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Martin R. West


Martin R. West is Academic Dean and the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and editor-in-chief of Education Next. He is also deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of both the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Assessment Governing Board. In 2013-14, he served as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He previously taught at Brown University and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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The “Urgency” Issue

What some see as a key ingredient in educational improvement has come under attack.
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Nation’s Report Card Shows Steep Declines in Student Learning

Students lost more ground where remote instruction was more common, but that’s only part of the story.
Parents protest at a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board in Ashburn, Virginia.

Parental Anxieties over Student Learning Dissipate as Schools Relax Anti-Covid Measures

But parent reports indicate some shift away from district schools to private, charter, and homeschooling alternatives
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Progress Is Possible

A longer-term look defies conventional narratives of an education system in decline
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona watches as President Joe Biden speaks to students in a classroom during a visit to Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 11, 2022.

New Biden Rules Would Slow Charter Growth

Parents, governors register objections to proposed changes
A man adjusts a boy's face mask as they arrive at Jordan Community Public School in Rogers Park on the North Side, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 in Chicago. Students returned to in-person learning Wednesday after a week away while the Chicago Public Schools district and the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated stronger COVID-19 protections.

In Omicron’s Wake

More options may help in repairing the pandemic's harm to children.
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Nation’s Report Card to Shine Spotlight 
on Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

Governing Board responds to testing schedule disruptions with a plan

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