Summit Schools cofounder Diane Tavenner on the secrets of student happiness
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Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard explains the program’s effect on teachers, including herself
“Shame on us,” “Return to accountability,” “Focus on the low-performing students,” and other reactions to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress results.
Predictions about the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress range from “Gains” to “Stagnancy” to “Worse News”
The Art of Problem Solving — and of Question Asking
Education Next hosted an event in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 13, to discuss the findings on key issues in more depth.
Democracy Prep founder on building active citizens
A new analysis using 50 years of student achievement data
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A veteran teacher reflects on the Oklahoma strike
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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
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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
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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 […]
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Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.
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Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor
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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?
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New Ed Next Readers Poll: Vote now on the best and worst events in 2010 for education.
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A distinguished research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Macke Raymond, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Raymond’s new paper that looks into rising high school graduation rates, and the gap between those high-school graduation requirements and the entry requirements for state universities.
The National Center for Education Statistics has issued a new “data point” reporting on the school start time for public high schools in the U.S., using data from the 2017-2018 National Teacher and Principal Survey.
An associate professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University, Seth Gershenson, joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss Gershenson’s new article, “End the Easy A,” about how teachers’ grading standards affect student success.
Education Week has an article, based on a new paper from the American Enterprise Institute, about the idea of decentralizing procurement by putting individual teachers in charge of procurement decisions.
Education Week has a new article about the use of voice-activated technology in schools. In the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next, Michael Horn wrote about this topic under the headline “Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More?”
The Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new paper that offers evidence on how states and localities can optimize teacher compensation.
In a new case study for the R Street Institute, “Chartering in Kansas City,” Michael McShane writes about how, with support from farsighted local philanthropists, charter school enrollment has grown to 47 percent of students within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools.
A group from Excel Academy in Boston joined Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how the charter network works to accommodate students with special needs, including English language learners and those with disabilities, into their program.
In an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Phyllis Jordan writes about how private liberal arts colleges such as Sweet Briar College “are essential to sustaining small town and rural economies.”
An assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, Daniel Hamlin, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss research on whether homeschooled children have fewer opportunities to acquire cultural capital than their public school peers.
Robin J. Lake, the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at University of Washington Bothell, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how school choice has succeeded in Indianapolis.
Marcus Winters, an associate professor in Boston University and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study by Winters that shows lasting test score gains for students at charter schools in Newark, N.J.
Joshua Dunn, a professor of political science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the Supreme Court case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenges Montana’s ban on tax-credit scholarships to religious schools.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted a transcript of this week’s oral arguments in Espinoza V. Montana Department of Revenue, a closely watched case about a Montana state program that provided tax credits to donors who funded scholarships to private schools, including religious schools.
Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism and a Hoover Institution research fellow, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss education issues, including school choice, in California.
Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and an executive editor at Education Next, joins Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the Common Core State Standards Initiative and why there is still time to see positive results from the shift to national standards.
Melanie Rucinski, a doctoral student in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her new paper, “Racial Diversity in the Teacher Pipeline,” which looks into how Massachusetts has worked to make the teacher profession better reflect the student population.
The American Enterprise Institute recently hosted a two-part conversation with experts, researchers, and policy stakeholders to discuss social and emotional learning in K-12 education.
Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West and Managing Editor Ira Stoll sit down to review the Top 20 articles and Top 10 blog posts of 2019.
Richard Burkhauser, Professor Emeritus of Policy Analysis at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the poverty rate in the United States, looking at a full-income poverty measure, and raising the question of whether President Lyndon Johnson’s original War on Poverty has been a success.
On Aug. 12, 2019, Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, sat down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study that looks to curb chronic absenteeism through randomized experiments.
Earlier this year, Arthur Brooks spoke to Paul E. Peterson about how contempt corrodes our own happiness, about remembering the difference between people we disagree with and the ideas they embrace, and about the role universities can play in repairing our culture.
At least three of our top blog posts address the presidential campaign, either directly or tangentially.
Morgan Polikoff, an Associate Professor at the Rossier School of Education at USC, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss a new report which studies the quality of online curriculum materials available to teachers.
In the New York Times, Emily Hanford writes that “Mississippi was the only state in the nation to post significant gains on the fourth-grade reading test” in the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The BBC has an article with a look at “which is better for helping children learn”: intrinsic motivation (“natural curiosity”) or extrinsic motivation (“linked to reward”)?
Bruce Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his annual report on U.S. consumption poverty, which reveals that poverty has fallen sharply in the past 50 years.
Michael B. Horn, the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, sits down with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how to juggle the different paths through college, from the options in traditional higher education to certificate first programs.
David Steiner, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the review of the Providence Public School District recently undertaken by Johns Hopkins. The review includes distressing news on proficiency in math and reading, teacher morale and deteriorating facilities.
Erica Smith, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case that takes a deep look at school choice and which could declare the so-called Blaine Amendments unconstitutional in 38 states.
Buzzfeed has a report on a presidential campaign event of Senator Elizabeth Warren in Atlanta that was disrupted by protesters urging support for charter schools. Longtime school choice activist Howard Fuller was on the scene and, according to a photograph posted on Twitter, met with Warren before the event.
The cover story presents findings from the 2019 Education Next Poll, revealing that support for raising teacher pay is higher now than at any point during the past decade.
In the Los Angeles Times, Daniel Willingham tackles a problem of teaching math: “teaching deep understanding to elementary students requires that teachers have that understanding themselves. Studies consistently show many don’t.”
Robert Maranto, the 21st Century Chair in Leadership in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss why school reformers should try to work with teachers unions in an effort to improve schools.
In the New York Times, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker writes, “Many public charter schools have proved to be an effective, targeted tool to give children with few other options a chance to succeed. “
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at OECD, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss the upcoming PISA results, how high-performing nations work to support teachers, and what school systems can do to better prepare students for the future.
In the Spring 2019 issue of Education Next, Martin West wrote that strikes in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Denver “may presage a new era of conflict.”
Greg Toppo, an education journalist and author of The Game Believes in You, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the continuing calls for making the SAT untimed for everyone.
Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time observing a Success Academy school in the Bronx, and his new book, “How the Other Half Learns.”
Paul Tough, author of “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us,” sits down with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the book, and how the higher education admissions process tends to work to the benefit of affluent students at the expense of those from lower-income backgrounds.
Richard Komer, a former Senior Litigation Attorney at the Institute for Justice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case which could declare the Blaine Amendments in 38 state constitutions unconstitutional.
Clare Sealy, the head of curriculum and standards for the States of Guernsey, joins Marty West to discuss the differences between episodic memory and semantic memory, and the keys to each one in helping children remember their lessons in school.
Diane Tavenner, the cofounder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her new book, “Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life,” and a series of tips and questions for parents as their children begin the college application process.
Ron Matus, director of policy and public affairs at Step Up For Students, joins Marty West to discuss the turnaround of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including the tenure of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho..
On Tuesday, Nov. 5th, the Center for American Progress and the Fordham Institute will host “A Moonshot for Kids,” a “Shark-Tank” style competition where 10 early-round panelists will present their ideas to a panel of judges.
Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new article and whether teachers are paid appropriately compared to similar professions.
In the News: Giuliani Pressed Trump to Eject Muslim Cleric from U.S., a Top Priority of Turkish President, Former Officials Say
The former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, “privately urged President Trump” to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric, the Washington Post reports, describing it as a case of Giuliani apparently “pushing a shadow foreign policy.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law mandating later start times for Golden State schools, the Los Angeles Times reports, “ultimately requiring public middle schools to begin classes at 8 a.m. or later while high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.”
The editors of Education Next congratulate Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, two of the three economists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics.
Elisa Villanueva Beard, the CEO of Teach For America, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the organization and a new study by Katharine M. Conn, Virginia S. Lovison and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, which details how the organization impacts the beliefs of its teachers.
Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book “Choosing College,” co-written with Bob Moesta, and the different questions prospective college applicants should ask themselves as they work through the application process for college.
David Loewenberg joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how online credit recovery has changed the landscape of high school graduations, and what’s being done to make sure that credit recovery programs can maintain their legitimacy.
The 15.6-acre campus of the College of New Rochelle in New York will be auctioned off on November 21, the New York Post reports. The school filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
Paymon Rouhanifard, CEO at Propel America, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time as Superintendent of the Camden City School District, including how he worked to change the fortunes of a struggling district, as well as his current efforts at Propel America to ensure a path to prosperity for high school graduates.
Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new book, “How the Other Half Learns,” and his observations of a Success Academy school at work in the Bronx.
Carlos X. Lastra-Anadón, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss their co-authored paper, “Who Benefits from Local Financing of Public Services? A Causal Analysis.”
Kevin Stange joins Marty West to discuss his article, “Depth Over Breadth: The value of vocational education in U.S. high schools,” and how vocational education impacts students and their college and career aspirations.
Matt Beienburg, the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of education savings accounts as a school choice option in Arizona.
Education Next reported in its Spring 2019 issue on the challenges facing the ASU program. The article also reported on alternatives, including Modern States, which offers freshman year classes online for free .
Patrick J. Wolf, professor at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-Chief Marty West to discuss the effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the statewide school-voucher initiative, including its impact on student test scores and which schools participated in the program.
Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that ended in a four-four split in the Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her book, “Standing Up to Goliath,” and how teachers feel about national unions.
This year’s poll updates trend data to reveal the public’s latest thinking on school choice, teacher pay, school spending, accountability, and more.
A new report by the Washington Post shows the overall number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has actually doubled over the past 25 years. At the same time, many urban schools remain deeply segregated. An analysis by Tomas Monarrez, Brian Kisida and Matthew M. Chingos in Education Next examined this issue in the context of charter schooling.
Tomas Monarrez, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the impact charter schools have had on segregation in U.S. schools.
Doug Harris, Professor and Department Chair of Economics at Tulane University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new study, “How is New Orleans School Performance Evolving, and Why?,” co-authored with Lihan Liu, Alica Gerry, and Paula Arce-Trigatti, and how school choice and performance-based contracting have fared after 15 years.
Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates, joins Marty West to discuss what may be causing the downturn in international admissions in U.S. universities, and how that’s contributing to the revenue drop across higher education institutions.
Robert G. Valletta, Group Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss whether the earning power of college graduates have flatlined in relation to those without a college degree.
Joshua Zucker, a veteran instructor with Art of Problem Solving, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief to discuss how to best teach math to advanced students.
Marty West, the editor-in-chief of Education Next, joins Paul E. Peterson to continue their discussion on the 2019 Education Next Poll, focusing on the public’s opinion on higher education.
The EdNext Podcast returns with Editor-in-chief Marty West and Senior Editor Paul E. Peterson discussing the 2019 Education Next Poll, including results on public opinion on schools, teacher pay, school choice, and more.
Michael Henderson, Research Director, Public Policy Research Lab at the Manship School of Mass Communication, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the 2019 Education Next Poll came together, including methodology and how the sample builds in experiments to best gauge the public’s opinion on schools.
In the News: As New York Once Again Targets Religious Schools, a History Lesson in Communal Resistance
Tablet magazine features an article by Marvin Schick, who is in his 46th year as president of the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, about New York State’s effort to regulate the curriculum in Jewish private schools. Schick recounts an earlier such effort, between 1939 and 1941, in which the state warned the Jewish schools that their practices violated the state’s compulsory education law.
In the News: ‘Separate Programs for Separate Communities’: California School District Agrees to Desegregate
The New York Times recently highlighted an action by the attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, to desegregate the Sausalito Marin City school district, which includes both a charter school and a traditional public school.
Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study that looks to curb chronic absenteeism through randomized experiments.
Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the federal Pell Grant program, initially designed to help low-income students access college, has become available to more and more middle-class families.
Andrew Roberts, a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Winston Churchill’s lasting impact on Western civilization, and how he is taught today in schools.
CNN reports on a new data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics showing that the general fertility rate for 2018 “fell to another all-time low.”
“Let’s face it, the problem in our schools isn’t just money”
The Washington Post reports on a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about race and school discipline. In a 2018 blog post, Education Next executive editor Michael Petrilli wrote about “Why Disparate Impact Theory Is a Bad Fit for School Discipline.”
Scott Imberman, a Professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new paper which uses data from Florida to explore how the identification of childhood disabilities varies by race and school racial composition.
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program recently reported on how Florida’s “mandatory retention” program, requiring that third graders who can’t read repeat the grade, has spread to a total of 19 states.
The New York Times science section has a cover article reporting about how school districts are dealing with complaints about the supposed health risks of wireless networks.
Richard Vedder, an Independent Institute Sr. Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, “Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America,” and how rising college tuition costs have changed the dialogue around higher education.
On the Hoover Institution’s Area 45 podcast, Education Next Senior Editor Paul Peterson explains why money isn’t the sole cure to what ails America’s schools.
Howard Fuller, a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, joins Paul E. Peterson on the 100th episode of the Education Exchange to discuss the state of school choice and it’s contentious standing in current politics.
Wilfred McClay joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Society, which he describes as a narrative account of the American story that could be used as a high school history textbook.
What We’re Watching: A 60-Second Commentary on the Democratic Presidential Candidates and Education Policy
Rick Hess takes a quick look at the education agendas of Democratic presidential candidates.
There is new interest in giving adult prisoners greater access to education while they are behind bars. One bill in Congress would allow prisoners access to Pell Grants to pay for higher education, something which has not been possible since 1994. Gerard Robinson, Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the importance of education for men and women in prison and some different kinds of programs that could be offered.
What We’re Watching: Are Proposed Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment a Step in the Right Direction?
On June 27, 2019, AEI hosted a debate on the wisdom of the Trump administration’s decision to roll back regulations on sexual harassment put in place by the Obama administration.
There are at least six sessions with titles that mention Alexa at the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference.
Americans may like to buy things online, but people who live in neighborhoods with stores, libraries, restaurants, schools, and parks nearby have higher levels of community satisfaction and lower levels of social isolation. That’s the finding of a new survey on community and society conducted by the American Enterprise Institute. Daniel Cox of AEI joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the survey.
On Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 am, FutureEd hosted the U.S. release of a survey of teachers and school leaders and a discussion of the future of the U.S. teaching profession.
What We’re Watching: Why 36 Million American Adults Can’t Read Enough to Work — and How to Help Them
PBS NewsHour looks at adult basic education programs aimed at boosting the employment prospects of millions of adults who lack the reading or math skills to succeed in the workplace or who do not speak English. In the Spring 2019 issue of Education Next, Beth Hawkins looks at the challenge of providing high-quality adult basic education and at one city offering a model program.
Two hearings held by The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service took place on June 20, 2019. The morning’s hearing was on ways to expand civic education and to include more on public service in school curricula.
William J. Bennett spoke at the final event in the Fordham-Hoover Education 20/20 speaker series on June 13, 2019. Bennett argued that conservatives must rally behind a unified vision of comprehensive content and curriculum reform, and that states must take the lead in making such a vision real.
Students attending school in big cities made significant gains on NAEP in the years between 2003 and 2013 but those trend lines have flattened in recent years. Paul Peterson talks with Kristin Blagg, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, about what the data show, and about which districts made the greatest gains.
Black and Hispanic students currently represent 70 percent of New York City’s school system, but make up just 10 percent of the enrollment in the specialized high schools.
The cover stories address the increasingly popular topic of delaying school start times.
The claim that all students, and especially disadvantaged students, lose substantial academic ground over summer vacation has long been both an article of faith and a source of anxiety. But a new look at the data finds no evidence that the average child loses months of learning each summer or that summer learning loss contributes much to the achievement gap. Paul T. von Hippel talks with Marty West about his new analysis of summer learning loss.
In the most recent ratings put out by the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools earned an “A” designation and had no “F” rated schools, unusual achievements for a large urban district. Ron Matus of Step Up For Students sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some factors behind the school district’s success.
School system officials say that unexcused absences do not directly factor into course grades because of the system’s “standards-based” approach.
In the News: Drowning in Debt From Employee Benefits and Unwilling to Reform, Los Angeles Unified School District Looks for Lifeline in Measure EE
In Los Angeles, voters will weigh in on Measure EE, a ballot measure to raise funds for public schools, on June 4.
Many tech-based interventions have had disappointing results, but maybe these efforts haven’t capitalized on what computers do best. A new study looks at the impact of a blended learning program on students in India who were not making progress in their local public schools because they were starting out so far behind the other students.
Families in Milwaukee gained access to the nation’s first private school vouchers nearly three decades ago. Today the educational landscape in Milwaukee also includes charter schools and many other forms of public school choice. But standardized test scores are still low and the achievement gap between black and white students remains large. Alan Borsuk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Marquette University talks with Paul E. Peterson about some of the challenges Milwaukee has faced despite the long history of school choice in the city.
By taking on charter schools Bernie Sanders may be alienating black voters.
The rise reflects parents trying to give their children an edge.
In the days since the announcement, lots of questions have been raised about how the gift will work and who most deserves assistance.
A new study finds that later school start times increase achievement on standardized tests. Marty West talks with Jennifer Heissel about the study, which she co-authored with Samuel Norris.
Robin J. Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what Indianapolis has done to make charter schools work.
In the News: New Democratic Divide on Charter Schools Emerges, as Support Plummets Among White Democrats
The divide may factor into the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and into debates about education reform.
Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some of the work of the department, including a new federal tax credit initiative and proposed changes to Title IX.
On May 14, 2019, Fordham hosted a discussion on the purpose of career and technical education. Career and technical education is enjoying its moment in the sun, but does it actually deserve the acclaim?
An earlier voucher program in Florida kicked off a massive legal battle.
A titanic legal battle raged for nearly seven years over an earlier school voucher program in Florida
Many school districts try to address external obstacles to student learning by offering “wraparound services” in schools. These schools try to connect their students with outside groups that can help them deal with challenges from food insecurity to mental health issues.
In a new article, Michael McShane notes that “While integrated supports may help meet students’ physical and emotional needs, their ability to improve student learning remains unproven.”
McShane sits down with Marty West to discuss his article, “Supporting Students Outside the Classroom.”
TalkingPoints will use the funds expand its use of AI-enabled translation to help parents who do not speak English communicate with teachers.
On Thursday, May 2, the Urban Institute hosted a discussion on segregation in U.S. schools since Brown v. Board of Education. Rucker Johnson made a presentation based on his new book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.
For over 50 years, a limited number of students of color living in Boston have been able to enroll in schools in the suburbs as part of the METCO program, run by the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Charles Glenn sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss who benefits from the program and whether it distracts from larger issues related to urban schools.
A private school chain connected to the high-flying charter network is sold to Chinese investors.
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. But is redshirting preschoolers really advantageous, or could it do more harm than good?
The Education Exchange: Private School Participation in School Choice Programs Affected by Regulation
A new study finds that students who receive vouchers to attend private schools in Louisiana are outperformed by students in a control group. Some argue that regulations in Louisiana that discourage many private school leaders from participating in school choice programs are to blame for the poor results. Paul Peterson talks with Patrick Wolf about two recent studies shedding light on these issues.
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Fordham and Hoover hosted Rod Paige, who argued that school reforms need to focus on boosting student effort, and Pete Wehner, who made a case for reviving old-fashioned character education.
Can K-12 schools today make a difference when it comes to their students’ civic attitudes and behavior? A new study finds that attending a public charter school operated by Democracy Prep Public Schools nearly doubles students’ rates of civic participation as young adults. Marty West speaks with Seth Andrew, founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools.
Jeff Bergner, author of The Vanishing Congress, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how Congress has stopped doing its job and how that could change.
In the News: Proposed Law Would Require Illinois Children to Start School by Age 5, Threatening Kindergarten Redshirting
Illinois legislators are considering a bill that would prevent parents from holding their children back from starting kindergarten, a practice known as academic redshirting. A review of the research on redshirting at the kindergarten level finds that the practice, on average, has few benefits and considerable costs.
Is social and emotional learning the missing piece in education reform, or is it just another fad that will distract education reformers from ensuring that students are prepared academically for what lies ahead? Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, argues that those looking for a body of evidence to support the recommendations of social and emotional learning advocates will be sorely disappointed.
What is social and emotional learning, how does it relate to academic learning, and how much should schools focus on it? Chester E. Finn, Jr. joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new article, “What Social and Emotional Learning Needs to Succeed and Survive,” a new article co-written with Rick Hess.
The Aspen Institute hosted a book talk and panel discussion on a new book, No Longer Forgotten: The Triumphs and Struggles of Rural Education in America, co-edited by Andy Smarick and Michael McShane. EdNext has just published an article by Smarick and McShane based on the book.
Some believe that growing interest in social and emotional learning is just a distraction from the academic mission of schools, but Robert Balfanz argues that only by educating the whole child can schools prepare students for adult success. Marty West talks with Balfanz about why he thinks social and emotional learning is a natural outgrowth of the standards and accountability movement and about the research behind his views.
Has the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widened, narrowed, or persisted? Evidence from a new study using 50 years of student achievement was analyzed at an event on April 9, 2019.
On Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4 pm, Hoover and Fordham will host two speakers on education policy and building a better society.
Some studies have found that schools can get substantial gains in achievement by changing textbooks. But a new analysis by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard finds little evidence of differences in achievement gains for schools using different math textbooks. Paul E. Peterson talks with Thomas Kane, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, about the new study, “Learning by the Book: Comparing math achievement growth by textbook in six common core states.”
What to make of a study finding that the achievement gap between students with low and high socioeconomic status has barely budged over the past 50 years?
Last week, Kamala Harris made headlines with an ambitious—and expensive—plan to raise teacher pay, and she’s not the only Democratic presidential candidate talking about education. Marty West discusses what the candidates have been saying with Ira Stoll, EdNext’s managing editor, who has been reporting from the campaign trail in New Hampshire and who wrote “Teacher Pay Emerges as Democratic Primary Issue.”
In a new book, “Love Your Enemies,” Arthur Brooks describes the rise of a culture of contempt—a habit of seeing people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless–and considers what we can do to bridge divides and mend relationships. He talks with Paul E. Peterson about how contempt corrodes our own happiness, about remembering the difference between people we disagree with and the ideas they embrace, and about the role universities can play in repairing our culture.
The number of students enrolled in California public schools this year dropped compared to last year. Declines like this make budgeting a difficult art.
As public school choice grows, more cities are relying on centralized application processes to match as many students as possible to their top-ranked schools.
The rise of digital media has made it harder than ever to engage in deep, contemplative reading. As Maryanne Wolf writes in her new book, Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, skimming is the new normal. Marty West speaks with Doug Lemov, who reviewed Wolf’s book for Education Next.
A decline in birth rates in the U.S. could mean that the school-aged population will spiral downward in the next decade and beyond. Would this be a disaster for schools? Or could there be a silver lining? Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new article, “The Baby Bust Goes to School.”
In the News: Only 7 Black Students Got Into Stuyvesant, N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots
How have other school districts handled the issue of low numbers of students from minority groups gaining admission to selective schools?
The conventional wisdom is that, as income inequality has grown in the United States, inequality in education has increased as well. A new study finds that gaps in student achievement along lines of socioeconomic status have not grown over the past half-century. But neither have they narrowed; rather, they’ve been strikingly persistent.
On March 26, 2019 at 4 pm, Fordham and Hoover will host two speakers on schools, patriotism, and illiberalism.
Despite efforts to narrow the gap in academic achievement between those born into families with the highest and lowest levels of education and household resources, the gap remains wide.
What tradeoffs are involved when we choose to spend huge sums of money to slow global warming? Are there more cost-effective ways to do more good in the world, through spending on education, for instance? Bjorn Lomborg talks with Paul E. Peterson about his research on the impact on global temperatures of goals set in the Paris climate accord and how the funds being used to meet those goals could be better spent.
An ed school professor, a new fourth grade teacher, and a college student discuss what quality homework looks like, how it can help children learn, and how schools can equip teachers to design it, evaluate it, and facilitate parents’ role in it.
Can research help reveal what works and what doesn’t work to reduce student absences? New studies find that attendance awards may actually hurt attendance, but that correcting parents’ false beliefs about their child’s school absences may help. Marty West speaks with Todd Rogers, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
This week, Paul Peterson speaks with Corey DeAngelis, an education policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and co-author, with Patrick J. Wolf, of the new study, which is described in “Private School Choice Helps Students Avoid Prison and Unplanned Pregnancies.”
Will the progressive capture of education reform undermine the quality and effectiveness of the movement’s work?
According to recent polls, adults who were born between 1981 and 1996 tend to think favorably about charter schools, vouchers, and other types of education options.
In the News: The First Lady Watched School Kids Coloring in Tulsa. The Turks Saw Links to Terrorism.
The First Lady’s visit was to a public charter school alleged to be connected to supporters of Fetullah Gulen.
Last Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama, announced a bill to create a nationwide tax credit to provide school choice scholarships. Marty West talks with Jim Blew, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, about how the tax credit will work, why the administration looked to the tax code to promote school choice, and what would have to happen for the bill to be enacted.
The cover story of our Spring 2019 issue examines the 10-year tenure of former Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg, who stepped down in October.
In the News: How Extra Arts Education at School Boosts Students’ Writing Scores — And Their Compassion
Because opportunities to participate are limited by the available resources, random assignment of schools to treatment and control groups is possible.
Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new report by the NCTQ, “A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce.”
The administration’s new tax credit initiative revives a debate over the role of the federal government in promoting school choice.
In the News: Cal State Remedial Education Reforms Help Thousands More Students Pass College-Level Math Classes
After the Cal State system eliminated non-credit, remedial math classes and replaced them with credit-bearing, college-level courses, nearly 7800 students passed the higher-level math classes.
The cognitive skills of teachers differ widely among nations. A new study investigates whether these differences affect student achievement and how the U.S. might recruit teachers with stronger cognitive skills. Eric Hanushek joins Marty West to discuss his article, “Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?,” co-written with Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold.
New York City is canceling the Renewal program, acknowledging that turnaround efforts have failed yet again in many long-struggling public schools.
When the Supreme Court ruled last year in Janus v. Afscme that unions could no longer collect agency fees from employees who choose not to join, many predicted a major decline in union membership. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public union membership declined less than 1% in 2018. In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with Daniel DiSalvo.
Sunday, Feb. 24, was the 50th anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines Community Independent School District, the Supreme Court ruling affirming that students have free speech rights protected by the first amendment.
Some countries have chosen to hire teachers from higher up in the distribution of college graduates, and these teachers are more effective in the classroom.
Siegfried “Zig” Engelmann, the designer of Direct Instruction, died this weekend.
It may seem like money is tight, but we’re actually spending at a relatively high level on schools right now. When state revenues decline, districts will have to make some tough choices. Marty West talks with Marguerite Roza, the Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, about what’s coming and how school districts can prepare.
The Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program is the nation’s largest private school choice program. A new study finds that students who enroll in private schools through the FTC program are more likely to go to and graduate from college than their public school peers.
Hiring more police officers can have negative effects on student academic performance according to two studies released this week.
Zigler hoped the Head Start program would promote school readiness by teaching children a range of skills.
As superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg implemented a wide array of unconventional reforms, building a coalition based on pragmatism and a shared belief that change was a long overdue moral imperative. Boasberg talks with Ed Next editor-in-chief Marty West about his decade-long effort to improve Denver’s schools.
Sharp rise in the number of non-teacher staff cuts into funds available for higher salaries for teachers.
Most studies of charter schooling look at how charter schools compare with traditional schools at one point in time, but the success of the reform depends on whether the charter sector improves over time. So explain Eric Hanushek and his colleagues, the authors of a new study looking at changes over time in the charter school sector in Texas.
Last week, Sen. Cory Booker announced that he will enter the 2020 presidential race. There is already great interest in how Booker’s support for school choice and his education record as mayor of Newark will be viewed by voters.
Colleges are trying harder to recruit high-achieving students from low-income families. And some organizations are now ranking colleges on the extent to which they provide opportunities to those students. But new research identifies problems with the way these rankings are calculated, and suggests that colleges should be looking at the numbers differently. Caroline Hoxby joins Marty West to discuss her latest research on this topic.
Polling data reveal that when it comes to most debates in education policy, the divide between Republicans and Democrats is not growing. Only on issues like teacher tenure and merit pay is public opinion becoming more polarized. David Houston, a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his latest paper, “Polarization and the Politics of Education: What Moves Partisan Opinion?”
On Monday, February 4, the American Enterprise Institute hosted Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for a speech on the committee’s agenda for reforming the Higher Education Act.
The Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations have generated over 72,000 comments and a lot of debate, especially the requirement that schools allow students who have filed sexual-assault complaints to be cross-examined. As the public comment period for the new rules is about to close, Shep Melnick joins Marty West to discuss how federal mandates on sexual harassment have evolved and what happens next.
Nathan Glazer, urban sociologist and scholar of ethnicity, race and education, died recently at the age of 95. On this episode, Peter Skerry, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Glazer’s work and the ideas he wrestled with.
Many higher-education experts are concerned about the future of small private colleges in America, which face dwindling enrollment and mounting deficits.
A new study finds that when we rank colleges based on how many Pell grant recipients they enroll, we may not accurately identify the schools that are doing the best job of recruiting low-income students.
Parents often rely on school shopping websites to find out more about schools they are considering for their children. A new study looks at how the content and layout of these websites influence how parents judge schools. Ira Nichols-Barrer of Mathematica, one of the authors of the study, joins Marty West to discuss his findings.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Politico and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health hosted a forum on key health and education policies that are likely to be enacted by the new Congress.
At Education Next we were extremely lucky to have worked with Nathan Glazer for fifteen years.
As teachers strike or threaten to strike in several cities, one of the key issues is pay. But while teachers want higher salaries, school districts face a number of financial challenges. One source of strain in school district budgets is what economist Ben Scafidi calls the staffing surge, a major increase in non-teaching staff hired over the past few decades.
As the teachers strike in Los Angeles drags on, there has been no shortage of media coverage. How fair has it been?
Every year since 2010, Rick Hess and his team at AEI have ranked the university-based researchers who are doing the most to shape the conversation about education policy and practice. Rick Hess talks with with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West about this year’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.
The president of Hampshire College has announced that the school is seeking a partner to help the institution survive. Many small private colleges are now facing a fiscal crisis.
Many Teach for America corps members remain in the classroom long-term, but a large number move on to careers involving advocacy. A new study looks at how Teacher for America impacts state-level education policy.
Should auditors have been setting the terms of debate on federal education policy in the first place?
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and California Governor Gavin Newsom are both speaking out in favor of making community college free. Is free community college the way to revive the American dream?
Some California community colleges are turning down funds offered by the state that would make the first year of community college free because the program requires the schools to participate in the federal student loan program.
When Magnolia Public Schools, a charter school network based in California, tried to open a new science academy in Anaheim, its proposal was opposed by lobbyists paid by the government of Turkey. Caprice Young, former CEO of Magnolia Public Schools, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s battles against charter schools across the U.S.
As teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) prepare to go out on strike this Thursday, Chad Aldelman calls attention to the district’s big increase in spending on employee benefits. He notes that one reason benefit costs are so high in LAUSD is that the district has offered generous health care benefits to retired teachers.
Many parents choose to wait an extra year before enrolling a child in elementary school, a practice known as redshirting. Does this practice benefit the children who are held back? This week, Paul E. Peterson talks with Phillip Cook of Duke University, the co-author of a new study on the impact of delayed entry on student achievement.
On Thursday, January 24 at 5:45 pm, AEI will host a debate on the topic of whether the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong when it decided, in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), that there is not a federal right to education.
The idea of balancing school choice with smart regulation is just one of the policies being embraced by a new think tank devoted to moderation.
The New York Times published an interesting batch of letters in response to an op-ed by Oren Cass arguing that our education system spends too much money on college students and not enough on other students. Several Education Next writers have also considered whether college should be the goal for all students.
On Friday, December 21, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos formally rescinded guidance created by the Obama administration on school discipline.
A study based on data from North Carolina found 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 joined Paul E. Peterson last summer to discuss the study.
How do teachers feel about the changes taking place in American education? In this replay episode, Evan Stone, the co-founder and CEO of Educators for Excellence, joined Paul E. Peterson to discuss his organization’s survey, “Voices from the Classroom: A Survey of America’s Educators.”
Phyllis Jordan of FutureEd takes note of a recent evaluation of a program in which teachers visit the homes of their students, noting encouraging reductions in absenteeism and gains in achievement.
Among the list of “top charts of 2018” highlighted by Kevin Mahnken in the 74 is this chart showing a significant decline in the percentage of middle class families sending their children to private schools.
Marty West and Paul Peterson talk about some of the most popular articles published by Education Next in 2018, articles on inclusion and special education, teacher evaluation, homework, and more.
On Tuesday, the White House released a report on school safety that recommends, among other things, that the Department of Education get rid of guidance issued by the Obama administration relating to school discipline.
The Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program in 2001. Last year, scholarships from the program were awarded to a total of 108,098 students to attend private schools in the state. Jason Bedrick, director of policy for EdChoice, joins Paul E. Peterson to explain how the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program works and to discuss the results of a new survey of participating families.
Several school districts are banning or reducing homework in response to parents who complain of overload.
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
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.