Morgan S. Polikoff
Three experts weigh in, and look to the future
Try to think of an education policy that 1) has been shown, in dozens of studies across multiple decades, to positively affect student outcomes; 2) has the overwhelming support of parents and voters; 3) reinforces many other policies and facilitates quality research; and 4) has been used widely at the district, state, and national levels for decades or more.
There is increasing momentum behind the idea that curriculum materials, including textbooks, represent a powerful lever for education reform. This report identifies some specific challenges faced by this approach.
Well, the long-awaited 2017 NAEP results have been released. Unlike 2015’s results, which landed with a thud, these landed with a “meh.”
Respondents’ conceptions and support toward Common Core were substantially affected a short, easy-to-read text.
Do professors who study education policy allow their students to use laptops in the classroom?
Researchers developed a hands-on curriculum and professional development lessons teaching basic physics using the popular toys, then conducted a randomized controlled trial.
Many students start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.
Over the past 15 years, there has been a concerted effort in education research to find out “what works” and to share these policies and practices with schools.
If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.
Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.
California’s new school dashboard provides solutions to criticisms of the state’s previous system. But the result may lack clarity for parents, and the most important element of all – consequences.
There are over 3,000 magnets across more than 600 school districts within 34 states, but they have received less attention in the research literature than charters.
Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects
Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.
Based on my analysis of public opinion, there is broad public support for four policies, all of which also have at least modest research evidence to support them.
The results of three recent polls on education policy should provide interesting fodder for the winners of state and national elections.