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Mark Dynarski is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Economic Studies, Center on Children and Families, at Brookings.

Published Articles & Media

Can Schools Commit Malpractice? It Depends

Recently seven students attending public schools in Detroit sued the state of Michigan, arguing that their schools should have grounded literacy instruction in evidence-based practices.

Is the High School Graduation Rate Really Going Up?

We would like graduates to meet standards for graduation and not simply leave the system with a piece of paper and deficient skills.

Why Is Accountability Always About Teachers?

Teachers do not manage or direct the system. Senior leaders make decisions that affect every aspect of life for teachers in schools.

State Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Where Is the Research?

State plans mostly ignored research on what works and what does not to achieve particular outcomes.

More Findings About School Vouchers and Test Scores, and They are Still Negative

Four recent rigorous studies—in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Ohio—used different research designs and reached the same result.

What We Don’t Know About High Schools Can Hurt Us

There are few studies going on about effective approaches for helping students graduate.

It’s Not Nothing: The Role of Money in Improving Education

Two recent studies provide evidence that money matters, but that it will take massive amounts to close gaps.

Teacher Observations Have Been a Waste of Time and Money

The system is spending time and effort rating teachers using criteria that do not have a basis in research.

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