002. Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools By Brian Gill, P. Michael Timpane, Karen Ross, and Dominic Brewer RAND Corporation, 2001. School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee General Accounting Office, […]
Quick fix Margaret Raymond and Stephen Fletcher’s findings (“Teach for America,” Research, Spring 2002) from their initial evaluation of Teach for America (TFA) are not too surprising, given the makeup of TFA recruits and the teachers with whom they are being compared. They find that TFA recruits in Houston are “at least as effective as […]
Although September 11 briefly arrested the nation’s work on domestic issues, 2002 is still shaping up as a significant year for education reformers. When President Bush affixed his signature to the No Child Left Behind Act on January 8, 2002, he arguably brought to life the most important piece of federal education legislation since 1965. […]
It’s easy to tell when someone is in the grip of a Big Idea That Explains Everything. Tunnel vision sets in; every analysis, whatever the topic, becomes an occasion for the grand theory to appear. Evidence is read and supplied selectively, in such a way that the theory re-mains unscathed. Skepticism is deployed selectively as […]
Tracing the evolution of New American Schools, from feisty upstart to bulwark of the education establishment
School violence, the media’s phantom epidemic
The downs and ups of accountability in California
President Bush forges a consensus on federal education policy
Will the Supreme Court’s decision in Zelman end the debate?
No standardized test is perfect. But they’re useful nonetheless
All the evidence to date shows that value-added techniques are being employed responsibly
The latest innovation in measuring the performance of schools and teachers holds great promise, but the idea is still way ahead of our ability to execute it
Are we measuring achievement gains accurately enough?
Photograph courtesy of Howard Fuller. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, if you were a black basketball player in Milwaukee and thought you “had game,” there were two playgrounds to establish your credentials: Franklin Square and Lapham Park. I spent many hours on both courts. Although there are new playgrounds today, the tradition continues. I […]
Kingdom of Children
Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement
by Mitchell L. Stevens
Catholic Schools: Private and Social Effects Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, $100; 160 pages By William Sander The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools Brookings Institution, 2002, $28.95; 275 pages By William G. Howell and Paul Peterson, with Patrick J. Wolf and David E. Campbell As reviewed by R. Kenneth Godwin The advantage of reading The Education Gap and Catholic Schools together is in […]
New American Schools; bullying and school violence
High-school graduation rates are slipping? Can this be? Or is Chicken Little at it again? After rising for more than 100 years, reports Duncan Chaplin in our lead feature “Tassels on the Cheap,” graduation rates started to slip during the 1970s. By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points […]
The issue that Terry Moe raises in his article “Cooking the Questions” in the Spring 2002 issue of Education Next concerns Phi Delta Kappa’s interpretations of findings from the 2001 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward education. In a press release, Phi Delta Kappa concluded, “It is clear that the decade of […]
Ever-declining class sizes and teachers’ dwindling pay have a common explanation: the increasing price of skilled labor
New evidence on the effectiveness of bilingual education
Federal legislation can move the states quite far, even if they don’t ally comply with the letter of the law.
Illustration by Craig Frazier. The principle that social interventions ought to be evaluated has a long pedigree. Eager readers of the Muquadimah know that Ibn Khaldun considered competing explanations for the success of Arab regimes in the 13th century. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale reproved the English Parliament for failing to weigh seriously the […]
Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos. In their continuing efforts to extract more school spending from state legislatures through the courts, advocacy groups recently acquired a powerful new weapon: the standards movement. Their success provides yet another example of the law of unintended consequences. Recently, plaintiffs in two prominent cases, in New York and North Carolina, successfully […]
Illustration by John Weber. For more than a century the Department of Education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year. A statistic called the “degree ratio” can readily be calculated by combining these data with population figures from the U.S. Census. The degree ratio is the number of high-school diplomas […]
During the past four decades, poor countries worldwide have experienced a massive expansion of education. But the global mandarins who thought education would lead to surging economies have been sorely disappointed
Teaching students how to read the classics
The GED; value-added testing; and California accountability
Illustration by Chris Gall. Few urban school superintendents remain in place for long nowadays. According to the Council of the Great City Schools, they last an average of 2.5 years. Like mythological children sent to appease the ravening monster, the chief education officers are ready sacrifices offered up when things go badly. Replacing the person […]
Do Charter Schools Measure Up? The Charter School Experiment After 10 Years by the American Federation of Teachers
The missionaries in public schools
Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman was among the first (John Stuart Mill made a similar proposal 100 years earlier) to propose that the financing of education be separated from the administration of schools, the core idea behind school vouchers. In a famous 1955 essay, Friedman argued that there is no need for government to run […]
The story behind Philadelphia’s Edison contract
Special education has its problems, but they mainly follow from the failure of schools to comply fully with the law
Can special ed be held accountable too?
New obstacles to continuing growth
Lincoln taught himself the three R’s and more
School Choice Tradeoffs: Liberty, Equity, and Diversity by By R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer University of Texas Press, 2002, $29.95; 315 pages. America lacks a theory that would explain how its current system of public schooling could function at an acceptable level. Such a theory would describe how the several components of schooling finances, administration, curriculum, teaching, […]
Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt by Raffaella Cribiore Princeton University Press, 2001, $39.50; 288 pages. In Rome, toward the end of the 1st century C.E., Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, an 11-year-old boy, won honorable mention in a poetry contest by improvising some 43 verses in ancient Greek on a mythological […]
The AFT responds The American Federation of Teachers’ report Do Charter Schools Measure Up? has been sharply criticized by special-interest groups advocating on behalf of charter schools. In “Lobbying in Disguise” (Check the Facts, Winter 2003), Robert Maranto joins this discordant chorus. But Maranto and the AFT agree on a number of points: • Charter […]
In 1983, a blue-ribbon education commission appointed by Ronald Reagan’s first Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, announced that America’s “educational institutions seem to have lost sight of the basic purposes of schooling, and of the high expectations and disciplined effort needed to attain them.” In its report, A Nation at Risk, the National Commission […]
Illustration by Stuart Bradford. A Nation at Risk foreshadowed the modern accountability movement. While the word “accountability” never appears in Risk, its call for higher academic standards and its focus on student achievement as the main barometer of quality laid the intellectual groundwork for the rigorous curricula and tests envisioned by the promoters of standards-based […]
A Nation at Risk emphasized the importance of learning so-called “higher-order skills” in the early grades. But even chess grand masters need to learn the basics first.
The authors of A Nation at Risk recognized a fundamental truth of education: that reforms, if they are to be successful, must reach into education’s inner sanctum, the classroom.
Minority students are becoming increasingly concentrated in urban school districts. During the 1990-91 school year, 40 of the 57 districts that are members of the Council of the Great City Schools reported student populations in which minority students composed the majority. By the 1997-98 school year, the number had risen to 46 districts. Though there […]
The core of A Nation at Risk was its concern that America’s public schools were not challenging enough to prepare students for a future built on technology and information.
“Education reforms are useless unless our kids take responsibility for their education,” legendary union leader Albert Shanker wrote a decade ago.
A Nation at Risk was an historic document—for its time. Now we know that while its findings were dead on, its reform agenda relied too much on the existing system
Choice, accountability, and transparency will mean little without a new generation of school-based leaders to light the way
“It is high time that we commit the full resources required to improve every school in America, so that every child is at grade level or above”
It will take prolonged effort and more than just school reforms to boost student achievement
That the nation is still debating—and has yet to address—many of the issues raised by A Nation at Risk is a testament to its prescience
Students do no more homework today than they did 20 years ago, despite the recommendations of A Nation at Risk.
At Bronx Prep, a master teacher shares his expertise. Photograph courtesy of Kristin Kearns Jordan.
Why Schools Matter: A Cross-National Comparison of Curriculum and Learning
by William H. Schmidt et al.
Upstart Startup: Creating and Sustaining a Public Charter School By James Nehring; Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School By Peggy Silva and Robert A. Mackin; Central Park East and Its Graduates: “Learning by Heart” By David Bensman; One Kid at a Time: Big Lessons from a Small School By Eliot Levine
Paper tiger unions; Bronze Age of education; and nimble charters
Are teachers paid too little? This has been more of an assumption than a question in recent decades. Even raising the issue carries the risk of being labeled anti-education. Nonetheless, a few of our intrepid authors dared to tackle the subject in this issue’s pages. They suggest that today’s teachers may be well paid, but […]
Does the black-white test-score gap narrow or widen through the school years? It depends on how you measure. Illustration by Janusz Kapusta. Educational Achievement and Black-White Inequality By Jonathan Jacobsen, Cara Olsen, Jennifer King Rice, Stephen Sweetland, and John Ralph National Center for Education Statistics, July 2001. Through the 1960s, African-Americans earned much less than whites—even when their cognitive abilities (as […]
How higher standards affect graduation and employment
Will failing public schools let students leave?
Shanker sought to transform teacher unions into a powerful voice for education reform, proposing ideas that were unconventional for a union president.
Stuyvesant High School’s dirty little secret
Salary data fail to account for the shorter workday and work year in teaching. Once adjusted, teacher salaries look about right.
For decades the nation has been able to school its children on the cheap by exploiting a trapped workforce of educated women. Those days are long gone.
It is often said that the nation does not properly value teaching. Is this true? Illustrations by Gordon Studer. As the nation continues to search for ways to upgrade the public school system, much attention has focused on how to improve the quality of K–12 teachers. The focus makes perfect sense: nothing in education is […]
Mark Twain once said, “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” Despite the irony, Twain may have been on to something when it comes to standards-based education reform. Ignorance and confidence were about all I had going for me when I was elected to serve as president of the Virginia Board […]
The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
by Diane Ravitch
Getting It Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget
by Kieran Egan
One would think that economist Michael Podgursky ("Fringe Benefits," Check the Facts, Summer 2003) would analyze teachers' salaries through the lens of supply and demand.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the city of Cleveland’s school voucher program constitutional because it took a neutral stance toward religion. Both religious and secular schooling options were available to parents. Now the political and legal struggle shifts to the states, where opponents of vouchers are pinning their hopes on the so-called Blaine […]
To the egoistic and asocial being that has just been born, [society] must, as rapidly as possible, add another, capable of leading a moral and social life. Such is the work of education. -Emile Durkheim, 1911 “Critical pedagogy,” a body of education theory represented by the writings of Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Michael Apple, and […]
The Right wants schools to inculcate civic values. So does the Left. Which is why the public schools should avoid civic education altogether
The scene in January 2002 was a civics text come to life. Flanked by jubilant members of Congress and standing in front of a cheering crowd, President George W. Bush declared the start of a “new era” in American public education with the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act. The new law represented […]
In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed a comprehensive revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Known popularly as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and passed with strong bipartisan support in Congress, this new legislation promises an important shift in efforts at all levels to improve the quality of […]
Joshua Davey was once intent on becoming a minister, a plan that cost him his publicly funded scholarship to Northwest College. Now the plaintiff in a high-profile case before the Supreme Court, Davey decided to attend Harvard Law School upon graduating from Northwest. The law regarding vouchers is in the midst of fundamental change. About […]
Attracting nontraditional leaders to education will require increasing their authority and compensation, conditioned on getting results
Most states require that school principals and superintendents be licensed. To earn a license, they must take courses in administration at a college of education. Are these rules really necessary? Clearly, nothing is more critical to a school’s success than the ability of the principal to establish a sense of mission, set goals, and motivate […]
Back in 1976, when I was a crackerjack reporter for the Woodlawn High School Calumet, I interviewed the Baltimore County school district’s superintendent, Joshua Wheeler. The conversation was to provide my introduction to the politics of public education. I asked Wheeler, who was about to retire, why the district did not require students to pass […]
All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? By Luis Benveniste, Martin Carnoy, and Richard Rothstein
The American Dream and the Public Schools By Jennifer Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick
Vouchers in the courts James E. Ryan provides a balanced and comprehensive description of the next round in the legal fight over vouchers (“The Neutrality Principle,” Feature, Fall 2003). State constitutional provisions serve as the most immediate impediment to voucher programs that include religious schools. The assumption had long been that state courts are free […]
Fiscal troubles plague the public schools
Michigan links college scholarships to high-school results
Traditionalists and progressives coexist warily in today’s public schools, creating fragmented institutions with no common ethos. Letting teachers start their own schools may bring an end to the pedagogical holy wars.
The tension between unions and professionals
Daniel experiences the regular classroom
The Department of Education enters the innovation business
Head Start gets a makeover. President Bush proposes to refocus Head Start on the teaching of academic skills. Should Democrats go along?
The typical urban school district’s personnel and budgeting systems leave principals without much say in hiring teachers or allocating resources. The decentralization movement may just change that.
The long economic boom enabled school districts nationwide to fund expensive reforms and hefty pay raises. Now, however, they are finding it nearly impossible to cut costs and balance their budgets. What makes it so tough for districts to downsize?
Why school districts can’t downsize
The collective farm was a powerful educational tool
Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care by John H. McWhorter (Gotham Books) “We must have the attitude that every child in America, regardless of where they’re raised or how they’re born, can learn,” President George W. Bush once observed. The president talks funny. So do […]
California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education by Suzanne M. Wilson Yale University Press, 2003, $29.95; 320 pages. Reviewed by Ralph A. Raimi California’s “math wars,” the struggle over what is sometimes called the “new New Math,” illustrate all the ills and disagreements that have plagued American education for the past century. They have been but a […]
The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education by Peter Brimelow HarperCollins, 2003, $24.95; 320 pages. As reviewed by George Mitchell Peter Brimelow aims high. In The Worm in the Apple, he seeks to emulate The History of Standard Oil, the legendary effort by Ida Tarbell that helped to usher […]
It is shameful that a small minority of teachers feel the need to help their students cheat on tests. The issue says something larger about our society that is very hard to fathom and is simply unacceptable.
Like automotive models, women’s hemlines, and children’s toys, pedagogical fads come and go, causing an immediate stir but rarely influencing teaching practice in any significant way. The notion that every innovation dreamed up by reformers inside and outside public schools makes its way into the nation’s classrooms is popular among those hunting for reasons to […]
Charter schools in search of good homes
Social studies, the politically correct way
Public schools can —and should— teach students to become active participants in democratic life
Can public schools teach good citizenship?
The Supreme Court upholds religious discrimination
Common Sense School Reform by Frederick M. Hess (Palgrave Macmillan). Common sense suggests that educators, like everyone else, are more effective when given the flexibility to innovate and held accountable for their performance. Unfortunately, as our own executive editor Frederick Hess demonstrates, common sense is a tool rarely used in school reform. Much of what […]
Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America’s Schools by Peter Schrag
Costly estimates In the article “Exploring the Costs of Accountability” (Feature, Spring 2004), James Peyser and RobertCostrell discuss the critical question in K–12 education finance today: How much will it cost for a school with a particular set of student needs to meet a state’s expectations for performance? Over the past several years our firm […]
It’s been said, more than once, that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a mandate that the federal government has failed to fund. Not true, in either respect. The law is neither unfunded nor, with one exception, much of a mandate.
Vouchers improve public schools in Florida
School reform, hijacked
Pell Grants for Kids
A progress report on urban school districts’ efforts to execute the mandates of No Child Left Behind
School districts confront the challenges of rolling out No Child Left Behind’s school choice and supplemental services provisions
Agents of reform or defenders of the status quo?
Growing up in segregated schools
Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools, by Lydia G. Segal (Northeastern). This worthy book by Segal, an attorney and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, is a companion to Making Schools Work, which she co-authored with UCLA business professor William Ouchi. Based on research in […]
Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left By Susan Braudy Knopf, 2003, $27.95; 460 pages. Reviewed by Diane Ravitch While reviewing several American history textbooks, I was taken aback by the descriptions of the late 1960s. It is of course somewhat startling to see the events of one’s own lifetime described as […]
How many intelligences?
Why children are still grouped by ability
New evidence on the black-white achievement gap
Did the 20th-century growth in school size improve education?
The inside story
How to attract and retain better teachers
Can school districts serve as both regulators and providers?
Brown v. Board of Education ended legally sanctioned segregation, but the decision’s promise awaits fulfillment
Moving from segregated to integrated schools proved to be a mixed blessing
In the rush to place a computer on every desk, schools are neglecting intellectual creativity and personal growth
Will it be more than just a promise?
A Day in the Life of an Education Professor Who Came Down from the Ivory Tower to Start a Charter School
Doomed to Fail: The Built-In Defects of American Education by Paul A. Zoch
Siobhan Gorman’s “Selling Supplemental Services” (Feature, Fall 2004) was informative and engaging, but, like much of the discussion on the subject, it furthers a theme that school districts are the “bad guys.”
The kids or New York Times readers?
Those closest to the action like the retention policy
An NCLB lawsuit fizzles
Character Education, soul by soul, at the Hyde Schools
Lewis Solmon makes the case for rewarding better teachers with more money.
Julia Koppich argues that we have the tools for recognizing—and rewarding— the best teachers.
For at least two and a half decades, political leaders and opinion makers have been telling teachers and union leaders like me that it is high time to move away from the single salary schedule. For a long time it was easy for us to dismiss those calls for change. This was partly because as […]
Much more, and much less, than what they get now
A Well-Tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn, by Peter Perret Janet; Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child. A Report and Recommendations by the Koret Task Force on Kâ€“12 Education; Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice, edited by Patrick J. Wolf and Stephen Macedo, with David J. Ferrero and Charles Venegoni; Dropouts in America: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis, edited by Gary Orfield…
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by LYNNE TRUSS The War Against Grammar by DAVID MULROY
Tough Love at the Hyde Schools Shortly after his initial visit, I asked James Traub whether he planned to evaluate Hyde according to how effectively we honor our mission or on the basis of how closely we embody his perception of the good school. Reflecting the latter, Traub’s “The Moral Imperative” (Features, Winter 2005) is […]
Proposals for education reform generally focus on teachers and curricula. But the most important factor in education may be the student himself or herself. A growing number of states, including Georgia, Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts, have established programs that provide financial rewards in the form of merit scholarships for college for students who perform […]
Why America’s top women college graduates aren’t teaching
A new kind of civil disobedience came to Missoula, Montana, recently. On a bridge over the Clark Fork River, a group from Wild Rockies Earth First! blocked a truck carrying logs from the Bitterroot Forest. Two of the protesters tied ropes to the rig, lowered themselves and their sign, “Globalization Kills Our Forests,” to within […]
It is an odd mark of our time that the first question people ask about character education is whether public schools should be doing it at all. The question is odd because it invites us to imagine that schooling, which occupies about a third of a child’s waking time, somehow could be arranged to play […]
When 2nd Graders “Do” English Lit
Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego, edited by Frederick M. Hess (Harvard Education Press). This ambitious, probing, and often insightful 16-chapter volume unexpectedly turned into a retrospective appraisal of Alan Bersin’s seven years as superintendent of the San Diego City Schools. A highly successful litigator and U.S. attorney, Bersin was recruited by the San […]
America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart. With a foreword by Thomas Jefferson.
Checked: “Quality Counts,” Education Week, January 6, 2005 “The Funding Gap,” Education Trust, Fall 2004. Checked by Robert M. Costrell This is a tale of two rankings. They represent the best of states-and the worst of states. A little wisdom and considerable foolishness. Some light, some darkness. Most of all, they purport to be about […]
In developed countries like the United States and Britain, the continuing challenge for educators is to sort through the choices of an all-you-can-eat school system and teach the basic skills.
The role of schools in creating civic norms
The reality is that there is no such thing as an admirable manner of “doing school”: our children and our communities are too richly varied for that.
When the College Board announced, in the summer of 2002, that it would stop “flagging” the test scores of students who were given special accommodations for the SAT, the gold standard exam for college admission, disability advocates were thrilled. “A triumphant day for millions of people with dyslexia and other disabilities,” exclaimed Thomas Viall, the […]
The various solicitors in the cause, some two or three of whom have inherited it from their fathers-might look in vain for truth at the bottom of it between the registrar’s red table and the silk gowns, with bills, cross-bills, answers, rejoinders, injunctions, affidavits, issues, references to masters, masters’ reports, mountains of costly nonsense, piled […]
A restaurant critic goes to the school cafeteria
When the left was (sometimes) right
Two worlds collided today. Fortunately, only a stereotype broke during the impact. I teach at the only all-girl middle school in Oakland, California, Julia Morgan School for Girls. And today, during Monday morning assembly, the girls listened to the only all-boy choir from the only all-boy middle school in Oakland, Pacific Boychoir Academy. Boy bands […]
Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe about Our Schools—And Why It Isn’t So. Jay P. Greene, with Greg Forster and Marcus A. Winters. Foreword by James Q. Wilson. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.) Buried within this book is a powerful if familiar argument: the American education system is worse than we […]
Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up By Barbara Feinberg Beacon Press, 2004. $23, 265 pages. Reviewed by Diane Ravitch Barbara Feinberg contends that most of the young adult novels that teachers assign to teenagers are dreary, depressing, and didactic. Rather than encouraging impressionable students to read more, these […]
Educating principals; unflagging the SATs; charter schools; more Mel Levine; the inequity of adequacy
The bucks are big, but the case is weak
Older Students Did Better When in Regular Public Schools
New Research from Chicago and North Carolina
Chicago’s school district wants the federal afterschool dollar. So do many other districts. And more than two thousand private providers, for-profit and nonprofit alike, are making their own claims. More than $2.5 billion is at stake, a figure scheduled to increase considerably if budgetary trends continue. How should the money be distributed? Will parental choice […]
The accepted wisdom is that private schools serve the privileged; everyone else, especially the poor, requires public school. The poor, so this logic goes, need government assistance if they are to get a good education, which helps explain why, in the United States, many school choice enthusiasts believe that the only way the poor can […]
Bloomberg and Klein Seek to Repair a Failure Factory
An Education Revolution That Never Was
The Picture in New York
At the edge of a fault line between two tectonic plates, the Grand Teton towers some five thousand feet over Jackson Hole below. There, near his beloved family home, John Walton, a risk-taker of the kind seldom witnessed within the world of large-scale philanthropy, died tragically on June 27, 2005, while flying a small, experimental […]
A Detroit boy works to fix the public schools
Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Michael Eric Dyson. (Basic Books). As part of a diatribe against a beloved, thoughtful television personality, the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania incessantly misleads the reader about the country’s schools. Contrary to what Michael Dyson asserts, […]
I Am Charlotte Simmons by TOM WOLFE
Prep by CURTIS SITTENFELD
A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Chief Justice Roberts, the schoolmaster?
An institution that works neither for the "talented tenth"
nor those at greatest risk
Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?
Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools
The social price paid by the best and brightest minority students
James Coleman’s still-prescient insights
For more than a century, American educators and education policymakers have chosen sides in a great debate about the nature and function of American high schools. The origins of this long-running argument can be traced to 1893, when the influential Committee of Ten, a blue-chip panel of educators, issued a report proposing that all public […]
Our training shoes quietly slapped the rubbery surface of the track as we barreled down the final stretch. One by one we crossed the line and doubled over, desperate to catch our breath. Despite the burning in my lungs from the cold autumn air, I felt great. I had been in college for only a […]
What School Boards Can Do: Reform Governance for Urban Schools. Donald McAdams (Teachers College Press). Don McAdams, founder of the Center for Reform of School Systems, may be the nation’s leading authority on school-board governance. In an earlier book, he detailed the travails and lessons of his 12 years on the Houston school board, a […]
Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs By Paula Marantz Cohen St. Martin’s Press, 2006, $23.95; 288 pages. As reviewed by Diane Ravitch What would Jane Austen write if she were chronicling life in an affluent suburb of New York City? How would she probe the social dilemmas of modern life among […]
The Qualified Teacher Michael Podogursky (“In Search of the Qualified Teacher,” features, Spring 2006) points out that 10 percent of teachers nationwide (unevenly distributed by field and location) don’t have regular state credentials. But he also maintains that the dearth of qualified teachers is largely a myth and the product of an inefficient, rigid compensation […]
Checked (all titles published by the Center on Education Policy): From the Capital to the Classroom, Year 1 (January 2003) Year 2 (January 2004) Year 3 (March 2005) State High School Exit Exams series: A Baseline Report (August 2002) Put to the Test (August 2003) A Maturing Reform (August 2004) States Try Harder, but Gaps […]
The basics of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—adequate yearly progress benchmarks, provision of supplemental services, and a “highly qualified” teacher in every classroom—are known. And the intense scrutiny of the “how to” of those basics has resulted in a mix of impassioned criticism and effusive praise. But what has been left largely unexamined in the […]
Evangelical high schools meet public universities
The multiplicity of ills facing our nation’s public schools can depress even the most optimistic.How can we be hopeful when we have 30 million illiterate children?And it is no longer just the well-being of our poorest children that we need worry about; our top-performing public schools are no match for the international competition. China and […]
Bargaining and related union activity … have introduced practices into the education system that are counterproductive.
Unions have an interest in good schools, and not only because students’ learning conditions are teachers’ working conditions.
The harsh glare of state accountability systems
I was 22 and straight out of my Teach For America training when I met Wendall. It was 1996, and he was an 11-year-old 6th grader in my very first class. He immediately caught my eye because he had a proclivity for being “off task.” I thought he might be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity […]
Generational Change: Closing the Test Score Gap. Edited by Paul Peterson (Rowman & Littlefield). In the controversial 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision, finding for the constitutionality of race-conscious college admissions policies, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor declared that increasing the number of minority students with high grades and test scores meant, “We expect that […]
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince By J. K. Rowling Scholastic Press, 2005, $29.99; 652 pages. As reviewed by Diane Ravitch Not long after the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth Harry Potter book, worldwide sales for the series topped 270 million copies. Not only has the Harry Potter series broken […]
Another Planet: A Year in the Life of a Suburban High School By Elinor Burkett HarperCollins, 2001, $12.95; 352 pages. Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity: One Season in a Progressive School By Elizabeth Gold Tarcher/Penguin, 2003, $15.95; 336 pages. Class Dismissed: A Year in the Life of an American High School, a Glimpse into the […]
saving the American high school; more underground education; the Gates Foundation; talking about race
Checked: The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. Crown Publishers, 2005 Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope. Crown Publishers, 2000 Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools. Crown Publishers, 1991 Free Schools. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1972 Death at an Early Age. Penguin Group, 1967 Checked by Marcus A. Winters Jonathan Kozol […]
The Impact of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
It was the kind of defiant act that most school principals probably have contemplated wistfully at one time or another. Disgusted by what he and his staff considered to be poorly written, poorly stapled, and generally disorganized mandatory citywide exams sent to Fritsche Middle School by the Milwaukee Public Schools central office in the fall […]
Schools will operate in the future as they do now
Until Thomas Friedman recently discovered otherwise, we believed the world was round. We also thought that phone calls had to travel through Ma Bell wires, and that your operator would be in Des Moines, not in New Delhi. Remember when we had just three daily television news programs, one with father Walter, and all at […]
How will they be different?
Will it benefit kids?
Jeb Bush announced yesterday that he was handing over control of his education foundation to Condoleezza Rice. In this PBS interview from March 2012, Rice discussed a report linking education to national security.
On June 26 at 4pm, the Fordham Institute will host a panel to discuss Richard Whitmire’s new book, On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope.
The EWA national seminar included a panel on the impact of high-quality charter authorizing.
Eric Hanushek discusses the Vergara v. California ruling.
A 10-week online course on education policy offered by 50CAN and Fordham is now accepting applications.
Mike Petrilli talks with Sam Chaltain about schools, community, and choice.
AP exams are a distinctly American solution to the problem that standards in American education are subjective and vary widely from school to school.
Michael Brickman explains the benefits of course choice policies and describes how states can promote them.
There are flaws in new teacher evaluation systems that need correcting.
A documentary web series follows five 8th grade students in the Chicago area as they apply to selective enrollment high schools.
Professor Lee Sing Kong gave a presentation for the Rodel Foundation in Delaware on teacher training in Singapore.
Mike McShane of AEI explains why the new standards have become so controversial.
Sandi Jacobs, Russ Whitehurst, Matt Chingos and Dan Goldhaber discuss a new study that finds several problems with evaluating teachers based on classroom observations.
A new study finds that U.S. schools do as badly at teaching students from better-educated families as they do at teaching students from less well-educated families.
Students Matter has posted Marcellus McRae’s closing arguments in Vergara v. California, which challenges the state’s laws regarding teacher tenure, seniority and dismissal,
PBS NewsHour asked student reporters to interview their teachers about how their teaching is affected by the new standards.
PBS NewsHour on a new report that finds that graduation rates have reached 80 percent.
What happens when opponents of the Common Core State Standards finally succeed in getting a state’s policymakers to “repeal” the education initiative?
The Hoover Institution and PEPG live-streamed a discussion about Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix them, a new book by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson and Martin R. West.
Mike Petrilli appeared on Washington Journal to discuss the role of the Common Core in education policy and debates over the adoption of the standards in various states.
New York’s small schools have produced powerful results for students—many of whom fall squarely within the cohort of the “underprepared.”
Fordham hosted a panel on April 24 to discuss whether SEAs should be shrunk and their responsibilities given to others.
Watch the D.C. Public Charter School Board as it considers new charter school applications and other policies. Tonight’s meeting will be streamed live starting at 6:30 pm.
“The Address” focuses on students at the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, who are encouraged to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Students at Davis Aerospace, a public school in Detroit, can earn a pilot’s license.
Ed Trust on how all students can achieve at higher levels.
A gadget that counts words spoken to children is used to help close the “word gap” between affluent and low-income families (NYT)
Most students are not overloaded with homework, according to a new Brookings report by Tom Loveless.
Should Washington, D.C. assign students to schools in a way that provides some socioeconomic integration? Fordham hosts a discussion Friday at 10.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talks education on the Brian Lehrer show.
George Stephanopoulos interviews Bill Gates on the Common Core.
Ed Trust on how strong, dedicated teachers with high expectations can help all students reach high standards.
“Thru the Lens of a Tiger” is one of 16 films made by students about technology in the classroom for the White House Student Film Festival.
CNN’s new documentary series “Chicagoland” premiers Thursday night at 10 pm. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to close dozens of public schools will be one of the topics of the first episode.
The Education & the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the role of charter schools in K-12 education.
A new documentary follows the lives of students in three school marching bands in New Orleans.
Wherever one stands on the merits of the Common Core, one thing is certain: all of the political posturing and mudslinging distract attention and energy from the crucial work of implementation.
Researchers respond to the assertion by President Obama that school vouchers have produced few benefits for students.
On Wednesday at 10 am, Brookings will host a live webcast to accompany the release of two papers that spotlight pension reform efforts.
Fordham hosted a forum on how to ensure that more students have access to the best teachers.
Financial aid spending by the federal government includes about $35 billion in Pell Grants, which provide students from low-income families up to $5,645 per year to defray college expenses.
The founder of Khan Academy delivered the keynote address at the Hoover Institution’s Symposium on Blended Learning in K-12 Education.
The Manhattan Institute presented its Urban Innovator Award to Christopher Cerf, New Jersey’s state commissioner of education.
How much time is spent on testing in America’s schools? Fordham and Teach Plus hosted an event featuring new evidence.
The slide show accompanying the opening remarks in the Vergara v. CA case lay out the case against existing teacher tenure, seniority, and dismissal policies.
American Promise, a documentary film about two African-American boys attending an elite private school in New York City, will be shown on PBS on Monday, February 3.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has a video on charter schools in rural settings. For information about policies affecting rural charter schools, Andy Smarick will present findings from a new report at a webinar on Thursday.
HAPPENING NOW: AEI’s school choice conference will look at why choice has not had more of an impact and what it would take to get more great schools of choice.
Mike McShane of AEI describes the varieties of school choice.
Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) will be at AEI on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:40 a.m. to announce new legislation to encourage state efforts to expand school choice.
The Fordham Institute’s Education Gadfly has pulled together a video feature celebrating the work of E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Have you noticed that the testing and accountability movement is in a bit of trouble?
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke at the Brown Center about the future of school choice.
The White House is calling for K-12 students to submit their short films about technology in schools.
In a webinar, Paul E. Peterson and Michael B. Henderson present an analysis of new survey data showing how Americans’ evaluations of their local schools change when they are armed with information.
This new documentary by Bob Bowdon, to be released later this month, looks at school choice across the country.
The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will host a live webcast on Wed., Jan. 7 at 2 to release the 2013 Education Choice and Competition Index.
Mike Petrilli hosts a live webchat with Kathleen Porter-Magee and Matt Chingos on what we’ve learned since No Child Left Behind was signed into law.
PBS tells the story of Clintondale High School, which has turned homework on its head.
NNSTOY and Pearson host a discussion of their new report on how to make teaching an attractive career for the next generation.
If someone on your holiday gift list is a teacher, a student, a former student, or an education policy wonk, here are some great books you might want to consider as stocking stuffers.
AEI profiles a struggling North Carolina school district that righted itself and closed a gaping achievement gap in just a few years.
Mike Petrilli talks with Amanda Ripley about her bestselling book.
What We’re Watching: Measuring the Influence of Education Advocacy [Event Cancelled due to Inclement Weather]
The Brown Center will hold a live webcast on Tuesday of an event on how education advocacy groups influenced the passage of voucher legislation in Louisiana, and how to measure the impact of advocacy more generally.
College Summit argues that it’s time to stop debating how many kids should go to college. Instead we should be helping students choose the right college.
Shanghai education officials talk about what they did to get to the top of the PISA rankings. Jay Greene warns that trying to figure out what we should learn from Shanghai is a lot more complicated than this.
A panel at the Manhattan Institute considers declines in civic knowledge and how things can be turned around.
Schools can boost achievement by giving the most effective teachers larger classes than the least effective teachers.
Panelists at AEI discuss how trends in family structure and parenting are setting some kids up to fail.
The Fordham Institute hosted a panel on teacher-evaluation reform on Monday. Here’s the video.
Paul E. Peterson discusses the latest NAEP results.
NCTQs Sandi Jacobs discusses the organization’s new report on teacher evaluations.
Stand For Children’s video on the Common Core state standards.
Jay P. Greene talks about his recent study showing that children benefit from field trips on the NBC Nightly News.
England’s Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP delivered the dinner keynote address at the National Summit for Education Reform 2013
What makes for a popular blog entry?
Which Education Next articles were most popular in 2013?
On Wednesday morning the Brown Center at Brookings will release “Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards — You Get What You Pay For?” at a panel discussion. The event will be live-tweeted by Ed Next.
What do education reformers look for in a school for their own kids?
Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Mike Petrilli vs. Neal McCluskey and Emmett McGroarty
NBC’s 2013 Education Nation Summit is happening now. Ed Next will be live-tweeting several panels on Monday and Tuesday at @educationnext.
Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek summarize their new book on how the future of the U.S. is endangered by its stagnant school system.
Paul E. Peterson and Eric A. Hanushek discuss the gains that U.S. students need to make in educational achievement to bring our nation up to the level of the highest-achieving countries
How can the United States raise the status of the teaching profession?
Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst bring their town hall series of open and honest conversations about how to improve public education to Philly.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Paul Peterson, Eric Hanushek, and Ludger Woessmann about their new book.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks Common Core with Stephen Colbert.
Jay P. Greene explains his study on the educational value of field trips at a press conference held live over Google hangouts.
10-year-old Dashton explains why it matters that American students rank 32nd in the world.
Paul Peterson, Eric Hanushek, and Ludger Woessmann discuss their new book, Endangering Prosperity, at Brookings.
Paul E. Peterson, Eric Hanushek, and Ludger Woessmann’s webinar on Endangering Prosperity.
Paul E. Peterson appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss how the U.S. education system stacks up in comparison to other nations.
Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary “TEACH” follows four first-year teachers in tough schools.
Amanda Ripley, author of the brand new book “The Smartest Kids in the World,” spoke at a Stand for Children event about how kids are learning in other countries.
Math tutor Christpher Seber has racked up more than 5 million views for Math Meeting, his YouTube channel.
The Common Core era signals a return of history, civics, literature, science, and the fine arts to the elementary school curriculum.
Rick Hess leads a Google+ hangout with Michael Horn, Andrew Kelly, and John Bailey on whether for-profit organizations act in the best interests of students.
Fordham hosted a forum on the growing numbers of parents, educators and administrators calling for a local “opt-out” from state testing systems.
Unfortunately, after careful consideration we have decided that, in the interest of consolidating discussion, we will no longer be hosting MyEdNext.org.
WSB-TV Action News in Atlanta on an Ed Next study that ranks states on where they set the bar for student proficiency.
NewsHour looks at a Chicago nonprofit that provides mentors to new teachers to help the Chicago Public Schools boost retention.
NCTQ is an organization that garners pushback for our advocacy that teachers’ outcomes data should be considered in teacher evaluations, compensation and promotions, so it’s almost refreshing to find ourselves seemingly on the other side of things when it comes to measuring the impact of teacher preparation.
Teachers talk about why they take part in teacher voice organizations aimed at influencing education policy in this video by the Center for American Progress.
AEI hosted a forum on No Child Left Behind, focusing on the role sanctions play in improving student achievement
Fordham gives a grade of C to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Mike Petrilli talks with Sarah Carr about school reform in New Orleans
On Thursday, Fordham hosted No Way Out? How to Solve the Teacher-Pension Problem.
The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum, being piloted in elementary schools in New York City, gives students a broad base of background knowledge in addition to decoding skills.
The pilot episode of EdReform News, produced by DFER-IL, looks at the impact of school choice for African American families.
Panel on the role that educational games and MOOCs can play in improving education and increasing student options.
Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss a new study of how vouchers increase the likelihood of college attendance.
On Choice Media, six education policy experts debated the merits of the Common Core.
PBS will be broadcasting an hour’s worth of TED talks about education on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 pm.
Mike Petrilli talks with Michelle Rhee about her new autobiography, ‘Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.’
Ed Next’s Paul E. Peterson was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio to discuss the Common Core.
Fordham and AEI created a video to recall the impact of A Nation at Risk and to reflect on what lies ahead.
Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss the importance of aligning teacher salaries with effectiveness.
David Steiner and Mark Bauerlein discuss whether and how the Common Core standards for English language arts will transform learning across the country.
The MAT@USC program combines interactive, web-based classes with an in-person practicum in the student’s own community.
The position will be available beginning May 1, 2013.
The National Spelling Bee is adding a new challenge: children will now be required to define words as well as spell them.
This recent Education Sector panel focused on the possibilities and challenges of blended learning.
The Center for American Progress recently hosted a discussion on strategies for getting the best people to become teachers and principals.
Reforming policy isn’t easy. But it’s the only path that will ensure lasting change.
Michelle Rhee, Russ Whitehurst, and Matthew Chingos discuss whether school districts can be levers for change to boost student achievement at a forum at Brookings.
Sara Mead and Russ Whitehurst assess President Obama’s preschool plan at a panel at the Fordham Institute.
Tom Loveless discusses a recent Brown Center study on the resurgence of ability grouping.
Mike Petrilli appeared on Independent Sources to discuss whether New York City’s gifted and talented programs increase racial segregation.
Fordham has released this teaser for a new book, Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform.
Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson talk about President Obama’s State of the Union address in a discussion at the Hoover Institution.
Mike Petrilli talks with Tony Wagner about how schools can light the spark of innovation within their students.
James Roldan won second place in C-SPAN’s student documentary competition with his video Education: America’s Challenge.
Sugata Mitra’s TED talk on how to use cloud technology to build a learning lab for students in India.
Eric Smith, Tom Luna, Ulrich Boser and Rick Hess discuss the grades given to the 50 states by StudentsFirst in its state policy report card.
The research field of teacher pensions has been a relative backwater, but lately it just keeps getting more interesting.
How extending the reach of excellent teachers can help teachers and kids.
Chris Barbic, Deb Gist, Kaya Henderson, Adrian Manuel, and Michelle Rhee were at AEI to discuss Rick Hess’s new book on the constraints education leaders face (and imagine).
Michelle Rhee addressed an audience at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of its series, “Decision Making: Voices from the Field.”
If states are going to make rational decisions to replace their own science standards with these new ones, it’s only right to insist that the new ones be stronger
Bellwether hosts a discussion of Andy Smarick’s new book, The Urban School System of the Future.
Disadvantaged students from high-flying charter schools spend 3 weeks at Franklin & Marshall learning what it will take to succeed in college.
Many proponents of private school choice take for granted that schools won’t participate if government asks too much of them. But is this assumption justified?
KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg discusses “cage-busting leadership” and how to empower principals to be leaders.
The Association of American Educators has posted a video featuring teachers in Wisconsin who have chosen to join the AAE, an alternative to teachers unions.
Angela Duckworth on how non-cognitive competencies can predict success.
A feature produced by LearningMatters looks at whether Rocketship charter schools can be broadly replicated.
Is the federal government’s $3 billion School Improvements Grants program to turn around failing schools working? Andy Rotherham, Carmel Martin, and Jean-Claude Brizard debate the issue at a Fordham panel.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a keynote address at the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings on how to provide equal educational opportunity to all students.
Mike Petrilli talks with Andy Smarick about alternatives to urban school districts.
Sal Khan looks at the possible outcomes of negotiations around the fiscal cliff in this Khan Academy video
Eric Hanushek explains why different countries need to try different approaches to improving education outcomes.
Third-grade students from Stedwick ES in Gaithersburg, Md. describe what it was like to write and produce an original opera.
John Chubb on how to get the best teachers in the world.
A study by the Fordham Institute looks at the strength of teacher unions on a state-by-state basis.
Mike Petrilli talks with David Cohen about the depressing track record of efforts to improve teaching and learning.
AEI hosted a post-election discussion about the Obama administration’s priorities for the second term, prospects for ESEA reauthorization, and how sequestration could affect education.
Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston’s speech last month at a Teach for America event has been called the best speech ever about education.
Mike Petrilli talks with Nate Levenson about getting by with smaller school budgets.
Education policy advisers from the Obama and Romney campaigns joined Rick Hess for a discussion at AEI. Jon Schnur represented the Obama campaign and Marty West represented the Romney campaign.
Salman Khan talks about his forthcoming book and about Khan Academy’s method and mission with Jacob Weisberg of Slate magazine.
The Wall Street Journal’s David Feith discusses the backlash against the movie “Won’t Back Down.”
In “What We’re Learning from Online Education,” computer scientist and Coursera founder Daphne Koller takes a look at the future of education.
NBC’s third annual Education Nation summit is taking place through Tuesday at noon. Tuesday’s schedule includes a taped interview with President Obama and a live visit from Governor Romney.
Far from replacing our teachers, a blended-learning environment holds the potential of making the job more accessible for more individuals. It provides the opportunity to create more champions.
Michael Petrilli, Lamar Alexander, and Rick Kahlenberg discuss the Chicago teacher’s strike on the Kudlow Report.
Mitt Romney has criticized striking teachers in Chicago and claimed that Obama supports the teachers. A spokesman for Obama says that he is not taking sides.
Mike Petrilli talks with Paul Tough about his new book on the role of grit in success.
Whitney Tilson’s presentation on the critical need for genuine school reform appears in full in this documentary.
Paul Peterson sits down with the WSJ to discuss a new study on how vouchers help African American students.
This Friday morning, the Fordham Institute will be hosting Chester Finn and Jessica Hockett, authors of the new book “Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools,”
High school English teacher Roxanna Elden on how the image of successful “super teachers” conflicts with the harsh realities of real-life teaching
Mike Petrilli talks with Michael Horn about disruptive innovation in education.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker talks with Bob Bowden at the PEPG-EdNext conference “Learning from Improving School Systems at Home and Abroad.”
AEI will be live-streaming an event at 4:00pm on parent power and the new politics of education reform (video will be unavailable until event starts at 4:00pm).
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discusses the silver lining of Hurricane Katrina – education reform
Jeff Kwitowski of K12 talks with Choice Media TV about online education and its opponents.
These graduates of charter schools in Chicago are headed to college.
A graduating senior’s video farewell to his high school.
Jay Greene and Joe Williams talk charter schools and the federal role in education in this pilot episode of “Reform School.”
Charles Murray discusses his new book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.
Sacramento’s teacher of the year just lost her job as result of budget cuts in a district that mandates layoffs according to seniority, not performance.
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A teen reporter investigates why his high school starts so early in the morning.
Seton Partners teamed up with a Catholic school in San Francisco to create blended learning classrooms. Here’s a look at the first year.
This video won an international competition in which contestants were invited to explain to an 11-year-old what a flame is.
Paul Peterson talks with the Wall Street Journal about a new survey showing that the public is turning against teachers unions.
Dan Willingham discusses the science of teaching, and considers whether and how basic science can inform teaching.
Ed Next editor Mike Petrilli talks with the Wall Street Journal about how Mitt Romney compares to Barack Obama on education.
Mitt Romney’s education reform platform is discussed by the Wall Street Journal’s David Feith.
Harvard professor John Friedman discusses his study on the use of value-added analysis and the effects a high-value-added teacher can have on students’ future earnings.
Jay Greene and Joe Williams discuss the role of the federal government in education in the pilot episode of a new show.
If we are truly serious about improving student learning, we must think anew about teacher recruitment, placement, evaluation, professional development, retention, and separation.
Commentary on “Great Teaching:Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings” By Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff The new study by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff asks whether high-value-added teachers (i.e., teachers who raise student test scores) also have positive longer-term impacts on students, as reflected in college attendance, earnings, […]
Chetty et al.’s evidence shows that bad teachers cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income and productivity each year that they remain in the classroom. These costs are large enough that failing to address them is simply inexcusable.
Did you know that school bus drivers and cafeteria workers file unemployment claims whenever schools take a vacation break?
NPR’s Tiny Desk Kitchen series looks at the surprising ingredients that go into a hamburger served in a school cafeteria.
John Chubb, Bryan Hassel, Mark Bauerlein, Eleanor Laurans, and Mike Petrilli discuss whether digital learning is education’s latest fad or its future at a Fordham Institute event held last week.
On Thursday, April 19 from 9:00-10:30 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s webinar event on digital learning.
This 13-minute documentary by the Fordham Foundation describes the challenges and successes of a rural Appalachian charter school.
The benefits and challenges of bringing online learning into California classrooms are explored in this video from the Pacific Research Institute.
The Fordham Institute’s Rejected Super Bowl XLVI Commercial – Lunchtime in America
In Chicago, individual teachers are working with policymakers to figure out how to use a longer school day to improve student learning.
David Deming talks with the Wall Street Journal about how school choice programs in North Carolina have reduced criminality among high risk males.
Eric Hanushek talks with the Wall Street Journal about why teachers’ value-added scores should be made public.
On Friday, March 2 from 9:00-10:30 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s forum on NCLB waivers.
David Gergen talks with Bob Bowdon of Choice Media TV about Teach for America.
Chris Cerf, acting commissioner of education in New Jersey, speaking at the Fordham Institute on the role of governance in improving education outcomes.
Panelists at this AEI event, moderated by Rick Hess, discussed the outlook for federal education policy in 2012.
In this TED talk, Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy. In the spring issue of Ed Next, June Kronholz looks at two school districts working with Khan Academy to boost math achievement.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Peg Tyre about her new book, which offers advice to parents concerned about school quality.
Choice Media TV looks into why the NAACP joined a lawsuit to evict charter schools from buildings they share with traditional district schools in New York.
In a two steps forward, one step back dance worthy of Vladimir Lenin himself, the New York Times properly gave front-page coverage to the breathtaking new teacher effectiveness study by Raj Chetty and his colleagues, but then allowed Michael Winerip space to give teacher unions a denial opportunity.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with New York Times Magazine editor Paul Tough about his book on the Harlem Children’s Zone.
The Mind Trust’s CEO discusses bold school reform plans for Indianapolis Public Schools.
On Thursday, Jan. 5 from 8:30-10:00 am we’ll be watching a live webcast of the Fordham Institute’s forum on accountability, starring Eric Hanushek, Charles Barone, Sandy Kress, and Mark Schneider.
Terry Moe talks with Eric Hanushek about his recent book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools.
Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe talk about using education policy to improve long-term growth and reduce deficits.
Rick Hanushek critiques the latest anti-testing report from the National Research Council.
Kristin Kipp teaches 11th and 12th grade English virtually from her home in Colorado.
Watch the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s conference “Rethinking Education Reform in the 21st Century” streaming live all day (Thursday) from the Capitol Hilton in Washington D.C.
Mike Petrilli talks with Chester Finn about the path education reform has taken over the past 40 years and his own path through history.
Mike Petrilli talks with Paul Peterson about six great education heroes.
Michael B. Horn explains how blended learning can be a useful and effective tool for teachers.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is working with the LAUSD to try to turn around 22 low-performing schools.
In this Choice Media TV report, Georgians react to the news that their state can no longer approve or direct funding to charter schools.
NewSchools interviews Sal Khan, whose Khan Academy has delivered more than 71 million online video tutorials, as part of a series on education entrepreneurs.
Are America’s highest achieving students being left behind? Watch the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s webinar “The Other Achievement Gap”
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller discuss the importance of learning best practices from the highest-achieving nations in this keynote address.
Jay Greene discusses his Global Report Card, which reveals that even the most elite suburban U.S. school districts produce results that are mediocre when compared to those of international peers
States owe hundreds of millions of dollars to teacher pension funds. In a new forum published in Education Next, three professors debate how serious the crisis is and what the appropriate response is.
Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss how the United States compares to developed countries of the world in math achievement.
Randi Weingarten and Frederick M. Hess discuss bold changes that affect teachers, including dialing back pensions and union rights.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Rick Hess about his magnum opus.
Photos: Additional images of Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Hampton and Richmond, VA.
Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek discuss California’s answer to potential cuts in school funding: reducing the school year.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Terry Moe about teachers unions
Ed Next’s Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek discuss whether there is a financial crisis in American education today.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, panelists discuss whether we are at a tipping point for diversifying the delivery of K-12 education.
Struggling students at Naperville Central High School are assigned to PE class right before English class, a move that has boosted their reading scores by half a year.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Jay Mathews about his book on the founding and early years of KIPP.
Ed Next’s Mike Petrilli talks with two alumni of Teach for America, Veronica Nolan and Stephanie Saroki, about how TFA has managed to launch so many leaders of education organizations.
David Coleman, a leader in the development of the Common Core Standards in literacy, sells the standards to principals at a conference in New York City last month.
D.C. teachers who have been evaluated using the district’s new, more rigorous evaluation system talk about how it works and how it compares to traditional teacher evaluation systems.
Stanford University professor Terry Moe debates Deborah Meier, the founder of New York City’s Central Park East schools, and Heather Harding of Teach for America.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with David Whitman about paternalistic schools.
An inside look at Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School, a hybrid charter school featuring on-site teacher-facilitators and computer-assisted instruction which allow students to work at their own pace.
Anne Bryant, Gene Maeroff, Christopher Barclay and Chester Finn square off in a debate/discussion hosted by the Fordham Institute about the role of local school boards in the 21st century.
Today at AEI, a full-day conference on the lessons of half a century of federal efforts to improve America’s schools.
How teachers are using social networking and websites to share and improve lesson plans.
Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis submitted this video to win the prize: a graduation speech by President Obama.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with former New York Times education correspondent Gene Maeroff about his new book.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who may or may not be running for President, talks about the education reform strategy he has been pursuing in the Hoosier state.
Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston gave the keynote address at the Education Leadership Conference at Yale last month.
Michael Horn, co-author of Disrupting Class, talks about education and disruptive innovation.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with author John Merrow about his book—and what he’s learned from the countless hours he’s spent as a reporter in America’s classrooms.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with author Alexander Russo about his book on Locke High School and Green Dot’s efforts to turn it around.
David Steiner, New York’s education commissioner, helped lead his state to a number 2 finish in round 2 of Race to the Top last summer. A new Ed Next article by Peter Meyer looks at how New York won and what’s next for David Steiner, who announced that he will be stepping down this summer.
Casey Carter talks about his new book, On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character.
A panel organized by the Fordham Institute discusses why the vast majority of low-performing schools remain open—and remain low-performing—year after year.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with author Richard Kahlenberg about his biography of Al Shanker.
It is time for school reformers to ask tough questions about how much school choice we can afford.
Nick Gillespie interviews Jay Greene about why he still thinks school choice is the best strategy for making schools better.
Podcast: An audio excerpt from “NurtureShock” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Photos: Additional images of the Denver School of Science and Technology, High Tech High in San Diego, Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School in San Jose, and School of One in New York City.
School of One, a math program operating in three New York City middle schools, combines multiple modes of online and traditional instruction. A new article in Education Next, “Future Schools,” takes a closer look at School of One and other hybrid schools.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with psychology professor Dan Willingham about his book, which is organized around nine questions a teacher could ask a cognitive scientist.
Reason.tv looks at the first group of California parents to pull the trigger on their children’s failing school.
Podcast: Mike Petrilli talks with Richard Whitmire about his new biography of Michelle Rhee.
Photos: Additional images of the Catalyst Schools in Chicago.
Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins hear from researchers, activists, and D.C. officials about the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which the senators hope to revive.
Podcast: Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss why merit pay experiments in the U.S. tend not to last very long or work very well.
A 10-minute video produced by Reason.tv looks at how New Orleans has become the most market-based school system in the country. A new Ed Next article, New Schools in New Orleans, looks at what comes next for the schools of New Orleans.
Podcast: Eric Hanushek talks with Ed Next’s Paul Peterson about a new study that finds that countries that reward teachers for effective teaching outperform countries that don’t.
Podcast: Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion, and Steven Farr, author of Teaching as Leadership, talk with Education Next about their efforts to identify what great teachers are doing in the classroom and to share these techniques with new teachers.
In this video, Dan Willingham describes six problems (some conceptual, some statistical) with merit pay for teachers. An evaluation of the impact of a school-wide merit pay plan in New York City, “Does Whole-School Performance Pay Improve Student Learning?” appears in the new issue of Ed Next.
Podcast: An audio excerpt from “The Black-White Achievement Gap” by former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige
In this video, Erin Dillon explains what the virtual school movement can learn from the charter school movement: that growth alone is not enough, and that more attention should be paid to the quality of offerings. Other lessons from the charter movement are explored in more detail in “Lessons for Online Learning,” which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Ed Next and is now available online.
An episode of ABC’s Nightline from 2007 takes a look at the Davidson Academy, a public school for profoundly gifted students in Reno, Nev. June Kronholz writes about the Davidson Academy in “Challenging the Gifted,” which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Ed Next.
Ed Next’s Matt Chingos appeared on CNN’s Chalk Talk to discuss his research on the impact of class size reduction on student achievement.
Photos: Additional images of the Davidson Academy of Nevada.
The Totally Hip Video Book Reviewer from the Washington Post has become a cult classic; this video shows his picks for the top novels of 2010. Also check out Ed Next readers picks for the best education reform books of the decade and Jay Greene on why the education reform book is dead.
Podcast: An audio excerpt from Richard Whitmire’s new book “Why Boys Fail”
Podcast: Jonah Rockoff talks with Education Next about his new study, which finds that when students move to a middle school, their academic achievement declines substantially relative to students who continue to attend a K-8 school.
Before Waiting for Superman and KIPP, there was the Boys of Baraka. This 2005 documentary followed a group of “at-risk” 12-year-old boys from Baltimore whose families enrolled them in an experimental boarding school in Kenya (with expenses paid by the city of Baltimore) in a desperate attempt to get the boys out of failing schools and violent neighborhoods so they could turn their lives around.
The Cartel, a documentary that provides an expose of our educational system and a look at some reformers who are trying to change things, is now available for purchase on DVD, just in time for Christmas.
Deborah Ball, Jim Cibulka, Steve Farkas, David Imig, and Kate Walsh discussed the future of ed schools in a debate moderated by Chester Finn and hosted by the Fordham Institute. Fordham’s recent study, Cracks in the Ivory Tower, a survey of ed school professors, was the starting point.
Podcast: An audio excerpt from Kay Merseth, et al.’s book, “Inside Urban Charter Schools”
Art McFarland’s exclusive one-on-one conversation with incoming NYC schools chancellor, Cathie Black.
Video: Brian Gill talks with Education Next about why students who attend charter high schools have higher rates of high school graduation and college attendance.
Video: Mike Petrilli talks with Education Next about the challenges of teaching high-achieving and low-achieving kids in the same classroom, and about one school in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is using a blend of ability grouping and differentiated instruction with great success.
Peter Meyer of Education Next talks with students and teachers from Hudson, New York about the problem with middle schools and about alternatives to standalone schools for students in grades 6-8. For more on middle schools, please see “The Middle School Mess,” by Peter Meyer.
Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss a new study that examines how high-achieving math students in the U.S. trail those from other countries and what could be done to boost the percentage of high performers in the U.S.
Podcast: Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek discuss their new study, which looks at how well the U.S. (and each individual state) is doing at producing high-achieving math students, as compared to other countries. The answer: not very well!
On Wednesday from 12:30 until 1:45 pm, Paul Peterson and Eric Hanushek will discuss the findings of their new study, which looks at the percentage of high-achieving students in each state as compared to the percentage of high-achieving students in 56 other countries.
Podcast: Josh Dunn talks with Education Next about continuing efforts by New York City Chancellor Joel Klein to close chronically failing schools–despite a ruling by a state court that the closings could not proceed–using a federal School Improvement Grant.
Podcast: Ed Next talks with representatives from truancy prevention programs in Atlanta and Baltimore about why students are missing so many days of school and what truancy prevention programs are doing to turn things around.
A panel including Randi Weingarten, Dennis Van Roekel, Michelle Rhee, Geoffrey Canada, and others discuss how to bring and keep top talent into teaching.
Several national AFT leaders were quietly involved with the negotiations between Baltimore City Schools and the local union which resulted in the just announced path-breaking new pay-for-performance Baltimore contract that will replace the so-called “steps” and “lanes” of the traditional teacher contract.
Marty West and Paul Peterson discuss the 2010 Education Next-PEPG Survey, which finds support among both Democrats and Republicans for test-based accountability, merit pay, and charter schools.
President Obama talks with Matt Lauer about teachers unions, charter schools, Race to the Top, and other topics as part of this week’s Education Nation coverage on NBC.
In case you haven’t heard, Waiting for Superman opens on Friday.
This video excerpt from the new movie Freakonomics looks at a program that rewards students with cash and prizes (including a ride home from school in a limo) for keeping their grades up.
Three years ago, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty hired Michelle Rhee to serve as Schools Chancellor. Yesterday, DC voters rejected Fenty’s bid to serve a second term, and Michelle Rhee’s future in the city is up in the air. This video about teacher evaluations in DC is the 12th and final episode of a series of videos by John Merrow and Learning Matters about Michelle Rhee.
Podcast: Josh Dunn talks with Education Next about a state court ruling overturning a decision by the Seattle school board to adopt a progressive math curriculum.
Video: Marty West and Paul Peterson discuss the 2010 Education Next-PEPG Survey.
Video: Nathan Glazer talks with Education Next about Larry Cuban’s new book, As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin.
Video: As policymakers call on schools to help combat childhood obesity, Education Next takes a close look at an innovative P.E. class that holds students accountable for how long and how hard they work out.
The problem with class size mandates is not whether the mandated class sizes should be 20 or 24 or some other magic number. The problem is that class size mandates end up determining the amount of total dollars that are going to education and result in assigning just enough teachers to hit those ratios. This creates an inflexible structure where we inadvertently institutionalize a broken way of grouping teachers and students into one-teacher classrooms.
Video: Marty West talks with Education Next about a new Harvard study that finds that parents grade their local schools based on student achievement, not minority enrollment.
Video: Paul Peterson talks with Education Next about his study evaluating the relative rigor of state proficiency standards.
Video: Susan Eaton talks with Education Next about efforts to reduce racial segregation in education since the Supreme Court’s 2007 rulings that students may not be assigned to schools on the basis of race.
Video: Steven Rivkin talks with Education Next about research on the impact of desegregation.
John McWhorter and Richard Thompson Ford talk about school desegregation, “acting white,” and black student achievement.
While union contracts certainly play a big role in determining a teacher’s pay, work schedule and benefits, the policies with the biggest impact on teacher quality, such as those covering tenure and evaluations, come from the states.
To oppose “results-based accountability” in education is close to a taboo nowadays, a position so antithetical to the spirit of the age that few dare mention it. Let us, therefore, declare ourselves shocked and saddened that Harvard University, in so many ways a pacesetter in education, is embracing that very position.
Debates around charter schools remain hot and contentious in the Buckeye State, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the nation. But Fordham hasn’t merely weighed in from the lens of think tank and choice advocate; we have also worked directly with schools as a grant maker, launched and supported a Dayton-based charter management organization, and for the last five years served as a charter school authorizer.
June Kronholz writes that the self-esteem movement in the 1990s made many educators squeamish about competition. In fact, American educators have had a love/hate relationship with it over the past century. But what we have seen is that as schools move away from promoting competition, those parents who think schools are not providing enough competitive outlets go outside of the traditional education system.
Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (June 23) about whether common standards create economies of scale for virtual learning products. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (June 16) about why $4 billion in prize money is causing so many states to enact reforms and whether those reforms will stick. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Podcast: Tom Dee talks with Education Next about why it is so tricky to assess the impact of NCLB on student learning and about his new study, which finds that NCLB had its greatest impact in earlier grades and in math.
We are pleased that the authors of the Civil Rights Project (CRP) report on racial segregation in charter schools have chosen to respond to our reanalysis of the 2007-08 data. This dialogue is important as we attempt to move toward the most appropriate analytic strategies for this question. However, we take issue with three points made (or not made) in the CRP response.
On April 27, 2010, Education Next posted a reanalysis and commentary, by Gary Ritter and several colleagues, of our February 2010 charter school report. Here we respond to the team’s claims, seeking to accurately explain what we did, why we did it, and the actual nature of our conclusions.
It was just about a year ago that I first started paying attention to Edutopia. They’ve been around for years, but they weren’t on my radar screen. Then suddenly, they wouldn’t stay off it. You couldn’t listen to the radio without hearing their ubiquitous underwriting credit on NPR, with its sublimely confident tagline “What Works in Public Education.”
Earlier this year the UCLA-based Civil Rights Project (CRP), jumped on the anti-charter bandwagon when it released “Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards.” This was, in my view, just the latest salvo in a continuing barrage of assaults against charter schools by critics of choice. Sadly, this report received lots of uncritical publicity in major media outlets, despite obviously flawed analyses.
Buy-in by teachers – specifically, their unions – has been widely cited as the main reason Tennessee won the Race to the Top. Not true.
Last year, Dan Lips and I demonstrated, in the pages of Education Next, that demography is not K-12 destiny . We cited the remarkable progress of disadvantaged students in Florida based on 1998-2007 NAEP data. NAEP has released the 2009 data, and the news for Florida just keeps getting better.
Podcast: Dale Mezzacappa talks with Education Next about lessons school reformers can learn from the public school that Microsoft helped design and launch in partnership with the Philadelphia school district.
The Race to the Top finalists do not have an equal chance of actually winning a Round One grant in the $4 billion competition. Like a presidential candidate who interviews many more vice presidential candidates than actually are under serious consideration, I suspect the Education Department was intentionally over-inclusive.
In recent decades, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and private providers have emerged as major forces in education in the less-developed and developing worlds, often supplying the lion’s share of education services where scarce resources have crippled state-run schooling. A new book from the World Bank, edited by Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Harry Anthony Patrinos, and Quentin Wodon, puts this growing phenomenon under the microscope.
The release today of Education Week’s annual report card for states, Quality Counts 2010, promises to receive extraordinary scrutiny. CREDO assessed Quality Counts 2009 for Education Next, specifically focusing on the Chance-for-Success Index. We found that the rankings for states closely mirrored their demography, which says nothing about the value-add of schools.
Most ministries of education are situated in old buildings and work with outdated equipment and with outdated people. The Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in London is different.
It’s hard to tell whether Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee courts controversy or is merely dogged by it. Either way, Rhee once again finds herself in the thick of it, just as her school-improvement efforts are starting to take hold and Washington had begun to exhale over her stick-it-in-your-eye style.
As Jay Greene and I argue in our brand new Ed Next article, “The Case for Special Education Vouchers,” parents of special ed students should be provided with vouchers that would allow their children to attend private school. The moral and equitable case for providing special ed vouchers is strong: some special ed students get a raw deal from the traditional public schools, which often are unable to provide the needed services or specialized teachers that a disabled student needs.
In an article in the Fall 2009 issue of Education Next, “The International PISA Test,” Mark Schneider argues that American states ought to think twice before participating in the PISA exam and that the policy advice offered in connection with PISA is not based on solid research. If Mark Schneider has doubts about the usefulness of PISA, he should wonder whether the United States has, under his leadership, used PISA effectively.
Photos: Additional images of the Brighter Choice Charter Schools in Albany, NY.
Photos: Images from the May 2009 rally for the DC Voucher Program held in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.
Podcast: Michael Rebell talks with Education Next about the role courts can play in ensuring educational adequacy