The year’s most popular episodes, as measured by the number of listens
The year’s most popular episodes, as measured by the number of listens
The most popular articles based on readership
A veteran teacher reflects on the Oklahoma strike
Reflections on the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, from the plaintiff in a similar case
An EdNext guide to how it works, who’s responsible for it, and more
A new analysis using the latest NAEP data
On April 10, the U.S. Department of Education will release the latest results of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), which will tell us how fourth- and eighth-grade students are faring nationally, in every state, and in most big cities in math and reading. That week also marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of A Nation at Risk.
Every December, Education Next releases a list of the most popular articles we published over the course of the year based on readership.
New Mexico’s former state chief talks ed reform
What does the public think about school choice, Common Core, and other key issues?
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Education Next, and the Hoover Institution have teamed up to bring forth two pointed discussions, each centered around a critical question.
Here are the most popular articles we published over the course of the last year.
This year’s runaway hit was How We Make Teaching Too Hard for Mere Mortals by Robert Pondiscio.
Evidence from two national surveys comparing charter, district, and private schools
An Education Next Forum
Sponsors Sept. 16, 2016, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., The Johnson Center 1399 New York Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 This year Education Next celebrates the tenth anniversary of its annual survey of public opinion on K-12 education policy. This year’s results from the 2016 survey are discussed […]
An interactive graphic displaying results from this year’s survey.
An interactive look at the EdNext poll through the past decade
The EdNext Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher and here every Wednesday.
An Education Next Event
“Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th Anniversary
Each year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog. There’s usually a surprise or two and the 2015 list is no exception.
Which topics were most popular with Education Next readers in 2015?
An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.
Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.
Just the facts, please!
Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor
A rundown of the top posts on the Education Next blog in 2011
A rundown of the most read Education Next articles of the past year
On Top of the News States Fail to Raise Bar in Reading, Math Tests Wall Street Journal | 8/11/11 Behind the Headline Few States Set World-Class Standards Education Next | Summer 2008 A new NCES report finds that, while some states have raised their standards for proficiency in math and reading, most states still fall […]
On Top of the News Charter School Forges Ahead with Expansion Wall Street Journal | 7/14/11 Behind the Headline Future Schools Education Next | Summer 2011 Rocketship Education hopes to open 20 additional hybrid schools in California by 2017, a plan opposed by the local union and school district. The charter organization, which already runs […]
On Top of the News Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security CNN.com | 07/13/11 Behind the Headline Cheating to the Test Education Next | Spring 2001 Cheating should not lead us to abandon assessments, writes Chester Finn on CNN.com. Instead, listen to testing expert Greg Cizek, who participated in the investigation of […]
On Top of the News D. C. School Ratings Up Among System Parents, but Doubts Remain Washington Post | 06/22/11 Behind the Headline Mismatch Education Next | Fall 2011 According to a new survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is viewed more favorably now than […]
In-depth interviews by Mike Petrilli with authors of new and classic books about education.
School reformers have made forward strides in the last ten years, and public debate has acquired a bipartisan cast. But just how successful have reform efforts been?
What will 2011 bring to the world of education reform? Vote now for the two developments you think are most and least likely
New Ed Next Readers Poll: Vote now on the best and worst events in 2010 for education.
Please vote for the top three books of the decade.
Authors reading short excerpts from their recent books
Several school districts are banning or reducing homework in response to parents who complain of overload.
Chester E. Finn, Jr. joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush. who declared on the campaign trail that he wanted to be “the education president.”
The most popular entries on the Education Next blog based on readership
Researchers and policymakers are often puzzled when a policy like high quality preschool or class size reduction is found to have no impact on student test scores but a positive impact on longer-term outcomes like college graduation or future earnings. A new paper by Eric Nielsen can help explain these different findings. It turns out that the way we calculate test scores may be disguising the true impact of these policies.
The Winter 2019 issue of Education Next is now available in full on our website. The issue presents results from the 2018 EdNext Poll of public opinion.
Charles Barone joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the results of the midterm election and what impact they might have on education policy.
Erica Suares, Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to talk politics and policy.
Field trips can get pushed aside when schools decide to focus on math and reading skills in order to boost standardized test scores. Is anything lost as a result? In this 60-second video, Rick Hess takes a look at rigorous research by Jay Greene and colleagues on the benefits of culturally enriching field trips.
A new NBER working paper can be added to the growing list of studies finding that black students who have black teachers reap benefits in both the short term and in the long term.
As college costs rise, some see cause for alarm in rising levels of student loan debt. However, a new study finds that students who take out loans do better in school. Lesley Turner joins Marty West to discuss that new study, “The Benefits of Borrowing: Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment,” which she co-authored with Benjamin M. Marx.
On November 28 , Fordham and the Hoover Institution hosted Naomi Schaefer Riley on how K-12 schools can best support America’s neediest kids and Jonah Goldberg on the need to reclaim civic education.
Clint Bolick, an Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, talks with Paul E. Peterson about how the results of gubernatorial elections will affect the school choice climate in various states. They also discuss the proposed expansion of an education savings account program which was on the ballot in Arizona.
Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed new rules for how colleges are to handle cases of sexual assault and harassment. These rules for how to implement Title IX would replace the policies put into place by the Obama administration.
Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.
Despite their toxic reputation, student loans help recipients earn better grades, take more classes, and graduate sooner, a new study finds.
EdNext Podcast: Teachers Can Boost Long-Term Outcomes for their Students by Improving Student Behaviors
Research shows that teachers who raise student test scores also improve long-term outcomes for their students. A new study finds that long-term outcomes for students are even more strongly predicted by student behaviors than they are by student test scores. And the teachers who are good at improving student behaviors are not necessarily the same teachers who are good at raising student test scores.
The author of the new study, C. Kirabo Jackson, professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, discusses his findings with EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West.
Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the KIPP network is adapting to changes in the charter sector.
For four years, Tom Kane ran a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which offered to help a set of school districts develop new ways of evaluating teacher effectiveness. He talks with EdNext’s Marty West about lessons to be learned from that effort.
In Boston, nearly 25% of public middle and high school students attend exam schools, but these schools are much less diverse than the school district as a whole. A new study looks closely at the entrance exam used to select students for these schools and at ways the admissions process could be changed to to make the schools more diverse without sacrificing academic selectivity.
Our children aren’t being taught to read in ways that line up with what scientists have discovered about how people actually learn. Many teachers will tell you they learned something different about how children learn to read in their teacher preparation programs.
On November 7, AEI hosted a panel discussion looking at how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies.
While many parents worry that their children are assigned too much homework, studies show that American students do very little homework, on average. Janine Bempechat, clinical professor of human development and the author of a new article, “The Case for (Quality) Homework.” talks with Marty West why homework improves learning and how parents can help.
Students who only have access to the internet via a smartphone are less likely to spend time outside of class on school-related activities, and this problem disproportionately affects students who are already more likely to fall behind academically.
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was named Urban Superintendent of the Year for 2018 by the Council of the Great City Schools.
Hanna Skandera, Editor-in-chief of The Line and former Secretary of Education for New Mexico, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss the four-day school week and Pathway 2 Tomorrow, a call for innovative proposals to broaden education.
In the News: New York Knew Some Schools in Its $773 Million Plan Were Doomed. They Kept Children in Them Anyway
New York is preparing to end its effort to turn around the city’s lowest-performing schools, an effort launched in 2014. Overall, school turnaround efforts have consistently fallen far short of hopes and expectations.
Will parents be able to outsource drop-offs and pick-ups to Uber-like companies or automated vehicles? Will school buses be self-driving? The future is now.
Teachers’ impact on non-cognitive skills, like adaptability, motivation, and self-restraint, is 10 times more predictive of students’ long-term success than teachers’ impact on student test scores.
YouTube will invest in content from independent creators as well as traditional news sources and educational organizations to boost the amount of educational content available.
Does Massachusetts really have the best charter schools in the country? If it does, why is the charter sector growing so slowly in the state? Marty West talks with Cara Stillings Candal, the author of a new book on charter schools in Massachusetts, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.
Steve Klinksy, founder and CEO of Modern States Education Alliance, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to explain how the organization is able to provide an on-ramp to college with its “Freshman Year for Free” program.
Earlier this year, the Global Teacher Prize was awarded to Andria Zafirakou, an arts educator at an inner city secondary school in London. Zafirakou joins Marty West to talk about how she uses the arts to inspire the students in her school and and her plan to use the $1 million prize to launch a charity supporting arts education in the UK.
When a school district’s discipline policy has a disparate impact on African American students, is that racial discrimination? How about when an elite university uses affirmative action to increase the diversity of its student body? Adam White, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, and director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the legal issues involved.
A new EdNext article looks at whether American students are getting too much homework or too little.
The Harvard EdCast takes a close look at declining enrollment in private schools, particularly among the middle class. Sean Reardon, the author of “Who Goes to Private School?” an article in the fall issue of Education Next, is the guest.
Should data drive decision-making in education policy or should data be used in the service of our values? Harry Brighouse and Susanna Loeb join Marty West to discuss how the tools of philosophy and social science can help policymakers make better decisions.
Under the leadership of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has won numerous awards for student performance. Carvalho sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his strategy of empowering school leaders and reforming teacher compensation.
In many school districts, teachers receive generous health care benefits even after they retire, but states and school districts have not been putting aside sufficient funds to pay for those promises. Chad Aldeman visits the podcast to discuss his article, “Health Care for Life: Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?”
A new study based on data from North Carolina finds that grade inflation increased over the last decade and that grade inflation was more severe in schools attended by affluent students than in those attended by lower-income pupils. Seth Gershenson, the author of “Grade Inflation in High Schools (2005-2016),” joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the study.
Including students with disabilities in regular classsrooms is a worthy goal, but it may not always be the best way of serving children with disabilities. It can also sometimes have negative consequences for teachers and for students without disabilities. Allison Gilmour, an assistant professor of special education at Temple University, joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss her article, “Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?”
In the New York Times, Henry Nicholls argues that school start times should be changed so teenagers can get more sleep.
The world of education policy has been filled with some nasty battles in the recent years. Hanna Skandera, who formerly served as education secretary in New Mexico, hopes to change that by promoting civil discourse around education.
On September 26, AEI hosted a panel discussion on Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane’s new edited volume, Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.
The XQ institute is hoping to influence local policy, not just seed innovative new high schools.
In Oklahoma, teachers walked out for nine days this April to demand better pay and more spending on schools. Eleanor Goetzinger, a special ed teacher and behavior specialist in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, talks with Marty West about what the strike meant for her, for her students, and for schools in Oklahoma.
Education Next and PDK both released the results of major surveys of public opinion about education in recent weeks. Joshua Starr, the president of PDK, joins Paul E Peterson to discuss the results of the two surveys.
The Northeast is expected to be the hardest hit, but demand for spots in elite institutions is not expected to decline.
According to a significant body of research, students tend to benefit from having teachers who look like them, especially nonwhite students, yet the teacher work force is overwhelmingly white and female.
The Office of the Inspector General from the U.S. Department of Education is widely respected for its efforts to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse, but what happens when the OIG starts making policy recommendations? Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the involvement of the OIG in policymaking.
School is back in session after one of the hottest summers in recorded history, and many students are now in classrooms without air conditioning. A new study looks at how hotter school days impact. student learning. Josh Goodman of the Kennedy School at Harvard sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his recent working paper, “Heat and Learning.”
The cover story of the Fall 2018 issue examines what’s ahead for teachers unions after this June’s landmark Supreme Court decision banning agency fees for non-members.
Matthew Kraft, an associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, sits down with EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale,” co-written with David Blazar.
Michael Henderson, assistant professor at Louisiana State University and survey director for the EdNext poll, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the nuts and bolts of EdNext’s annual survey of public opinion.
EdStat: 68% of Americans support annual testing in reading and math, according to the 2018 EdNext survey
A large majority of Americans continue to support the federal requirement that all students be tested in math and reading each year in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.
EdStat: The 2018 EdNext poll finds that support for the Common Core State Standards has stabilized at 45 percent
After falling in previous years, public support for the Common Core State Standards has now stabilized at 45%, the 2018 EdNext survey finds, compared to 41% a year ago.
The 2018 EdNext poll finds a clear majority—57%—in favor of “a tax credit for individual and corporate donations that pay for scholarships to help low-income parents send their children to private schools.”
Private colleges currently enroll 30 percent of students attending four-year colleges, but they face declining enrollment and mounting deficits. Is a crisis on the horizon? Stephen Eide, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article “Private Colleges in Peril.”
EdStat: 51 percent of Americans rate their local public schools with a grade of A or B on the 2018 EdNext poll
On the 2018 EdNext poll, approximately half of the public (51%) rates their local public schools with a grade of A or B, consistent with the last three years of polling.
EdStat: 18 percent of respondents support affirmative action in K-12 school assignments, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
The 2018 EdNext poll finds that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to considering race in K–12 school assignment decisions as part of efforts to increase school diversity, though the difference between support and opposition has narrowed somewhat since the question was last asked in 2008.
Last year’s EdNext poll revealed a sharp drop in support for charter schools. On today’s podcast, Paul E. Peterson and Marty West look at the biggest changes in public opinion revealed by the 2018 EdNext Poll, some of which relate to charter schools and vouchers.
EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points
After a substantial drop in support for charter schools last year, the 2018 EdNext poll finds that public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points this past year, to 44%, with 35% opposed.
Why does so much high-quality education policy research come from North Carolina? Because the state has tracked important data since the ‘90s, and has made that information more accessible to researchers than anywhere else.
In states where teachers walked out of their classrooms this spring to protest low salaries and cuts to school spending, public support for raising salaries has grown significantly.
EdStat: 47 percent of Americans say school spending should increase, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
Among those provided information about current spending levels in their local school districts, 47% say that spending should increase, a rise of 7 percentage points over the prior year.
Several universities are putting free Amazon Echo Dot devices in student dorm rooms to help students more easily access information about their schools.
EdStat: 56 percent of nonunion teachers say in the 2018 EdNext poll that unions have a positive impact on schools
New in the 2018 EdNext poll is a breakdown of teacher respondents that shows sharp differences between union and nonunion members on certain issues.
What does the public think about teacher strikes, teacher salaries, agency fees, and more? And what do teachers think? The EdNext Podcast returns from vacation this week so editor-in-chief Marty West and senior editor Paul E. Peterson can discuss the results of the 2018 Education Next poll.
Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year according to the new EdNext poll.
EdStat: 54 percent majority of the public supports school vouchers for all students, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
The 2018 EdNext survey finds that a 54% majority of the public supports school vouchers for all students, a 9-percentage-point increase over a year ago.
EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public support for increasing teacher pay jumps by 13 percentage points
On the 2018 EdNext survey, among respondents provided with information on average teacher salaries prevailing in their state, 49% of the public say that teacher pay should increase—a 13-percentage-point jump over the share who said so last year.
The Boston Public Schools will be led by an interim superintendent this fall, since former superintendent Tommy Chang was asked by the mayor of Boston to step down last June. Steve Poftak talks with Paul E. Peterson about some of the challenges that have faced, and will continue to face, the school district, including debates over school start times, diversity levels at exam schools, whether the student assignment system is causing segregation, transportation costs, and what happens next for BPS.
Lay staff now constitute nearly all staff in Catholic schools.
Kunjan Narechania discusses on the EdNext blog.
EdStat: Charter Schools Have Gained a Substantial Following in Louisiana, Where 148 Charters Now Serve more than 80,000 Students
But charters have also attracted opposition from many school districts and teachers.
EdStat: 38 States had Statewide Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Preschools by February 2017
Many systems include differential funding reimbursement for programs with higher quality ratings.
EdStat: State Spending on Preschool More Than Doubled between 2002 and 2016, from $3.3 to $7.4 Billion
However, a range of research also shows that many early childhood programs do not have positive long-term effects.
A review of financial conditions at New England’s small private colleges finds that tuition revenue is failing to keep up with expenses at more than half the schools.
A new study investigates whether teaching practices differ in effectiveness depending on the students in the class. It finds that the impact of good classroom management and student-centered instruction vary depending on whether the students in the classroom are of high ability or of mixed ability. Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss the study,”Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Composition,” which she co-authored with Esteban Aucejo, Patrick Coate and Zachary Mozenter.
EdStat: Between 1968 and 2013, the Percentage of Middle-Income Families Enrolled in Private Schools Fell from 12 Percent to 7 Percent
Enrollment in private schools is falling among middle-income students, while high-income and low-income student enrollment in private schools is holding steady.
EdStat: During the Last School Year, the Number of Charter Schools in California Grew by 1.6 Percent
This is even lower than last year’s rate of 1.9 percent.
Has expanding income inequality fueled a broader increase in segregation at both public and private schools?
During the last school year, the number of charter schools in California grew by a mere 1.6 percent, even lower than last year’s rate of 1.9 percent.
EdStat: A New Version of the HEA Would Cut the “90/10” Rule, which Requires Colleges to Raise a Minimum of 10 Percent of their Revenues from Sources Other than Federal Financial Aid
As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Kevin Carey discusses rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.
EdStat: Every Year, the Federal Government Spends More than $100 Billion on Higher Education, Mainly in the Form of Grants and Subsidized Loans to Students
As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Michael B. Horn and Alana Dunagan discuss rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.
How do teachers feel about the changes taking place in American education? Evan Stone, the co-founder and CEO of Educators for Excellence, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his organization’s new survey, “Voices from the Classroom: A Survey of America’s Educators.”
EdStat: All Else Being Equal, Teachers with Classes in which 20 Percent of Students had an Emotional/ Behavioral Disorder were 2.15 Percentage Points More Likely to Leave Their School or Teaching
Teachers are likely a key element in the successful inclusion of students with disabilities (SWDs), but few studies have investigated how general-education teachers are impacted.
EdStat: 89 Percent of American Children who Attended a Private Elementary School were Enrolled in a Catholic School in 1965
In 2013, the comparable figure was 42 percent.
When teachers receive instructional coaching, the quality of their instruction improves, but larger coaching programs are less effective than smaller ones.
Three universities partnered with Amazon last year to provide some students with free voice-activated devices (Echo Dots) programmed to answer questions from students.
Hanna Skandera talks with Martin West about Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future
EdStat: Twenty-Seven Percent of Public K‒12 Schools had a Reading Coach on Staff by the 2015‒16 School Year, According to the National Teacher and Principal Survey
Does one-to-one coaching actually help teachers get better?
Only one of those cases was successful.
EdStat: Twenty-Four Percent of Public K‒12 Schools had a General Instructional Coach by the 2015‒16 School Year, According to the National Teacher and Principal Survey
Historically, professional development for teachers has been dominated by daylong seminars that took teachers out of the classroom and delivered the same tips and tricks to an entire department, grade level, or school.
Before schools in the southern U.S. were racially integrated, schools for African American students were staffed almost exclusively by African American teachers. After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, southern schools began to be desegregated, and this had a big effect on black teacher employment.
EdStat: Students Without Disabilities who had a Classmate With an Emotional/ Behavioral Disorder were 1.42 Times More Likely to be Chronically Absent
Early studies that addressed peer effects in inclusive classrooms did not identify any negative academic consequences for students without disabilities.
Raw population numbers are what matter most in predicting future demand for postsecondary education.
There has been a decline in the share of middle-class students attending private schools.
EdStat: Between 2005 and 2012, the Number of Special-Education Teachers Declined More Than 17 Percent
The student-to-teacher ratio in special education is now greater than the overall student-to-teacher ratio, suggesting that students with disabilities spend more time with general educators than with special educators.
EdStat: The Private Nonprofit Sector Enrolls About 30 Percent of All Students Attending Four-Year Colleges
How will the fiscal crisis impact this sector? And what kind of higher-education system do we want?
On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Fordham Institute hosted a panel discussion on changing support for charter schools featuring Charles Barone, Carlos Marquez, Nina Rees, and Mike Petrilli.
EdStat: 60 Percent of All Students with Disabilities Spend 80 Percent or More of Their School Day in Regular Classrooms
How does mainstreaming benefit students with disabilities? A new article explores what we know and what we don’t.
Michael McConnell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
EdStat: Private-School Enrollment Has Decreased Dramatically for Hispanic Students, Dropping from 13 Percent Enrolled in 1959 to 3 Percent Enrolled in 2013
The decline was steepest among middle-class Hispanic families.
Changes in private school enrollment may have to do with the widespread closures of Catholic schools, which had relatively low tuitions.
EdStat: At Best, Increasing Pre-K Enrollment by 10 Percent Would Raise a State’s Standard Adjusted NAEP Score by a Little Less Than 1 Point Five Years Later
According to new analyses, the positive associations between NAEP scores and earlier pre-K enrollment are small and typically not statistically significant.
EdStat: For the Past 50 Years, Roughly One in 10 U.S. Families Has Chosen to Enroll Their Children in Private School
Has expanding income inequality led to an increased concentration of affluent families at private schools?
EdStat: From 2002 to 2017, the Percentage of Four-Year-Olds Enrolled in State Pre-K Rose from 14 Percent to 33 Percent
But is government-funded pre-K the surest way to provide the opportunity for all children to succeed in school and life?
Students in Washington, D.C. have been making large gains on NAEP, and many credit the transformation of the teaching profession that has taken place in DCPS over the past decade. Thomas Toch of FutureEd joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new report, which takes a close look those changes.
EdStat: Of the 30 Percent of Undergraduate Students Who Did Not Apply for Federal Student Aid in 2011-12, Roughly a Third were Likely Eligible for Pell Grants
For the purpose of awarding need-based aid, what matters most is increasing financial aid applications among those most likely to be eligible for financial aid.
EdStat: School Districts with Higher Child Poverty Levels Have Lower FAFSA Completion Rates—About 3 Percentage Points for Every 10-Percentage-Point Difference in the Child Poverty Rate
Students in relatively affluent districts are more likely to have access to the one-on-one assistance that helps students submit the FAFSA, enroll in college, and receive more financial aid.
The UNO Charter School Network, now Acero Schools, has made the transition away from the English immersion approach to educating its mostly Latino student body.
EdStat: 124 Four-Year Private Nonprofit Colleges have Closed in the Past 25 Years, According to Data from the National Center for Education Statistics
Many higher-education experts are concerned that more closures may be looming.
Another 330 million are in school but not learning.
EdStat: In 2003-04, the Percentage of Black and Hispanic Students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Dropped to 3.5 Percent
In 1997-98, the percentage of black and Hispanic students at TJ was at a high of 9.4 percent schoolwide.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, the school board is hoping to raise over $150 million a year in additional property tax revenues while preventing local charter schools from receiving any of the funds.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) faces a debt of between $11-15 billion. How did the school district get itself into such a financial hole and what might it do to get out of it?
EdStat: According to American Teacher Panel Data, More than 90 Percent of Teachers Reported Using Google to Find Lessons
More than 70% reported using TeachersPayTeachers and Pinterest to find lessons.
On the John Batchelor show, Paul E. Peterson talks about research on what happens when a school enrolls refugee students, and in particular, how this affects the non-refugee children who had already been attending the school.
EdStat: Before a 2004 Change in the Admissions Process, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Applicants were Sorted First by Test Scores and Grades, with Scores Weighted at 80 Percent
In an attempt to close the excellence gap, the admissions guidelines were revised in 2004 to include a sliding scale.
On Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Detroit students who argued that they had been denied access to literacy because of the condition of their schools.
EdStat: Up to 80 Percent of Teachers Use Instructional Materials Developed by Colleagues or Themselves at Least Once a Week
There is increasing momentum behind the idea that curriculum materials, including textbooks, represent a powerful lever for education reform.
On the last day of its 2017-2018 term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus vs. AFSCME that public employee unions can no longer collect agency fees from non-members. Clint Bolick, an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why the U.S. Supreme Court felt it was necessary to overrule a decision from the 1970s allowing agency fees.
EdStat: At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Asian Students Made Up 68 Percent of the Student Body by 2017–18
Asian students made up only 20 percent of overall school district enrollment.
EdStat: One Percent of Students Offered Admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Next Fall are from Low-Income Families
Some 29 percent of the students in Fairfax County Public Schools, where “TJ” is located, are from low-income families.
Only 25% of the public favor collecting union dues from non-members.
NPR’s Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner consider what the Janus ruling will mean for teachers uions in an article that draws on research by Bradley D. Marianno and Katharine O. Strunk that was published recently in Education Next.
EdStat: Following the Janus Supreme Court Decision, Unions in 22 States Can No Longer Collect Agency Fees
Six states had already passed right-to-work legislation removing unions’ rights to assess agency fees.
Teachers are starting to use voice-powered devices like Alexa in the classroom, though privacy advocates have raised some concerns. Michael Horn considers some of the larger ways that voice assistants might disrupt the classroom.
EdStat: This Spring, the Acceptance Rate at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was 15 Percent
The acceptance rate at “TJ” was slightly lower than the acceptance rate at nearby Georgetown University.
Charter schools have been in the news lately, as supporters and opponents have debated whether they are expanding opportunities for students most in need or whether they are increasing segregation. Earlier this month, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on charter schools and EdNext’s Marty West was invited to testify.
EdStat: In 2017, the Annual Budget for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General was Approximately $60 Million
An independent watchdog agency, OIG is funded by Congress and recovers $2 for every $1 spent on its efforts.
What is the mission of the OIG? Do all of its investigations lead to criminal charges?
EdStat: Seven Regional Accreditors were Responsible for Accrediting More Than 80% of the Public and Private Nonprofit Colleges in the United States as of 2012–2013
Higher-education institutions have to stay accredited for their students to be able to use federal subsidies to pay for college.
EdStat: On the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment’s Math Tests for 15-Year-Olds, the United States Ranked 39th
Continuing “business as usual” puts the U.S. below the average math-skill level in developed countries, faring only slightly better than Croatia and Greece.
In the News: California’s CORE Districts Joined Forces to Bolster Social-Emotional Development, But a Study Reveals Gaps in Learning
Researchers find that growth-mindset increased but that social awareness, self-efficacy, and self-management decreased as students progressed through school.
EdStat: Between 2010 and 2016, NACIQI Identified Compliance Issues with 80% of the Accreditors Requesting a Status Renewal
Critics have observed that NACIQI and the U.S. Department of Education rarely hold accreditors accountable for their outcomes.
In San Diego, one in ten students attends a magnet school, and because admission is sometimes determined by lottery, researchers have been able to study the impact of attending a magnet school on long-term outcomes.
Julian Betts of the University of California, San Diego joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his research on magnet schools in San Diego.
EdStat: In the Five Years After Right-to-Work Reform, Union-Dues Revenue per Teacher Decreased by $316 in Wisconsin
These figures suggest that, in right-to-work states, teachers unions lost power not only in numbers, but also in terms of dollar resources.
A higher-education institution has to participate in an accreditation review every five to ten years to stay accredited.
EdStat: In the Five Years Following Right-to-Work Reform in Wisconsin, the National Education Association (NEA) Affiliate Lost Approximately 52 Percent of its Members
During the same period of time, trends in agency-shop states remained stable.
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on June 13, 2018 on The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students. Testifying were Nina Rees, Greg Richmond, Jonathan Clarke, and Marty West.
EdStat: As of 2012-2013, Seven Regional Accreditors Collectively Oversaw the Colleges that Enrolled Over 90% of All U.S. College Students
Over the course of 200 years, accreditors transformed from voluntary college associations into the gatekeepers for billions of dollars of public aid.
But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.
Are graduates of private schools as active in the public sphere as graduates of public schools? David Sikkink, an associate professor of sociology at Notre Dame, finds that when it comes to volunteering and charitable giving, graduates of private religious schools are more likely to be engaged. He joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his research.
EdStat: The National Education Association is Currently Estimating Membership Losses at 300,000 Nationwide
Membership losses will result in a steep decline in revenue.
An upcoming Supreme Court decision might end the controversial practice of allowing public-sector unions to collect agency fees.
EdStat: For Teachers Who Report that Covering Housing Costs is Very Difficult, the Chronic Absenteeism Rate is Nine Percentage Points Higher
Long commutes combine with rising rents to create economic anxiety.
EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years
These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.
Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in Janus v. AFSCME on whether public sector unions should be allowed to collect agency fees from employees who choose not to join the union. The Court heard a similar case two years ago, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Marty West talks with Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in that case, about agency fees, unions, and what to expect after Janus.
EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, Only 46 Percent of Less-Educated White Respondents Favor Higher School Spending
Fifty-five percent of more-educated white respondents share that view.
The cover story is on an innovative online master’s degree program that is expanding access and increasing educational attainment for students who would not otherwise enroll in a graduate program.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s eight most selective schools will now set aside 20% of seats for low-income students. The mayor hopes to eliminate the admissions test altogether, but doing this will require the approval of the state legislature.
A new analysis by Education Next finds that the state that has raised its proficiency standards the most over the past 10 years is Tennessee. Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how her state has raised its standards and made other changes to advance student learning.
EdStat: The Next Generation Learning Challenges Have Allocated More than $25 Million across Seven Regional Funds
But has NGLC funding expanded the adoption of personalized learning in those regions?
EdStat: Four of the 5 States with F Grades in 2009 Achieved a C+ or Higher for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
Researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale since 2005.
EdStat: Students Attending Schools Backed by Silicon Schools Score 15 Points Above Proficiency on California State Assessments, on Average
Critically, more than two-thirds of students attending schools backed by Silicon Schools are from low-income families.
EdStat: 69 Percent of Americans Support Laws Allowing States to Take Control of Local Districts Where Academic Performance Has Been Low for Several Years
Teachers are less favorable toward these laws but nevertheless lean toward support.
In 2011, a Florida law eliminated tenure for teachers hired on or after July 1, 2011. A new study looks at the impact of that change on student achievement in the state. Celeste Carruthers joins Marty West to discuss the new study, which she co-authored with David Figlio and Tim Sass.
Dan Hamlin, a postdoctoral fellow at the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss their new article, “Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance? An analysis of 2017 state proficiency standards.”
EdStat: In 2017, Only 9 Percentage Points Separated the Proficiency Results on the Average State Test from the NAEP Results for That State
In 2005, 35 percentage points separated these two results.
EdStat: When the Public is Told How Much Teachers Currently Earn, Only 36 Percent Support Raising Teacher Salaries
According to the EdNext poll, support is down 5 percentage points from 2016.
EdStat: Nine of 24 States with D- to D+ Grades in 2009 Received A Grades for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
The relatively close alignment between state and national assessments represents a major improvement from 2009 when the Common Core initiative began.
EdStat: There are Over 500 Medium- and High-Poverty Census Tracts across the Country without Nearby Charter Elementary Schools
The Opportunity Zone program might help make these “charter school deserts” fewer and farther between.
In the United States, we don’t expect most kids to work very hard, and they don’t. So write Mike Petrilli and Adam Tyner of the Fordham Institute in a new EdNext article about student motivation. Should we try to make schools more engaging? Use external exams to hold students accountable for their learning? Adam Tyner sits down with Marty West to discuss some options that he and Mike Petrilli explore in their article, “The Case for Holding Students Accountable.”
On Tuesday, May 22, Education Next presented the results of its latest evaluation of the rigor of state proficiency standards at an event hosted by the Hoover Institution.
EdStat: 16 States and the District of Columbia Received a Grade of A or A- for Their Proficiency Standards in 2017
Since 2005, researchers at Education Next have graded state proficiency standards on an A–F scale.
Schools are paying increasing attention to the problem of truancy, and many states are including an indicator measuring chronic absenteeism in their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with Peter Bergman about the phenomenon of joint absences, when students have a peer with whom they systematically skip class.
EdStat: The Differences between Teacher-Preparation Programs are Negligible When It Comes to Teacher Quality, Amounting to No More Than 3 Percent of the Average Test-Score Gap between Students from Low-Income Families and their More Affluent Peers
If policymakers want to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of their graduates, there may be better ways to do it.
For the general public, opposition to the Common Core has more than tripled, from 13% in 2013 to 42% in 2016.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the Urban Institute will host a panel discussion on how states can make changes to their school funding systems.
The Opportunity Zone program, part of the 2017 tax reform package, might be able to help.
EdStat: The College Readiness Program of the National Math and Science Initiative Increases College Attendance by 4.2 Percentage Points
Holding students accountable for their performance might get them to work harder and learn more.
For a brief period, states were required to rank their teacher education programs based in part on how much their graduates were boosting student test scores. But when Paul von Hippel and Laura Bellows took a close look at the evaluations of teacher education programs in six states, they found that the differences between the programs in their graduates’ impact on student learning were negligible.
EdStat: Last Year, 21 States and the District of Columbia Opted to Rank Teacher-Preparation Programs by Measures of Their Graduates’ Effectiveness in the Classroom
Paul von Hippel and Laura Bellows find that if programs are ranked on value-added scores, then the differences between the programs are typically too small to matter.
The Trump administration may undo regulations that punish for-profit colleges if their graduates are unable to earn enough money to repay their student loans. The authors of a new study discuss the impact on student enrollment in for-profit colleges and community colleges when the federal government cracks down on for-profit colleges with high rates of students defaulting on their loans.
EdStat: The Annual Rate of Charter School Growth has Reached an All-Time Low: a 1 Percent Increase in Charter Schools between 2017 and 2018
Our EdNext authors propose a few ways to regain momentum.
EdStat: Total State and Local Spending on Higher Education Increased by 13.5 Percent (in Inflation-Adjusted Terms) from 1987 to 2015 Nationwide
The student population increased far more rapidly than state spending during the same period of time.
In the Atlantic, Katherine Reynolds Lewis takes a step back from the current debate over school discipline to profile a school that is trying something new: use whatever methods will meet children’s needs.
EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 69 Percent of Respondents Support the Idea of Schools Providing Students with Laptops for Classroom Use
Approval is higher among parents and still higher among teachers.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill that will make community college free. The state will join California, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee in offering statewide tuition-free programs,
EdStat: State and Local Funding for Higher Education has Declined to $7,152 per Student Enrolled in a Public Two- or Four-Year School
Even though states are spending more overall on higher education, these increases have not kept pace with enrollment growth.
In many states, teacher pay has stagnated or even declined in recent years. The rising cost of maintaining teacher retirement systems is part of the problem. Chad Aldeman joins Marty West to discuss the increasing cost of teacher benefits, how this affects teacher take-home pay, and what teachers gain and lose under the current system.
Last year Purdue University helped launch a charter school aimed at boosting the number of high school students in Indiana’s urban areas who can meet Purdue’s admissions criteria. Now it wants to expand the model.
EdStat: The Average Increase in the African American Concentration Experienced by an African American Transfer Student was 3.8 Percent
Charters don’t seem to be solving the problem of school segregation and, in some cases, are making it a little worse.
A little over a decade ago, a new government in the United Kingdom issued a report recommending that early reading instruction include phonics. What has been the impact of that change in approach to teaching reading?
Martina Viarengo, the author of a study on this topic, joins Paul Peterson to discuss her research.
But there is no evidence that state K–12 spending has displaced spending on higher education.
The increase in Medicaid spending is the single biggest contributor to the decline in higher-education support at the state and local level.
In the News: What Should it Take to Graduate? Inside the Growing Divide Over Whether to Require New York’s Vaunted Regents Exams
In Chalkbeat, Monica Disare looks at how one state has tried to uphold rigorous standards for high school graduation when not all students are going to be able to meet those standards.
The Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard hosted a conference last month on the long-term effects of choice.
Doug Webber looks at state spending decisions to determine the relationship between higher-education funding declines and increases in other categories.
EdStat: Taxpayers Have Filed for Over Thirty Billion Dollars in Credits and Deductions for College Expenses They Paid in 2017
What impact do these tax benefits have on education?
The cost of college is rising, in part because of declines in state support for higher education. But what explains those declines?
Douglas Webber, associate professor in the Temple University Department of Economics, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Higher Ed, Lower Spending: As States Cut Back, Where Has the Money Gone?”
EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers
Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.
After a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, thousands of Haitians moved to the U.S. and enrolled their children in school here. David Figlio, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his research on the impact these Haitian refugee students had on the non-refugee students who were already attending those schools.
EdStat: Parents Pay a Median Price of $8,320 a Year for Eight Hours a Week of Center-Based Care for a Child Under Five Who Does Not Have a Disability
Parents spend more in the Northeast and West and less in the South and Midwest.
A new NPR/Ipsos poll finds that just 1 in 4 Americans believe teachers in this country are paid fairly, but other surveys have found that when respondents are told what teachers currently earn, support for raising salaries drops.
EdStat: According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 61 Percent of Respondents Support the General Concept of Standards that are the Same Across the States
Far fewer support “Common Core.”
Art of Problem Solving founder Richard Rusczyk talks to Rick Hess.
The Education Without Walls program run by the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education gives chronically homeless students in North Carolina the chance to learn from outdoor experiences like camping trips.
EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children
But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?
As the charter school sector grows, there is more emphasis on replicating school models with a track record of success and less emphasis on single-site schools that increase the variety of schooling options. So argues Derrell Bradford in a new article for Education Next, “Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement.”
This week, Derrell Bradford joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, what can be done to support single-site schools, and why it matters.
Students who drop out rack up debt without getting the benefits that come with having earned a degree.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss efforts to bring education savings accounts and full-day kindergarten to his state.
Charter school principals are more diverse than principals of district schools, but far less diverse than the students they serve.
EdStat: Only Five of the Country’s 13,600 Districts Have Applied to the Weighted Student Funding Pilot, Part of the Every Student Succeeds Act
Why have only five of the country’s 13,600 districts applied to the weighted student funding pilot, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act?
EdStat: On Average, over the Past 10 Years, Teacher Compensation has Increased by 7.8 Percent for Retirement Benefits
During the same period of time, salaries increased by 1.4 percent a year, on average.
EdStat: A Study of 639 Charter School Applications in Four States Found That Applications That Included Plans to Hire a Management Organization Were 10 Percentage Points More Likely to Be Approved
Increasingly, single-site charter schools appear to suffer a higher burden of proof to justify their existence, relative to CMOs.
Do teachers know enough about how students think and what motivates them? Daniel Willingham thinks that ed schools are not giving teachers enough useful information about how children learn. He laid out his argument in an Education Next article, “Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think.”
EdStat: One District, Chicago, Narrowed Its Test-Score Gap between White Students and Black Students in 4th-grade Math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2017
Chicago also narrowed its test-score gap between white students and Hispanic students in 4th-grade math and 4th-grade reading. No other participating district saw its achievement gaps narrow.
Instead of just looking at the effect teachers have on the test scores of their students, researchers have expanded their focus to include the impact of teachers on student attendance and the long-run outcomes of their students. Seth Gershenson joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the latest findings on the impact teachers have on their students.
New research challenges the notion that ESSA has fewer federal regulations than previous iterations of the federal K–12 law.
As part of our Summer 2018 forum, Shavar Jeffries shares his view of how Trump’s policies in his first year as president have affected American education.
EdStat: The Average Scale Score in 8th-Grade Reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress was 267 on a 500-Point Scale
There was no significant score change in 2017 compared to 2015 in 4th-grade math, 4th-grade reading, and 8th-grade math.
On April 25, 2018, the Hoover Institution, the Fordham Institute, and Education Next hosted a panel discussion on the progress ed reform has made since the 1980s and what the latest NAEP scores suggest about America’s future.
EdStat: On Average, Federal Money Pays for 41 Percent of the Salary Expenditures at State Education Departments in 34 States
Public-school student enrollment in these states accounts for 71 percent of student enrollment in the U.S.
The results of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress have just been released and the news is not good. National trends are mostly flat, and as Mike Petrilli notes, it’s now been almost a decade since we’ve seen strong growth in either reading or math, with the slight exception of eighth grade reading. Mike Petrilli joins Marty West to take a close look at the results and to consider what lessons we can draw from them.
Education Next has released a series of posts analyzing the 2017 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
EdStat: On the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 48 States/Jurisdictions Had No Significant Change in Their 8th-Grade Math Scores Compared to 2015
Two states/jurisdictions had score increases from 2015 to 2017, while three had score decreases.
In Colombia, a voucher program has awarded over 125,000 poor children scholarships to help them attend private high schools. Eric Bettinger of Stanford University talks with Paul Peterson about the program, which has been found to have positive long-term impacts on participating students, including better labor market outcomes.
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Reading Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Improved in 4 Trial Urban Districts
Which urban school districts have been moving in the right direction on NAEP?
The New Schools Venture Fund (NSVF) live-streamed sessions of its annual summit on Wednesday, February 9, 2018 starting at 11 am Eastern time.
EdStat: Under the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Savers in 529 Plans Can Withdraw up to $10,000 Per Year Free of Federal Taxes to Pay Tuition Expenses at an Elementary or Secondary Private School
In our current forum, Lindsey M. Burke argues that the Trump administration has already made some positive strides for the nation’s schools.
EdStat: According to the Understanding America Study, 47 Percent of U.S. Adults Support Charter Schools
Our 2017 EdNext poll reported a sharp drop in support for new charter schools, but is public opinion bouncing back?
About a dozen big cities are at this moment trying to hire new school superintendents.
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Reading Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Improved in 19 States
Which states are on a hot streak coming into the 2017 NAEP release on April 10?
Georgia Tech already offered a highly regarded master’s degree in computer science. In 2014, the school added a fully online version of the degree. In this episode, Josh Goodman joins Marty West to discuss the impact of the program.
The online degree costs less than one-sixth of the $45,000 that out-of-state students pay to enroll in the same program in person.
Results from a survey released last week showed that support for charter schools has come back up after a sharp drop last year. In this week’s episdode, Nina Rees of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what might have caused support for charters to dip and then rise and to consider the results of some recent studies on charter schools.
35 Years Ago This Month, the National Commission on Excellence in Education Released “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform”
Reflecting on the “35 pages that shook the US education world [and became] one of the most significant documents in the history of American public education.”
EdStat: 1,700 Students Begin a Computer-Science Master’s Degree Through Georgia Tech’s Online Program Each Year
Georgia Tech’s online program is the largest computer-science master’s degree program in the United States—and possibly the world.
One day before the Apple announcement, Google announced the release of a new tablet for schools that will cost the same amount as Apple’s new iPad, $329
EdStat: Between 2011 and 2015, Math Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Declined in 20 States
What changes will be revealed on April 10 when the 2017 NAEP results are released?
In some states, charter schools can design their own retirement plans for teachers. In this episode, Michael Podgursky, professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia, joins Marty West to discuss what we can learn from charter innovation in this area.
EdStat: Only 54 Percent of School Principals Rate Their Teachers’ Understanding of How Children Learn as “Moderately” or “Very” Good
Though teachers are required to learn some basic principles of psychology as part of their training, many report that their education is too theoretical.
On Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted an Askwith Debate on whether charter schools enahnce or undermine equity.
Who takes online classes? Does online education simply substitute for in-person education or does it serve students who would not otherwise enroll in an educational program?
School choice researchers are finding that vouchers may impact student test scores and later attainment outcomes in different ways. In this episode, Patrick Wolf joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why researchers should consider other outcomes besides test scores when evaluating school choice programs.
Maybe we need to rethink how teachers’ pay schedules are structured.
EdStat: Only 36 Percent of the Public Think the Federal Government Should Play the Largest Role in Setting Educational Standards
Opinion has shifted modestly away from federal control toward local control over the past two years.
A new study led by researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the Census Bureau, finds that white boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.
Could labor activism mean that unions are getting weaker?
When college professors ban laptops, students complain about hand cramps and an inability to read their own handwritten notes.
EdStat: Children Whose Parents Receive Public Assistance Hear Less Than One Third of the Words Encountered by Higher-Income Peers by Age 3
The children of highly educated parents are capable of more complex speech and have more extensive vocabularies before they even start school.
As the use of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo becomes widespread in homes, some wonder whether voice-activated technology technology could prove useful in the classroom. Michael Horn joins Marty West to discuss how this might work and what the challenges might be.
The 5 percent increase in pay secured by striking teachers in West Virginia might seem reasonable; the problem is that no effort has been made to transform the way teacher salary schedules work, Reihan Salam argues.
Learning from the long-term effects of school choice
Have these new evaluation systems had a net positive or negative effect on our nation’s schools?
Researchers from the Urban Institute have released a study looking at how long it takes students to travel from home to school in five different cities where families have a significant amount of educational choice.
In this episode, David L. Leal, professor at the University of Texas, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss how Latinos vote, what Latinos think of their kids’ schools, and whether the views of Latinos differ significantly from the views of other Americans.
In New Mexico, the number of AP test-takers grew from 7,636 in 2010 to 10,756 in 2016, and the number of students passing the tests increased from 5,266 in 2010 to 6,440 in 2016.
EdStat: Being Exposed to a Duty-to-Bargain Law for All 12 Years of Schooling Reduces Male Earnings by Almost $1,500 Per Year
“Duty-to-bargain” laws require school districts to negotiate with teachers unions in good faith.
According to a recent Pace and USC Rossier poll, 61 percent of respondents had a positive impression of the California School Dashboard.
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in a case brought by teachers who were unhappy with a new law that makes it possible for experienced teachers to be put on unpaid leave if no schools want to give them a job.
EdStat: Charter Schools Received $3,509 Less on Average in Annual Funding per Student Than District Schools in 2011
Even though charter schools and district schools receive equal funding from the state, charters generally receive less funding per student.
“As public education secretary of New Mexico, Hanna Skandera dug in fast, set an ambitious agenda, and broke a lot of china.” So writes Michael McShane in a new article for Education Next about Skandera’s seven years of leadership. Michael McShane joins Marty West to discuss the lessons education reformers can learn from Skandera’s successes and challenges.
The state’s new evaluation system has been especially effective at differentiating teachers by the skillfulness of their work.
In the New York Times, Pamela Druckerman reviews two books on parenting and screen time. Mike Petrilli reviewed the same two books, by Anya Kamenetz and Naomi Schaefer Riley, for Ed Next last month.
Three new studies released by the Urban Institute look at how private school choice has affected nearly 13,000 students in three different states.
Matt Chingos of the Urban Institute joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss what we’re learning about how school choice participants do when it comes to college enrollment and graduation.
EdStat: 58% of Less-Educated White Respondents Think the Number of Skilled Immigrant Visas Should be Decreased
In our 2017 EdNext poll, we asked respondents if the number of visas for skilled workers should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same
Children ages 12 to 17 who live with just one parent or guardian are at a higher risk of school suspension than their peers living in a two-parent household.
According to the 2017 EdNext poll, support for merit pay for teachers among the general public has dropped from 67 percent in 2010 to 46 percent in 2017.
In this TEDx talk, Ashley Berner makes the case for educational pluralism in the U.S., rather than a school system built around the idea of uniformity.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 2.3 percent of U.S. children have a parent in federal or state prison.
A new meta-analysis documents a half-century of “strong positive results” for Direct Instruction. Robert Pondiscio of the Fordham Institute joins Marty West to talk about Direct Instruction, which he calls “the Rodney Dangerfield of education. It gets no respect.”
When charter schools opt out of state retirement plans, they usually offer their teachers an alternative.
In a column for the Washington Post, Jay Mathews challenges the view that the renewed interest in governing caused by the election might lead to better teaching and greater civic virtue.
Paul DiPerna, the vice president of research and innovation for EdChoice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss “The ABC’s of School Choice,” a comprehensive guide to school choice programs in the U.S.
According to the 2017 EdNext Poll, 51 percent of parents support homeschooling, while just 29 percent oppose it.
EdStat: 76 Percent of Indiana’s Private Schools Participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program
Roughly 76 percent of Indiana’s private schools take part in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, including almost 100 percent of Indiana’s Catholic schools.
States’ teacher pension plans have been managed so poorly that they’re now underfunded by $500 billion.
In the Spring 2018 issue cover story, we present evidence on the spillover effects of charter schools on nearby district-school students.
With 19 percent of its public-school students enrolled in charter schools, Arizona was the state with the highest percentage of charter-school students in 2014.
In 19 states, charter schools can offer their teachers an alternative to state retirement plans.
Josh Dunn, an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
The number of states with school choice programs and the number of students who are able to take advantage of these programs have roughly doubled since 2010. What will happen on the school choice front in 2018? Paul E. Peterson talks with John Schilling of the American Federation for Children, which promotes school choice by promoting legislation and trying to help elect candidates who support choice.
Forty-four percent of the public oppose the practice of requiring teachers to pay fees to unions they choose not to join, while just 37% support the practice.
On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus vs. AFSCME, a case that could deal a potentially crippling blow to public sector unions.
Even though controversy has sprung up around the new International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests.
Pension costs, excluding Social Security and retiree health insurance, have grown from $520 per student in 2004 to $1,220 today.
Launched in 2011, the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program is the nation’s largest voucher program, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all voucher students nationwide.
There’s been a decline in the number of new charter schools opening and a slowing of growth in overall enrollment in charter schools. Robin Lake joins Marty West to discuss her research into some possible reasons for the decline, focusing on the San Francisco area.
Do teens need a sense of purpose? William Damon of the Stanford Center on Adolescence says that developing a sense of purpose is one of the most important but overlooked aspects of adolescent development. He talks with Paul Peterson about his his work on how we develop a sense of purpose and what schools can do to help.
In the News: Douglas County Schools Must Pay the Private Education Costs of Student Who Has Autism, Judge Rules
In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District that public school students with disabilities are entitled to greater benefits than some lower courts had determined.
We don’t yet know what the long-term effects are of kids spending so many hours in front of screens. Many parents struggle to set reasonable boundaries around screen time, and some seem to have given up the fight. Marty West talks with Naomi Schaefer Riley about the challenges of limiting screen time for our kids and why parents might want to try harder.
On February 15, AEI hosted a debate over the value of education. Bryan Caplan, author of The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, took on Eric Hanushek.
A new poll released by USC and PACE finds that voters in California have a positive view of the state’s dashboard approach to accountability.
Boston Collegiate Charter School is the most diverse school in Boston. Paul E. Peterson talks with Richard Whitmire about what makes the school so special and how the school has managed to attract such a diverse population.
In many western states, charter schools operate with little regulation or oversight. Matt Ladner joins Marty West on the podcast to defend this approach to charter school policy.
In the News: Inside the $28,000-a-year private school where children of tech workers learn to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk
BASIS runs a small handful of private schools in addition to its 25 public charter schools.
Conflict between school districts and charter schools is not inevitable, argues Ashley Jochim. Paul Peterson talks with Jochim about the factors that allow some school districts to collaborate with charter schools.
In the Hechinger Report, Eleanor Chute visits a school district in western Pennsylvania that is using virtual reality as a learning tool.
The political debate over charter schools often turns on their impact on students in traditional district schools. Marty West talks with Sarah Cordes about her new research on this topic.
State interventions to improve struggling local school districts have a mixed record, but in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a state takeover seems to be turning things around.
Paul E. Peterson talks with Beth Schueler about her new report, “School District Turnaround: Learning from Leadership in Lawrence, Massachusetts.”
At a Senate HELP committee hearing on innovation and improving access to higher ed, Mike Larsson testified about Match Beyond, a program which helps students from low-income households earn college degrees at affordable prices.
Charter schools have long fought to get their fair share of per pupil funding. Parker Baxter joins Marty West to discuss how two states have passed breakthrough laws mandating that charters have equitable access to local funds.
Online courses offer many benefits to high achievers who are extremely motivated, but high schools across the country are increasingly steering struggling students into online courses.
What We’re Watching: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act – Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency
At a hearing on student debt held last week by the Senate HELP Committee, Matt Chingos suggested some changes to the way student loans work.
Morris Fiorina joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, which aims to correct the widespread assumption that Americans today are more polarized than ever.
On January 25 at 4 pm, the Fordham Institute will host a debate on school discipline reform. The focus will be on the impact of policies aimed at reducing suspensions.
Does collective bargaining by teachers help or hurt students? An editorial in the Wall Street Journal refers readers to a recent study that tries to answer this question.
James Spillane joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how school administrators can use classroom assignments to promote teacher interaction, which is the subject of his new article, “The Schoolhouse Network.”
Gerard Robinson joins Paul Peterson to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the work of improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.
Superintendent Tommy Chang presented a plan to the Boston School Committee that would eliminate middle schools and change the grade configuration of other schools in Boston so that students only have to change schools once during their education.
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, AEI hosted a conference on the past two decades of school reform. Panels discussed what we have learned about accountability, policy instruments, and Washington’s role.
Two large investors are asking Apple to do more to address the overuse of cell phones by kids.
James (Lynn) Woodworth has been named the new commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.
A study by Josh Goodman challenges the conventional wisdom that the number of school days cancelled due to snow has a significant impact on student learning.
Anya Kamenetz looks back at the top education moments in 2017 and she includes in her list the big, bipartisan plunge in support for charter schools which was revealed by the 2017 Education Next poll.
A widely-shared New York Times piece about sticking with New Years resolutions suggests that some in the social emotional learning camp who have been busying themselves with trying to foster “grit” by teaching self-control may have been focusing on the wrong thing.
EdNext editor in chief Marty West and senior editor Paul E. Peterson discuss the top Education Next articles of 2017.
Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused.
Some recent studies of the impact of school choice have found only a limited impact on academic achievement but larger positive effects on long-term outcomes like attainment and earnings. What could account for this? In this episode of the podcast, Paul talks with Marty West about his new working paper on the impact of school choice on non-cognitive skills.
Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy, and the growth of charter school networks more generally are the subject of a thoughtful essay by Elizabeth Green in the Atlantic.
Earlier this month, the Boston School Committee announced that it would start high schools later and elementary schools earlier so that teenagers can get the sleep they need. Marty West talks with Finley Edwards, the author of “Do Schools Begin Too Early?” about his findings that later school start times increase student achievement in math and reading and have many other benefits.
Every year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog as determined by readership.
What kind of students choose career and technical education? In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with Albert Cheng, the author of a new paper that finds that the students who choose CTE may not be as engaged in their academic courses but have strong non-cognitive skills. Other studies find that CTE may boost attainment and improve labor market outcomes for students.
High school students in Boston will get to sleep later next year, the Boston Globe reports. Most high schools will start at or after 8:00 am.
Teachers in most states need to earn a certain number of professional development credits in order to renew their licenses, but as Stephen Sawchuk explains in Ed Week’s Teacher magazine, what we have today is “a bewildering array of providers offering education credits” and nobody in charge of ensuring quality.
Lenora Chu, an American journalist, decided to send her son to a local public school when she and her family relocated to Shanghai. In this episode of the podcast, she talks with Marty West about what she learned about the Chinese education system, which is also the topic of her new book, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve.
In the News: How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most
New data from researchers at Stanford allows us to see where students are making the largest gains from year to year. And an interactive graphic created by the New York Times lets readers click on individual school districts to see how they are doing.
The state of New Jersey is returning to the city of Newark the power to run its school system. Chris Cerf, who served as state superintendent of New Jersey and then district superintendent of Newark, joins Paul Peterson to talk about the changes that have taken place in the Newark school district and what lies ahead.
Last year, EdNext published “Continuing Change in Newark: To Protect Reform, Chris Cerf Builds Collaborative Relationships,” by Richard Lee Colvin.
On December 7, 2017, Fordham hosted a discussion with David Driscoll, the man behind many of the reforms that led to the Massachusetts Miracle, and the author of a new book, Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts.
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 9 am, AEI hosts a day-long research conference on rural education.
Soledad O’Brien reports on the ASAP program, an innovative program of wrap-around support services launched at CUNY.
Three charter schools in Washington, D.C. that are “diverse by design,” aiming to attract students of all races, are the subject of an article in US News.
The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them.
The expectations teachers have for how far students will go with their education have an impact on how much education those students actually complete. And white teachers have lower expectations for black students than for similarly situated white students.
To better understand these dynamics, Marty West talks with Seth Gershenson about his new study, “The Power of Teacher Expectations: How racial bias hinders student attainment,” co-authored with Nicholas Papageorge.
The cover of the Winter 2018 issue features the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform.
On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Urban Institute hosted a panel discussion on school finance policies and inequality.
Daniel Hamlin talks with Paul E. Peterson about his research on whether there’s any difference in student perception of safety between district and charter schools in Detroit.
Americans are not good readers, but the cause is not smartphones; it’s how schools teach reading.
Last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Education met with critics of school discipline policies that were put in place under the Obama administration.
Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, will be the next superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.
Bellwether Education Partners believes we need to think differently about school transportation. In this 3-minute video they explain what needs to change.
Michael Podgursky joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the role of public sector unions in negotiating and sometimes even selling health care and other benefits to their members.
Sometimes called hybrid colleges, these programs aim to help low-income students earn college degrees.
A driverless taxi service will soon be up and running in a suburb of Phoenix. Will self-driving school buses be next?
On election day last week, voters in Douglas County, Colorado elected a slate of school board members who want to undo the reforms embraced by the last board.
Max Eden joins Marty West to discuss the results of the election, and in particular, what they mean for school choice efforts nationwide.
In the News: Common Core Tests Were Supposed to Usher in a New Era of Comparing America’s Schools. What Happened?
Seven years after the Common Core standards were introduced, not much progress has been made in pulling together data from Common Core-aligned tests in different states that would allow researchers to make comparisons across states, Matt Barnum notes in an article for Chalkbeat.
What We’re Watching: Improving Career and Technical Education by Reforming High Schools and Community Colleges
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 AEI hosted two panel discussions on new ways to prepare students for the world of work.
Josh Goodman of the Harvard Kennedy School sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new master’s degree in computer science offered by Georgia Tech. The computer science department, one of the top 10 programs in the country, has set up a flexible, online program for working adults that charges only 1/6 of what an in-person master’s degree costs.
While researching what happens to graduates of top charter schools when they go to college, Richard Whitmire noticed a gender gap in the performance of the students.
As millennials grow up and become parents, find schools for their kids, and move into positions of leadership, what’s apt to change on the education reform front? The Fordham Institute and the Walton Family Foundation are convening a panel to discuss this on November 14 at 4 pm.
On November 14, the Brown Center at Brookings and CRPE will host two panels on the current state of public school choice in our nation’s cities.
David Quinn joins Marty West to discuss how researchers analyze summer learning loss and how it varies by student background.
In New York City, roughly a quarter of the city’s middle schools and a third of high schools screen applicants based on their grades, test scores, artistic talents and other criteria.
The anti-voucher candidates were victors in the Douglas County School Board election last night,, effectively killing the district’s voucher program.
AltSchool will close three of their seven private “micro-schools” and focus on developing their software platform.
Martin Lueken of EdChoice and Benjamin Scafidi of Kennesaw State University sit down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss their reasearch on the effect of the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program on school district resources.
The New York Times looks at the ways tech companies woo superintendents to get them to buy hardware and software.
“EduHam” is now in Los Angeles, where over 7,800 high school students will get the opportunity to see the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit.
Dan Willingham explains why reading comprehension tests don’t actually test reading comprehension.
Eva Moskowitz, the founder of Success Academy Charter Network, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss her new memoir, The Education of Eva Moskowitz, and the role of charter schools in New York City.
Welcome to the world of student loans and debt forgiveness for teachers, a patchwork of overlapping programs, contradictory regulations, and expensive subsidies.
Demand for seats in charter schools remains high among families but public enthusiasm for continued growth of the charter sector seems to be slipping.
Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss where the opposition to charter schools is coming from.
Why are so many teachers not covered by social security? The answers are in this explainer created by TeacherPensions.org
Last week, Bill Gates delivered a speech in which he described some new priorities for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Western Governors University has earned praise for its innovative model of competency-based learning. But the U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General has called for the government to bar WGU students from federal student aid programs.
In this episode, Michael Horn of the Christensen Institute joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the WGU model and why a government audit found it wanting.
Dennis Epple, Professor of Economics at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how states can expand their school choice programs, and whether those programs have been effective.
In New Orleans, a nonprofit called EdNavigator helps low-income parents support and advocate for their children at school. EdNavigator’s services are paid for by employers who then offer them to their employees as a free benefit.
In Commentary, Sohrab Ahmari makes the case that Teach for America, once a leading light of the education reform movement, has now transformed itself into an arm of the progressive movement.
In August 2016, a new public school opened in Washington, D.C. specifically to meet the needs of boys of color. A three-part audio documentary looks at how things went for the students and the school in its first year.
What We’re Watching: Bill Gates Keynote at the Annual Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools
On October 19, 2017 at 12:30, Bill Gates delivered the keynote address at the 61st Annual Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools.
Tom Vander Ark joins Marty West to discuss the benefits of technology in schools and why it would be a mistake to reject the use of computers in the classroom.
Last week, Eli Broad announced that he would be retiring from his work at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in order to spend more time with his family.
Steve Klinsky, founder and CEO of ModernStates.org, joins Paul Peterson to discuss his new charity, which offers students up to 40 transferrable college credits for free.
The Core Knowledge Foundation has released a free online social studies curriculum for grades 3 to 5.
How does the current array of technology in schools fit with the ages-old aspiration of forming thoughtful and reflective young men and women who will strive for a greater good beyond themselves? That’s the question Daniel Scoggin raises in his half of a new Education Next forum, “Should We Limit Screen Time in School?”
Margaret Raymond, director of CREDO at Stanford University, sits down with Paul Peterson to discuss CREDO’s latest study on charter schools in New York City.
Jay Greene argues that supporters of arts education are making a mistake when they try to sell the idea of integrating arts education into the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
New data from the Census Bureau show that the high school dropout rate among U.S. Hispanics has fallen to a new low, and that the reduction has come alongside a long-term increase in Hispanic college enrollment.
A new study from the Urban Institute finds that a Florida program designed to expand access to private schools has helped more low income students enroll in college. Matt Chingos, one of the authors of the study, talks with Marty West about how the Florida Tax Credit scholarship program works, how the effects of the program were studied, and how his findings fit in with those of other studies of voucher and tax credit programs.
Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, was at AEI on Tuesday, October 3 to talk with Rick Hess about her battles to reform America’s education system, the topic of her new book.
Carl Boisrond of NPR describes the findings of a new study that looks more closely at the impact on students of having a teacher of the same race.
Former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools and founder of StudentsFirst Michelle Rhee sits down with Paul Peterson to discuss some of the changes she helped enact in the nation’s capital.
The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a case involving the agency fees that teachers and other public employees are required to pay to unions even if they choose not to join the unions.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at the IOP Forum at the Kennedy School at Harvard on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
In the News: Denver’s Ambitious Home Visit Program Works to Build Bridges Between Parents and Teachers
In Denver, teachers from the Denver Public Schools have visited hundreds of students and their families at home in the weeks since school started.
Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, visits the podcast to give some insider tips on how school districts can get the most out of education technology and avoid paying too much for it.
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, AEI hosted Dan Koretz, whose new book is The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better. Discussing the book were Nina Rees and Russ Whitehurst. Rick Hess moderated.
A new Fordham report finds that 28% of teachers in traditional district schools miss more than 10 school days a year for sick or personal leave while teachers in charter schools have lower rates absences.
David Griffith of the Fordham Institute talks with Paul Peterson about the report and about where teacher absence rates are high and low.
In the News: Innovation Schools Saw Some of the Largest Gains on ISTEP in Indianapolis Public Schools
In Indianapolis, many of the schools that saw the biggest gains in passing rates on state tests were innovation schools, which have been given full autonomy.
While there is disagreement over whether the Common Core standards are improving student performance, most states that adopted the standards are still using them.
In 1995, the state of New Jersey took control of the public schools in Newark.
Brian A. Jacob of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the causes and consequences of chronic absenteeism in schools.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will deliver the keynote address at “The Future of School Choice” on September 28, 2017
Diane Tavenner, CEO of Summit Schools, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss how Summit has spent the past 15 years building a school model around what we know about what motivates students, how they learn, and what they need to be able to do.
On Friday, Sept. 15th, the Hoover Institution hosted “Scalia’s Constitution: Essays on Law and Education,” an event that was later broadcast by C-SPAN.
Jim Ryan, currently dean of the Harvard Graduate School of education and a scholar of law and education, will be U.Va.’s next president.
In the News: Minimum Progress for Students with Disabilities ‘Preposterous,’ Betsy DeVos Says in Denver
On Day 2 of her multistate “Rethink School” tour, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on schools to work with parents to better serve students with special needs.
A report released by the Government Accountability Office finds that college students who transfer from one school to another lose nearly half of the college credits they earned.
On Friday, Sept. 15th, the Hoover Institution hosted “Scalia’s Constitution: Essays on Law and Education,” an event organized by the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Government.
In earlier days, and in other countries, the government is the regulator of schools and provides quality control but does not directly operate all schools. This version of public education may better reflect American democracy, Ashley Berner notes. She joins Marty West to discuss pluralism and public education in this week’s episode of the EdNext podcast.
The Fall 2017 cover article details how Western Governors University pioneered a competency-based approach to higher education.
In Business Insider, Chris Waller writes about some schools and districts that have changed their bell schedules so that teenagers start school later.
Stanford University’s Rick Hanushek joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss whether too many students are attending four-year universities instead of two-year institutions in higher education, and how to help students get the skills they need in the workforce.
DeVos’s announcement that the Education Department will review Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault has prompted strong reactions.
Tonight at 8 pm, lots of celebrities will be participating in an hour-long live tv show about reinventing American high schools.
Sloane Stephens beat Venus Williams yesterday to make it to the finals of the U.S. Open. As a high schol student she spoke with EdNext about attending Florida Virtual School.
Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.
The 2017 Education Next poll asked the public, parents, and teachers what share of teachers at your local public school are excellent, good, satisfactory and unsatisfactory.
In the News: Do ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Lead to Success after High School? At One High-Profile Network, the Answer Seems To Be Yes
Many no excuses charter schools have high test scores, but critics are often skeptical that those scores will translate into outcomes that really matter.
Susan Payne Carter talks with Marty West about her new study which found that students whose professors banned laptops and tablets from class outperformed students whose professors allowed the devices.
In the 1960s, the California legislature decided that aspiring teachers would have to major in an academic area other than education, but last week, Gov. Jerry Brown reversed that decision
Paul E. Peterson talks with Anna Egalite of N.C. State about her new study looking at why some private schools do and others don’t participate in North Carolina’s means-tested voucher program and also at how families make the decision about whether or not to use a school voucher.
New York City teachers who have not found permanent jobs will be moved from the “rubber room,” where they have been paid for not teaching, into schools with vacancies whether the schools want them or not.
In U.S. News, Rick Hess and Amy Cummings take a close look at the decline in support for charter schools found in last week’s EdNext poll.
In the 2017 EdNext poll on school reform, parents were asked whether they would rather send their child to a two-year college, a four-year college, or neither. When respondents are given information about the costs and benefits of the different options, this changes the decisions of some respondents, but not others.
Paul is joined by EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss findings from the new EdNext poll on school reform, which measured public support for the rights of Muslim students and of evangelical students to form afterschool religious clubs.
A new study evaluates whether students who are the oldest in their class have an advantage over their younger peers.
In the Washington Post, Jay Mathews considers whether any progress has been made in fixing the teacher evaluation systems that generally result in all teachers being rated satisfactory.
On Friday, Sept. 8, Education Next held an event at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., to discuss the results of the 2017 EdNext Poll.
Bill Gates sits down with Camille Jones, who teaches STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math– at Pioneer Elementary in Quincy, a small farming town in Central Washington.
Andrew Ujifusa writes about one of the more interesting findings from the new EdNext survey on the Politics K-12 blog.
The podcast returns from summer vacation early so that EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West can discuss some key findings from the 2017 EdNext Poll with senior editor Paul E. Peterson.
A just-released survey by Education Next finds that “Americans May Be More Tolerant of Muslims than Ever.”
Hispanic students are more likely than other undergraduates to be enrolled in a two-year college rather than a four-year university.
Former New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how she approached education reform and what she accomplished in nearly seven years on the job.
Dana Goldstein looks at efforts to retool and expand vocational education, now called career and technical education, in West Virginia in a front-page story for the New York Times.
HBCUs have been in the news this week. A panel at AEI looks at the state of historically black colleges and universities and what challenges and opportunities await them.
Politico’s Eliza Shapiro looks at what has happened to education reform in New York over the past three years.
In an article for the Washington Post, Jill Coody Smiths describes some ways schools are exposing kids to the arts and discusses some of the benefits of arts education.
In U.S. News and World Report, Rick Hess responds to the Boston Globe’s revelation that Boston’s 16 charter-school leaders earned total compensation of $150,000 to $200,000 in 2016.
The California State University system will no longer require less-prepared students to take remedial courses, the Chancellor’s office announced last week.
Paul is joined by Stanford’s Eric Hanushek to discuss the California Board of Education’s plan to distinguish between qualified and effective teachers, which is part of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
In The News: Who Gets Access to School Data? A Case Study in How Privacy, Politics & Budget Pressures Can Affect Education Research
Matt Barnum writes about a dispute over who can get access to data from Louisiana that can be used to evaluate the state’s voucher program.
Rick Hess talks with Derrell Bradford of 50CAN about how he got into education advocacy work, what the work is like, and what keeps him going.
What role should the government play in making the American dream available to all?
A new study looks at the impact of co-location, the practice of allowing a charter school to open in the same building as a district public school.
The Justice Department is preparing to investigate universities for racial discrimination in their affirmative action policies, reports Charlie Savage of the New York Times.
In the News: 90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math & Reading. The Real Number? Just 1 in 3, Survey Shows
A new national survey of parents investigates the communication gap between parents and schools.
Earlier, the Trump Education Department had given Delaware some very critical feedback on the plan, which Mike Petrilli described as “a big unforced error.”
According to a recent report by EdBuild, over 70 communities have tried to secede from their school district since 2000.
This week, Paul speaks to Gregorio Caetano and Vikram Maheshri about their paper, “Explaining Recent Trends in US School Segregation: 1988-2014.”
This week, Paul talks to Charles Barone, the director of policy at Democrats for Education Reform, about the House Appropriation Committee’s decision to drop several of Donald Trump’s proposals to broaden school choice.
Many people think that school summer vacations are the legacy of an agrarian economy, but that’s mostly not true.
The Economist has put education technology on its cover this week.
In this 60-second video produced by AEI, Rick Hess argues that a partnership is necessary for success. He describes how KIPP charter schools ask teachers, parents, and students to sign a contract in which they all take responsibility for whether the student succeeds.
NPR conducted a survey of teachers to find out more about the problem of teachers with heavy student debt.
Transfer schools that fail to graduate enough students on time could be placed into receivership.
When it comes to their children’s education, what are parents’ biggest concerns? Not academics.
This week, Paul E. Peterson talks to Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science at Columbia University, about Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayoral control of schools in New York City.
In the News: House Committee Considers Education Spending Bill That Trims Trump’s Cuts, Drops Funding for Private Choice
The bill to be considered includes a cut of about $2 billion made by eliminating Title II grants that support teacher professional development.
In the News: Yearlong Residencies for Teachers are the Hot New Thing in Teacher Prep. But Do They Work?
Year-long programs that allow teaching candidates to work alongside experienced teachers while learning how to teach don’t have much of a research base.
In Denver, a charter school network called STRIVE is working closely with Denver Public Schools to improve its ability to serve students with special needs and to enroll more of the students.
Prof. Peterson discusses the Trinity Lutheran Supreme Court case with Stanford University professor Michael W. McConnell.
Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly approved a policy statement on charter schools that aims to limit the growth of charter schools and regulate the schools more closely.
Summer is a popular time for opinion pieces calling for the end of summer vacation.
How can we teach our children to find honor in working hard instead of avoiding work? CBS News talks with Senator Ben Sasse about his new book.
Marguerite Roza is interviewed by Christine Schneider of the Walton Family Foundation about how school spending is related to efforts to improve schools.
As the federal School Improvement Grants program winds down, a low-performing school in Baltimore is using one of the last grants to be given under the program.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in “whole-child personalized learning.”
The National Education Association expects to lose about 20,000 dues-paying members next year, and the union could lose even more revenue in the future if the Supreme Court strikes down its ability to collect agency fees from teachers who choose not to join the union.
In the News: State Reaches Deal on Mayoral Control, Giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a Two-Year Extension
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the city’s schools was about to expire when state lawmakers passed (and then the governor signed) legislation giving the mayor two more years to run the city’s schools.
No, says Rick Hess in this 60-second video produced by AEI.
The first Harry Potter book was published 20 years ago this week. Have the books had a magic effect on reading rates?
Ed Next’s Mike Petrilli participated in a panel at the Education Writers Association National Seminar on “Accountability and ESSA: Where Are States Headed?”
In the News: What Monday’s SCOTUS Ruling in Trinity Lutheran Preschool Case Could Mean for School Vouchers
The Supreme Court will hand down its final rulings of the term today, including the Trinity Lutheran case.
On Monday, June 26 at 10:30 am, the Urban Institute will host an event focused on the release of new data from the Louisiana Scholarship Program.
In New York, the state legislature wrapped up its 2017 session without extending Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over New York City’s schools.
A report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns of problems with a federal program that forgives some student loans for people who take public service jobs.
In hundreds of schools, educators seek to build stronger relationships with parents and equip families with tools to reinforce classroom concepts at home.
In this 60-second video produced by AEI, Rick Hess reminds reformers to be skeptical because trusting the experts doesn’t always work out well in education policy.
In the News: Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. Now, 100 Years Later, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model
Wildlflower Montessori, a micro-school in Cambridge, Mass. with 15 students, two teachers, and no principal, is one of 11 Wildflower schools in a loose network.
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Richard Reeves gives an overview of the argument of his new book on the American upper middle class and how its members understand their own position.
In Ohio, the state superintendent has proposed that the state stop administering standardized tests in subjects like art, music, and gym.
David Kirp looks at how CUNY is enrolling students in an intensive, counseling-heavy program that helps them quickly get on track to their degrees instead of getting bogged down in remedial courses.
The prize goes to a charter network that demonstrates outstanding academic outcomes among low-income students and students of color.
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In the New York Times, Natasha Singer takes a skeptical look at the involvement of tech entrepreneurs in school reform efforts
Researchers know more than ever before about how people learn, but our school systems struggle to translate this knowledge into student success.
In this episode, Ulrich Boser, the author of Learn Better, joins Marty West to discuss this paradox. Is the problem simply a failure of communication? Or is it deeper?
On June 15, 2017 at 10 am, the Fordham Institute will host a discussion about why education research and education policy are often disconnected and what can be done to fix this.
Spencer Campbell was making too little money to live on when he was a classroom teacher so he left the classroom to be an administrator.
A new report finds that pensions do little to attract new talent and even less to retain it. In fact, the opposite is true.
Marty West, Randi Weingarten, Shavar Jeffries, and Lindsey Burke took part in a panel discussion on the changing politics of education at this week’s Education Writers Association conference in Washington, D.C.
Hugh B. Price, former president of the National Urban League, joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new memoir, “This African American Life.”
A proposal from a group in Oakland was one of the winners in last year’s XQ Super School Project competition, aimed at reinventing the American high school.
In an op-ed for Real Clear Education, Paul Peterson notes that public opinion surveys are finding that public support for vouchers is growing.
In the News: How Two Business-Savvy Nonprofits Are Breathing New Life Into Philadelphia’s Struggling Catholic Schools
Preserving traditional Catholic education while adding education reform elements has been the goal.
What if all public schools were held accountable through contracts that gave them freedom in return for results?
Slate is publishing a series of articles called “The Big Shortcut” about the increasing use of online credit recovery courses to help struggling students come up with enough credits to graduate from high school.
Jonathan Smith speaks with Marty West about how an effort to recognize high-scoring Hispanic students boosts the chances that those students will enroll in and graduate from four-year institutions.
The cover article helps parents decide whether to hold their kindergarteners back a year to give them more time to develop physically, socially, or emotionally.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will give a speech in Indianapolis tonight. She is expected to announce a federal tax credit program for school choice.
In Florida, middle schools are increasingly being replaced by K-8 schools.
In this video from Business Insider, former Google executive Max Ventilla talks about why he founded AltSchool.
In Washington, D.C., a report by the Inspector General’s office has found that the former schools chancellor allowed some well-connected parents with political clout to bypass the lottery and enroll their children in popular D.C. public schools.
In the News: Trump’s First Full Education Budget: Deep Cuts to Public School Programs in Pursuit of School Choice
According to a leaked copy of an almost-final version of the education budget acquired by the Washington Post, the Trump administration plans to encourage states to embrace choice.
In a school board election held on Tuesday in Los Angeles, a reform candidate defeated the board president and reformers reached a majority on the school board.
Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis,
Last year’s summit sparked a big debate about the role of race in education reform.
This afternoon (Monday, May 15, 2017) at 4 pm, CATO hosts an event featuring Jonathan Zimmerman, coauthor of the new book The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools.
In Indiana, three private schools with low grades from the state have been told that they can not accept new voucher students this fall.
In the News: Franklin & Marshall’s Mission to Make College More Equitable Is Changing the Face of Higher Ed
This weekend, 17 percent of graduates who receive their diplomas at Franklin and Marshall College’s commencement will be low-income Pell Grant recipients.
One of the key advantages charter schools have is the flexibility to start from scratch financially. However, that advantage can quickly erode if charter schools make the same decisions as their district predecessors when it comes to spending on buildings, employees, and retirees. Marty West and Robin Lake discuss pitfalls that charter school entrepreneurs and those who support them need to avoid.
Using the bully pulpit to encourage states to launch course choice programs could greatly expand academic opportunity.
Should the federal government launch a federal tax credit scholarship program, or will they inevitably muck this up?
Will students work harder in school if their parents–or complete strangers–are keeping an eye on them? In thousands of classrooms in China, webcams are being used to live-stream classrooms so that anyone can watch what is happening.
BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. according to the new US News rankings.
What lessons can education reformers learn from the development and implementation of the Common Core? Rick Hess and Chris Minnich (of the Council of Chief State School Officers) discuss that question in this 20-minute video.
As of December 2018, school districts nationwide will be required to report exactly what they spend on each of their schools. Will that information kick off a new wave of school finance research and reform? Could it become one of the law’s most important legacies? Marty West discusses the change with Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer and seemed troubled by a Missouri grant program that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvement.
Each year, millions of parents nationwide must make a seemingly life-altering decision for their soon-to-be kindergartener: to redshirt or not to redshirt. Many parents believe that so-called “academic redshirting,” or the act of delaying a student’s kindergarten entrance by one year, will give their children a leg up not only when they first enroll in school, but throughout their educational careers and later in life. But is redshirting preschoolers really advantageous? Could it do more harm than good?
Philadelphia tries a new kind of teacher training program that focuses on the how of teaching rather than the why.
Writing for Chalkbeat, Dylan Peers McCoy describes how one of the nation’s largest school voucher programs has changed the private schools that participate, leading them to focus more intensely on student test scores.
An interview published this week with NPR asks education professor Diane Schanzenbach of Northwestern University about her motivation to gather the research on academic redshirting in her recent article for Education Next “Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten: ‘Redshirting’ may do more harm than good,” which challenges Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion that being among the oldest in one’s peer group is always an advantage.
On Tuesday, April 25th, the Fordham Institute, Education Next and the Hoover Institution hosted two discussions on what a $20 billion federal school choice tax-credit program could look like.
Could Hamilton have an impact on the teaching of U.S. History in American high schools? That’s the vision behind the Hamilton Project, a major new effort to get the musical in the hands of kids, first in New York City, and eventually nationwide.
On Monday, April 17 at 9 am, Brookings will host a discussion of the state of knowledge on pre-K education.
On Monday, April 10 at 9 am, Andy Smarick will host an event at AEI to discuss his paper on how states might apply charter-style accountability to district-run schools.
This past Monday was the early deadline for states to submit their Every Student Succeeds Act plans to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for approval.
Rick Hess explains why massive, top-down school reforms don’t work in this 60-second video.
It is hard to think of a more popular education policy proposal than reducing class size, but reducing class size on a large scale can have major unintended consequences.
In the News: Lawyer who highlighted Hillary Clinton’s role in defending rape suspect tapped for key federal civil rights post
Emma Brown of the Washington Post reports that Candice E. Jackson will serve as acting assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education.
Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at the Brookings Institution at an event marking the release of a report that ranks school districts based on how much school choice they offer families.
The use of open educational resources is expanding in several ways to cover core academic content.
In the News: Nevada’s Governor Rushes to Save Education Savings Accounts. But Will Program Survive Legislature’s Democrats?
Efforts to advance a bill that would fix the funding mechanism for Nevada’s Education Savings Account program are not being warmly received by Democrats in the state Senate.
Ashley LiBetti Mitchell discusses her recent article on charter schools that offer pre-K programs in this episode of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
In the News: To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week
State testing begins in New York this week and observers are watching to see whether “opting out” will increase, decrease, or remain the same.
Shep Melnick explains how the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights works and what is likely to change under the Trump administration.
A new study by Rand looks at how teachers are using a popular set of free online curriculum materials produced by New York.
On Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30 am, Sen. Lamar Alexander will deliver a keynote address about the Every Student Succeeds Act at AEI.
Earlier this week, Matt Chingos testified at a hearing on “Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students” before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.”
Israel’s education minister writes that people who look to Israel’s education system to understand why his country is such a high-tech powerhouse are looking in the wrong place.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that schools must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful progress,
What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.
The UK Department for Education has begun implementing a new style of teaching math modeled on the way math is taught in China.
In Connecticut, parents rallied on the steps of the state capitol in Hartford to call attention to charter and magnet school state funding discrepancies.
Some insight into how Judge Gorsuch might approach education issues if he is confirmed by the Senate.
In the News: Is your kid absent more than classmates? School ‘nudge’ letters tell parents just how much
Schools let parents know how many times their children have been absent and how many times other children in the school have been absent.
EdNext’s Marty West talks with Josh Goodman, the author of “In Defense of Snow Days,” about research showing that declaring a snow day is better for students in the long run.
In New York, the Board of Regents voted Monday to eliminate a requirement that aspiring teachers pass a literacy test in order to become certified.
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In several states, local superintendents are pushing back against plans to rate schools with letter grades
The regulations that were written by the Education Department to explain how states could comply with ESSA were repealed by the Senate late last week.
The 74 explains ESAs in this 90-second video.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the state’s low spending on public education violated the state’s constitution.
Boston charter schools this year received 35,000 applications, more than double the 13,000 applications that were received last year.
Can professional development for teachers be personalized? Michael Horn joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss a new way of doing professional development. Teachers identify the skills they want to acquire, receive specialized training, and are certified as having these new competencies, receiving a micro-credential, something akin to a merit badge.
This issue features the first-ever analyses of the views of nationally representative samples of parents that compares perceptions of charter, private and district schools.
Voters go to the polls today in L.A. to choose three school board members. Supporters of charter schools have a good chance to win a majority of seats on the board.
Here’s how a scholarship tax credit program works.
In this debate, Robert Pondiscio and Peter Cunningham consider how much regulation should accompany government-funded school choice.
Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has been poring over Neil Gorsuch’s opinions as a federal judge to learn how he might approach the steady stream of education cases that inevitably make their way before the Supreme Court.
A middle school in New York City reports fewer suspensions under the school’s new approach to discipline, but there is not yet much rigorous evidence to support new approaches.
Troubled by high percentages of students who are not ready for credit-bearing work when they enter community college, Tennessee is experimenting with a different approach.
Rick Hess and a panel of expert teachers talk about how teachers can bust out of the “cage” of misguided policies, inattentive administrators, and inadequate funding.
The Trump administration is considering a federal tax credit scholarship program to enable poor children to attend private schools, Politico reports.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?
Is integration the only solution?
On January 11, 2017 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most important special education case in thirty-five years, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. At issue was the level of services federal law requires school districts to provide students with disabilities. Marty West discusses the case with Josh Dunn, Ed Next’s legal beat columnist.
Substitute teachers are almost always put in sink-or-swim situations. Parachute Teachers is trying to change the way substitutes work.
On February 7, AEI hosted a discussion about new research on how the student compositions of charter and traditional public schools differ.
The NAACP has been conducting a series of hearings on the topic of whether charter schools are good for children of color.
A new study finds that allowing students to skip remedial algebra and go right into a college-level statistics course has long-term benefits.
Ross Douthat wonders why the Democrats fought so hard against the nomination of Betsy DeVos
NPR’s 1A program looks at the future of school funding, with a focus on California’s latest efforts to equalize spending on schools.
On January 25, 2017 AEI hosted a discussion of race, social justice, and school reform that was inspired by a forum in Education Next titled “Education reform’s race debate.”
Some schools provide non-traditional instruction using technology on snow days to keep teens on track and prevent the schools from having to make up the missed school days.
Mike Larsson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Match Beyond, talks with Marty West about how his program helps low-income students overcome the obstacles that prevent many from finishing college.
On Chalkbeat Indiana, Dylan Peers McCoy takes a look at how Indianapolis is trying to improve attendance for all kids and those who are chronically absent.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the resolution “charter schools are overrated.”
On February 2, Fordham hosted a discussion on the findings of recent studies of the impact of using vouchers to attend private school.
EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West recently appeared on the Harvard EdCast to discuss Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing.
Depending on your news source, you might not realize that charter schools are actually outperforming district schools in Detroit.
Here are some of EdNext’s recent and trending articles on various aspects of school choice just in time for School Choice Week.
What We’re Watching: Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program Survives Teacher Union’s Attempt to Kill It
Paul E. Peterson discusses his pick for Choice Media’s Story of the Day.
The final evaluation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program found no significant impacts on math or reading test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment.
The efforts by the Obama administration to promote changes in the way teachers are evaluated have paid off in some ways but backfired in others.
On January 18, 2017, Fordham and Hoover hosted a discussion of three of the options policymakers might consider as they try to launch a school choice program.
In the New York Times, David Kirp writes about efforts to raise college enrollment and graduation rates among students from poor families by texting the students regularly with helpful information and reminders.
In New York City, education officials announced that they will be closing 6 schools and merging three others after the schools, which were part of the Renewal program, failed to improve.
With Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing rescheduled for January 17, EdNext’s Marty West talks with Mike McShane, the author of a new profile of the Education secretary designee, about what to expect.
The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, has been delayed until January 17.
Emmanuel Felton of the Hechinger Report looks at complaints by teachers in four states that school discipline reforms are making their classrooms harder to manage. Researchers find that the evidence for critiques of exclusionary discipline and in support of alternative strategies is relatively thin.
Most parents think their children are on track to be prepared for college after their 12th-grade year, but the truth is, a shockingly large share of graduating high-school seniors are not prepared to go to college.
PBS NewsHour talks with Ed Week’s Alyson Klein and Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik about the future of the education policies promoted by President Obama and his education secretaries.
In Georgia, the Department of Education, the governor’s office, and the teachers union disagree about the best way to rate schools. A recent Education Next forum looked at how states should design their accountability systems.
EdNext’s Marty West asks Howard Fuller about his reaction to the election results, his thoughts on Betsy DeVos, and what supporters of school choice can do now.
In the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt describes the kind of school choice program he thinks would show immediate dividends for poor kids.
Many people think that students in the U.S. spend too much time on sports and other extracurricular activities, but there is actually some evidence that these activities are doing a lot of good.
These interviews will allow you to get to know some of the smart, knowledgeable, experienced, committed, caring, and thoughtful people working in this sector.
Before you start to feel guilty about all the time your children are spending in front of screens this winter break, consider how much they might be learning from all the screen time.
Culturally enriching field trips produce significant benefits for students on a variety of outcomes that schools and communities care about.
The students and parents who tell their stories here describe the schooling arrangements that ultimately turned out to fit just right.
2016 was a year of surprises. AEI’s Andy Smarick highlights the themes of the past year through a selection articles that best explain the outcome of the election and more.
This panel discussion on politics attracted a standing-room-only crowd at last week’s national summit on education reform organized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Each year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog. Which blogger will be at the top of the list this year?
Parents are more satisfied with schools they choose.
Two new studies compare the views of charter school parents to the views of private school and district school parents.
Many parents have noticed for some time that district-run public schools aren’t educating students well.
On December 13 we hosted a D.C. event looking at data from two surveys on what parents say about charter, district and private schools.
“Early college” programs are not a new idea but have experienced rapid growth in recent years
At last week’s National Summit on Education Reform, sponsored by ExcelinEd, speakers were asked what one thing they would like to change about public education in the U.S.
While the overall results for U.S. students on this year’s PISA exam were not good, some individual high schools got good news about the performance of their students on the test.
Students of color are suspended more often than their white peers, but the rates of suspension and expulsion change when students have a teacher of the same race.
The United States ranked 25th, performing in line with the OECD average for science and reading but below average for math.
A new study by the Data Quality Campaign reviews school report cards issued by each state and finds many of them lacking.
On TIMSS, the average score of U.S. fourth-graders in math put them behind students in 10 other systems
Why has it taken so long for charter schools to start serving kids younger than kindergarten?
The Winter 2017 issue celebrates the tenth anniversary of the annual EdNext Poll of American public opinion on K-12 education policy.
What will happen to the school voucher program in Washington, D.C. under Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos? Patrick Wolf reviews the research evidence on the impact of the vouchers.
The divide among education reformers over how much regulation and oversight are needed for school choice to work is highlighted as reformers react to Betsy DeVos’s nomination as education secretary.
Who will Donald Trump choose as his Education Secretary? BuzzFeed reports that the two finalists are Betsy DeVos and Michelle Rhee
Teacher home visits are being used by preschools to promote attendance. K-12 schools use the visits to engage parents in their child’s learning.
The history of charter schools in D.C. at 20 and the past and future of charters nationwide at 25.
In the U.S. Department of Education 147 appointments need to be made. Rick Hess offers his suggestions for who could be nominated to fill some of these positions.
In the News: The Real Threat to Common Core May Come Not From a Trump White House but From Many Statehouses
Donald Trump pledged during his campaign to eliminate the Common Core state standards, but many have noted that Common Core is not an issue President Trump will have any say over.
The governing arrangements that made New Orleans a darling of education reformers will soon be a thing of the past. Is this the beginning of the end of the nation’s most promising experiment in non-traditional education governanace?
In the News: Candidate Trump Talked Tough on Crime. Does That Signal an End to School Discipline Reform?
Many observers believe that the way American schools address student discipline will change once Donald Trump becomes president.
Which communities should education reformers serve, and can a new coalition be built in support of school reform?
What will education policy look like under a Trump administration? Education Next editors and contributors offer their thoughts.
Education Next’s Paul E. Peterson and Martin West talk about what education reforms they expect from President-Elect Donald Trump. Will he move on school choice, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Title I portability, charter schools, or something entirely unexpected?
In Massachusetts voters rejected a ballot question that would have allowed the state to approve additional charter schools.
What is the fate of the draft ESSA regulations? Twenty five Republican members of Congress have asked the Department of Education to rescind its proposed spending rules.
On Thursday, November 10, AEI held a panel discussion on how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies.
The NCTM released a statement warning of the challenges math teachers can face when schools rely too heavily on open educational resources.
On September 16, Education Next hosted an event to discuss the results of its 10th annual survey of public opinion on K-12 education.
Randomized experiments that send some students to visit art musuems and live theater performances find that these field trips help children develop critical thinking skills and values like empathy.
As the Obama administration nears its end, second lady Jill Biden is still working hard to try to make free community college a reality across the U.S.,
Teachers can now access a wealth of free resources online—from one image to a whole curriculum. But the growing reliance on open educational resources raises questions—who will produce them, how will they be compensated, how will educators be able to find the best ones, and how will all this affect the market for textbooks?
Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the Relay Graduate School of Education, a school singled out last week by the U.S. Department of Education.
Progress has often been disappointing in addressing many of the problems related to educational inequity highlighted by the report.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to reject petitions for renewal for five charter schools.
On October 13, Governor Jeb Bush spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Askwith Forum on new opportunities for state leadership on K-12 education policy
There’s plenty of evidence that students attending “no excuses” charter schools can do extremely well on standardized tests, but do the benefits of this approach to education extend beyond test scores?
On Saturday, the national board of the NAACP ratified a resolution adopted this summary calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion.
Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews urges the new chancellor of the D.C. public schools to continue teacher visits to the homes of students.
Minority students are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school. What does the research say about the consequences of exclusionary discipline policies and alternatives to it?
Will voters in Newton (median house listing price: $1.2 million) vote to help out voters in Roxbury (median list price: $479,000) looking for better school options?
This week Johns Hopkins University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. This evening at 5:50 pm, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. will speak at the conference.
On Wednesday, October 12, Fordham hosted a discussion on the state of charter schooling. Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Whitmire spoke about what has been accomplished, what has been learned, and what the future may hold.
Under ESSA, states have new freedom to design their own accountability systems for schools. Will they innovate or will they retreat from real accountability?
On Tuesday at 10 am, AEI will host a conversation between Gerard Robinson and Kevin Chavous about Chavous’s new book, Building a Learning Culture in America.
As part of the State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting on October 4, a panel discussed the role that teachers and parents play in shaping school policy, including school choice, merit pay, and school spending.
On September 29th, the Manhattan Institute hosted a symposium on the state of the accountability movement.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Nevada yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the nation’s most expansive educational choice law
Sara Goldrick-Rab was a guest on The Daily Show this week to talk about her new book, Paying the Price, about the cost of higher education, our current system of financial aid, and some strategies for cutting costs.
What voters decide on November 8 will matter for education policy in general and school choice especially. Will federal support for charter schools continue? Will charter schooling remain a bipartisan issue? Who will win the battle over lifting the charter cap in Massachusetts?
In this video, NPR’s Cory Turner looks at which states have the most-segregating school district boundaries– borders with the largest difference in child poverty rates from one side to the other.
On NPR, Anya Kamenetz reports on a study that finds that sixth graders who attend K-8 schools do better than sixth graders who attend middle schools.
In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state’s charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?
Emphatically yes, says his closest aide and fellow civil rights legend, Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker.
Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.
This week, the IES launched a new version of its What Works Clearinghouse that allows school and district leaders to search for research-proven programs based on the specific characteristics of their schools.
Today at 3 pm on Facebook, XQ will announce the winners of its Super Schools competition to rethink high school. To old timers this may call to mind the effort by New American Schools to redesign schools.
When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, he launched several new programs to boost student achievement in New York City schools. Has he succeeded in crafting a progressive alternative to predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s “education reform” agenda?
Nicholson Baker’s new book about 28 days he spent as a substitute teacher is getting a good bit of negative attention.
In the News: Online Education Startup, Byju’s, Becomes Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s First Investment in Asia
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization created by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, is making an investment in a startup in India that offers personalized learning services to students.
An increase in the number of children from troubled families reduces test scores for other students in the class and increases peer disciplinary infractions.
Educators with high hopes of preventing teen pregnancy have assigned their students computerized baby dolls, programmed to cry, coo, and make life complicated, just like a real baby. A new study finds that the program may encourage teen pregnancy.
In Washington, D.C., only 10 of the District’s more than 200 schools are offering the required amount of physical education. Researchers find that state P.E. requirements are not always effective.
Now that summer vacation is over, American students are trading sleeping in for morning alarms. Are early start times a mistake? Would students perform better in school if classes started later?
By 84 percent to 14 percent, Americans prefer that failing schools be kept open, but research suggests that closing the schools may be better for students.
The 74 is creating an oral history of America’s top charter schools. They’ve posted a series of video interviews with educators, school leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. This video features JoAnn Gama of IDEA Public Schools.
Should teachers be paid more? Should it be harder for teachers to get tenure? Are teacher evaluation systems working?
In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Paul E. Peterson and Martin West take a close look at the differing views of teachers, parents, and the general public on polices that affect teachers, based on data from 2016 EdNext survey.
Roughly one-third of the students who took the ACT last year were judged to be ready for college. Mike Petrilli notes that college completion rates are not likely to be much higher than college readiness rates.
Our Fall 2016 issue examines surprising contradictions in school reform.
A new study finds that school readiness gaps between rich and poor students and between white and minority students are narrowing (as measured at kindergarten entry) but that the gaps are not continuing to close after the children enter school.
Earlier this week, John Oliver ran a segment making fun of charter schools on Last Week Tonight. Nelson Smith, Travis Pillow, and others have responded.
While some schools have shortened summer vacation to reduce summer learning loss, not everyone agrees that more school is the best way for kids to spend their summer.
The just-released 2016 Education Next poll identified changes in public support for the Common Core, testing, opting out, and school choice. Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss what the public says it wants and why these opinions are changing.
At its national convention, the NAACP voted to support a moratorium on the growth of charter schools, which is puzzling because opinion surveys show strong support for charter schools among African Americans.
In California, the state Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal in Vergara vs. California, so teacher tenure laws will stand.
High school students will start school later in a move designed to prioritize student health over district logistics.
In response to an earlier open letter advising Zuckerberg and Chan to focus their education philanthropy on innovation outside the system, Marc Tucker urges them to try to change the way the system works.
On Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm, Fordham will release a new report rating private school choice programs across the country.
Using inexpensive new technology, students can take virtual reality field trips without leaving their classrooms. What will schools, teachers, and curriculum developers need to do for virtual reality to live up to the hype? In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Marty West talks with Michael Horn, whose article, “Virtual Reality Disruption: Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Education Next.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West compare the education plank of the Democratic party platform with what the public says it wants.
On August 30, The 74 will release a new book by Richard Whitmire about America’s high-performing public charter schools called The Founders.
In the News: Crash course in credit recovery yields best-ever graduation rate of 75% for L.A. schools
In December, only about half of LAUSD seniors were on track to graduate, but by June, many of those students were all caught up after taking advantage of credit recovery programs.
It is widely believed that minority students are overrepresented in special ed programs, possibly due to racial bias. But controlling for other factors that might put students at risk for problems at school, Paul Morgan and George Farkas find that minority students are actually less likely to receive special ed services than similarly situated white students.
In Massachusetts, where residents will soon vote in a referendum on whether to allow the creation of more charter schools, pro-charter groups are running tv ads.
DPS offers a free eight-week summer camp to all students in the district to help prevent summer learning loss.
While closing a school often sparks protests, and sometimes even legal action, a new study finds that school closures that took place in New York City between 2000 and 2014 benefited students.
The Common Core standards initiative was launched in 2009 but by the time new tests aligned with those standards were rolled out 4 to 5 years later, there was mounting opposition to using those tests to evaluate teachers and schools. To preserve support for the standards, many states began throwing the assessments overboard. Will abandoning the tests in order to save the standards actually work?
In New York, slightly more students opted out of the Common Core aligned state test this spring than did last year,
In the News: No Consensus Against Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations, Contra Democratic Platform
The Democratic party platform states that researchers have rejected use of test scores, but that’s not accurate.
A shoutout during Bill Clinton’s speech is bringing new attention to a program offering parents home visits from a coach.
What does the Democratic party’s education platform have to say about school reform?
Teachers are not treated fairly when it comes to Social Security.
Los Angeles has over 41,000 students on charter school wait lists. But when the school district and teachers union got wind of the Broad Foundation’s plan to help launch schools to serve those students, simmering tensions over charter school expansion exploded.
Congratulations to Andy Smarick, longtime contributor to Education Next and the EdNext blog.
Massachusetts voters will weigh in this fall in a referendum on whether to increase the number of charter schools in the state
Amanda Ripley and Robert Pondiscio discuss whether poor kids should be taught using the same methods as rich kids. This discussion was part of the New York Times’ Cities of Tomorrow event.
At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.” Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college.
A new article assesses the impact of DFER, an organization founded to create a ‘safe place’ for pro-charter, reform-oriented Democratic politicians to make much-needed changes to the education system.
A new study finds that teachers who were given access to a set of “inquiry-based” lesson plans and online support on how to use the lesson plans saw increases in student achievement.
Rocketship runs one of Milwaukee’s higher-performing charter schools, but the school has fallen short of enrollment goals and is running a $1.4 million deficit.
At a meeting last weekend, the Democratic Party amended its education platform in a way that amounts to a rejection of the many of the policies of the Obama administration. C-Span broadcast the debate over the changes.
Stanford University’s Terry M. Moe sits down with EdNext editor Marty West to discuss how political debates over education reform have unfolded around the world, with a focus on the role played by teachers unions.
On Thursday, July 14 at 4 pm, Fordham will host a discussion of the results of a recent survey that found that, while teachers have begun to embrace Common Core math, parents (as perceived by teachers) seem less enamored.
In his column, George Will notes that we have just passed the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. The Spring issue of Education Next featured a series of articles commemorating the anniversary.
In the News: Teachers Union Cheers Clinton for Stance on Standardized Testing and Pay, but Boos Her Embrace of Charters
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech before the NEA’s annual Representative Assembly and was booed for expressing support for charter schools.
In a speech this evening at the National PTA Convention in Orlando, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. will call on parent and teachers to create diverse schools where students of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have access to good teachers and learning opportunities like he did.
EdBuild has created a website that shows, state-by-state, how schools are funded. (Clicking on the above map will take you to EdBuild’s interactive maps.)
Leslie Cornfeld, former special advisor to both the Secretary of Education and to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks with Paul E. Peterson about chronic absenteeism and how data can be used to identify kids who are at risk.
Summer school has become a place where some students do remedial work to make up an “F” grade while other students take advanced classes to get ahead.
A new paper looks at the impact of having demographically similar teachers on a wide range of students’ academic perceptions.
An L.A. Times editorial writer arranged to take one of the online credit recovery courses taken by students and found good and bad.
Paul E. Peterson speaks with Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas about his study finding that students in Milwaukee who received vouchers to attend private schools were 2-5 percentage points less likely to be accused or convicted of crimes than comparable students who attended public schools.
To make sense of the opt-out phenomenon, Education Next has published a forum featuring two public school parents with contrasting views on opting out.
In the News: How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won
Writing for the 74, Matt Barnum takes a long look at education policy in California, where Governor Jerry Brown has led the charge against testing and accountability
The Fordham Institute hosted a discussion on Monday, June 20, 2016 about what the education reform community agrees on.
Khalil Bridges is a senior at one of Baltimore’s poorest and most violent high schools, Renaissance Academy High School.
In an article for The 74, Matt Barnum looks at what states are doing about their exit exams now that they are using Common Core-aligned tests,
Paul Peterson interviews Robert Shapiro, an expert on public opinion, about how the partisan divide in education policy is shifting, as issues of school quality and accountability have produced “conflicted liberals,” at the same time that the presidential election is creating “conflicted conservatives.”
On June 8, 2016, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Bringing education disparities to the forefront of the political debate.” Among the panelists were Gerard Robinson of AEI, DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter, and Peggy McLeod of La Raza.
When Jay Mathews looked at which school district had the smallest black-white achievement gap, he was surprised to find that it was Detroit, which he calls “our nation’s worst school district, or close to it.”
In an op-ed in the New York Daily News, RiShawn Biddle and Jeremy Lott argue for a new approach to boosting the number of high-quality teachers in our schools: “right-to-teach” laws.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that nearly 1 in 7 public school students miss too many days from school — at least 10 percent of the school year.
A report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week finds that 6.5 million students missed at least three weeks of school last year. On this week’s podcast, Bob Balfanz talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about the problem of chronic absenteeism.
The MCAS was long considered one of the best tests in the nation. But last fall, the Massachusetts Board of Education decided to create a new test that would combine elements of the MCAS with elements of PARCC.
At Icahn Charter Schools in the South Bronx, students learn the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. Here they demonstrate some of the things they’ve learned in an end-of-year Core Knowledge Assembly program.
Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new regulations affecting payday loans. The CFPB argues that these loans are set up in a way that makes it very difficult for lenders to repay them, so people end up borrowing more and more and ultimately pay far more in fees and interest than they borrowed.
A few years ago, Benjamin Riley sparked a debate over personalized learning with a blog entry arguing “Don’t personalize learning.” Not long after, Riley and Alex Hernandez debated “Should Personalization Be the Future of Learning?” in an EdNext forum.
Newly introduced federal legislation would make it easier for teachers to move to other states for teaching jobs without having to deal with licensure hassles.
Paul E. Peterson discusses his recent article, “The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform,” with host Marty West.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released draft regulations spelling out what states need to do to comply with the accountability provisions of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
EdPolicy Leaders Online has launched a new online course that will take a close look at PISA data and explore how the data can be used to improve education policymaking in the U.S.
Journalist Paul Tough talks with Education Next editor Marty West about his new book, Helping Children Succeed.
In his final issue as editor-in-chief of Education Next, Paul E. Peterson assesses the effectiveness of the regulatory approach to school reform and looks ahead to choice and competition as the best hope for the future.
A new study looks at the predictive validity of the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a new performance-based test that is being used as a teacher licensing exam in some states.
In Nevada, a judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state’s new education savings account (ESA) program.
Yesterday marked the latest skirmish in the battle over how to implement Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which sends $15 billion from the federal government to school districts to help schools serving low-income students.
Match education has produced a series of 3-5 minute videos, Match Minis, to share what they have learned about classroom teaching, teacher training, and more. There are videos for teachers, for teacher coaches, and for school leaders.
A new report released by the Government Accountability Office finds that poor, minority students are increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in school.
Randall Reback, professor of economics at Barnard College and Columbia University, talks with EdNext’s Paul Peterson about flexibility for states under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.
In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation last week that will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements.
Behind the Headline: Detroit schools’ decline and teacher sickout reflect bad economy and demographic shifts
Earlier this month, teachers in Detroit staged a sick-out, shutting down 97% of the district’s schools.
Earlier this week, top middle-school mathletes competed in the Mathcounts national championship. The final round aired on ESPN3
With the prospect of free college tuition attracting many young voters to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, EdNext’s Paul Peterson talks with Ludger Woessmann of the Ifo Institute in Munich about free higher education in Germany.
An appeals court heard oral arguments yesterday in a lawsuit that a Florida teachers union has brought against the state’s tax credit scholarship program.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, starting at 9:30 am, AEI will host an event on education savings accounts (ESAs). Participants will include the authors of a new book on ESAs as well as policymakers, practitioners, and advocates.
How does a local school board hire a superintendent? Or fire a superintendent? In Montomery County, Md., a suburban school district outside of Washington, D.C. with over 150,000 students and an annual budget of $2.4 billion, much of the work of the school board seems to take place behind closed doors.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2016, at 10 am, Fordham will host an event to examine how the Every Student Succeeds Act gives states an opportunity to boost reading comprehension.
Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) allow families to claim most or all of the funds that the state would have spent on their child’s education and spend those funds on private school tuition or home schooling.On this week’s episode of the Ed Next podcast, Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith join Ed Next’s Marty West to discuss the pros and cons of ESAs.
On Thursday, May 5 at 5:30, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host an event about a new online personalized learning platform that has been developed by teachers from Summit Public Schools with help from Facebook engineers.
To show our appreciation for all the great teachers out there, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite articles that we think teachers might enjoy.
A widely shared post on The Upshot uses a set of colorful graphics to shed light on achievement gaps both within and across school districts.
Behind the Headline: This Controversial Law Could Help Schools in Nevada Struggling With Growth Booms
A law passed in June 2015 in Nevada gave all parents in the state access to a new school choice mechanism — the education savings account (ESA).
It is easy to find statements by education experts and journalists that “merit pay doesn’t work,” but as as Matt Barnum writes, the research on merit pay is mixed.
Behind the Headline: National Teacher of the Year: I Was a Teenage Mom, and Teachers Changed My Life
Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., has been named this year’s National Teacher of the Year
The results from last year’s NAEP exam for 12th graders have just been released and NPR’s Anya Kamenetz takes a close look at the most important numbers: math and reading scores both declined a tiny amount, lower-achieving students are doing slightly worse and higher-achieving students slighly better than they were two years ago, and fewer than 40 percent of high school seniors score at college- or career-ready levels
Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about the findings of his new study, which calculates the impact we would see on the economy if states improve their schools and students improve their skills.
Is it how much you spend on schools or how you spend it? NPR’s ed team is in the midst of a series of reports on money and schools. The latest installment takes a close look at the debate over whether money matters.
Behind the Headline: White House launches $100M competition to expand tuition-free community college
Vice President Biden will announce today that the White House will award $100 million in grants to expand workforce training programs at community colleges.
On April 26, Brookings hosted an event looking at charter schools in the U.S., what they are doing well, what they need to do better, and what their future holds.
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2016 rankings of the country’s best high schools, identifying the public high schools that do the best job of preparing students for college and careers.
In Massachusetts, a proposal to increase the number of charter schools that was made by Governor Charlie Baker is facing opposition in the state senate. Jim Stergios, the Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, talks with with Paul E. Peterson about the debate over charter schools that is now taking place in the Massachusetts state legislature.
The 74 talks briefly with Shavar Jeffries of Democrats for Education Reform about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and school reform.
A study released earlier this month by Mathematica finds that students attending charter high schools in Florida scored lower on achievement tests than students in traditional public schools, but years later, the charter students were more likely to have attended at least two years of college and also had higher earnings.
Last week, an appeals court in California reversed a lower court ruling in Vergara v. California that had struck down several state laws involving teacher tenure. The plaintiffs in the case, minority students in California, had argued that California’s teacher tenure system violates the equal protection clause because it protects teachers who are ineffective, and poor and minority students are more likely to be assigned these ineffective teachers.
In a speech he gave on Thursday in Las Vegas, Education Secretary John King urged states to use the flexibility they’ve been granted by the Every Student Succeeds Act to expand their focus beyond the subjects of reading and math.
On Wednesday, April 20 at noon, Eric Hanushek will explain the findings of a new study, “It Pays To Improve School Quality,” in a webinar presented by Education Next.
The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday voted to reauthorize the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income D.C. students. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan praised the program at a press conference on Thursday.
What We’re Watching: Career and Technical Education Today: A Dead-End Track, or a Path to the Middle Class?
On Thursday, April 14 at 4 pm, Fordham hosts an event to discuss the findings of its new study on the impact of a well-designed Career and Technical Education program on student outcomes.
David Osborne talks with Marty West about the education reform strategies being embraced by the elected school board in Denver which have made the school district a leading example of urban reform.
Behind the Headline: Black and Latino Parents Want Better Teachers and Harder Classes for Their Kids
A new survey of black and Latino parents finds that they want their children challenged more in school and that lack of funding, inadequate teachers, and racism are the main reasons why their children do not get as good an education as white children.
Behind the Headline: Chicago Public Schools 101: The Politics, Passion, and Hopeless Financials Behind a System in Crisis
Matt Barnum and Naomi Nix of the 74 tell you all you need to know about what’s happening in Chicago now, answering questions starting with Why is Chicago in the news? Who is Rahm Emanuel? and Who is Karen Lewis? and moving on to What happened during the last strike? What is the financial situation in Chicago schools? Have recent reform efforts improved Chicago’s schools? and Why is Chicago important in the larger education debate?
Andy Smarick talks with Marty West about innovation in the Catholic school sector.
StudentsFirst, the education reform organization started in 2010 by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, announced last week that it is merging with another education reform group, 50Can.
Behind the Headline: White Teachers and Black Teachers Have Different Expectations for Black Students
A new study finds that, when evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers.
BASIS schools started out as a network of charter schools that are routinely ranked among the top-performing schools in the country.
A new report from the Education Commission of the States examines the policies each state has in place for allowing high school students to earn college credit in “dual enrollment” programs.
Behind the Headline: Diddy Is Opening a Charter School. When Did They Become a Hot Celebrity Accessory?
In Slate, Laura Moser reports that “hip-hop and fashion impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs hopped on the bandwagon of celebrities who dabble in charter schools when he announced plans to help launch a new charter in his birthplace of Harlem.”
In the Boston Globe, Michael Levenson describes how schools in Washington, D.C. are trying to involve parents in their children’s education in new ways, beginning with visits by teachers to the homes of the students before school even starts, and continuing with a series of specialized parent-teacher meetings that focus not on report cards but on how parents can support their children’s learning.
In Massachusetts, the political battle over whether to raise a cap on the number of charter schools has come to center around the issue of race.
Mike Petrilli and Marty West discuss the role schools can play in putting more low-income children on the path toward success, and what schools need to do differently in order to do a better job.
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it is split over Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
A long article by Rachel Cohen in The American Prospect looks at new efforts to integrate schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, in North Carolina.
Writing on The Upshot, Aaron Carroll reviews the research on sleep deprivation and concludes that, while sleep deprivation among adults is rare, among teens it is likely much more widespread.
In New York City, where state testing begins next week, the Department of Education is warning teachers and principals not to encourage parents to opt their students out of state tests.
A new report from Education Cities and GreatSchools identifies cities that are doing a better job than others at reducing the achievement gap between rich and poor students.
Behind the Headline: New Research Shows How a Federal School Turnaround Program Backfired in North Carolina
A new study examining North Carolina schools that were part of the state’s turnaround program finds that the program “had at best no effect on student achievement, and by some measures had a negative impact,” explains Matt Barnum in the 74.
On Monday, March 28, Brookings hosted an online discussion of a new report that looks at how deeply the Common Core standards have penetrated schools and classrooms. It focused on new research by Tom Loveless looking at the emphasis of non-fiction vs. fiction texts in reading and on enrollment in advanced courses in mathematics.
Marty West talks with Dan Goldhaber about the differences teachers and schools make. Goldhaber is the author of “In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most.”
Teach for America has announced that it will cut 15 percent of its national staff and give more independence to its regional offices, Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post.
In the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction, Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway offer clear guidance on how to teach students to be better readers. In the March 16, 2016 episode of the EdNext podcast, the authors sat down with EdNext executive editor Marty West to discuss strategies […]
Data from charter schools and traditional public schools in New York City shows that a lower percentage of students transfer out of charter schools than traditional public schools
Education Next’s Marty West talks with Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway, authors of the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction.
A study by Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson on the long-term impact of school vouchers on college enrollment and graduation won the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize awarded for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform.
In a long, thoughful piece for Chalkbeat New York, Elizabeth Green looks “beyond the viral video” of a Success Academy teacher shaming a first-grade student to consider the pros and cons of the No Excuses approach to discipline and learning.
In the Atlantic, Tom Toch looks at the evolution of teacher evaluation systems over the past decade and considers what might come next.
The Chicago Public Schools announced last week that teachers would have to take three unpaid days off this year as a cost-cutting measure.
On Tuesday, March 15 at 4:00 pm, the Hoover Institution and the Fordham Institute will host an event to discuss a new book that looks at the role schools can play in helping low-income children advance in life.
An article by James Vaznis in the Boston Globe describes how many school districts in Massachusetts are exploring whether to change high school start times so that teens can get more sleep.
A new report that looks at the skill of using technology to solve problems and evaluate information ranks American workers 18th out of 18 participating industrial countries.
Marty West talks with Anna Egalite about the Coleman Report’s finding that family background explained more about student achievement than factors within the control of the school or other things that education policy can influence.
NPR’s Eric Westervelt talks with Harvard education researcher Tom Kane about why American education research has mostly languished in an echo chamber for much of the last half century.
The 74 made this video about Juan Salgado, who has launched two charter schools in Chicago through an organization called Instituto Del Progresso Latino.
As the spring testing season is about to begin, Caroline Bermudez takes a look at the opt-out phenomenon that grabbed headlines last spring.
Writing for The 74, Robert Pondiscio compares the works of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lin-Manuel Miranda, two “young men of color who have created two of the most praised and dissected cultural works of the moment.
On Friday, March 4 at noon, the Cato Institute will host a discussion with the title “School Choice Regulation: Friend or Foe?”
For an article in the LA Times, Nichole Dobo pays a visit to the Summit network of charter schools and its founder Diane Tavenner
The federal education law passed in December 2015 shifts power back to states and school districts. It gives states the flexibility to decide what they want a high school diploma to mean, among other things. Susan Patrick of iNACOL sits down with EdNext’s Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of the new Every Student Succeeds Act on digital learning, testing, and more.
The New York City teachers’ union is lobbying the state legislature to change the charter law so that schools that serve a below-average number of children with disabilities will be sanctioned.
Behind the Headline: Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills
About five years ago, it started to become popular for schools to teach students social-emotional skills like grit, self-control, and perseverance after research showed that these skills improved academic performance.
In the new issue of the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead takes a long look at AltSchool and in particular at AltSchool Brooklyn.
In an op-ed in the New York Times, Halley Potter and Kimberley Quick argue that, while school segregation overall is increasing, and challenges to integration are substantial, “viable options are still within reach for nearly any community that makes integration a priority.”
Behind the Headline: Judges Weigh Arguments Over Teacher vs. Student Rights in Landmark Tenure Lawsuit
Last Thursday, a California court heard arguments in Vergara vs. California. In 2014, a judge ruled that job protections for teachers like tenure are so harmful to students that they violate children’s rights to an equitable education. That ruling is now being challenged by the state of California and its teachers unions.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now are offering an online course called Education Policy 101. The application deadline to take the Spring 2016 course is March 11. (Click here for the application.) As described on the course page Education Policy 101 (Ed Policy 101) is an innovative online course that introduces […]
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Office of Education released James S. Coleman’s “Equality of Educational Opportunity” report, an immense analysis of data from around 600,000 public school students and tens of thousands of teachers.
High school students in Maryland took the Common Core-aligned PARCC test last year for the first time. Because fewer students passed the test than passed the previous high school exam, the Maryland Board of Education is now considering whether to lower the score needed to pass the test or to issue two different diplomas, one for students who pass the PARCC exam and are ready for college and one for students who get a lower score on the test.
In Vogue magazine, Robert Sullivan profiles Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, who will use part of her $17 billion fortune to launch XQ: The Super School Project, a national competition aimed at reimagining the American high school
On February 26 EdNext hosted an event to revisit James S. Coleman’s 1966 report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th anniversary.
Tune in here Thursday at noon for a live webcast of an event that will revisit James S. Coleman’s 1966 report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity” (better known as the Coleman Report), on its 50th anniversary,
In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Tom Kane talks with Marty West about why education research is not having an impact on education policy and what it would take for decisions made by policymakers at the state and local level to be influenced by research.
On Monday, Feb. 22 at 4 pm, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will release four new reports on the Louisiana Scholarship Program.
Could a Supreme Court decision striking down the legality of agency fees for teachers unions be good for unions?
A new video from Reason TV looks at a Brooklyn neighborhood where school boundaries may be redrawn to make schools more diverse, and wonders whether this is the best way to integrate schools.
In the Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley laments the fact that the only education issue getting any air time at all in the debates among presidential candidates has been the Common Core.
Amanda Olberg interviews Paul E. Peterson about the results of his new analysis of state academic standards. The study looks at how high states are setting the bar for student proficiency.
Behind the Headline: This Viral Video of a Teacher Berating a Student is a Window on the Charter School Debate
Libby Nelson describes the controversy that has erupted after a secretly-recorded video was released showing a teacher from a Success Academy charter school berating a student in front of her classmates. Nelson writes “The video is undeniably upsetting. But the bigger question it raises is whether it happened to capture a teacher’s worst moment, or whether it’s indicative of a larger pattern.”
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could impact the court’s ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association this term,
In the Atlantic, Amanda Ripley describes how soccer officials who wanted to raise the level of soccer playing in the U.S. turned to a teacher of teachers, Doug Lemov, for answers.
A new report by the Fordham Institute takes a close look at the content, rigor, and quality of the new Common Core-aligned tests, and also at the MCAS, the exam used in Massachusetts which has been considered one of the best tests in the country
How have patterns of school segregation evolved in recent decades? Are American schools re-segregating, as newspaper headlines often suggest? And what do we know about the consequences of school segregation for students? Marty West talks with Steven Rivkin, a professor of economics and the author of a new paper on desegregation since the 1960s.
In this month’s Atlantic, Peg Tyre writes about the remarkable number of American students performing at extremely high levels in math and looks at how they got there.
On Thursday, February 11 at 4:00 pm, the Fordham Institute will host an event to discuss a new report that evaluates the quality of three “next generation” assessments: PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and ACT Aspire.
Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference in Washington, D.C. attended by thousands of alumni of the program.
Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie talks with Robert Pondiscio about the charge that Success Academy charter schools try to push out students who are difficult to manage, and about whether poor kids should have the same right to disruption-free schools as rich kids.
Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.
On the 74, Matt Barnum writes about a new report arguing for a very different way of training teachers: “instead of raising the bar for those who enter teaching, we should actually lower it, while at the same time, making it tougher to remain in the classroom.”
Each winter, thousands of school superintendents must decide whether or not to cancel school in light of an impending snow storm. In this week’s podcast, Marty West talks with Josh Goodman, the author of “In Defense of Snow Days,” about why they should err on the side of cancelling school.
In the new issue of Ed Week Arriana Prothero writes about the rise of micro-schools, “tiny schools—sometimes with as few as half a dozen students—that put a heavy emphasis on technology and pushing instructional boundaries in a mash-up of lab schools and home school co-ops.”
A working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research last week found that teacher turnover led to an improvement in average student achievement under a new teacher evaluation system in Washington, D.C.
Fordham held a competition to see who can come up with the best ideas for creating systems that states can use to hold schools accountable.
Behind the Headline: Education Department Tells States: If Students Don’t Take Tests, You Will Lose Funding
The U.S. Department of Education is reminding states that allowing or encouraging students to opt out of annual tests is not an option.
Marty West of EdNext talks with Greg Toppo about academic games and James Coleman’s idea that they could be used to increase motivation and academic performance among teens.
Participation in the Advanced Placement program has grown from 330,000 students in 1990 to 2.2 million in 2013.
Schools will be closed on Monday in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and many other areas on the east coast after a blizzard dumped 1 to 3 feet of snow over the weekend.
An investigation that was launched more than four years ago into whether the Milwaukee private school voucher program discriminates against students with disabilities has been closed.
In US News, Marcus Winters looks at the practice of expecting young teachers to pay for the retirement of the teachers who came before them.
Concerned that our system of teacher pensions leaves too many teachers without adequate funds for retirement, the folks at TeacherPensions.org have created a short video that explains the problems with today’s pensions for teachers.
Eric Hanushek talks with Paul E. Peterson about President Obama’s education legacy.
On Monday we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is today. His work to fight racial inequality inspires many to continue the struggle today.
As we reach the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report on equality of educational opportunity in the U.S., Hanushek and Peterson discuss how the achievement gap has changed over time.
Legislation that would create a new state-overseen school district in Detroit to run schools and leave the old Detroit Public Schools district in existence only to collect taxes and retire its debt has been introduced.
On the campaign trail, Marco Rubio has been talking up vocational education. Earlier this week he spoke at the auto shop of a community college in New Hampshire about the need for young people to learn tangible skills. Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa of the Washington Post wrote about the speech in an article on efforts by the Republican party to reach out to white working-class voters.
Reid Hastings, the founder of Netflix, announced Tuesday that he is creating a $100 million foundation for education.
As part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Congress authorized a national study of equality of educational opportunity in the United States. The study, conducted under the leadership of James Coleman, has reverberated across the decades.
We are now on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report. For this occasion, Eric A. Hanushek has written about the changes in student achievement that have occurred over the past 50 years.
For this episode of the Ed Next podcast, he sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what the Coleman Report found about the size of the achievement gap between blacks and whites across the country and how that gap has changed over time.
Two lawyers who filed amicus briefs on opposite sides of the Friedrichs vs. CTA case are guests this week on a podcast called Amicus produced by Slate magazine.
Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions At the Supreme Court: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Friedrichs Case
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association this morning.
On “The Grade,” Alexander Russo takes a close look at the frequently stated claim that under NCLB, states lowered their standards in a “race to the bottom.”
Michael Lovenheim of Cornell University sits down with Marty West to discuss his new study on the impact of teacher collective bargaining.
In the Wall Street Journal, California teacher Harlan Elrich explains why he is one of the plaintiffs in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court next week.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan calls for addressing gun violence in final speech as education secretary
In his last speech as U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan spoke in the basement of a Catholic church in Chicago last week about the impact of gun violence on children.
In a talk delivered on November 12, Arne Duncan spoke about the legacy of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program.
We’re excited to bring our subscribers the EdNext Podcast, a weekly series hosted by Education Next editor-in-chief Paul E. Peterson and executive editor Martin West.
Success Academy charter schools will shorten their school day next year, Eva Moskowitz, the head of the charter network announced this week.
NPR reports on a new law in Texas that requires schools to videotape special ed classrooms if a parent or school staff member requests it.
In the Hechinger Report, Katy Reckdahl writes about the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Achievement, a program at Southern University in New Orleans that gives full scholarships to young African American men who show promise despite unremarkable transcripts and then trains them to be teachers.
Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute and three education experts will discuss the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act in a webcast on Thursday, December 17 at 2:00 pm.
On this episode of the Ed Next podcast, Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute joins Ed Next Executive Editor Marty West to discuss the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Who were the real winners and losers in this deal? And what happens next?
The Prize, published earlier this year, is Dale Russakoff’s examination of school reform efforts in Newark. New Newark superintendent Chris Cerf reviews the book for The 74. Cerf served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014.
Given that school districts now spend about $11,800 per pupil on average, the $1,085 spent on employee pensions represents a significant amount of money that might have otherwise been spent in ways that would benefit student learning.
William Howell of the University of Chicago talks with Marty West about the Every Student Succeeds Act and federal education policy in the Obama administration. The Every Student Succeeds Act will mark a dramatic change in federal education policy. Is the bill a repudiation of the Obama administration’s education legacy? What is the administration’s education legacy and how will that change?
The Washington Post’s Michael Alison Chandler looks at how the growth of charter schooling and rapid gentrification in some areas are affecting school diversity in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Hartnett of the Boston Globe reports on a new study by David Deming and three co-authors that looks at whether standardized testing really promotes outcomes education policy cares about most, like success in college and the job market.
Every U.S. classroom needs a sub from time to time. But in the troubled schools that serve some of the nation’s neediest children, it is not uncommon for classrooms to churn with substitutes as teachers leave in large numbers each June, or quit midyear, and principals struggle to fill the positions. So explains Emma Brown in a front page story for Sunday’s Washington Post.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares for charitable purposes to “advance human potential and promote equality.”
We seek someone with excellent writing, editing, communication, and organizational skills and a substantial knowledge of education policy and research.
The state of Ohio passed a law creating a “parent trigger” option that took effect last year, but so far no parents have expressed interest in pulling the trigger.
Deborah McGriff, managing partner of NewSchools Venture Fund, discusses the charter school movement with Marty West in this episode of the Education Next podcast.
How innovative has the charter school movement been? What are charter schools doing to narrow the achievement gap? These are questions that Deborah McGriff is well positioned to answer.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Zinsmeister looks at the surprising boost Catholic schooling is getting from charter schooling.
Harvard is launching a new training program for teachers that will combine instruction in teaching methods with practice in the classroom under the supervision of a mentor.
In the latest Freakonomics Radio podcast, hear the story of three economists, Steve Levitt, Roland Fryer, and John List who start an experimental preschool in Chicago that has a Parent Academy go to along with it to help parents learn how to best support their kids’ learning.
On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski provides a careful review of the evidence on the effectiveness of charter schools.
Earlier this month, a court in Louisiana overturned a lower court ruling that allowed the Justice Department to veto individual school vouchers awarded in Louisiana.
The cover story is the 2015 EdNext poll on school reform, which finds continuing high levels of support for educational testing and little sympathy for the opt-out movement.
Marco Rubio sat down with the Seventy Four’s Campbell Brown to discuss his views on federal education policy.
The joint conference committee to reauthorize ESEA met on Wednesday afternoon and will meet again on Thursday morning at 10:00 am.
Ira Nichols-Barrer and Brian Gill of Mathematica Policy Research sit down with Marty West to discuss an important testing decision faced by Massachusetts: whether to keep the MCAS assessment or switch to the PARCC assessment.
Nichols-Barrer and Gill, along with two other co-authors, are the authors of a new study that looks at which test better predicts college performance.
Influential education researcher and leader John Chubb passed away last week.
On Thursday evening, Alyson Klein of Politics K-12 broke the news that, after weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached preliminary agreement on a bill for the long-stalled reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, multiple sources say.
A coalition of 40 education groups is launching a campaign called TeachStrong aimed at “modernizing and elevating” the teaching profession, reports Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post.
On the Knowledge Bank blog, AEI’s Jenn Hatfield and Max Eden argue that Ohio’s decision to lower its cut score for proficiency on the PARCC test is more likely to make the state a trailblazer than an outlier.
Paul E. Peterson talks with Gerard Robinson of AEI about how education is being discussed (and not discussed) in the early stages of the presidential race.
Caitlin Emma has a long piece in Politico about the federal School Improvement Grants program that looks at “what two troubled high schools tell us about why the government got so little for so much money.”
Behind the Headline: Hillary Clinton: Most charter schools ‘don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them’
At a town hall in South Carolina this weekend, Hillary Clinton was asked whether she supports charter schools.
Will Congress reauthorize ESEA in the coming months? If so they’ll have to resolve a handful of disagreements related to testing.
Writing for The 74, Matt Barnum describes and evaluates the massive transformation in how teachers are evaluated that has taken place over the past few years.
In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Eduardo Porter considers whether it is a mistake to blame America’s schools for not doing a good enough job of educating disadvantaged students.
On Thursday, Nov. 5,the Fordham Institute hosted a discussion of what can be done to ensure that kids aiming for college do not graduate from high school unprepared for college-level work.
David J. Deming sits down with Ed Next’s Marty West to discuss his new study on the effects of a test-based accountability system on student learning.
“Bernie Sanders often claims that America has the highest child-poverty rate of any advanced democracy in the world. He uses this fact to justify his call for a European-style social-welfare state. But what if it’s simply not true?” So wonder Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright on NRO.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. AEI hosted three panel discussions on school integration on the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1955 ruling.
On Friday, the Obama administration announced an experimental program that will give up to 10,000 low-income students access to federal Pell grants to take college courses while still in high school.
On October 29, Fordham hosted a discussion of how the pursuit of skills rather than knowledge is widening the achievement gap.
In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Galston reviews several studies on the impact of family structure just published in the fall 2015 issue of the academic journal the Future of Children.
Behind the Headline: How Well do Minnesota’s Education Programs Prepare Students to be Teachers? It’s Almost Impossible to Tell
In a long article for MinnPost, reporter Beth Hawkins attempts to gather data that could be used to evaluate how good a job Minnesota’s teacher education programs are doing.
Jason Tanz takes a close look at the Khan Lab School in Mountain View, California for Wired magazine.
Scores on the NAEP test, sometimes called the Nation’s Report Card, were released this morning and the results were not good.
Al Hubbard talks with Paul E. Peterson about the state of school choice and other reforms in his home state of Indiana.
AEI hosted a discussion with Katherine Bradley on how technology and adaptive-learning software can be used to revolutionize learning.
A report released today shows how states rank by NAEP scores when scores are adjusted based on student demographics, including poverty, race, native language and the share of students in special education.
On Saturday, the Obama administration outlined new guidelines on standardized testing, including a proposed cap on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.
This fall, a low-income school district in Texas became the first large district to implement “early college” in all of its high schools.
A study released Thursday investigates why boys in low-income families tend to do worse than girls in those families, both academically and in terms of behavior.
There’s a lot of buzz about tiny schools like Altschools, but also a lot of skepticism, writes Michael McShane.
University of Missouri Professor of Economics Michael Podgursky sits down with EdNext editor Paul E. Peterson to discuss the trouble some states are in with their pension systems.
Writing as part of a series on “big ideas for reforming college,” Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill proposes that Pell grants be made conditional on college readiness. She writes
Preliminary data released on Monday by the Department of Education show that high school graduation rates rose in a majority of states and gaps in graduation rates between white and minority students narrowed in most states.
Next month, education officials in Massachusetts will decide whether to abandon the state’s much-praised MCAS test and adopt the Common Core-aligned PARCC test.
Robin Lake and Paul Hill offer their take on the recently reported plan to serve half of all Los Angeles’ students in charter schools in an article in the Los Angeles Daily News.
An estimated 18,500 families, children, educators and charter school employees marched to the steps of city hall in New York City earlier this month to urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to give more children the opportunity to attend effective charter schools. Many of the families had children attending Success Academy charter schools.
In his column in this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks reacts to a documentary about education called “Most Likely to Succeed.”
In this humorous video by ChoiceMediaTV parents, talk about why they don’t want school choice.
While K-12 education issues were not addressed during last night’s first official Democratic debate in Las Vegas, college affordability was in the spotlight.
Michael B. Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss Arne Duncan’s decision to resign and what his legacy will be as Secretary of Education.
Behind the Headline: Another State Redefines ‘Proficiency’ on Common Core Tests, Inflating Performance
The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that students who score at level 3 or above on new Common Core tests will be deemed “proficient,” even though the makers of the test say that only students who score at level 4 or above are on track to graduate from high school with the skills they need to be ready for college or a career.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law that suspends the state’s high school exit exam for three years.
Behind the Headline: Preschool is Good for Children, but it’s Expensive. So Utah is Offering it Online.
In Utah his year, more than 6,600 children are attending preschool online, using laptops at home to access lessons, games and songs.
Mike Petrilli interviews Chester Finn and Brandon Wright about their new book.
Eight members of the Washington, D.C. City Council have asked Congress to end the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the only federally funded private school voucher program.
Michael Horn and Paul E. Peterson discuss the growth of personalized learning and how technology can help advance it.
Wadleigh Secondary School in New York City occupies the same building as a charter school, Success Academy Harlem West, and the students at both schools come from the same neighborhood.
On Monday, Oct. 26 Hoover hosted a discussion of Failing Our Brightest Kids, the new book by Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Brandon L. Wright.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that he will step down in December.
In an article on The 74, Matt Barnum writes that the general public largely believes that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) didn’t work, but that this is wrong.
Freakonomics Radio looks at an effort to reduce violence and dropout rates among young men in the Chicago Public Schools using cognitive behavioral therapy.
Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. West and Michael B. Henderson discuss what the public thinks schools should be teaching more of.
Ed Week’s Stephen Sawchuk takes a close look at some of the most popular lesson-sharing websites for teachers and finds some complications lurking.
Fordham and EdFuel hosted a discussion about how education organizations can learn to recognize and retain their most talented staff and turn them into tomorrow’s leaders.
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While Pope Francis is enjoying a warm welcome from politicians of all faiths during his visit to the United States, Josh Zeitz of Politico takes a look back at a time when anti-Catholic emotions were strong here.
A group of foundations in Los Angeles have developed a $490-million plan to add 260 new charter schools in the city over the next eight years, enrolling at least 130,000 students.
This radio documentary by WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza takes a close look at why so many low-income students who show great promise do not graduate from college.
As gentrification brings new families into many Brooklyn neighborhoods, some schools there are becoming overcrowded and redrawing school boundaries is on the table.
Shep Melnick and Paul E. Peterson discuss a “Dear Colleague” letter sent by the federal government to education officials around the country about equalizing educational resources for students of different races.
If you only read one article about Catholic schools on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to the U.S., make it this one by Andy Smarick.
Mike Petrilli talks with Dale Russakoff about her new book on school reform in Newark.
The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? tells a gripping, and mostly depressing, tale of the reform efforts in woebegone Newark, complete with some of the most colorful characters in American public life today. Chris Christie. Corey Booker. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Appointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson. And of course the teachers and students who are the true heroes of the book—and the victims of a school system—and a reform effort—gone badly astray.
A new study by Mathematica examines how the KIPP charter network fared during a period of rapid growth, when enrollment in KIPP schools roughly doubled to 68,000 students after the network received a $50 million expansion grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010.
Boston Public Schools, where 87 percent of students are minorities but only 38 percent of teachers are, is trying to build its own pipeline of talented minority teachers.
Behind the Headline: AltSchool, the High-Tech Ed Experiment, Announces New Locations in Manhattan and California
AltSchool, an education startup with schools in four locations and over $133 million in funding, will have ten school sites open in 2016, its founder says.
On September 16, AEI hosted an event on the state of education reform in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina.
Marty West and Doug Harris take stock of the education reforms that have taken place in New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina.
On the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic looks back at what Moynihan wrote in the original report, how Moynihan’s views later changed, and about the experiences of African Americans in the U.S. in the decades since the report was issued, with a focus on the phenomenon of mass incarceration.
Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, is launching a $50 million effort to reinvent the high school.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Shep Melnick analyzes a “Dear Colleague” letter about school funding sent out by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
Houston Superintendent Terry Grier has announced that he is resigning effective March 2016.
Teachers in Seattle are on strike today after contract talks between the teachers union and the school district broke down. The two sides are far apart on key issues, “including pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day.”
A new company in the Bay Area is operating as an Uber for kids who need rides to and from school and afterschool activities.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 EdNext poll on public support for higher school spending and higher teacher salaries.
“The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training,” argues Dan Willingham in an op-ed in the New York Times.
Dale Russakoff, a reporter from the Washington Post, spent more than four years in Newark observing its school reform efforts, and the result is a new book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? which was released today.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the state’s charter-school law is unconstitutional.
While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on nola.com.
The school board in Indianapolis has approved a new teacher contract that will allow six schools to implement an experimental program that allows high-performing teachers to take on new roles, reach more students, and earn higher salaries.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the public’s changing opinion of the Common Core.
In US News, Nina Rees takes a close look at what the public says about testing in two recent polls, and in particular considers why PDK/Gallup found that respondents believe there is too much emphasis on testing, while EdNext found that respondents support annual standardized testing.
Brandon Wright talks with The Wall Street Journal about what schools are doing for academically gifted students, the subject of a book he has written with Chester Finn.
The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Should charter schools be forced to backfill — to admit new students whenever they have an open seat because a student has left? Charter school advocates are divided over this issue. Paul Hill and Robin Lake of CRPE lay out their positions for and against backfilling on The Lens, the blog of CRPE.
While many people blame standardized testing for narrowing the elementary school curriculum to reading and math, the real culprit is “a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology.” So writes Natalie Wexler in an op-ed in the New York Times.
Research, features, and opinion from Ed Next authors on schools in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina
Does the American public support annual testing or think there’s too much testing, or both?
Behind the Headline: From Scholarship Student to Charter School Teacher, a Young Man Helps New Orleans Come Back
In the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Danielle Dreilinger tells the moving life story of Gary Briggs, a teacher in a New Orleans charter school.
Marty West and Paul E. Peterson discuss the findings of the 2015 Education Next poll and compare the results with the findings from this week’s PDK/Gallup Poll.
An immersive, 360-degree panoramic view inside a Success Academy elementary school.
“The creation of high-achieving urban charter schools is one of the most impressive triumphs of American social policy,” writes Jon Chait of New York magazine. “Nowhere has this revolution had a more dramatic impact than in New Orleans, because nowhere has reform been carried out with such breadth,” he continues.
The public is still quietly backing Common Core by a margin of nearly 15 percentage points
In January 2014, the Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and Education, acting together, sent every school district in the country a letter warning local officials to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students.
“Americans aren’t as pissed off about standardized testing as headlines often make it seem. In fact, it looks like most of the country’s adults support it. What the public isn’t so fond of are the people who are pissed off—the ones who are so pissed off they’re boycotting the assessments as part of a growing ‘opt-out movement.’” So writes Alia Wong in “Time Out for Opt-Outs?” in the Atlantic.
A new law in Wisconsin is forcing the Milwaukee school system to put all its vacant and surplus buildings on the market this October. Charter and private school operators will be able to purchase the properties.
While the federal government does not collect data on the graduation rates of students who receive Pell grants, an investigation by the Hechinger Institute suggests that billions of taxpayer dollars are going to students who never earn degrees.
Education Next is looking to hire a communications consultant, someone to help us promote articles appearing in EdNext by writing press releases, communicating with traditional media outlets, and maintaining a lively social media presence.
The 74’s Campbell Brown interviewed GOP presidential candidates about education policy in New Hampshire on August 19.
In an op-ed in the Washington Times, Paul E. Peterson takes a close look at what the public knows about school spending based on data from the 2015 EdNext poll.
2015 EdNext Poll Finds High Levels of Support for Testing and Little Sympathy for the Opt-Out Movement
Today Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard Kennedy School released the ninth annual Education Next public opinion poll on education policies.
In U.S. News, Robert Pondiscio worries that some credit recovery programs are a mere fig leaf covering up academic failure and inflating graduation rates.
Nola.com tells the story of Sean Talley, an at-risk teenager from New Orleans trying to make it through high school.
New York state education officials said Wednesday that more than 200,000 students declined to take the state’s standardized tests this year, which represents 20 percent of those students eligible to be tested.
To win the contest and get a visit from a major league baseball player, nominate a school that “is hitting it out of the park with higher standards, clear expectations, and classroom support .”
“The past two years or so have seen a boom in online news outlets covering education. New local and national sites are focusing exclusively on the subject; general-interest sites have education beat reporters or otherwise include K-12 issues in their mix.” So notes Mark Walsh of Ed Week, who goes on to describe the numerous new websites providing education news.
Is there a nationwide teacher shortage? Why are so many districts struggling to fill certain kinds of teaching slots?
A new study looks at which teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina were laid off when principals had to reduce their teaching staffs due to budget shortfalls.
A federal judge has ruled that, even though a greater proportion of minority teachers than of white teachers have failed a new licensing exam in New York, the test can still be used because it does measure skills crucial to teaching.
A new survey looks at how residents of New Orleans are feeling ten years after Hurricane Katrina.
A task force in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the nation’s largest school districts, has estimated that the district could save nearly $24 million by eliminating sports and cutting other extracurricular activities.
A report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that five out of every six middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Call for Papers: Harvard Conference on The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective
On May 5-6, 2016, the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich will jointly host a workshop at Harvard on “The Politics of Education Policy: An International Perspective.”
Nikole Hannah-Jones tells the story of Normandy School District, which accidentally launched a desegregation program.
A new study by TNTP finds no evidence that any kind of teacher professional development consistently helps teachers improve in the classroom.
Are New Orleans’ schools living up to the expectation that once schools are freed from district and union contract rules and allowed to innovate, schools will work better and students will learn more?
The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times writes that it’s time for changes to be made to California’s parent trigger law.
Success Academy announced last week that it received an $8.5 million gift so that it can open more of its charter schools in New York City.
Across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia inexpensive private schools are booming.
Chicago Public Television looks at five high schools where students are earning college credit through an early college program.
Schools in Tennessee’s Achievement School District, a special state-run district set up to try to turn around some of the state’s lowest-performing schools, achieved test score gains greater than the state average this year.
A new sketch from Comedy Central’s Key & Peele imagines teachers being treated like professional athletes.
BASIS schools, which began as a network of academically challenging charter schools and now include private schools, will open a new school in China.
Are minority students, particularly African Americans, overrepresented or underrepresented in special ed? Experts discuss a new study.
Mike McShane discusses a recent conference AEI held on the state of education entrepreneurship in K-12 education.
A new study finds that teachers hired during recession periods are more effective in math than teachers who are hired in more secure times because stronger applicants apply for teaching jobs when the economy is not doing well.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office finds that many states are not complying with a requirement under the Higher Education Act that they evaluate teacher education programs and identify “at risk” and “low performing” programs.
Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan’s Wrong Turn on Reform: How Federal Dollars Fueled the Testing Backlash
In an article for The 74, the new reform-oriented education news website launched by Campbell Brown, Matt Barnum looks at the impact of the Obama administration’s decision, in 2009, to push states applying for Race to the Top funds to come up with ways to evaluate all teachers based in part on student test scores.
Six Catholic schools in East Harlem and the South Bronx have banded together into a network managed by a new group called the Partnership for Inner City Education, which signed an 11-year contract with the Archdiocese of New York to run the schools.
How much screen time is too much if the game is educational? Sarah Tribble of NPR investigates.
A new video from the Data Quality Campaign shows the kinds of data that can be used to help educators and parents support student learning.
A study finds that text messages sent to the parents of preschoolers encouraging them to engage in literacy-boosting activities has a positive impact on literacy skills.
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a vote of 81-17. The Every Child Achieves act would keep the testing requirements from No Child Left Behind but allow states to come up with their own systems for holding schools accountable for results.
Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has launched an education-focused website called The Seventy Four.
Rick Hess and Bob Wise appear on PBS NewsHour to talk about how federal education policy should work in a post-NCLB world.
In the Washington Post, Richard Whitmire writes about a new report from the National Research Council that finds that students in Washington, D.C., including low-income minority students, are doing better.
WTTW takes a look at Intrinsic Schools, a Chicago blended-learning charter school
An article in the Hechinger Report examines possible reasons for the decline in arts education, focusing on the idea that education today emphasizes skills over the humanities.
A new report released by the National Center for Education Statistics finds that states vary in where they set their proficiency standards, reports Joy Resmovits. The study converted states’ cutoff scores on their own 2012-2013 state tests to where those scores would fall on the NAEP scale.
Chester E. Finn, Jr., Kati Haycock, and Lyndsey Layton discuss ESEA reauthorization on On Point.
AEI hosted a research conference on the current role of entrepreneurship in improving K-12 Education.
As the House turns its attention back to ESEA reauthorization, an amendment introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R. – Ariz.) would allow parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests, without penalizing the school for accountability purposes, Alyson Klein notes.
Gail Robinson visits two school in New York City that are part of the rapidly changing world of career and technical education for an article in the Hechinger Report.
The National Education Association’s Representative Assembly is meeting now and NEA President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia delivered her keynote address today.
A small group of philanthropists and investors are founding a new philanthropic venture known as the Drexel Fund aimed at creating new high-quality private schools for 50,000 low- and middle-income students over the next decade.
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.
On June 29, Fordham hosted a discussion on turnaround school districts which included the leaders of these state-run districts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled this morning that the voucher program in Douglas County violates the state’s Constitution.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education has launched Why Proficiency Matters, an interactive website that will help parents understand what proficiency means in their state and how it impacts their children.
According to the conventional wisdom, minority students tend to be overrepresented in special ed because teachers are biased against them. Black students are 1.4 times more likely to be placed in special education than students of other races and ethnicities combined.
A new study finds that the Kalamazoo Promise is boosting college enrollment and college success.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does allow “disparate impact” claims, in which plaintiffs only need to show that a particular practice has a disparate impact on a minority group and not evidence of discriminatory intent.
Jay Mathews writes about a new report that describes ways of accelerating learning for gifted students and then describes barriers that school administrators and state legislators sometimes set up to block students who might do better in more challenging classes.
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Rafe Esquith, a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles, has become famous for helping his students, who come from low-income Hispanic and Korean families, put on a Shakespeare play every year.
In the Wall Street Journal, Caroline Porter describes the rise of the virtual field trip.
The cover of this week’s New Yorker shows two girls playing Minecraft on a playdate and in an article inside, Chris Ware describes what playing Miinecraft looks like to a parent of a 10-year-old girl.
USA Today’s Greg Toppo answer’s a reader’s question about the origins of the Common Core State Standards.
New data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control show that the overall birth rate in the U.S. went up last year but that the rate of unmarried women who gave birth declined.
Eric Hanushek discusses the value of raising students’ cognitive skills and how this is crucial to boosting long-term economic growth
Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, will partner with MIT to create a new kind of teacher training program, funded by $30 million from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
“Despite the rising presence of online credit recovery programs, there exists scant evidence as to their effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, or their impact on other outcomes of interest,” notes Ly Le on the blog of the Albert Shanker Institute.
The Fordham Institute hosted a live-streamed conversation with Daniel Weisberg, the new CEO of TNTP.
On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski explores the tension between protecting the privacy of student data and using large data sets to determine what is working in schools.
Ed Next’s Rick Hess is profiled in the Summer issue of Harvard Ed. Magazine.
The Brown Center hosted a panel to discuss why it has been so hard for Congress to reauthorize ESEA.
Instead of trying to come up with an unsatisfying compromise between pro- and anti-charter forces, legislators in New York should really be working to broker a compact between charter schools and the school district like the one Denver has. So argues Richard Whitmire in today’s New York Daily News.
Eric Hanushek talks about the economic growth that would result if countries could meet the goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.
On May 13, Robert Putnam was at the Fordham Institute to discuss his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
A major study on the impact of “Sesame Street” finds that the show “has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool,” writes Jim Tankersley in the Washington Post.
During two days in June, 9 million Chinese high school graduates will take a college entrance test, the gaokao, that Bloomberg’s Yuling Yang calls “the SAT on steroids.”
A new Nevada law will allow parents of public school students to take their child’s share of state funding and use it toward tuition or other expenses related to education at a private school, or for homeschooling.
Libby Nelson of Vox explains the Common Core approach to math to skeptical parents and others.
In the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton describes a classroom demonstration organized by Success Academy on Capitol Hill.
Jay Mathews reviews Caleb Stewart Rossiter’s new book Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the body that accredits teacher preparation programs, announced last week that it would be dismissing its founding leader, Jim Cibulka.
Governor Scott Walker spoke about reforms he put in place in Wisconsin at a Harvard conference on improving school systems in July 2012.
A new AEI report, The Paperwork Pileup, makes the case that many charter school authorizers require applicants to fill out unnecessarily extensive applications to get approval to open a school.
Charter schools, state standards and snow days are featured in the latest issue.
The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place this week. In 2010, Marty West of Ed Next spoke with George Thampy about what it was like to win the bee in 2000.
The 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year award has been given to Josephine Brewington by Kelly Educational Staffing, the largest provider of substitute teachers in the U.S.
Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a charter school, won a seat on the school board in Los Angeles this week.
Michael Jonas of Commonwealth Magazine hosts an online discussion of the opt-out movement with Robert Pondiscio and Jennifer Berkshire.
Mike Petrilli interviews Greg Toppo about his new book.
What can policymakers do to bring school reform to rural America? Experts are taking a fresh look.
PBS NewsHour has a feature on the Baltimore School for the Arts, where students are admitted based on their artistic potential.
In a powerful article in the Washington Post, Eli Saslow takes readers inside the world of an unemployed single father in Milwaukee trying to find a job and give his daughter a better life.
A report released this week examines the gap in most states between the proficiency rates their students achieve on state tests and the proficiency rates they achieve on NAEP.
Anna Egalite appeared on Where We Live to talk about teacher diversity and student success.