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Send a Girl To School

A review of “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates

FALL 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 4

Training School Leaders to Spend Wisely

Many are underprepared for the big job of allocating education dollars

How Professors Helped Slam Shut America’s Door

A review of “The Guarded Gate” by Daniel Okrent

FALL 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 4

Is Summer Learning Loss Real?

How I lost faith in one of education research’s classic results

FALL 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 4

Q&A: Seth Andrew

Democracy Prep founder on building active citizens

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Not So Apolitical, After All

Sleep time, start time story offers wake-up call

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Shuttering Schools in Chicago

“Ghosts in the Schoolyard” by Eve L. Ewing, reviewed by Paul E. Peterson

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Shuttering Schools in Chicago

“Ghosts in the Schoolyard” by Eve L. Ewing, reviewed by Marilyn Anderson Rhames

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Rise and Shine

How school start times affect academic performance

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

How To Make School Start Later

Early-morning high school clashes with teenage biology, but change is hard

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

An Economist’s Take on Education

A review of “Information, Incentives, and Education Policy” by Derek A. Neal

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Florida’s New School Voucher Law Will Revive 20-Year-Old Legal Battle

Opportunity Scholarship Program was small but stakes were huge

Supporting Students Outside the Classroom

Can wraparound services improve academic performance?

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Social-Emotional Learning: What It Is, What It Isn’t, And What We Know

Effective programming focuses on concrete, teachable skills

To Bring Back Bilingual Ed, California Needs Teachers

Districts offer bonuses of up to $10,000 to woo scarce instructional talent

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Is Wi-Fi a Health Threat in Schools?

Sorting fact from fiction

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

A Life Lesson In Civics

How Democracy Prep Charter Schools Boost Student Voting

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

What Social and Emotional Learning Needs to Succeed and Survive

Seven suggestions for SEL advocates and funders as they seek to deliver on its promise and avoid its pitfalls

To Improve Rural Schools, Focus on Their Strengths

Facilitate real school choice, charter conversions, and individual solutions for specific regions

Bullying Bolick

Attempt to remove Arizona justice fails

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

Debating the merits and costs

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

An Integrated Approach Fosters Student Success

Forum: Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

A Prevalence of “Policy-Based Evidence-Making”

Forum: Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

The Baby Bust Goes to School

Are falling birthrates a crisis or an opportunity?

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

The Achievement Gap Fails to Close

Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

For nearly 50 years student achievement gap fails to close

Harvard-Stanford study finds opportunity gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students equivalent to three to four years of learning

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

How To Tackle Student Absenteeism

Late winter is a peak period for school absenteeism. How can schools best combat that problem?

Education Reform’s Deep Blue Hue

Are school reformers right-wingers or centrists — or neither?

EVENT: Have We Closed Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps?

A new analysis using 50 years of student achievement data

Forgetting How to Read

A review of “Reader, Come Home” by Maryanne Wolf

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

The Strikes Keep Coming

Will districts demand reform in exchange for needed raises?

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?

International evidence on teacher cognitive skills and student performance

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Protecting College Students from Uncomfortable Ideas

A review of “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Is Career and Technical Education Just Enjoying Its 15 Minutes of Fame?

Is the boom in career and technical education one more fad, or does it reflect something more substantial?

Protecting Students from Gun Violence

Does “target hardening” do more harm than good?

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Popular efforts to expand student safety may compromise school climate

Security technologies in schools correlated with increased student fear and mistrust of educators

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Suing for Desegregation in Minnesota

Will the state’s courts redraw school-district lines?

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Article On School Choice Ignores Key Evidence

Existing body of research on the impact of school vouchers is both deep and broad.

Adult Education Comes of Age

New approach blends basic academics and job training

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Redesigning Denver’s Schools

The rise and fall of superintendent Tom Boasberg

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

The Right Way to Capture College “Opportunity”

Popular Measures Can Paint the Wrong Picture of Low-Income Student Enrollment

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

New Title IX Rules Require Hearings, Cross-Examinations in Colleges But Not High Schools

Comment Deadline Nears For Proposed DeVos Policy

Entree to Freshman Year

Online programs offer low-cost courses for college credit

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Turkey’s Fight Against U.S. Charters

An autocrat declares war on high-performing American schools

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Turkey wages multimillion-dollar takedown of U.S. charters

Gülen-linked schools suspected of funding global political movement

Online Learning Goes Hollywood

Using video storytelling to motivate learning

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

Remembering an Education President

George H. W. Bush led by enabling, not mandating, state and local reform

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

A Novel Take on K–12 Schooling

A review of Roxanna Elden’s Adequate Yearly Progress

SPRING 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 2

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2018

The most popular articles based on readership

Community Colleges and Career Education

New non-degree programs skip the general education requirements

Election 2018: The Voters Have Spoken

But what did they say about education?

The Benefits of Borrowing

Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Student borrowers earn more credits, better grades

Being offered federal loans increases academic and long-term success for community college attendees

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Q&A: Eleanor Goetzinger

A veteran teacher reflects on the Oklahoma strike

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

How Personalized Learning Can Support Equity and Excellence

Driving on-grade-level learning, promoting rigorous problem-solving, and more

After the Teacher Walkouts

Will unions shift their focus to the statehouse?

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Adaptation Could Bring New Strength

Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Statewide Strikes Are a Shot Across the Bow

Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Good Advice

Trump overturns Obama guidance on race in public schools

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Teachers’ impact on student behavior matters more for student success than their impact on test scores

Current value-added models are insufficient to identify truly excellent educators

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

The Full Measure of a Teacher

Using value-added to assess effects on student behavior

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Can For-Profit Colleges Rebound?

A second chance to innovate, amid tough market conditions

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Develop and Validate — Then Scale

Lessons from the Gates Foundation’s Effective Teaching Strategy

Looking Past the Wreckage of a Disgraceful Confirmation Process

By securing a conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future, Kavanaugh’s confirmation can be expected to accelerate ongoing shifts to the right in constitutional doctrine.

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

The Case for (Quality) Homework

Why it improves learning, and how parents can help

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Quality homework shapes students’ learning beliefs and behaviors

Especially for disadvantaged students, homework is a tool for long-term success

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

From Cat Videos and Cooking Tips to the History of the Punic Wars

Educational content comes to YouTube

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Reflections on the Legacy of Bush-Obama School Reform

Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?

Health Care for Life

Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Unfunded teacher health benefits reach $231 billion nationwide

Amid soaring obligations, expert offers recommendations for states to reduce financial burden

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

The Better Question: How Can We Improve Inclusive Education?

A response to “Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?”

How Can We Improve Special Education Without Asking Uncomfortable Questions?

A response to “The Better Question”

High Expectations Demand High Support

Strengthening college readiness at the California State Universities

Not Just What But Who You Know Matters

An Excerpt from Julia Freeland Fisher’s book “Who You Know”

How Did Major Newspapers Cover the 2018 Teacher Strikes?

Tens of thousands of teachers in six states walked out of their schools, attracting media attention across the country.

The 2018 EdNext Poll–Public support grows for increasing teacher salaries

Plus, charter schools and vouchers gain favor

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Public Support Climbs for Teacher Pay, School Expenditures, Charter Schools, and Universal Vouchers

Results from the 2018 EdNextPoll

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Judging Choice

Court victory for charter schools in Louisiana

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

No, One Limited Study Does Not Prove School Vouchers Don’t Work

Students in the sample weren’t even participating in school-voucher programs

Rethinking the Rules on Federal Higher-Ed Spending

How can Congress spur innovation while clamping down on fraud?

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Change the Rules to Unleash Innovation

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect.

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Strong Hand of Regulation Protects Students

Lawmakers charged with writing a new Higher Education Act (HEA) face a dilemma.

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Privatization in American Education: Rhetoric vs. Facts

Given the recent rhetoric of education reform’s critics, one might be forgiven for thinking that American private schools are at the peak of their influence.

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Where Title IX Went Wrong

A review of “The Transformation of Title IX” by R. Shep Melnick

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale

Can Personalized Training Become Standard Practice?

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Teacher coaching improves instruction and student achievement more than other forms of professional development

But larger programs less effective, suggesting difficulty of successfully taking them to scale

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Mainstreaming does not equal access for students with disabilities, who often still lag behind peers

Evidence in favor of inclusion also fails to account for impact on peers and teachers

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?

Weighing its effects on students with disabilities, their peers, and teachers

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Who Goes to Private School?

Long-term enrollment trends by family income

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

America’s private elementary schools increasingly serve the affluent

As the number of Catholic schools drops, fewer middle-income families enroll

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Arne Duncan’s Unlearned Lessons

A review of “How Schools Work” by Arne Duncan

WINTER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 1

Private Colleges in Peril

Financial pressures and declining enrollment may lead to more closures

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Private colleges vulnerable to more closures amid financial pressure

Predicted drop in number of high school graduates forecasts mounting trouble for small schools

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Q&A: Rebecca Friedrichs

Reflections on the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, from the plaintiff in a similar case

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

A Stubborn Excellence Gap

Despite efforts, diversity stalls at an elite public high school

Elite public high school struggles to diversify student enrollment

Decades of failed admission and outreach procedures offer unexpected insight

Inspecting the Inspector General

Should Auditors Set the Terms of Debate on Federal Education Policy?

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

ED’s Office of Inspector General not a neutral source of ed policy recommendations

By design, OIG prioritizes financial propriety above all else when examining complex issues

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

College Accreditation, Explained

An EdNext guide to how it works, who’s responsible for it, and more

Putting School Budgets in Teachers’ Hands

What if end-users in the classroom made purchasing decisions?

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

After Janus

A new era of teachers union activism

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Kickstarters for Personalized Learning

Local funds promote innovation—but for how long?

Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance?

An analysis of 2017 state proficiency standards

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Despite retreat from Common Core, states set high proficiency standards for students

But rising expectations for performance fail to translate into learning gains

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

The Case for Holding Students Accountable

How extrinsic motivation gets kids to work harder and learn more

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Rating Teacher-Preparation Programs

Can value-added make useful distinctions?

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Ranking teacher-prep programs on value-added is usually futile

New analysis finds program rankings based on graduates’ value-added scores are largely random

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

EVENT: Are State Proficiency Standards Falling?

A new analysis using the latest NAEP data

Higher Ed, Lower Spending

As States Cut Back, Where Has the Money Gone?

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Where has state funding for public colleges gone?

New analysis points to its displacement by soaring spending on public-welfare, particularly Medicaid

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement

How the mom-and-pops can help the sector diversify and grow

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Why the charter movement can’t survive on networks alone

As independent charter schools struggle to grow, expert calls for return to roots

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Trump and the Nation’s Schools

Assessing the administration’s early impact on education

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

A Strong Start on Advancing Reform

Forum: Trump and the Nation’s Schools

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Harmful Policies, Values, and Rhetoric

After little more than a year, President Donald J. Trump’s policies, values, and rhetoric have had a negative impact on our nation’s most vulnerable schoolchildren, particularly low-income students and students of color. This adverse effect is especially pronounced in five areas: oversight of federal education law; enforcement of federal guarantees of educational equity; budget and […]

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Assessing the Trump administration’s early impact on education

Have the President’s policies helped or harmed U.S. students?

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Three Hoover Fellows on NAEP, A Nation at Risk, and the Future of Education Reform

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.

Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think

A new proposal for reforming teacher education

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Expert in child cognition recommends teacher preparation reforms

“Prepare teachers to be teachers, not scientists”

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

An Elite Grad-School Degree Goes Online

Can Georgia Tech’s virtual master’s increase access to education?

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Online degree expands educational access for mid-career Americans

Georgia Tech’s online version of elite master’s degree in computer science fills gap in higher ed market

Debating Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

Should the Trump administration retain, revise, or rescind?

Don’t Walk Back Needed Discipline Reform

In 2014, the Obama administration’s Departments of Education and Justice took an important step to respond to the excessive and racially disparate removal of students from schools across America.

A Supposed Discipline Fix Threatens School Cultures

This wasn’t just routine guidance. Instead, by applying a shambolic version of disparate impact theory to school discipline, the letter marked an enormous shift in federal policy and set up the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to be both judge and jury.

Judgment Day for Union Agency Fees

High court hears oral argument in Janus v. AFSCME

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

The New Mexico Reform Story

Will Hanna Skandera’s legacy last?

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Closing the Achievement Gap on Chicago’s South Side

A review of The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design, and Implications for Educational Equality by Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen

Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Still Waiting for Convincing Evidence

Do public-school students who move to a private school with a government-funded voucher benefit from making this switch? A growing body of research is shedding light on this question. Of particular interest are findings coming out of three states and the District of Columbia, all of which have implemented ambitious voucher programs over the past […]

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Lessons Learned from Indiana

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, launched in 2011, offers a rich opportunity to study how a large-scale tuition-voucher program works and to analyze the results it has produced in its first few years. As we consider the merits of private-school choice and what it would take to make it succeed, this initiative deserves particular attention: […]

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Experts debate the merits and design of statewide private school choice programs

A new forum for Education Next brings together experts to assess the research on these programs and the implications for whether and how states should design and oversee statewide choice programs.

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Parenting in the iPhone Age

A review of The Art of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz and Be the Parent, Please by Naomi Schaefer Riley

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Snap Judgment

Should schools act as community hall monitors?

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Pensions Under Pressure

Charter innovation in teacher retirement benefits

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Charter schools increasingly choose alternative pension plans when given the choice

New retirement options offer teachers portability and shorter vesting periods

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More?

The next technology that could disrupt the classroom

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Education Myth-Busting in the Age of Fake News

A review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!” by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing?

Lessons from the Bay Area

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

The Main Purpose of Schooling

A review of “The Case against Education,” by Bryan Caplan

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

Researchers identify top three reasons for charter growth slowdown in Bay Area

Lessons from California can inform expansion efforts nationwide

In Defense Of Education’s “Wild West”

Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Charters and the Common Good

The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Charter schools benefit students in neighboring district schools

Positive effects found on test scores, grade completion, and more, increasing with proximity

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

A Bigger Slice of the Money Pie

Charters in Colorado and Florida win share of local tax dollars

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Colorado and Florida pass breakthrough laws to close charter-school funding gap

States’ differing experiences can inform similar efforts nationwide

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

A Contemplative Approach to Education Policy

A review of Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making by Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

The Schoolhouse Network

How school buildings affect teacher collaboration

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

New research shows teachers’ physical proximity boosts collaboration

Thoughtful classroom assignment can contribute to teacher development strategy

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

The Politics of Choice When the Public School was Born

A review of Public vs. Private by Robert N. Gross

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Educating Independent Children in a Technologically Dependent World

An excerpt from Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning SnapChat

A Place of Hope in the Segregated South

An excerpt from Eric L. Motley’s memoir Madison Park: A Place of Hope

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2017

Every December, Education Next releases a list of the most popular articles we published over the course of the year based on readership.

An American Perspective on Chinese Schooling

Michelle Rhee talks with Lenora Chu about her new book, Little Soldiers

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

A Gloomy Perspective on High-Stakes Testing

A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

(Re)Searching for a School

How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Expanded choice increases parents’ demand for school-quality information

Having more educational options creates incentive for families to seek out data

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

The Biggest Little Election You’ve Never Heard Of

How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide

Partisanship and Higher Education: Where Republicans and Democrats Agree

In our most recent public-opinion survey, we find sharp differences between Democrats and Republicans about the value of a bachelor’s degree (as distinct from a two-year associate’s degree).

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

A Pragmatic Approach to Systems Reform

A review of Reinventing America’s Schools by David Osborne

The Power of Teacher Expectations

How racial bias hinders student attainment

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Racial bias hinders college degree attainment

U.S. teachers on average have lower expectations for black students than for white students

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Q&A: Hanna Skandera

New Mexico’s former state chief talks ed reform

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Uncommon Sense for Education Reformers

A review of Commitment and Common Sense by David P. Driscoll

Should We Limit “Screen Time” in School?

Debating the wisest use of technology in the classroom

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Putting Dialogue over Devices Shapes Mind and Character

As we sober up from the tech-infused party of the past 20 years, we should think about what should come first in our schools: shaping not just our students’ ability to persevere and solve difficult problems but also their character—their empathic connection with others, their capacity to see our shared humanity, and their ability to problem solve with others for a common good.

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

The Problem Is Wasted Time, not Screen Time

The emerging generation of educational technology has the power to accelerate learning productivity in ways we can scarcely imagine. If we can ensure that students are connected to it through the help of teachers, a natural balance between online and offline experiences will develop.

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Should K-12 schools limit students’ screen time?

Two educators consider the wisest use of technology in the classroom

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Success Story

A review of “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir”

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Big Data Transforms Education Research

Can machine learning unlock the keys to great teaching?

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

A Rosy Vision for the Public Schools

A review of “Addicted to Reform” by John Merrow

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Narrow Opening for School Choice

But Blaine Amendments stand, for now

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

CUNY’s New Approach to Transferring College Credit

An excerpt from Pathways to Reform: Credits and Conflict at the City University of New York

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Ed-Tech Vendors

Ten tips for school districts from an industry insider

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Rethinking Federal Regulation of Sexual Harassment

The need for deliberation, not demagoguery, in the Age of Trump

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Policy expert explains why Title IX needs an overhaul

Current “heavy-handed” rules threaten freedom of speech, due process

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Should Professors Ban Laptops?

How classroom computer use affects student learning

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Computer use in college classes reduces final-exam grades

  Computer use in college classes reduces final-exam grades New study finds that technology can be more of a distraction than a learning tool August 17, 2017—The vast majority of college students carry laptops or tablets from class to class. But in between notetaking and consulting references, students are also often sending personal emails or […]

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on school choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Event: The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

What does the public think about school choice, Common Core, and other key issues?

The 2017 EdNext Poll–including the Trump Effect on public opinion about education

Charter schools lose favor but opposition to vouchers declines; Opposition to Common Core plateaus and support for using the same standards across states gains ground

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Taking a Chance, Finding a New Path

An entrepreneur discovers his calling in education

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

A Lasting Impact

High-stakes teacher evaluations drive student success in Washington, D.C

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

D.C.’s high-stakes teacher evaluations raise teacher quality, student achievement

  D.C.’s high-stakes teacher evaluations raise teacher quality, student achievement 90% of the turnover of low-performing teachers occurs in high-poverty schools July 27, 2017—Though the Every Student Succeeds Act excludes any requirements for states about teacher evaluation policies, the results from a once-controversial high-stakes system in Washington, D.C., make a strong case that states should […]

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform

Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

The Open Access Dilemma

How can community colleges better serve underprepared students?

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Paying More for Less

A review of “Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Competency-Based Education, Put to the Test

An inside look at learning and assessment at Western Governors University

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Changing Our Teens One Family at a Time

A review of “The Vanishing American Adult” by Ben Sasse

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Is the Constitution Colorblind?

Debating Antonin Scalia’s record on race and education

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Equal Protection Bars Racial Favoritism

In his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote surprisingly few opinions in education cases, and even when he did, he seldom mentioned education.

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Choosing Judicial Activism Over Originalism

Justice Antonin Scalia was a staunch proponent of “originalism” in constitutional jurisprudence, an approach to deciding cases based on constitutional text as it was originally understood by its authors.

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Is the U.S. Constitution colorblind?

Revisiting the meaning of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision through the lens of Justice Scalia’s rulings

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Is the Internet Changing Kids’ Brains?

An excerpt from The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads

The Tangled World of Teacher Debt

Clashing rules and uncertain benefits for federal student-loan subsidies

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

The Rich Get Richer

A review of “Dream Hoarders” by Richard V. Reeves

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Lifting the veil on the complex world of teacher debt

Experts offer alternative plan as the Trump administration looks to cut loan forgiveness programs

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO, 4

Pacesetter in Personalized Learning

Summit charter network shares its model nationwide

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Learning from the Science of Learning

A review of “Learn Better,” by Ulrich Boser

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

U-turn on Vouchers

Florida courts uphold tax credits

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Now Trending: Personalized Learning

Can a buzzword deliver on its promise?

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Why Most Teachers Get a Bad Deal on Pensions

State plans create more losers than winners, and many get nothing at all

Pensions are empty promises for most public-school teachers nationwide

Only 20% of teachers ever receive full benefits, while more than half receive nothing

Reading and Wronging

A review of “Language at the Speed of Sight” by Mark Seidenberg

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Measuring Up

Assessing instructor effectiveness in higher education

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

First-of-its-kind study measures college instructor quality

Effective teachers boost grades and test scores, in both their own and subsequent courses

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

More Options in Indianapolis

Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice

School Desegregation in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s

An excerpt from the memoir This African-American Life

Boosting Hispanic College Completion

Does high-school recruiting help more students graduate?

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Boosting college quality and success for high-scoring Hispanic students

Recognition program facilitates targeted higher-ed recruitment, improves outcomes

Summer 2017 / Vol. 17, No. 3

Justice Gorsuch, Meet James G. Blaine

The Supreme Court has a new opportunity to clarify matters in a case scheduled for oral argument on April 19, just days after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s arrival on the bench.

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Reform is a State of Mind

An excerpt from Letters to a Young Education Reformer

Special Education Standards

Supreme Court raises level of benefit

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Clown School

A review of “Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education” by Jonathan A. Knee

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Redshirting may do more harm than good

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

‘Redshirting’ preschoolers may do more harm than good

Educator and researcher agree that it’s generally not worth it to delay kindergarten start time

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

A $20 Billion Federal School Choice Tax Credit Program: Yes, no, maybe, how so

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.

On Teaching Controversy

A review of “The Case for Connection” by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Hamilton Goes to High School

How students are learning U.S. history from the hottest show on Broadway

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Is Test-Based Accountability Dead?

Three experts weigh in, and look to the future

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Why Accountability Matters, and Why It Must Evolve

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.

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Futile Accountability Systems Should Be Abandoned

Is test-based accountability “on the wane”? The question is based on a fallacy. For something to be on the wane, it has to exist, and test-based accountability has never truly existed in the United States.

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

If Parents Push for It, Accountability Can Work

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled in education is convincing the American public that we have had test-based accountability. The media and politicians adopted the rhetoric of “high stakes” tests without bothering to ask the question: what, exactly, are the stakes?

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Vague Answers to Pointed Questions

A teacher-parent-wonk shops for a school

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

New Blueprints for K–12 Schools

Innovative design supports blended learning

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

The Trump Administration’s $20 Billion School Choice Plan

Debating the wisdom of this idea, and what it might look like in reality

Go Big on School Choice for All 50 States

Forum: The Trump administration’s $20 billion school choice plan

For the Love of Choice, Don’t Federalize It

Forum: The Trump administration’s $20 billion school choice plan

A Common Core Curriculum Quandary

For Eureka Math, open-source leads to a revenue stream

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Gorsuch, the Judicious Judge

A Common-Sense Approach to Education Issues

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

What could we expect from a Justice Gorsuch on key education issues?

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick reviews the nominee’s major cases

Competency-Based Learning for Teachers

Can micro-credentials reboot professional development?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Reconsidering the Supreme Court’s Rodriguez Decision

Is there a federal constitutional right to education?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Inequitable Schools Demand a Federal Remedy 

Rodriguez will one day be considered as erroneous as the court’s approval of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson.

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Federal Courts Can’t Solve Our Education Ills

As a matter of constitutional law, Rodriguez was correctly decided.

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Experts consider a federal constitutional right to education

  Experts consider a federal constitutional right to education Should the Supreme Court’s 1973 Rodriguez decision be overturned? February 16, 2017—In its 1973 decision in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a right to education. The 5-4 decision left issues of educational inequality […]

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Hands Off My Tenure!

Unions challenge constitutionality of reforms

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

The Long Path to ESSA

An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”

Making Evidence Locally

Rethinking education research under the Every Student Succeeds Act

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

ESSA could fund crucial shift in education research

Small-scale studies are the only path to sustained improvement, says expert

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Undoing Irrational Thinking

A review of The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Scholar, Teacher, and Revisionist

Remembering David Tyack, who showed contemporary education reformers a nuanced view of American schooling’s past

Reforming Remediation

College students mainstreamed into statistics are more likely to succeed

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

College students assessed as needing remedial algebra more likely to succeed by instead taking credit-bearing statistics with additional support

The study, which was conducted at three community colleges at the City University of New York, represents the first controlled test of an alternative to traditional remediation.

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Opposing Perspectives on Student Debt

Is the college loan crisis reality or myth?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

How I Became a D.tech Dragon

Learning to think in a new way

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Under New Administration, Small Measures Could Foster Big Change

The best solution may be to offer federal support for programs that the states themselves design, advancing the cause of school choice while respecting the principle of local control that Trump has also championed.

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Will the XQ “Super Schools” Live Up to Their Name?

A new philanthropy’s competition to reinvent high school

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

A New Path to a College Degree

Match Beyond helps low-income students succeed

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

School Disruption on the Small Scale

Can micro-schools break out of an elite niche?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

The Teacher Evaluation Revamp, In Hindsight

What the Obama administration’s signature reform got wrong

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

What Obama’s Signature Education Reform Got Wrong

Four lessons offer guidance for next administration

A Judicious Overview of the Charter Movement

A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Betsy DeVos, the (Relatively Mainstream) Reformer

A long record refutes the radical image of the education secretary

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Lessons on Common Core

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2016

Here are the most popular articles we published over the course of the last year.

The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2016

This year’s runaway hit was How We Make Teaching Too Hard for Mere Mortals by Robert Pondiscio.

What Do Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

EdNext poll compares charter, district, and private schools nationwide

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

How Satisfied are Parents with Their Children’s Schools?

New evidence from a U.S. Department of Education survey

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Two National Surveys find Charter-School Parents More Satisfied than Those with Children in District-Operated Schools

Private school parents most satisfied of all

Old Legal Wine in New Remedial Bottles

Plaintiffs seek to overturn Rodriguez

How Do Parental Perceptions of Schools Vary Across Sectors?

Evidence from two national surveys comparing charter, district, and private schools

The Charter Model Goes to Preschool

Despite obstacles, innovative new programs expand access

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Remembering an Academic, Entrepreneur, and Leader

John Chubb’s pioneering work in education policy

Teacher Race and School Discipline

Are students suspended less often when they have a teacher of the same race?

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Open Educational Resources

Is the federal government overstepping its role?

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

The Problem with Pencils

Using computers — and creativity — to customize instruction

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Nobel Lessons for Education Researchers and Policymakers

Bengt Holmstrom’s work shows that no incentives are often preferable to poorly-designed incentives.

Raising More Than Test Scores

Does attending a “no excuses” charter high school help students succeed in college?

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

No-excuses charter students more likely to enroll in competitive, four-year colleges

Controversial educational approach leads to postsecondary success for Chicago students

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Education Reform’s Race Debate

An Education Next Forum

Let’s Build a Modern Reform Coalition

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Judge Reformers by Results, Not Race

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Make Diversity a Key Value in Reform

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

School Reform Must Serve Social Justice Goals

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Reform Leaders: You’re Fired

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Engage Communities, But Stay Focused on Results

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

School Reform Family Feud

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

New Priorities for Equity in Reform

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Chauvinism versus Social Justice

Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate

Debunking the Myth of the “Teacher Pay Gap,” Again

After adjusting for pensions and other benefits, teacher compensation is neither low nor falling

What Do We Know About School Discipline Reform?

Assessing the alternatives to suspensions and expulsions

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Research lacking on school discipline reforms

Thin evidence on causes of and alternatives to suspensions, expulsions

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

How Should States Design Their Accountability Systems?

Education Next talks with Jeb Bush, Heather Hough, and Michael Kirst

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Florida’s Intuitive Letter Grades Produce Results

In Florida, where I served as governor from 1999 to 2007, a bold, new direction was required. And so in 1999, we overhauled our school system through accountability legislation that made student learning the focus of education.

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

California’s Dashboard Data Will Guide Improvement

In California, we’ve moved beyond assigning schools a single number score each year and are implementing a “dashboard” accountability system, to better capture and communicate multiple dimensions of school performance.

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Rich Insights on Poverty

A review of “Coming of Age in the Other America,” by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin

Common Confusion

Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

The Not-So-Golden Mean

A review of “The End of Average” by Todd Rose

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Ed Reform Rollback in New York City

Mayor de Blasio’s efforts remain a work in progress

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Averaging in Education

It’s how you use it that counts

What’s Holding Back the Growth of the Best Charter Schools?

An excerpt from The Founders by Richard Whitmire

American Public Opinion on K-12 Education Policy: Lessons from a decade of polling

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 […]

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll

Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Graphic: Results from the 2016 Education Next Poll

An interactive graphic displaying results from this year’s survey.

Graphic: Trends in the EdNext Poll Over Time

An interactive look at the EdNext poll through the past decade

The 2016 EdNext Poll – including 10-year trends in public opinion

Common Core and vouchers lose ground; growing opposition to tenure; charter schools and testing retain support

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

How and Why Districts and Charters Engage

Lessons from Cleveland

Street-Savvy School Reform

Lessons learned from six big-city school systems

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Focus your philanthropy on innovation outside the system

School Closures In New York City

Did students do better after their high schools were closed?

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Study finds school closures in NYC benefitted rising ninth-graders

Students enrolled in higher performing high schools, more likely to earn Regents diploma

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Continuing Change in Newark

To protect reform, Chris Cerf builds collaborative relationships

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Change takes a positive turn in Newark

Superintendent Cerf fosters bipartisan support to improve student achievement

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Strictly Discrimination

Supreme Court favors race-based policies

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Think Big, Go Small

A different approach to starting a school

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

The Politics of the Common Core Assessments

Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

States curb Common Core opposition by leaving testing consortia

Thirty-eight states have left either PARCC, Smarter Balanced, or both since 2010

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

The Promise and Pitfalls of Virtual Charter Schools

A forum by Tom Vander Ark and Greg Richmond

Online Charters Expand Learning Options

With the rise of options for anywhere, anytime digital learning, statewide schools play an important role in providing equitable access to a variety of quality learning pathways.

Online Charters Mostly Don’t Work

Nearly every study of virtual school performance has found their performance to be lacking.

When Practice Does Make Perfect

A review of “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Ed Reform Battle in Los Angeles

Conflict escalates as charter schools thrive

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Reaping the Whirlwind

Union victory on tenure may be short-lived

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Education Next talks with Scott Levy and Jonah Edelman

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Opt-Out Reflects the Genuine Concerns of Parents

Forum: Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

This Issue Is Bigger Than Just Testing

Forum: Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

New analyses of opt-out movement offer fresh perspectives

Although less likely to be economically disadvantaged, opt-out students tended to be lower-achieving than test takers in New York State last year

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

Incomplete Reform in Baltimore

A shift in authority to school leaders falls short

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Once promising reforms stall in Baltimore

Student performance low, principal attrition high in Charm City

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Icahn Charter Schools build background knowledge to drive learning

Student achievement places Icahn among NYC’s top performing charter networks

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

The Bronx is Learning

Content-rich curriculum drives achievement at Icahn Charter School

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Virtual Reality Disruption

Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

One Hundred Miles and a World Apart

A review of “The Battle for Room 314” and “The Secret Lives of Teachers”

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Teaching Character

A review of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth and “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why” by Paul Tough

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Not Leaving, Just Changing Jobs

This is the last issue of Education Next for which I will serve as editor-in-chief.

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Testing College Readiness

Massachusetts compares the validity of two standardized tests

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

PARCC and Massachusetts state exams predict college success equally well

In math, PARCC’s college-ready cutoff score is set at a higher level than the MCAS proficiency cutoff

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform

Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Bush-Obama regulations fail to generate sustained gains in student achievement

School choice and competition remain the best hope for improving schools

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Entrepreneurs in the Ed Tech Market

An excerpt by Stacey Childress from Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Hess and McShane, eds.

High School of the Future

Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

Education Next talks with Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

The Next Step in School Choice

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Two school choice proponents argue the merits of education savings accounts

Education savings account (ESAs) provide parents with most or all of funds the state would have spent on a child’s education, allowing parents to pay for public school alternatives, such as tutoring, online courses, private school tuition, or a combination of other educational services.

SUMMER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 3

Expand Choice, but Keep the Public Interest in Mind

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

It Pays to Improve School Quality

States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Massive economic gains for states that invest in student achievement

Fifty-state effort could increase GDP by $76 trillion over next 80 years

SUMMER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 3

Justice Deferred

Supreme Court lets agency fees stand

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Denver Expands Choice and Charters

Elected school board employs portfolio strategy to lift achievement

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

School choice, charters propel achievement in Denver schools

Principals and schools use autonomy to drive results

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

The EdNext Podcast

The EdNext Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher and here every Wednesday.

A Flipping Experiment

Innovative teaching strategies rev up learning

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Innovation in Catholic Education

New approaches to instruction and governance may revitalize the sector

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students

An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Teacher Home Visits

School-family partnerships foster student success

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Why Background Knowledge is Crucial for Literacy

An excerpt of “Reading Reconsidered” by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs and Erica Woolway

The Trouble with Texting

A review of “The 160-Character Solution,” by Benjamin L. Castleman

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

“Children, be quiet and watch your lesson”

The case for video time during class

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Ready for Play Time?

A review of “The Importance of Being Little,” by Erika Christakis

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Connecting to Practice

How we can put education research to work

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Teacher, Mentor, Colleague

James Coleman generously shared his knowledge and expertise

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

How Family Background Influences Student Achievement

Can schools narrow the gap?

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

The Immensity of The Coleman Data Project

Gaining clarity on the report’s flaws will improve future research

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

School choice benefits extend far beyond test scores

Urban minority students enrolled in district school alternatives more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

Schools of Choice

Expanding opportunity for urban minority students

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most

Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Let My People Go

Teachers fight to end forced union contributions

After Common Core, States Set Rigorous Standards

Forty-five states raise the student proficiency bar

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Forty-five States Increased Academic Proficiency Standards between 2011 and 2015

Commitments to Common Core generate record gains in state standards, no states receive failing grade

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Desegregation Since the Coleman Report

Racial composition of schools and student learning

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Are U. S. Schools Really Resegregating?

Segregation still in decline despite decreasing black exposure to white students

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Equality of Educational Opportunity Today: Reconsidering the Coleman Report on its 50th Anniversary

An Education Next Event

Game Plan for Learning

Building on Coleman’s early theories, new academic competitions motivate students to achieve

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

New academic games motivate students to achieve

Coleman’s early theories on competition increase student engagement

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

Work Within and Outside Traditional Schooling

A review of “The Split Screen Strategy,” by Ted Kolderie

What Matters for Student Achievement

Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Black-White Achievement Gap Makes Little Progress Since 1960s

Greatest gains in South which has caught up with the rest of the country

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

The Life and Times of James S. Coleman

Hero and villain of school policy research

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

Revisiting the Coleman Report

“Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th Anniversary

How States Should Navigate New Opportunities Under ESSA (Part 1 of 2)

Advice from Nina Rees, Greg Richmond, Aimee Rogstad Guidera, and Mike Magee

More on How States Should Navigate New Opportunities Under ESSA (Part 2 of 2)

Advice from Charles Barone, Bill Jackson, Dane Linn, and Linda Darling-Hammond

The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2015

Each year we publish a list of the most popular entries on the Education Next blog. There’s usually a surprise or two and the 2015 list is no exception.

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2015

Which topics were most popular with Education Next readers in 2015?

High-Achieving Countries Leave America Behind

A review of “Failing Our Brightest Kids” by Chester E. Finn Jr. and 
Brandon L. Wright

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

In Newark, a Gift Wasted?

A review of “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” by Dale Russakoff

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

Uncommon Confusion

Washington Supreme Court strikes down charter schools

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

A Bad Bargain

How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Voucher Victory

“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program

Collective bargaining has negative impact on students’ future earnings and employment

New study offers first evidence of the long-term effects of duty-to-bargain laws

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Learning English

Accountability, Common Core, and the college-for-all movement are transforming instruction

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

States Move Toward Dual-Immersion and English-Immersion Instruction

Rising standards and accountability initiatives have spotlighted weak ELL programs

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

America’s Mediocre Test Scores

Education crisis or poverty crisis?

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Does Poverty Explain the Mediocre Performance of American Schools?

U.S. students from both affluent and low-income homes underperform their peers in other countries

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

When Does Accountability Work?

Texas system had mixed effects on college graduation rates and future earnings

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Test-based accountability has beneficial long-term effects on the graduation rates and future earnings of disadvantaged Texas students attending schools at risk of failing, new study finds

But disadvantaged students at schools seeking recognition for high performance suffer education and income losses.

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

America’s Smart Kids Left Behind

Catching up to our global peers will require changing education policy and culture

Should Community College Be Free?

Education Next talks with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew Kelly

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

The Economy Needs More Workers with Associate Degrees

Forum: Should Community College Be Free?

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Tuition Is Not the Main Obstacle to Student Success

Forum: Should Community College Be Free?

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Moving Edtech Forward

School networks AltSchool and Summit are betting on a breakthrough

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

History Lessons from a Policy Insider

A review of Presidents, Congress and The Public Schools, by Jack Jennings

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Teachers Unions at Risk of Losing “Agency Fees”

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

A Different Kind of Military School

A review of “Strugglers into Strivers: What the Military Can Teach Us about How Young People Learn and Grow” by Hugh B. Price

SUMMER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 3

One Point Short

Let’s not define students by their test scores

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

The Ideal Blended-Learning Combination

Is one-third computer time about right?

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

Heading for a Fall

State restrictions on voucher programs rest on shaky foundation

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Learning about Learning

A review of Knowledge Capital of Nations by Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann

Education Department Letter Strays Far From Civil Rights Act

Education mandate will create paperwork, not improve minority education

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Civil Wrongs

Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

High Marks for Games in the Classroom

A review of The Game Believes in You, by Greg Toppo

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

2015 EdNext Poll: Public Backs Testing, Opposes “Opt-out” Movement

Support for Common Core State Standards slips, but opponents are still in the minority; a majority opposes requirements to balance discipline rates across race; only a minority backs union fees for non-union teachers; support for charter schools and tax credits to fund private school scholarships dips, but a majority still favors them

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

Next Generation Virtual Programs

Through Course Access, students choose from a range of providers

Good News for New Orleans

Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

The New Orleans OneApp

Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Many Options in New Orleans Choice System

School characteristics vary widely

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

New Orleans Reforms Boost Student Performance

Families have many options as 93 percent of public school students attend charter schools

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

The Myth About the Special Education Gap

Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Charter Schools Do Not Appear to Discriminate Against Special Education Students

Students with disabilities more likely to remain in charters than in district schools

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

Win or lose, states enacted education reforms

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

What Did Race to the Top Accomplish?

Education Next talks with Joanne Weiss and Frederick M. Hess

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Lofty Promises But Little Change for America’s Schools

In July 2009, it wasn’t just about the money. The $4 billion (to be spent over four years) amounted to less than 1 percent of what K‒12 schooling spends each year.

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Innovative Program Spurred Meaningful Education Reform

Much has been said about the impact of the Race to the Top program—some good, some not so good, some accurate, some less so.

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Race to the Top Competition Changes State Education Policies

Winners enact new initiatives, strengthen standards and expand charters

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Wisconsin High School Reaches High International Benchmarks in Math and Reading

Participating in international testing motivates both educators and students

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Wisconsin High Schools Learn from New PISA Test

International comparison drives efforts to improve

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

A Day at the Khan Lab School

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Digital Games Promise to Improve Math Skills

An excerpt from Greg Toppo’s The Game Believes in You

Disparate Impact Indeed

Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Tracking Is a District Problem

A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Taking On the Opportunity Gap

A review of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Increased Per-Pupil Spending Yields Improved Educational Attainment and Higher Future Wages for Students from Low-Income Families

How money is spent matters; school districts use unexpected increases more productively than they use other resources

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Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings

Does school spending matter after all?

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

CREDO Reveals Successful Charters’ Secret Sauce

What are the general lessons to be learned from the many case studies of successful chartering?

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

New York City’s Small-Schools Revolution

Breaking up large high schools improved graduation rates

Power to the People

A review of “The School Choice Journey” by Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf

The Origins of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Excerpts from No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education 
Reform

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Should Personalization Be the Future of Learning?

Benjamin Riley and Alex Hernandez square off

At Success Academy, Strong Content and Curriculum are Keys to Success

Progressive education techniques and innovative teacher training help the charters outperform NYC public schools

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

What Explains Success at Success Academy?

Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

What Twitter Says about the Education Policy Debate

And how scholars might use it as a research tool

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Breaking the Mold

A review of A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

How NYC Expanded Its Charter Sector

An excerpt from Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading

Commitments to Common Core may be driving the proficiency bar upward

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters

A political game changer for public school choice?

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools

Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Turnaround School Districts

States try managing lowest-performing schools

Boot Camps for Charter Boards

Finding and training civic-minded leaders

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

School Reform for Rural America

Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

School Closings Due to Bad Weather Have Little to No Effect on Student Achievement

But individual absences caused by weather when schools don’t close have negative effects on achievement

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

In Defense of Snow Days

Students who stay home when school is in session are a much larger problem

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

We’re All Art Teachers

Don’t try to quantify its worth

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Twenty States Increased Academic Proficiency Standards between 2011 and 2013

For the first time since the passage of No Child Left Behind, state standards have risen; all states that show strong improvements have adopted Common Core

A Breakout Role for Teachers

Excerpts from The Cage-Busting Teacher

How Many Charter Schools is Just Right?

Education Next talks with Scott Pearson, John H. “Skip” McKoy, and Neerav Kingsland

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

The New Orleans Case for All-Charter School Districts

Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

D.C. Students Benefit from Mix of Charter and Traditional Schools

Charter schools are revolutionizing public schooling in Washington, D.C. In just 18 years, charter schools have grown from an initial 5 to 112 schools today, managed by 61 nonprofit organizations.

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Education Gap Grows for Adolescents from Single-Parent Families

Young people raised in one-parent homes complete fewer years of schooling and are less likely to receive a B. A. degree

Was Moynihan Right?

What happens to children of unmarried mothers

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One-Parent Students Leave School Earlier

Education attainment gap widens

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Fool’s Gold

Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Match Corps Goes National

Successful high-dosage tutoring model spreads to other schools

How Can Schools Address America’s Marriage Crisis?

Prepare young people for rewarding careers

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

Purposeful Parenthood

Better planning benefits new parents and their children

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

The Meaning of Community at Democracy Prep

School culture supports students and their families

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

Black Men and the Struggle for Work

Social and economic barriers persist

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

More Harm Than Good

A review of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” by Jason L. Riley

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

A Tribute to Martha Derthick

With Martha Derthick’s passing on January 12, 2015, America lost one of its preeminent scholars of American politics.

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

New Hampshire’s Journey Toward Competency-Based Education

State lifts barriers to innovation, allowing districts and charters to personalize learning

Family Breakdown and Poverty

To flourish, our nation must face some hard truths

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

Race and Poverty in Baltimore

A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson

Spring 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 2

U.S. Students from Two-Parent Families Achieve a Grade Level Higher than Peers from Single-Parent Families

The United States has one of the highest percentages of single-parent families among developed countries

An International Look at the Single-Parent Family

Family structure matters more for U.S. students

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

What Does Online Learning Look Like?

Examples from Florida and Pennsylvania

50 Years after the Moynihan Report, More than One-Quarter of Young Black Males Are Neither Employed nor Enrolled in School or Vocational Training

The incarceration rate for young black men without a high school diploma rose from 10 percent in 1980 to 37 percent by 2008

Government Should Subsidize, Not Tax, Marriage

Social policies have influenced the rate of growth in single-parent families

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

Wrong Diagnosis on Homework Help from Parents

A review of “The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education” by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris

SPRING 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 2

Single-Parent Families: Revisiting the Moynihan Report 50 Years Later

An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.

An Uncommon Leader

A review of No Struggle, No Progress by Howard Fuller

Does Better Observation Make Better Teachers?

New evidence from a 
teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

NYC’s Former Schools Chancellor Recounts Struggles and Successes

A review of Joel Klein’s “Lessons of Hope”

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Moynihan and the Single-Parent Family

The 1965 report and its backlash

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

In the U.S., Nearly a Quarter of All Children Live with an Unmarried Mother

50 years after the Moynihan Report, the percentage of children in mother-only families has risen from around 25% to 50% among blacks, and around 7% to 19% among whites.

SPRING 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 2

Revisiting the Moynihan Report on its 50th Anniversary

Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.

Modern Maturity for Charter Schools

Litigation shows they have arrived

The Top Education Next Articles of 2014

Just the facts, please!

Moving Toward a Teaching Profession

A review of The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein

Fixing Detroit’s Broken School System

Improve accountability 
and oversight for district and charter schools

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Jeb Bush Speaks Out

Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor

Common Core in the Classroom

New standards help teachers create effective lesson plans

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, No. 1

Disruptive Innovation in Practice

A review of Michael B. Horn’s and Heather Staker’s “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Getting 
Classroom 
Observations 
Right

Lessons on how from four pioneering districts

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Teachers Unions and the Common Core

Standards inspire collaboration and dissent

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

A New Breed of Journalism

Education coverage is on the rise

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Experimental Study Shows Major Benefits for Students Who Attend Live Theater

Culturally enriching field trips increase knowledge, tolerance, and the ability to read emotions of others

Learning from Live Theater

Students realize gains in knowledge, tolerance, and more

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Methodological Appendix for the Live Theater Experimental Study

Learning from Live Theater Education Next, Winter 2015 Empirical Strategy Because the randomized controlled trial approach has the important feature of generating comparable treatment and control groups, we can use a straightforward set of analytic techniques, designed for use in social experiments, to estimate the impact of a school field trip to see live theater […]

Criticizing Charter Schools for Lacking Diversity and Unions Misses the Point

A review of A Smarter Charter by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter

What Effective Schools Do

Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement

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Teachers Unions and the War Within

Making sense of the conflict

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Diplomas Must Recognize College and Career Readiness

Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Hold Students Accountable and Support Them

Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Different Kids Need Different Credentials

Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Rethinking the 
High School Diploma

Education Next talks with 
Chester E. Finn, Jr., Richard D. Kahlenberg and Sandy Kress

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Does Student Attrition Explain KIPP’s Success?

Evidence on which students leave KIPP middle schools and who replaces them

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Disrupting 
the Education 
Monopoly

A conversation with
 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

The Philadelphia School District’s Ongoing Financial Crisis

Why the district has a money problem

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Collective Panic

Court decision terrifies unions

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Substantial Opportunities for Improving Teacher Evaluations Lie in the Area of Classroom Observations

Researchers recommend adjusting classroom observation scores for student demographics, using observations conducted by trained external observers

The Force Behind Sisulu-Walker

A review of Mary C. Bounds’ “A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led”

WINTER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 1

Effective Schools Help Students Outperform Expectations Based on Cognitive Skills

Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.

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Support for Common Core Slips, But Majority of Public Still In Favor

2014 EdNext poll finds while the public, on average, gives 50% of teachers in their local schools an A or a B grade, 22% are given a D or an F

Inside Successful District-Charter Compacts

Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices

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No Common Opinion on the Common Core

Also teacher grades, school choices, and other findings from the 2014 EdNext poll. Full results also available at education next.org/edfacts

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Cracking the Code of Effective Teaching

A review of Elizabeth Green’s “Building a Better Teacher”

Student Achievement Gains at KIPP Schools Cannot Be Explained by Student Attrition

Study finds students are similar to those in other local schools and most patterns of attrition are no different

Accountability for Students: Exit Exams

An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a new book edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Richard Sousa

Expand Your Reach

New-world role combines coaching teachers and teaching students

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Reporting Opinion, Shaping an Agenda

A review of ‘Teachers Versus the Public,’ by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson and Martin R. West

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Beyond the Factory Model

Oakland teachers learn how to blend

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Standards and Testing in the Obama Administration

An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools

Catholic School Closures and the Decline of Urban Neighborhoods

A review of ‘Lost Classroom, Lost Community’ by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Ending Our Neglect of Gifted Students

It’s a matter of fairness, equal opportunity , and long-term societal well-being.

Addressing Race Disparities in K‒12 School Discipline

Does the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” miss the mark on civil-rights enforcement?

Civil Rights Enforcement Gone Haywire

The federal government’s new school-discipline policy

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Learning in the Digital Age

Better educational apps are coming

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Still Reforming after All These Years

A conversation with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Charters Should Be Expected to Serve All Kinds of Students

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

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School Quality Matters Most, Whether District or Charter

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

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Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

Education Next talks with Robin J. Lake, Gary Miron, and Pedro A. Noguera

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The Key Is Innovation, Not Regulation

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

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Facing the Union Challenge

An excerpt from What Lies Ahead

Script Doctors

A compelling play on the wrong stage?

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Early Teacher Retirement Program Does Not Adversely Affect Student Achievement

Program costly, but in low-income schools small learning gains observed

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Expanding the Options

The United States has expanded school choice in the last few decades, and much of the published world’s research has been carried out in this country.

U.S. Students from Educated Families Fall Short in Math Proficiency on Global Stage

U.S. ranks 27th out of 34 OECD countries overall; 28th among students with at least one college-educated parent

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U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods

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Credit Recovery Hits the Mainstream

Accountability lags for online options

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Eden Grove Academy

This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”

Early Retirement Payoff

Incentive programs for veteran teachers may boost student achievement

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Despite Success in New York City, It’s Time for Charters to Guard Their Flanks

School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Texas Ten Percent Plan Brings More Students to State’s Flagship Universities

But automatic admission causes drop in comparable private and out-of-state colleges

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

The Texas Ten Percent Plan’s Impact on College Enrollment

Students go to public universities instead of private ones

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

No Progress Report

A review of Christina Hoff Sommers’ ‘The War Against Boys’

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Evidence In Education: A Look to the Future

The education research community needs to create a supply of research findings that are of immediate relevance to workaday decision-making

College Prep for All?

Education Next talks with Cynthia G. Brown and Robert Schwartz

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Multiple Pathways Can Better Serve Students

Part of a forum on College Prep for All?

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

All Students Need Common Foundational Skills

Part of a forum on College Prep for All?

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Transforming Via Technology: Competition and Choice

What happens when choice is extended to cyberspace

Teacher of the Year to Union President

Lily Eskelsen García is poised to take over at the NEA

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

The Education Iron Triangle

An excerpt from Teachers Versus the Public

Making the Trade

Offering noncollege options to students

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Can We Get Governance Right?

How to fix public education governance in the United States is not a new question.

California’s Districts of Choice

A handful of entrepreneurial superintendents compete for students

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: St. Patrick of Heatherdowns

This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”

Comparing Public Schools to Private

Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Evidence-based Debates on Teacher Quality

The world of education is moving steadily toward reliance on evidence, even with the possibility for misinterpretation.

Uncommon Success

A conversation with Brett Peiser

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Are the States Implementing Common Core?

Two experts identify implementation challenges and offer different assessments of progress thus far.

Summer 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 3

Navigating the Common Core

Complexities threaten implementation

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

The Common Core Takes Hold

Implementation moves steadily forward

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Bayou Backdown?

Obama administration retreats on vouchers

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

MOOCs for High School

Unlocking opportunities or substandard learning?

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Rewarding and Employing Teachers Based on Their Value-Added

Paying teachers in a manner that is competitive with private sector rewards

The Curriculum Wars Live On: Two Contemporary Flash Points

An excerpt from ‘What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools’

Mayoral Control in the Windy City

Emanuel battles to improve Chicago schools

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Ballots Not Barristers

Arizona case shows limits of litigation

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Supplementing College Tuition Improves Grades of African American Students

Study finds promise of non-merit-based academic college scholarship significantly decreases school-wide suspensions in urban school district.

The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship

College funds boost grades of African American students

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Should Pell Grants Target the College-Ready?

Education Next talks with Isabel Sawhill and Sara Goldrick-Rab

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Target Aid to Students Most Likely to Succeed

The cost of college has been rising at an unsustainable rate. The federal government has tried to soften the impact of these increases on families and students by providing more assistance in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits.

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Conditional Pell Dollars Miss Students Who Need Them Most

If the goal is to increase the cost-effectiveness of the Pell Grant program rather than simply cheapening it, policymakers should refocus their sights on the real problem: we spend a lot on financial aid but spending alone is insufficient to make college truly affordable.

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Moving the Education Needle

A conversation with Scott Hamilton

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Which Student Growth Method Should Policymakers Use to Evaluate Schools?

Measuring student performance correctly helps set the right expectations for students and teachers in both high-poverty and advantaged schools.

Choosing the Right Growth Measure

Methods should compare similar schools and teachers

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

For Education Entrepreneurs, Innovation Yields High Returns

Learning from Larry Berger, Jonathan Harber, and Ron Packard

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Schooling Rebooted

Turning educators into learning engineers

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Common Core and the War on Self-Deception

Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Poll Data Show Information on School District’s National Ranking Boosts Support for School Reform

Public supports Common Core, and when given national ranking of local schools, Americans give those schools lower grades and express greater support for vouchers, charters, and teacher tenure reform

Information Fuels Support for School Reform

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Try Being a Student

An English teacher’s journey into Spanish class

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Charter Schools Survive a Biting ‘Rain of Terror’

Charter schools, once little more than glass miniatures, are proving to be the toughest, most enduring of all education reforms.

Winter 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

Examining High-Stakes Testing

Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Assessments Are Vital for Healthy Schools

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

A Testing Moratorium Is Necessary

Great instruction needs great assessments

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Making Connections

A conversation with Barbara Dreyer

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Historian Ravitch Trades Fact for Fiction

Latest book indifferent to the standards of social science

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Competitive Kids

College admissions game starts early

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Mayoral Election May Threaten Progress in NYC Schools

Will academic success and public support protect charters and small high schools under a de Blasio administration?

More Graduates with High Academic Scores Now Enter Teaching

Average SAT performance of first-year teachers rose between 1993 and 2008

Gains in Teacher Quality

Academic capabilities of the U.S. teaching force are on the rise

WINTER 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

The Impenetrable Classroom

Mark Bauerlein reviews Larry Cuban’s “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice.”

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

A view of KIPP schools in action

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Coming Soon: ‘Car-Key Kids’

What autonomous automobiles will mean for adolescence

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

The San Diego Story

A review of Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education by Richard Lee Colvin

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

The Mayors’ Charter Schools

Innovation facilitates socioeconomic integration and high performance in Rhode Island

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Toddlers and Tablets

Emerging apps take cues from learning science

Winter 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

Will Mayor de Blasio Turn Back the School Reform Clock?

New York City’s charters and small high schools at risk

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Rising Expectations in Brazil and Chile

Reforms lift student performance but middle-class families want more

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Study Finds Louisiana Voucher Program Improves Racial Diversity in Public Schools

Contrary to allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the scholarship program improves racial integration in public schools in 34 districts under desegregation orders

The Louisiana Scholarship Program

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

WINTER 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

Winter 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

Arizona students outperform Shanghai on international exams

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Education Next Reader Survey

Take our reader survey and tell us a little about yourself.

Field Trips to Art Museums Improve Critical Thinking, Promote Historical Empathy, and Increase Tolerance

Though school field trips to culturally enriching institutions are in decline, study finds positive educational effects; students from rural regions and minorities benefit most.

The Educational Value of Field Trips

Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Methodological Appendix for the Crystal Bridges Experimental Study

“The Educational Value of Field Trips” Education Next, Winter 2014 Empirical Strategy Because the randomized controlled trial approach has the important feature of generating comparable treatment and control groups, we can use a straightforward set of analytic techniques, designed for use in social experiments, to estimate the impact of a school tour to an art […]

Supplemental Study: Long-Term Benefits of Field Trips to the Walton Arts Center

Supplemental Study and Methodological Appendix

Mayoral Election Could Open Door to More Charter Schools in Boston

Charter school growth in Boston is at a standstill, even though studies show strong academic results and the schools have popular support

Boston and the Charter School Cap

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

Underachieving in America

Researchers document international gaps, a journalist seeks the cause

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Graduations on the Rise

The 2000s saw boost in U.S. students completing high school

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High School Graduation Rates Increase after 30 Years of Stagnation

Increased K‒8 math skills, decreased teen birth rates, and lower incarceration rates may have lifted completion rates between 2000 and 2010

Expanding College Opportunities

Intervention yields strong returns for low-income high-achievers

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Equity Trumps Excellence

Among news media, competition less important than achievement gap

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

A Majority of Public Supports Common Core, but Opposition is Growing

National survey finds declining support for increased school spending and teacher salaries; thinks schools do not do as well at attending to the needs of the less-talented as those of the more-talented.

The 2013 Education Next Survey

Americans React to Common Core and Other Education Policies

WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1

The Quest for Better Educators

Education Next talks with David Chard and James G. Cibulka

Strengthen State Oversight of Teacher Preparation

Forum: The Quest for Better Educators

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

Training Must Focus on Content and Pedagogy

Forum: The Quest for Better Educators

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School Choice Prompts Positive Reactions, Motivation in Traditional Public Schools

Evidence shows constructive district reactions to presence of charter schools in urban districts

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

New political circumstances, growing popularity

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Lessons in Cyberspace

Teachers adapt what they find to what their students need

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Digital Roundup

States legislatures scramble to boost, or in some cases block, online learning

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

School Administrators Benefit the Most from Teacher Pension Plans

Beginning teachers subsidize handsome payoffs to superintendents, guardians of the public interest

The Promise of Personalized Learning

Blending the human touch with technological firepower

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The School Administrator Payoff from Teacher Pensions

The “stewards” of the system benefit the most

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Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards

Students proficient on state tests but not national

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

Despite Common Core’s Call for Increased State Standards, 26 States Lower Proficiency Bar

Authors Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan find that even though 37 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education as incentive to join the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia and raise their standards in 2009, standards still declined in rigor in 26 states and D.C. between 2009 and 2011.

Cultural Exchange

“The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope” by Claudia Kolker, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer

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Armed With Flexibility and Control, Wisconsin School Districts Reduce Debt

2011 legislation opened opportunities for education reform and debt reduction in Wisconsin’s schools

Limits on Collective Bargaining

Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

The Quest for Rationalization

“The Allure of Order” by Jal Mehta, as reviewed by David Steiner

Fall 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 4

The Courage to Act

“Radical: Fighting to Put Students First,” by Michelle Rhee, as reviewed by Mark Bauerlein

FALL 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 4

More School Dollars!

School finance claims shuffle back to life

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

The School Inspector Calls

Low ratings drive improvements for schools in England

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Teach For America Keeps Forward Momentum After 24 Years

Growth is fueled by a common vision, regional independence, data-driven improvement, and pioneering alumni

What Works Clearinghouse Gives Voucher Study Highest Rating

Study Finds School Vouchers Boost College Enrollment for African Americans by 24%

Pulling the Parent Trigger

Education Next talks with Ben Austin and Michael J. Petrilli

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

The Transformational Potential of Flipped Classrooms

If 2012 was the year of MOOCs (massive open online courses) in higher education, then the flipped classroom was the innovation of the year for K–12 schools.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Learning Optimized

A conversation with Diane Tavenner

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Charter Authorizers Face Challenges

Strong authorizing can create and support high-quality charter schools, and weak authorizing can enable lousy charter schools to open or stay open.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

The 2013 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

The Edu-Scholar Rankings seek to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K–12 and higher education

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Still Teaching for America

Common vision creates forward momentum

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

“Parent Trigger” Laws Spark Debate Over Strategies for School Reform

Laws give parents more leverage for demanding school improvement, but will they result in legal battles or better schools?

Empowered Families Can Transform the System

Forum: Pulling the Parent Trigger

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

There’s a Better Way to Unlock Parent Power

Forum: Pulling the Parent Trigger

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Funding Phantom Students

State leaders too often overlook a common practice that inhibits both efficiency and productivity: funding students who do not actually attend school in funded districts.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

School Funding Practices Keep Dollars in Districts for “Phantom Students”

Protection clauses and hold-harmless provisions discourage districts from adapting to make the best use of funds when enrollments decline

Middle Class Students Trail Peers Abroad

The America Achieves study reveals in an alternate way an international achievement gap that my colleagues and I have been identifying over the past three years.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Teacher Preparation Programs Face More Scrutiny as Common Core Era Begins

New analysis points to the importance of training and transparent assessments of teacher preparation programs as keys to improving quality

21st-Century Teacher Education

Ed schools don’t give teachers the tools they need

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

The Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment

African Americans benefited the most

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Study Finds School Vouchers Boost College Enrollment for African Americans by 24%

First systematic analysis of long-term results for voucher recipients tracks 99% of students in original program.

Trial by Format

Is it ever possible to prove that all pupils have learned in a given hour what the teacher set out to teach?

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Online Teacher Education a “Disruptive Innovation” that Delivers Quality at Lower Cost

Programs open doors to teaching for talented candidates who need alternatives to campus-based model

Disrupting Teacher Education

High costs for brick-and-mortar degrees create opportunities for online programs

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

The Hazards of the Great Example

A review of Tony Wagner’s new book, Creating Innovators

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

To YouTube and Beyond

“The One World School House” by Salman Khan, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Digital Discipline

We aren’t sure if you can say that

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Do We Need a New Education Policy for Hispanics?

Debate focuses on how best to foster academic success for youth in the nation’s fastest growing immigrant group

Emphasize Civic Responsibility and Good Citizenship

Part 1 of Forum: How Can Schools Best Educate Hispanic Students?

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Focus on Higher-Order Literacy Skills

Part 2 of Forum: How Can Schools Best Educate Hispanic Students?

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

College Courses Can Use Technology To Improve Access and Reduce Costs

Experimental study shows students learn as much online as do peers in traditional courses

Action Civics

A review of No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

School district costs for teachers’ health insurance rose at an average annual rate of 4 percent above inflation from 2004 to 2012

Early results from Wisconsin’s Act 10 indicate promise of significant savings

It Can Be Done

A review of Born to Rise, by Deborah Kenny, and Mission Possible, by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

Substitute Teachers are a Large Presence in American Schools

Regular teacher absences are costly to school budgets and student learning

Revelations from the TIMSS

Half or more of student achievement gains on NAEP are an illusion

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

“No Excuses” Charter Schools Confront High Bar of Expectations as Graduates Enter College in Record Numbers

KIPP and others focus on factors critical to raising their students’ college-completion rates

No Substitute for a Teacher

The average child has substitute teachers for more than six months of his school career

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

How Can Schools Best Educate Hispanic Students?

Education Next talks with Nonie Lesaux and Juan Rangel

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Online Learning in Higher Education

Study finds that students enrolled in a large “hybrid” course learned as much as students in a traditional course, at substantial cost savings

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Taking Back Teaching

Educators organize to influence policy and their profession

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

New Generation of Teachers Seeks Greater Role in Education Reform

Changing demographics and ideas fuel challenges to conventional teachers union positions

Combating the ‘Culture of Can’t’

When it comes to reforming American education, school officials have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed.

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

Coach, Collaborator, Learner

A veteran teacher leaves his own classroom to support first-year educators

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

Grammarians in Hoodies

Sloppy English usage may seem like a modern problem, but the laxness that has led to this moment in grammar’s history bears a strong resemblance to the atmosphere in early-18th-century England.

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Education Activist Pursues an Ambitious Agenda

A conversation with Laura Bush

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

The Rising Cost of Teachers’ Health Care

Insurance costs for teachers are 26 percent higher than they are for private-sector professionals

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

Tweet Thine Enemy

How “narrowcast” is the education policy debate?

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Desegregation Redux

Desegregation cases affecting hundreds of districts haven’t been concluded.

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Questioning the Quality of Virtual Schools

NEPC report uses flawed measures

SPRING 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 2

Widely Publicized Critique of Virtual Schools Seriously Flawed

Evidence used in report on K12 Inc. presents misleading information about how much students learn

SPRING 2013/ VOL. 13, NO. 2

School Leaders Matter

Measuring the impact of effective principals

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Can Digital Learning Transform Education?

Education Next talks with Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Michael B. Horn

A Double Dose of Algebra

Intensive math instruction has long-term benefits

WINTER 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Schools and the City

Young professionals are moving to the city and sticking around to raise families. Are urban school districts ready for them?

Solving America’s Math Problem

Tailor instruction to the varying needs of the students

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Belmont and Fishtown Part Ways

A review of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 1

The Elephant in the Classroom

Why is diversity so hard to manage?

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, No. 1

Diverse Charter Schools

Popular, controversial, and a challenge to run successfully

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, No. 1

Setting Students Up for Success

Create the path of least resistance

WINTER 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Increasing Instructional Time for Algebra Boosts Student Performance and Graduation Rates

Taking two periods of Algebra in 9th grade has long-run positive effects on lower-achieving students

WINTER 2013 \ Vol. 13, No. 1

Exam Schools from the Inside

Racially diverse, subject to collective bargaining, fulfilling a need

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Study Quantifies Individual Principals’ Contributions to Student Achievement Growth

A new study has found that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between 0.05 and 0.21 standard deviations.

First, We Need a Brand New K–12 System

Part 1 of a forum on whether digital learning can transform education

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

As Digital Learning Draws New Users, Transformation Will Occur

Part 2 of a forum on whether digital learning can transform education

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Digital Learning Sparks Debate over the Pace of Change Needed in American Schools

The potential for digital learning to boost student achievement seems boundless, but will the long-established organization of schooling embrace or hinder it?

Newark’s Superintendent Rolls Up Her Sleeves and Gets to Work

A conversation with Cami Anderson

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching

Student achievement gains, student surveys, and classroom observations

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

School Choice Marches Forward

2011 a year of new laws and new lawsuits

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

School Choice Expands in Variety and Scope, Despite Tumultuous Legal Landscape

Thirteen states enacted new K-12 school choice programs in 2011 and more than two dozen states are considering similar bills

A River of Data

Making the learning experience more effective

WINTER 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Can Teacher Evaluation Improve Teaching?

Evidence of systematic growth in the effectiveness of midcareer teachers

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Can Carrots Become Sticks?

Court knows coercion when it sees it

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 1

A Takeover Tale

A review of the new movie “Won’t Back Down”

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Primer on Success

A Review of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed

Winter 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 1

New Survey Shows Majority of Independent Voters Favor Charter Schools, feel Unions do 'More Harm than Good'

Overall, public says teacher salaries and tenure should be based heavily on student test performance; public has less confidence in teachers than previously reported

Game Changer

Might it be “social learning”?

Fall 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 4

Is the U.S. Catching Up?

International and state trends in student achievement

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

A New Type of Ed School

Linking candidate success to student success

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

The Compensation Question

Are public school teachers underpaid?

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Culture Clash

Is American education racist?

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Florida Defeats the Skeptics

Test scores show genuine progress in the Sunshine State

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Review of Florida Test Scores Confirms Substantial Gains over Past Decade

After the end of social promotion in 3rd grade, Florida shown to have boosted student performance

Teacher Evaluations Found to Improve Midcareer Effectiveness

When teachers in Cincinnati were evaluated rigorously, student performance on math tests improve

Worms for Dinner

Travel offers cultural enrichment for teachers

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

New Report Identifies 165 Public High Schools That Admit Students Based on Top Academic Records

Schools disproportionately serve Asians and African Americans; Whites and Latinos underrepresented

Public Schools and Money

Strategies for improving productivity in times of austerity

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Public Schools still have more money and employees per pupil than they did in 2000, but are now feeling a financial squeeze

Bold action is needed to protect students without raising costs

Running in Place

Americans are learning more but are not catching up to the rest of the world

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12. NO. 4

Student Achievement Gains in U.S. Fail to Close International Achievement Gap

U.S. ranks 25th out of 49 countries in student test-score gains over 14-year period, report 3 scholars at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich

States and Cities Taking Steps to End the District Monopoly on Public School Facilities

Movement growth prompts districts to accommodate charter needs – but bigger structural changes are needed

Grading the President

With Race to the Top, Obama earns a B+ in ed reform

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Not All Teachers Are Made of Ticky-Tacky, Teaching Just the Same

The true import of the Chetty study

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Teaching the Teachers

Achievement Network offers support for data-driven instruction

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

School Start Times Found to Affect Student Achievement

North Carolina study suggests a one-hour later start time in middle school would reduce achievement gaps

Researchers Report Findings Showing Lasting Impacts of Effective Teachers

Teachers who raise test scores have long-term effects on students’ college enrollment and earnings as adults

Fight Club

Are advocacy organizations changing the politics of education?

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Great Teaching

Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Advice for Education Reformers: Be Bold!

A conversation with Jeb Bush

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Whose School Buildings Are They, Anyway?

Making public school facilities available to charters

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Title IX at Trial

If you schedule it, will they come?

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Door Still Closed

Alabama plaintiffs lose federal school finance challenge

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

When Education Reform Gets Personal

Confessions of a policy-wonk father

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Do Schools Begin Too Early?

The effect of start times on student achievement

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Best Practices Are the Worst

Picking the anecdotes you want to believe: A book review of Marc Tucker’s “Surpassing Shanghai”

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Low Family Income Not a Major Reason For Poor Student Achievement

Although income and achievement are correlated, the Broader, Bolder Approach to school reform errs in ignoring other, more important factors

Policy Obstacles Stall, But Do Not Stop, Progress of Charter Schools in South Carolina

Lessons from past 15 years show difficult political and financial path charter schools face

Special Choices

Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Milwaukee School Voucher Program has more Students with Disabilities than Previously Reported

Study shows that 7 to 14 percent of voucher students have disabilities, as compared to 2 percent estimate by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Students who attend middle schools at risk of dropping out of high school

As compared to students in K-8 elementary schools, middle school students also score lower on achievement tests. Losses amount to as much as 3.5 to 7 months of learning

Moynihan Redux

Sadly, still more single-parent families. A review of Mitch Pearlstein’s “Shortchanging Student Achievement: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation”

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Michigan’s Chartering Strategy

Choice and competition are good for authorizers, too

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

The Common Core Math Standards

Are they a step forward or backward?

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

The Battle Over Common Core Math Standards: Will A Larger Federal Role Help or Hinder Curriculum Improvement?

Standards raise the bar in many, but not all, states, and still do not reach the highest international level

Neither Broad Nor Bold

A narrow-minded approach to school reform

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

The Newsroom’s View of Education Reform

Surprise! The press paints a distorted picture

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Hyper Hype

Will digital learning be killed by kindness?

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

The Middle School Plunge

Achievement tumbles when young students change schools

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Edunomics

For better teachers, change the incentives

Spring 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 2

More Facts, Fewer Hopes

Evidence fails to sway in testing policies

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Great Teachers in the Classroom?

It depends on raising the competence of a workforce of millions

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Obama’s Education Record

Does the reality match the rhetoric?

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Does School Choice Reduce Crime?

Evidence from North Carolina

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

School Choice Program Found to Reduce Crime and its Related Social Cost Among High-Risk Youth

High-risk middle- and high-school students who transfer to their preferred school are less likely to be arrested and spend less time incarcerated, pointing to impact of school choice

Experts Envision New Federal Role Advancing Equity and Choice in Education

NCLB reauthorization offers possibility for federal redirection, if it focuses on providing parents more accurate information and greater choice rather than requiring top-down compliance

Cheating the Charters

Political and financial lessons from South Carolina

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Putting the Schools in Charge

An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Can Khan Move the Bell Curve to the Right?

Math instruction goes viral

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Mickey Mouse Strikes Back

Voucher wars heat up in Colorado

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Top 20 Blog Entries of 2011!

A rundown of the top posts on the Education Next blog in 2011

Let the Dollars Follow the Child

How the federal government can achieve equity

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Taking on New Jersey

A conversation with Chris Cerf

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

For Digital Learning, the Devil’s in the Details

State planning is key to progress

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Top Education Next Articles of 2011!

A rundown of the most read Education Next articles of the past year

The Accountability Plateau

In Texas and across the nation, high-stakes testing regimes produced real gains for a few years, then flat-lined

December 15, 2011

Obama’s NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?

Education Next talks with Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Budget Buster

Teachers sue to protect pensions

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Unions and the Public Interest

Is collective bargaining for teachers good for students?

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Grinding the Antitesting Ax

More bias than evidence behind NRC panel’s conclusions

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Achievement Gains under No Child Left Behind Test-Based Accountability Projected To Yield Large, Long-Term Economic Returns

Fact-checking analysis of recent National Research Council report shows that seemingly modest gains are significant

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Green Dot Takeover

The Locke school story leaves questions unanswered

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Obama Administration’s Conditional Waivers from No Child Left Behind Provisions Spark New Legal, Policy, and Constitutional Debate

Are waivers that require states to accept “principles” necessary or do they constitute rewriting law?

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Academic Value of Non-Academics

The case for keeping extracurriculars

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

“Hedge-Fund Guy” Emails Support to School Reformers

A conversation with Whitney Tilson

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

When the Best is Mediocre

Developed countries far outperform our most affluent suburbs

View the Global Report Card
View the Methodological Appendix

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

A Different Role for Teachers Unions

Cooperation brings high scores in Canada and Finland

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

The International Experience

What U.S. schools can and cannot learn from other countries

Photos: Additional images from the Education Next-PEPG Conference

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Seeing the Forest Instead of the Trees

Nuance needed when studying teachers unions

Winter 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Practical Research for Teachers is in Short Supply

Need for Research on Effective Choices That Work in the Classroom

Studying Teacher Moves

A practitioner’s take on what is blocking the research teachers need

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Advocacy Groups Empower Parents to Act as Catalysts for School Reform

A growing number of nonprofit organizations bypass PTAs to force change in public education

NOT Your Mother’s PTA

Advocacy groups raise money, voices, hopes

Photos: Additional images of school advocacy groups

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

Study Finds Gifted and Talented Programs in Middle-Schools Have Little Impact on Math and Reading Achievement

However, science scores improve from attending a gifted and talented magnet program

Poor Results for High Achievers

New evidence on the impact of gifted and talented programs

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

Shortchanging Extracurriculars Might be Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish

Student involvement in sports, arts, and civic activities linked to higher academic achievement and persistence

The Flipped Classroom

Online instruction at home frees class time for learning

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

Study Shows That Wealthy Suburban School Districts Are Only Mediocre by International Standards

Sixty-eight percent of all U.S. districts have average math achievement below the 50th percentile when compared to achievement in 25 developed nations

Low Expectations

An insider’s view of ed schools

Winter 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 1

The New Superintendent of Schools for New Orleans

A conversation with John White

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Trouble in Kansas

Parents in a wealthy district sue to pay more taxes

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Florida Reformers Got It Right

Hybrid schoolers reap the benefits

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

U.S. Proficiency in Math and Reading Lags Behind That of Most Industrialized Nations, Endangering Long Term Economic Growth

Harvard Study shows large variation in each state’s international standing in math and reading achievement

Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?

 
The latest on each state’s international standing

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Fixing Teacher Pensions

Is it enough to adjust existing plans?

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Behind the Headline: States Fail to Raise Bar in Reading, Math Tests

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 […]

Performance Learning Centers Give At-Risk Students New Chances to Succeed

Combining online learning and teacher coaching, PLCs enable students to learn at their own pace and earn their diplomas

Getting At-Risk Teens to Graduation

Blended learning offers a second chance

Photos: Additional images of Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Hampton and Richmond, Virginia.

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Public and Teachers Increasingly Divided on Key Education Issues

National Survey shows increased support for vouchers, but public’s views on merit pay, charters, and other policies have not changed, though teacher opposition to reforms intensifies

The Public Weighs In on School Reform

Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

The 2011 Education Next-PEPG Survey

Complete Results

The 2012 Republican Candidates (So Far)

What they’ve said and done on education in the past, and what they might do about our public schools if elected

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Republican Governors Running on Strong Education Records as Candidates for President

Romney and Pawlenty earn high marks for student achievement, Perry can spotlight Hispanic performance

Chicago Study Shows Principals Focus on Retaining Highly Effective Teachers in Dismissal Decisions – if Policies Permit

Reform improves student achievement by providing principals with the tools to manage the quality of personnel in their classrooms

Principled Principals

New evidence from Chicago shows they fire the least effective teachers

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Behind the Headline: Charter School Forges Ahead with Expansion

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 […]

Success is in the Details at High-Performing Charter Management Organizations

A “no excuses” approach to teaching and learning and tight management make the difference

Unlocking the Secrets of High-Performing Charters

Tight management and “no excuses”

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Behind the Headline: Don’t Ditch Testing After Atlanta Cheating, Boost Test Security

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 […]

Managing the Teacher Workforce

The consequences of “last in, first out” personnel policies

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Seniority Rules Lead Districts to Increase Teacher Layoffs and Undermine Teaching Quality

“Last in, first out” reduction-in-force policies give greater weight to teacher longevity than effectiveness

All A-Twitter about Education

Improving our schools in 140 characters or less

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Cautionary Tale

Review of Schoolhouse of Cards by Eugene Hickok and Collision Course by Paul Manna

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Behind the Headline: D.C. School Ratings Up Among System Parents, But Doubts Remain

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 […]

Mismatch

Review of The Bee Eater by Richard Whitmire

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Behind the Headline: The German Example

On Top of the News The German Example The New York Times | 06/08/11 Behind the Headline Teaching Math to the Talented Education Next | Winter 2011 On the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House, the New York Times’ David Leonhardt writes about what Germany is getting right these days, […]

Behind the Headline – World-beating: A weird school measure

On Top of the News World-beating: A weird school measure Class Struggle (blog) | 06/07/11 Behind the Headline The NRC Judges Test-Based Accountability Education Next (blog) | 06/03/11 Jay Mathews critiques the new NRC report on test-based accountability, arguing that the NRC has an unreasonable standard for evaluating the reform strategy. Jay’s column quotes Rick […]

Behind the Headline: Pa. girl wins Bee with ‘cymotrichous’

On Top of the News Pa. girl wins Bee with ‘cymotrichous’ USA Today | 06/03/11 Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Education Next | Summer 2010 The 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee has a winner! June Kronholz wrote about spelling bees and other academic competitions in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next. Also […]

Behind the Headline: GOP questions federal rules on healthier eating

On Top of the News GOP questions federal rules on healthier eating U.S. News & World Report | 05/31/11 Behind the Headline The School Lunch Lobby Education Next | Summer 2005 Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama administration over new rules that would require healthier school lunches. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared […]

Virtual Schoolteacher

Online education works for teachers and students

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Teachers Swap Recipes

Educators use web sites and social networks to share lesson plans

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Diagnosing Education Reform

Review of The Same Thing Over and Over by Frederick M. Hess

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Whatever Happened to Integration?

Review of Five Miles Away, A World Apart by James E. Ryan

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Sage on the Stage

Is lecturing really all that bad?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Future Schools

Blending face-to-face and online learning

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Creating a Corps of Change Agents

What explains the success of Teach For America?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Through Dual Enrollment, High School Students Get an Early Start on College and Careers

Students have the chance to accelerate and gain workforce skills, but roadblocks to dual enrollment remain

High Schoolers in College

Dual enrollment programs offer something for everyone

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Thou Shalt Not Say Jesus

Do elementary school students have free-speech rights?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Are We Lifting All Boats or Only Some?

Equity versus excellence and the talented tenth

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Study Finds Rigorous Classroom Observations Can Identify Effective Teachers

Cincinnati’s teacher evaluation system pinpoints link between teaching practices and student achievement

Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness

Can classroom observations identify practices that raise achievement?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Harvard Study Shows that Lecture-Style Presentations Lead to Higher Student Achievement

Widely-used problem-solving pedagogy as implemented in practice is not as effective for raising achievement levels

Eighth-Grade Students Learn More Through Direct Instruction

Students learned 3.6 percent of a standard deviation more if the teacher spent 10 percent more time on direct instruction. That’s one to two months of extra learning during the course of the year.

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Valuing Teachers

How much is a good teacher worth?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Assessing New York’s Commissioner of Education

With Steiner’s sudden resignation, will the state continue its Race to the Top?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Assessing David Steiner’s Short Reign as New York State’s Education Commissioner

The state won the Race to the Top but his resignation leaves doubts that there will be any will to fulfill its promises

Behind the Headline: Holes in the case against Michelle Rhee

On Top of the News Holes in the case against Michelle Rhee The Washington Times | 04/11/11 Behind the Headline The Case Against Michelle Rhee Education Next | Summer 2011 In the Washington Times, Paul Peterson scrutinizes two recent studies of student achievement in the District of Columbia, and concludes that “the case against Michelle […]

Michelle Rhee’s DC Record Survives Scrutiny

The case against Rhee evaporates in fact-checking analysis of two critiques of her record

The Case Against Michelle Rhee

How persuasive is it?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

Higher Teacher Quality Would Catapult U.S. Toward Economic Growth

Analysis examines direct link between teacher effectiveness and lifetime earnings

Behind the Headline: House passes Boehner’s school vouchers bill

On Top of the News House passes Boehner’s school vouchers bill USA Today | 03/30/11 Behind the Headline Lost Opportunities Education Next | Fall 2009 On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would revive the school voucher program for students in Washington, D.C. Patrick Wolf, the principal investigator of the evaluation of the D.C. […]

Behind the Headline: L.A. elementary schools to switch reading programs

The Los Angeles school board has dumped Open Court, a reading program for elementary school students which provided scripted, phonics-intensive lessons. Many teachers hated the program, the L.A. Times reports. In the Winter 2007 issue of Ed Next, Diane Ravitch traced the history of the Open Court readers.

Behind the Headline: Virginia Gov. Robert Mc­Don­nell vetoes P.E. bill

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell vetoed a bill that would have required elementary and middle school students to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical education each week. A study that was published in Ed Next in 2006 found that mandating more time in PE classes does not always result in more exercise for kids.

Schools of the Future Taking Shape through Blended Learning Innovations

Charter models that integrate teacher-directed and digital learning are on the leading edge of school reform

EdNext Book Club

In-depth interviews by Mike Petrilli with authors of new and classic books about education.

Behind the Headline: Detroit Plan Makes Big Charter School Bet

In a bid to prevent massive school closings, Detroit will consider converting nearly a third of its district-run schools into charter schools. In an article that appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Ed Next, Andy Smarick urged charter school advocates to embrace a strategy of large-scale replacement of failing district schools with charter schools.

Behind the Headline: Cuts to Head Start Show Challenge of Fiscal Restraint

Republicans are pushing to cut the budget for Head Start by $2 billion. The program is popular, but studies have raised questions about its effectiveness. The current budget for the program is $7.2 billion. An article by Ron Haskins that appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of Ed Next looked at earlier efforts to reform Head Start.

Behind the Headline: Gates Says Benefits Costs Hit Schools

Bill Gates will outline how flawed pension accounting hampers the ability of states to pay for education, and will call for states to rethink their pension systems, in a talk to be presented at the TED conference tomorrow. Gates has created a website that shows the funding status for pension obligations and retiree health-care benefits for each state. In the Spring 2009 issue of Ed Next, Mike Podgursky and Bob Costrell wrote about the high cost of teacher pensions.

Spring 2011 Correspondence

Readers Respond

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Cell Phones Are Ringing

Will educators answer?

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Catholic Ethos, Public Education

How the Christian Brothers came to start two charter schools in Chicago

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

In the United States, Merit Pay Plans for Teachers are Few and Far Between

Even when implemented, the plans are more likely to be symbolic than substantive

Blocked, Diluted, and Co-opted

Interest groups wage war against merit pay

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Post-Katrina Reforms Produce Achievement Gains and Conflict in New Orleans Schools

New school models and governing arrangements at pivotal point as New Orleans looks ahead

New Schools in New Orleans

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Tools for Teachers

Review of Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Teach for America Alumni Overrepresented in Entrepreneurial Ventures

Leaders of education organizations often have TFA experience

Countries with Merit Pay Score Highest on International Tests

Significantly better student achievement seen in countries that make use of teacher performance pay

Merit Pay International

Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Behind the Headline: Full-Time E-Learning Not Seen as Viable Option for Many

In Ed Week, Michelle Davis describes what the school day is like for parents whose children attend virtual school full-time. (Hint: it’s a lot of work!) In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.

The Ninth Circuit v. Reality

Highly qualified teachers don’t grow on trees

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Does Whole-School Performance Pay Improve Student Learning?

Evidence from the New York City schools

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Study provides evidence that the New York City bonus program did not lead to marked gains in student achievement

New York City’s decision to scrap school-wide bonus pay echoes study findings that school-wide performance pay hampers the incentives for individual teachers to improve performance

Taking Stock of a Decade of Reform

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?

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

A Battle Begun, Not Won

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see Pyrrhic Victories? by Frederick M. Hess, Michael J. Petrilli, […]

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Pyrrhic Victories?

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see A Battle Begun, Not Won by Paul E. Peterson, […]

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Happy 10th Anniversary, Education Next!

Over the decade, we have witnessed—perhaps contributed to—the advance of school reform.

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Behind the Headline: Whittle Starts A City School

Edison Schools co-founder Chris Whittle has announced that he will open a for-profit, elite private school in New York City in September 2012. A study by Matt Chingos and Paul Peterson that was published in Ed Next in 2009 looked at what happened when for-profit firms, including Edison Schools, were given control of some public schools in Philadelphia.

Lessons for Online Learning

Charter schools’ successes and mistakes have a lot to teach virtual educators

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Behind the Headline: GWU launches online prep school

In partnership with K12.com, George Washington University has launched a high school that will operate entirely online. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Bill Tucker wrote about Florida Virtual School, which offers supplemental courses to students attending brick-and-mortar schools but also allows students to enroll in an online school full-time.

Behind the Headline: Can Rhee’s reforms work without Rhee’s toughness?

In the Washington Post this weekend, Richard Whitmire worries that the race to embrace a style of school reform he calls “Michelle Light” — the kinds of teacher quality reforms identified with Michelle Rhee, but pursued in a gentle, cooperative way–may not be able to accomplish much. Rhee was profiled by June Kronholz in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.

The Truly Talented Soar in Public School Targeting Their Needs

Students with exceptional intellectual ability are well served in an innovative Nevada public school

Challenging the Gifted

Nuclear chemistry and Sartre draw the best and brightest to Reno