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Marci Kanstoroom


Marci Kanstoroom is Executive Editor and Senior Web Editor at Education Next. She has written and edited numerous publications on charter schools, teacher quality, and federal education policy, and she has testified on education issues before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. A Maryland native, Kanstoroom holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where she studied political philosophy and American government.

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Increasing the Number of Great Teachers Instead of Moving the Great Teachers Around

Great teachers make a big difference, but there aren’t enough great teachers to go around. So which students and schools should get them? Last week, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing on the topic of what the federal government can and should do to make the distribution of effective teachers more equitable.

Does Teaching More Science Content Produce Better Scientists?

A new study does not demonstrate what the authors believe it demonstrates: that teaching more science content leads only to more content knowledge, not to higher-level science competence.

Fix the Preschool Misstep

In "Early Childhood Misstep" over at Forbes.com, Chester E. Finn, Jr. dissects the “Early...

Uncomfortable Reading on Race and Education

What was the educational impact of the civil rights movement?

Bahrain, Exeter Offer Clues About the Gender Gap in Math

Why do boys outperform girls in math, especially at the highest levels of math achievement? Two sets of economists released papers this summer examining the size of the gender gap in math achievement and investigating some possible contributing factors.

The Problem with Preschool for All

The campaign for universal preschool has gained great momentum, but a troubling contradiction casts...

Russ Whitehurst Reviews Crossing the Finish Line

Russ Whitehurst, former director of the Institute for Education Sciences at ED, has reviewed...

Why Don’t More College Students Cross the Finish Line?

A book released today takes a close look at why only 60 percent of students entering four-year colleges are graduating. One finding: scores on the SAT and ACT tests are not good predictors of whether students are likely to graduate from college.

Bringing High-Quality Charter Schools to Scale

There are more than 4500 charter schools across the United States today, but in...

International Benchmarking May Not Be a Good Bet for States

In August, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report summarizing...

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