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Brandon L. Wright

Articles

America’s Mediocre Test Scores

Education crisis or poverty crisis?

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

America’s Smart Kids Left Behind

Catching up to our global peers will require changing education policy and culture

Blog Posts/Multimedia

What Standards Should Students Meet to Graduate from High School?

Twenty three education policy wonks (or teams of wonks) answered this question as part of Fordham’s 2018 Wonkathon

03/29/2018

Most States Step Up on Accountability under ESSA

When Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act, many reformers voiced concern that states would give up on rigorous accountability systems.

11/16/2017

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

The Every Student Succeeds Act grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind — meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings.

08/02/2017

Three Ways Charters Reform and Improve Our Schools

Chartering has not been a single experiment or the product of a single vision, theory or doctrine.

06/08/2017

What Happens If Obama’s ESSA Regulations are Repealed?

If the ESSA rules are repealed, states could be left with little more than an ambiguous statute and non-binding assurances from the executive and legislative branches.

02/27/2017

The Massachusetts Charter School Cap Harms Disadvantaged Students

When the need is so great, the demand so strong, and the supply so skimpy, why not allow more charter schools to serve more children?

11/04/2016

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

10/27/2016

What Will the Next Twenty-Five Years of Charter Schools Look Like?

June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.

07/05/2016

Three Fixes for the Charter Marketplace

Even after twenty-five years, charters in most places remain an alien implant in the body of American public education, and all sorts of immune reactions persist.

06/24/2016

A Scholarly Approach to School Accountability

States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?

06/23/2016

Should the Charter Sector Focus on Expanding and Perfecting the No Excuses Model?

The no-excuses model ought to remain a sturdy pillar of the charter sector, but bona fide school choice means plenty of different options,

06/06/2016

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

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

05/27/2016

Where Did Charter Schools Come From?

The onset of chartering was no lightning bolt. This audacious innovation had multiple ancestors and antecedents.

05/09/2016

A Different Kind of Lesson from Finland

Finland has been lauded for years as this planet’s grand K-12 education success story, but since 2009, it’s scores and rankings have slipped.

12/22/2015

Germany Is Leaving its Bright Students Behind

Germany has been praised for raising its nationwide test scores while simultaneously reducing educational inequality. That’s no small feat—and one well worthy of recognition and accolades–but Germany’s bright students aren’t enjoying any of these gains.

12/15/2015

The New ESEA Will Help America’s High Achievers, But Only If States Rise to the Challenge

The draft bill includes a provision that allows states to use computer-adaptive tests to assess students on content above their current grade level. That’s truly excellent news for kids who are above grade level.

11/24/2015

Is America’s Poverty Rate Exceptional? It Depends On How You Define Poverty.

America’s efforts to combat poverty look very different in international comparison depending on what you count and how you measure.

11/17/2015

New York City is Failing Its Bright Poor Students

New York is leaving too many gifted children behind, especially disadvantaged students who are gifted.

11/09/2015
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