Comment Deadline Nears For Proposed DeVos Policy
Online programs offer low-cost courses for college credit
An autocrat declares war on high-performing American schools
Gülen-linked schools suspected of funding global political movement
Using video storytelling to motivate learning
George H. W. Bush led by enabling, not mandating, state and local reform
A review of Roxanna Elden’s Adequate Yearly Progress
The most popular articles based on readership
New non-degree programs skip the general education requirements
But what did they say about education?
Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment
Being offered federal loans increases academic and long-term success for community college attendees
A veteran teacher reflects on the Oklahoma strike
Driving on-grade-level learning, promoting rigorous problem-solving, and more
Will unions shift their focus to the statehouse?
Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts
Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts
Trump overturns Obama guidance on race in public schools
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
Using value-added to assess effects on student behavior
A second chance to innovate, amid tough market conditions
Lessons from the Gates Foundation’s Effective Teaching Strategy
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.
Why it improves learning, and how parents can help
Especially for disadvantaged students, homework is a tool for long-term success
Educational content comes to YouTube
Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?
Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?
Amid soaring obligations, expert offers recommendations for states to reduce financial burden
A response to “Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?”
A response to “The Better Question”
Strengthening college readiness at the California State Universities
An Excerpt from Julia Freeland Fisher’s book “Who You Know”
Tens of thousands of teachers in six states walked out of their schools, attracting media attention across the country.
Plus, charter schools and vouchers gain favor
Results from the 2018 EdNextPoll
Court victory for charter schools in Louisiana
Students in the sample weren’t even participating in school-voucher programs
How can Congress spur innovation while clamping down on fraud?
Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect.
Lawmakers charged with writing a new Higher Education Act (HEA) face a dilemma.
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.
A review of “The Transformation of Title IX” by R. Shep Melnick
Can Personalized Training Become Standard Practice?
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
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
Weighing its effects on students with disabilities, their peers, and teachers
Long-term enrollment trends by family income
As the number of Catholic schools drops, fewer middle-income families enroll
A review of “How Schools Work” by Arne Duncan
Financial pressures and declining enrollment may lead to more closures
Predicted drop in number of high school graduates forecasts mounting trouble for small schools
Reflections on the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, from the plaintiff in a similar case
Despite efforts, diversity stalls at an elite public high school
Decades of failed admission and outreach procedures offer unexpected insight
Should Auditors Set the Terms of Debate on Federal Education Policy?
By design, OIG prioritizes financial propriety above all else when examining complex issues
An EdNext guide to how it works, who’s responsible for it, and more
What if end-users in the classroom made purchasing decisions?
A new era of teachers union activism
Local funds promote innovation—but for how long?
An analysis of 2017 state proficiency standards
But rising expectations for performance fail to translate into learning gains
How extrinsic motivation gets kids to work harder and learn more
Can value-added make useful distinctions?
New analysis finds program rankings based on graduates’ value-added scores are largely random
A new analysis using the latest NAEP data
As States Cut Back, Where Has the Money Gone?
New analysis points to its displacement by soaring spending on public-welfare, particularly Medicaid
How the mom-and-pops can help the sector diversify and grow
As independent charter schools struggle to grow, expert calls for return to roots
Assessing the administration’s early impact on education
Forum: Trump and the Nation’s Schools
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 […]
Have the President’s policies helped or harmed U.S. students?
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.
A new proposal for reforming teacher education
“Prepare teachers to be teachers, not scientists”
Can Georgia Tech’s virtual master’s increase access to education?
Georgia Tech’s online version of elite master’s degree in computer science fills gap in higher ed market
Should the Trump administration retain, revise, or rescind?
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.
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.
High court hears oral argument in Janus v. AFSCME
Will Hanna Skandera’s legacy last?
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
Scholars review the research on statewide programs
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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.
A review of The Art of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz and Be the Parent, Please by Naomi Schaefer Riley
Should schools act as community hall monitors?
Charter innovation in teacher retirement benefits
New retirement options offer teachers portability and shorter vesting periods
The next technology that could disrupt the classroom
A review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!” by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers
Lessons from the Bay Area
A review of “The Case against Education,” by Bryan Caplan
Lessons from California can inform expansion efforts nationwide
Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states
The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City
Positive effects found on test scores, grade completion, and more, increasing with proximity
Charters in Colorado and Florida win share of local tax dollars
States’ differing experiences can inform similar efforts nationwide
A review of Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making by Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift
How school buildings affect teacher collaboration
Thoughtful classroom assignment can contribute to teacher development strategy
A review of Public vs. Private by Robert N. Gross
An excerpt from Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning SnapChat
An excerpt from Eric L. Motley’s memoir Madison Park: A Place of Hope
Every December, Education Next releases a list of the most popular articles we published over the course of the year based on readership.
Michelle Rhee talks with Lenora Chu about her new book, Little Soldiers
A review of “The Testing Charade” by Daniel Koretz
How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed
Having more educational options creates incentive for families to seek out data
How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide
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).
A review of Reinventing America’s Schools by David Osborne
How racial bias hinders student attainment
U.S. teachers on average have lower expectations for black students than for white students
New Mexico’s former state chief talks ed reform
A review of Commitment and Common Sense by David P. Driscoll
Debating the wisest use of technology in the classroom
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.
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.
Two educators consider the wisest use of technology in the classroom
A review of “The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir”
Can machine learning unlock the keys to great teaching?
A review of “Addicted to Reform” by John Merrow
A storied guarantee looks to accountability 2.0
But Blaine Amendments stand, for now
An excerpt from Pathways to Reform: Credits and Conflict at the City University of New York
Ten tips for school districts from an industry insider
The need for deliberation, not demagoguery, in the Age of Trump
Current “heavy-handed” rules threaten freedom of speech, due process
How classroom computer use affects student learning
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 […]
Public thinking on school choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more
What does the public think about school choice, Common Core, and other key issues?
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
An entrepreneur discovers his calling in education
High-stakes teacher evaluations drive student success in Washington, D.C
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 […]
Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state
How can community colleges better serve underprepared students?
A review of “Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom
An inside look at learning and assessment at Western Governors University
A review of “The Vanishing American Adult” by Ben Sasse
Debating Antonin Scalia’s record on race and education
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.
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.
Revisiting the meaning of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision through the lens of Justice Scalia’s rulings
An excerpt from The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads
Clashing rules and uncertain benefits for federal student-loan subsidies
A review of “Dream Hoarders” by Richard V. Reeves
Experts offer alternative plan as the Trump administration looks to cut loan forgiveness programs
Summit charter network shares its model nationwide
A review of “Learn Better,” by Ulrich Boser
Florida courts uphold tax credits
Can a buzzword deliver on its promise?
State plans create more losers than winners, and many get nothing at all
Only 20% of teachers ever receive full benefits, while more than half receive nothing
A review of “Language at the Speed of Sight” by Mark Seidenberg
Assessing instructor effectiveness in higher education
Effective teachers boost grades and test scores, in both their own and subsequent courses
Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice
An excerpt from the memoir This African-American Life
Does high-school recruiting help more students graduate?
Recognition program facilitates targeted higher-ed recruitment, improves outcomes
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.
An excerpt from Letters to a Young Education Reformer
Supreme Court raises level of benefit
A review of “Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education” by Jonathan A. Knee
Redshirting may do more harm than good
Educator and researcher agree that it’s generally not worth it to delay kindergarten start time
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.
A review of “The Case for Connection” by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson
How students are learning U.S. history from the hottest show on Broadway
Three experts weigh in, and look to the future
Try to think of an education policy that 1) has been shown, in dozens of studies across multiple decades, to positively affect student outcomes; 2) has the overwhelming support of parents and voters; 3) reinforces many other policies and facilitates quality research; and 4) has been used widely at the district, state, and national levels for decades or more.
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.
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?
A teacher-parent-wonk shops for a school
Innovative design supports blended learning
Debating the wisdom of this idea, and what it might look like in reality
Forum: The Trump administration’s $20 billion school choice plan
Forum: The Trump administration’s $20 billion school choice plan
For Eureka Math, open-source leads to a revenue stream
A Common-Sense Approach to Education Issues
Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick reviews the nominee’s major cases
Can micro-credentials reboot professional development?
Is there a federal constitutional right to education?
Rodriguez will one day be considered as erroneous as the court’s approval of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson.
As a matter of constitutional law, Rodriguez was correctly decided.
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 […]
Unions challenge constitutionality of reforms
An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”
Rethinking education research under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Small-scale studies are the only path to sustained improvement, says expert
A review of The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
Remembering David Tyack, who showed contemporary education reformers a nuanced view of American schooling’s past
College students mainstreamed into statistics are more likely to succeed
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.
Is the college loan crisis reality or myth?
Learning to think in a new way
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.
A new philanthropy’s competition to reinvent high school
Match Beyond helps low-income students succeed
Can micro-schools break out of an elite niche?
What the Obama administration’s signature reform got wrong
Four lessons offer guidance for next administration
A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright
A long record refutes the radical image of the education secretary
Critical books offer more folly than wisdom
Here are the most popular articles we published over the course of the last year.
This year’s runaway hit was How We Make Teaching Too Hard for Mere Mortals by Robert Pondiscio.
EdNext poll compares charter, district, and private schools nationwide
New evidence from a U.S. Department of Education survey
Two National Surveys find Charter-School Parents More Satisfied than Those with Children in District-Operated Schools
Private school parents most satisfied of all
Plaintiffs seek to overturn Rodriguez
Evidence from two national surveys comparing charter, district, and private schools
Despite obstacles, innovative new programs expand access
John Chubb’s pioneering work in education policy
Are students suspended less often when they have a teacher of the same race?
Is the federal government overstepping its role?
Using computers — and creativity — to customize instruction
Bengt Holmstrom’s work shows that no incentives are often preferable to poorly-designed incentives.
Does attending a “no excuses” charter high school help students succeed in college?
Controversial educational approach leads to postsecondary success for Chicago students
An Education Next Forum
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
Forum: Education Reform’s Race Debate
After adjusting for pensions and other benefits, teacher compensation is neither low nor falling
Assessing the alternatives to suspensions and expulsions
Thin evidence on causes of and alternatives to suspensions, expulsions
Education Next talks with Jeb Bush, Heather Hough, and Michael Kirst
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.
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.
A review of “Coming of Age in the Other America,” by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin
Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?
A review of “The End of Average” by Todd Rose
Mayor de Blasio’s efforts remain a work in progress
It’s how you use it that counts
An excerpt from The Founders by Richard Whitmire
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 […]
Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular
An interactive graphic displaying results from this year’s survey.
An interactive look at the EdNext poll through the past decade
Common Core and vouchers lose ground; growing opposition to tenure; charter schools and testing retain support
Lessons from Cleveland
Lessons learned from six big-city school systems
Focus your philanthropy on innovation outside the system
Did students do better after their high schools were closed?
Students enrolled in higher performing high schools, more likely to earn Regents diploma
To protect reform, Chris Cerf builds collaborative relationships
Superintendent Cerf fosters bipartisan support to improve student achievement
Supreme Court favors race-based policies
A different approach to starting a school
Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia
Thirty-eight states have left either PARCC, Smarter Balanced, or both since 2010
A forum by Tom Vander Ark and Greg Richmond
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.
Nearly every study of virtual school performance has found their performance to be lacking.
A review of “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
Conflict escalates as charter schools thrive
Union victory on tenure may be short-lived
Education Next talks with Scott Levy and Jonah Edelman
Forum: Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement
Forum: Making Sense of the Opt-Out Movement
Although less likely to be economically disadvantaged, opt-out students tended to be lower-achieving than test takers in New York State last year
A shift in authority to school leaders falls short
Student performance low, principal attrition high in Charm City
Student achievement places Icahn among NYC’s top performing charter networks
Content-rich curriculum drives achievement at Icahn Charter School
Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?
A review of “The Battle for Room 314” and “The Secret Lives of Teachers”
A review of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth and “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why” by Paul Tough
This is the last issue of Education Next for which I will serve as editor-in-chief.
Massachusetts compares the validity of two standardized tests
In math, PARCC’s college-ready cutoff score is set at a higher level than the MCAS proficiency cutoff
Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope
School choice and competition remain the best hope for improving schools
An excerpt by Stacey Childress from Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Hess and McShane, eds.
Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further
Education Next talks with Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith
Should Reformers Support 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.
Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?
States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains
Fifty-state effort could increase GDP by $76 trillion over next 80 years
Supreme Court lets agency fees stand
Elected school board employs portfolio strategy to lift achievement
Principals and schools use autonomy to drive results
The EdNext Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher and here every Wednesday.
Innovative teaching strategies rev up learning
New approaches to instruction and governance may revitalize the sector
An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker
School-family partnerships foster student success
An excerpt of “Reading Reconsidered” by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs and Erica Woolway
A review of “The 160-Character Solution,” by Benjamin L. Castleman
The case for video time during class
A review of “The Importance of Being Little,” by Erika Christakis
How we can put education research to work
James Coleman generously shared his knowledge and expertise
Can schools narrow the gap?
Gaining clarity on the report’s flaws will improve future research
Urban minority students enrolled in district school alternatives more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college
Expanding opportunity for urban minority students
Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings
Teachers fight to end forced union contributions
Forty-five states raise the student proficiency bar
Commitments to Common Core generate record gains in state standards, no states receive failing grade
Racial composition of schools and student learning
Segregation still in decline despite decreasing black exposure to white students
An Education Next Event
Building on Coleman’s early theories, new academic competitions motivate students to achieve
Coleman’s early theories on competition increase student engagement
A review of “The Split Screen Strategy,” by Ted Kolderie
Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools
Greatest gains in South which has caught up with the rest of the country
Hero and villain of school policy research
“Equality of Educational Opportunity” on its 50th Anniversary
Advice from Nina Rees, Greg Richmond, Aimee Rogstad Guidera, and Mike Magee
Advice from Charles Barone, Bill Jackson, Dane Linn, and Linda Darling-Hammond
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.
Which topics were most popular with Education Next readers in 2015?
A review of “Failing Our Brightest Kids” by Chester E. Finn Jr. and Brandon L. Wright
A review of “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” by Dale Russakoff
Washington Supreme Court strikes down charter schools
How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life
“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program
New study offers first evidence of the long-term effects of duty-to-bargain laws
Accountability, Common Core, and the college-for-all movement are transforming instruction
Rising standards and accountability initiatives have spotlighted weak ELL programs
Education crisis or poverty crisis?
U.S. students from both affluent and low-income homes underperform their peers in other countries
Texas system had mixed effects on college graduation rates and future earnings
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.
Catching up to our global peers will require changing education policy and culture
Education Next talks with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew Kelly
Forum: Should Community College Be Free?
Forum: Should Community College Be Free?
School networks AltSchool and Summit are betting on a breakthrough
A review of Presidents, Congress and The Public Schools, by Jack Jennings
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape
A review of “Strugglers into Strivers: What the Military Can Teach Us about How Young People Learn and Grow” by Hugh B. Price
Let’s not define students by their test scores
Is one-third computer time about right?
State restrictions on voucher programs rest on shaky foundation
A review of Knowledge Capital of Nations by Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann
Education mandate will create paperwork, not improve minority education
Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality
A review of The Game Believes in You, by Greg Toppo
Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more
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
Through Course Access, students choose from a range of providers
Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement
Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice
School characteristics vary widely
Families have many options as 93 percent of public school students attend charter schools
Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies
Students with disabilities more likely to remain in charters than in district schools
Win or lose, states enacted education reforms
Education Next talks with Joanne Weiss and Frederick M. Hess
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.
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.
Winners enact new initiatives, strengthen standards and expand charters
Participating in international testing motivates both educators and students
International comparison drives efforts to improve
Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning
An excerpt from Greg Toppo’s The Game Believes in You
Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students
A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris
A review of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam
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
Does school spending matter after all?
What are the general lessons to be learned from the many case studies of successful chartering?
Breaking up large high schools improved graduation rates
A review of “The School Choice Journey” by Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf
Excerpts from No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform
Benjamin Riley and Alex Hernandez square off
Progressive education techniques and innovative teacher training help the charters outperform NYC public schools
Charter network focuses on what is being taught, and how
And how scholars might use it as a research tool
A review of A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim
An excerpt from Joel Klein’s Lessons of Hope
Commitments to Common Core may be driving the proficiency bar upward
A political game changer for public school choice?
Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students
States try managing lowest-performing schools
Finding and training civic-minded leaders
Innovate with charters, expand career and technical education
But individual absences caused by weather when schools don’t close have negative effects on achievement
Students who stay home when school is in session are a much larger problem
Don’t try to quantify its worth
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
Excerpts from The Cage-Busting Teacher
Education Next talks with Scott Pearson, John H. “Skip” McKoy, and Neerav Kingsland
Across the country, children in urban districts are being denied rich, rigorous educational opportunities.
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.
Young people raised in one-parent homes complete fewer years of schooling and are less likely to receive a B. A. degree
What happens to children of unmarried mothers
Education attainment gap widens
Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance
Successful high-dosage tutoring model spreads to other schools
Prepare young people for rewarding careers
Better planning benefits new parents and their children
School culture supports students and their families
Social and economic barriers persist
A review of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” by Jason L. Riley
With Martha Derthick’s passing on January 12, 2015, America lost one of its preeminent scholars of American politics.
State lifts barriers to innovation, allowing districts and charters to personalize learning
To flourish, our nation must face some hard truths
A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson
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
Family structure matters more for U.S. students
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
Social policies have influenced the rate of growth in single-parent families
A review of “The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education” by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris
An event will take place on March 5 in Washington, D.C.
A review of No Struggle, No Progress by Howard Fuller
New evidence from a teacher evaluation pilot in Chicago
A review of Joel Klein’s “Lessons of Hope”
The 1965 report and its backlash
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.
Education Next is running a series of articles on the state of the American family.
Litigation shows they have arrived
Just the facts, please!
A review of The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools
Talking education policy with Florida’s former governor
New standards help teachers create effective lesson plans
A review of Michael B. Horn’s and Heather Staker’s “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”
Lessons on how from four pioneering districts
Standards inspire collaboration and dissent
Education coverage is on the rise
Culturally enriching field trips increase knowledge, tolerance, and the ability to read emotions of others
Students realize gains in knowledge, tolerance, and more
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 […]
A review of A Smarter Charter by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter
Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement
Making sense of the conflict
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Forum: Rethinking the High School Diploma
Education Next talks with Chester E. Finn, Jr., Richard D. Kahlenberg and Sandy Kress
Evidence on which students leave KIPP middle schools and who replaces them
A conversation with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Why the district has a money problem
Court decision terrifies unions
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
A review of Mary C. Bounds’ “A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School and the Movement It Led”
Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.
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
Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices
Also teacher grades, school choices, and other findings from the 2014 EdNext poll. Full results also available at education next.org/edfacts
A review of Elizabeth Green’s “Building a Better Teacher”
Study finds students are similar to those in other local schools and most patterns of attrition are no different
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
New-world role combines coaching teachers and teaching students
A review of ‘Teachers Versus the Public,’ by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson and Martin R. West
Oakland teachers learn how to blend
An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools
A review of ‘Lost Classroom, Lost Community’ by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett
It’s a matter of fairness, equal opportunity , and long-term societal well-being.
Does the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague Letter” miss the mark on civil-rights enforcement?
The federal government’s new school-discipline policy
Better educational apps are coming
A conversation with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier
Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?
Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?
Education Next talks with Robin J. Lake, Gary Miron, and Pedro A. Noguera
Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?
An excerpt from What Lies Ahead
A compelling play on the wrong stage?
Program costly, but in low-income schools small learning gains observed
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. ranks 27th out of 34 OECD countries overall; 28th among students with at least one college-educated parent
It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods
Accountability lags for online options
This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”
Incentive programs for veteran teachers may boost student achievement
School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.
But automatic admission causes drop in comparable private and out-of-state colleges
Students go to public universities instead of private ones
A review of Christina Hoff Sommers’ ‘The War Against Boys’
The education research community needs to create a supply of research findings that are of immediate relevance to workaday decision-making
Education Next talks with Cynthia G. Brown and Robert Schwartz
Part of a forum on College Prep for All?
Part of a forum on College Prep for All?
What happens when choice is extended to cyberspace
Lily Eskelsen García is poised to take over at the NEA
An excerpt from Teachers Versus the Public
Offering noncollege options to students
How to fix public education governance in the United States is not a new question.
A handful of entrepreneurial superintendents compete for students
This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”
Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design
The world of education is moving steadily toward reliance on evidence, even with the possibility for misinterpretation.
A conversation with Brett Peiser
Two experts identify implementation challenges and offer different assessments of progress thus far.
Complexities threaten implementation
Implementation moves steadily forward
Obama administration retreats on vouchers
Unlocking opportunities or substandard learning?
Paying teachers in a manner that is competitive with private sector rewards
An excerpt from ‘What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools’
Emanuel battles to improve Chicago schools
Arizona case shows limits of litigation
Study finds promise of non-merit-based academic college scholarship significantly decreases school-wide suspensions in urban school district.
College funds boost grades of African American students
Education Next talks with Isabel Sawhill and Sara Goldrick-Rab
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.
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.
A conversation with Scott Hamilton
Measuring student performance correctly helps set the right expectations for students and teachers in both high-poverty and advantaged schools.
Methods should compare similar schools and teachers
Learning from Larry Berger, Jonathan Harber, and Ron Packard
Turning educators into learning engineers
Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause
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
Facts about local district performance alter public thinking
An English teacher’s journey into Spanish class
Charter schools, once little more than glass miniatures, are proving to be the toughest, most enduring of all education reforms.
Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings
Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.
Great instruction needs great assessments
A conversation with Barbara Dreyer
Latest book indifferent to the standards of social science
College admissions game starts early
Will academic success and public support protect charters and small high schools under a de Blasio administration?
Average SAT performance of first-year teachers rose between 1993 and 2008
Academic capabilities of the U.S. teaching force are on the rise
Mark Bauerlein reviews Larry Cuban’s “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice.”
A view of KIPP schools in action
What autonomous automobiles will mean for adolescence
A review of Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education by Richard Lee Colvin
Innovation facilitates socioeconomic integration and high performance in Rhode Island
Emerging apps take cues from learning science
New York City’s charters and small high schools at risk
Reforms lift student performance but middle-class families want more
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
Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration
Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions
Arizona students outperform Shanghai on international exams
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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.
Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more
“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 and Methodological Appendix
Charter school growth in Boston is at a standstill, even though studies show strong academic results and the schools have popular support
Politics halts growth of top-notch schools
Researchers document international gaps, a journalist seeks the cause
The 2000s saw boost in U.S. students completing high school
Increased K‒8 math skills, decreased teen birth rates, and lower incarceration rates may have lifted completion rates between 2000 and 2010
Intervention yields strong returns for low-income high-achievers
Among news media, competition less important than achievement gap
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.
Americans React to Common Core and Other Education Policies
Education Next talks with David Chard and James G. Cibulka
Forum: The Quest for Better Educators
Forum: The Quest for Better Educators
Evidence shows constructive district reactions to presence of charter schools in urban districts
New political circumstances, growing popularity
Teachers adapt what they find to what their students need
States legislatures scramble to boost, or in some cases block, online learning
Beginning teachers subsidize handsome payoffs to superintendents, guardians of the public interest
Blending the human touch with technological firepower
The “stewards” of the system benefit the most
Students proficient on state tests but not national
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.
“The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope” by Claudia Kolker, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer
2011 legislation opened opportunities for education reform and debt reduction in Wisconsin’s schools
Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs
“The Allure of Order” by Jal Mehta, as reviewed by David Steiner
“Radical: Fighting to Put Students First,” by Michelle Rhee, as reviewed by Mark Bauerlein
School finance claims shuffle back to life
Low ratings drive improvements for schools in England
Growth is fueled by a common vision, regional independence, data-driven improvement, and pioneering alumni
Study Finds School Vouchers Boost College Enrollment for African Americans by 24%
Education Next talks with Ben Austin and Michael J. Petrilli
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.
A conversation with Diane Tavenner
Strong authorizing can create and support high-quality charter schools, and weak authorizing can enable lousy charter schools to open or stay open.
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
Common vision creates forward momentum
Laws give parents more leverage for demanding school improvement, but will they result in legal battles or better schools?
Forum: Pulling the Parent Trigger
Forum: Pulling the Parent Trigger
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.
Protection clauses and hold-harmless provisions discourage districts from adapting to make the best use of funds when enrollments decline
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.
New analysis points to the importance of training and transparent assessments of teacher preparation programs as keys to improving quality
Ed schools don’t give teachers the tools they need
African Americans benefited the most
First systematic analysis of long-term results for voucher recipients tracks 99% of students in original program.
Is it ever possible to prove that all pupils have learned in a given hour what the teacher set out to teach?
Programs open doors to teaching for talented candidates who need alternatives to campus-based model
High costs for brick-and-mortar degrees create opportunities for online programs
A review of Tony Wagner’s new book, Creating Innovators
“The One World School House” by Salman Khan, as reviewed by Nathan Glazer.
We aren’t sure if you can say that
Debate focuses on how best to foster academic success for youth in the nation’s fastest growing immigrant group
Part 1 of Forum: How Can Schools Best Educate Hispanic Students?
Part 2 of Forum: How Can Schools Best Educate Hispanic Students?
Experimental study shows students learn as much online as do peers in traditional courses
A review of No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson
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
A review of Born to Rise, by Deborah Kenny, and Mission Possible, by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia
Regular teacher absences are costly to school budgets and student learning
Half or more of student achievement gains on NAEP are an illusion
Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?
“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
The average child has substitute teachers for more than six months of his school career
Education Next talks with Nonie Lesaux and Juan Rangel
Study finds that students enrolled in a large “hybrid” course learned as much as students in a traditional course, at substantial cost savings
Educators organize to influence policy and their profession
Changing demographics and ideas fuel challenges to conventional teachers union positions
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.
A veteran teacher leaves his own classroom to support first-year educators
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.
A conversation with Laura Bush
Insurance costs for teachers are 26 percent higher than they are for private-sector professionals
How “narrowcast” is the education policy debate?
Desegregation cases affecting hundreds of districts haven’t been concluded.
NEPC report uses flawed measures
Evidence used in report on K12 Inc. presents misleading information about how much students learn
Measuring the impact of effective principals
Education Next talks with Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Michael B. Horn
Intensive math instruction has long-term benefits
The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do
Young professionals are moving to the city and sticking around to raise families. Are urban school districts ready for them?
Tailor instruction to the varying needs of the students
A review of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart
Why is diversity so hard to manage?
Popular, controversial, and a challenge to run successfully
Create the path of least resistance
Taking two periods of Algebra in 9th grade has long-run positive effects on lower-achieving students
Racially diverse, subject to collective bargaining, fulfilling a need
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.
Part 1 of a forum on whether digital learning can transform education
Part 2 of a forum on whether digital learning can transform education
The potential for digital learning to boost student achievement seems boundless, but will the long-established organization of schooling embrace or hinder it?
A conversation with Cami Anderson
Student achievement gains, student surveys, and classroom observations
2011 a year of new laws and new lawsuits
Thirteen states enacted new K-12 school choice programs in 2011 and more than two dozen states are considering similar bills
Making the learning experience more effective
Evidence of systematic growth in the effectiveness of midcareer teachers
Court knows coercion when it sees it
A review of the new movie “Won’t Back Down”
A Review of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed
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
Might it be “social learning”?
International and state trends in student achievement
Linking candidate success to student success
Are public school teachers underpaid?
Is American education racist?
Test scores show genuine progress in the Sunshine State
After the end of social promotion in 3rd grade, Florida shown to have boosted student performance
When teachers in Cincinnati were evaluated rigorously, student performance on math tests improve
Travel offers cultural enrichment for teachers
Schools disproportionately serve Asians and African Americans; Whites and Latinos underrepresented
Strategies for improving productivity in times of austerity
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
Americans are learning more but are not catching up to the rest of the world
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
Movement growth prompts districts to accommodate charter needs – but bigger structural changes are needed
With Race to the Top, Obama earns a B+ in ed reform
The true import of the Chetty study
Achievement Network offers support for data-driven instruction
North Carolina study suggests a one-hour later start time in middle school would reduce achievement gaps
Teachers who raise test scores have long-term effects on students’ college enrollment and earnings as adults
Are advocacy organizations changing the politics of education?
Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings
A conversation with Jeb Bush
Making public school facilities available to charters
If you schedule it, will they come?
Alabama plaintiffs lose federal school finance challenge
Confessions of a policy-wonk father
The effect of start times on student achievement
Picking the anecdotes you want to believe: A book review of Marc Tucker’s “Surpassing Shanghai”
Although income and achievement are correlated, the Broader, Bolder Approach to school reform errs in ignoring other, more important factors
Lessons from past 15 years show difficult political and financial path charter schools face
Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?
Study shows that 7 to 14 percent of voucher students have disabilities, as compared to 2 percent estimate by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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
Sadly, still more single-parent families. A review of Mitch Pearlstein’s “Shortchanging Student Achievement: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation”
Choice and competition are good for authorizers, too
Are they a step forward or backward?
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
A narrow-minded approach to school reform
Surprise! The press paints a distorted picture
Will digital learning be killed by kindness?
Achievement tumbles when young students change schools
For better teachers, change the incentives
Evidence fails to sway in testing policies
It depends on raising the competence of a workforce of millions
Does the reality match the rhetoric?
Evidence from North Carolina
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
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
Political and financial lessons from South Carolina
An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system
Math instruction goes viral
Voucher wars heat up in Colorado
A rundown of the top posts on the Education Next blog in 2011
How the federal government can achieve equity
A conversation with Chris Cerf
State planning is key to progress
A rundown of the most read Education Next articles of the past year
In Texas and across the nation, high-stakes testing regimes produced real gains for a few years, then flat-lined
Education Next talks with Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham
Teachers sue to protect pensions
Is collective bargaining for teachers good for students?
More bias than evidence behind NRC panel’s conclusions
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
The Locke school story leaves questions unanswered
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?
The case for keeping extracurriculars
A conversation with Whitney Tilson
Cooperation brings high scores in Canada and Finland
What U.S. schools can and cannot learn from other countries
Photos: Additional images from the Education Next-PEPG Conference
Nuance needed when studying teachers unions
Need for Research on Effective Choices That Work in the Classroom
A practitioner’s take on what is blocking the research teachers need
A growing number of nonprofit organizations bypass PTAs to force change in public education
Advocacy groups raise money, voices, hopes
Photos: Additional images of school advocacy groups
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
New evidence on the impact of gifted and talented programs
Student involvement in sports, arts, and civic activities linked to higher academic achievement and persistence
Online instruction at home frees class time for learning
Sixty-eight percent of all U.S. districts have average math achievement below the 50th percentile when compared to achievement in 25 developed nations
An insider’s view of ed schools
A conversation with John White
Parents in a wealthy district sue to pay more taxes
Hybrid schoolers reap the benefits
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
The latest on each state’s international standing
Is it enough to adjust existing plans?
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 […]
Combining online learning and teacher coaching, PLCs enable students to learn at their own pace and earn their diplomas
Blended learning offers a second chance
Photos: Additional images of Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) in Hampton and Richmond, Virginia.
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
Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever
What they’ve said and done on education in the past, and what they might do about our public schools if elected
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
New evidence from Chicago shows they fire the least effective teachers
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 […]
A “no excuses” approach to teaching and learning and tight management make the difference
Tight management and “no excuses”
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 […]
The consequences of “last in, first out” personnel policies
“Last in, first out” reduction-in-force policies give greater weight to teacher longevity than effectiveness
Improving our schools in 140 characters or less
Review of Schoolhouse of Cards by Eugene Hickok and Collision Course by Paul Manna
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 […]
Review of The Bee Eater by Richard Whitmire
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Online education works for teachers and students
Educators use web sites and social networks to share lesson plans
Review of The Same Thing Over and Over by Frederick M. Hess
Review of Five Miles Away, A World Apart by James E. Ryan
Is lecturing really all that bad?
Blending face-to-face and online learning
What explains the success of Teach For America?
Students have the chance to accelerate and gain workforce skills, but roadblocks to dual enrollment remain
Dual enrollment programs offer something for everyone
Do elementary school students have free-speech rights?
Equity versus excellence and the talented tenth
Cincinnati’s teacher evaluation system pinpoints link between teaching practices and student achievement
Can classroom observations identify practices that raise achievement?
Widely-used problem-solving pedagogy as implemented in practice is not as effective for raising achievement levels
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.
How much is a good teacher worth?
With Steiner’s sudden resignation, will the state continue its Race to the Top?
The state won the Race to the Top but his resignation leaves doubts that there will be any will to fulfill its promises
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 […]
The case against Rhee evaporates in fact-checking analysis of two critiques of her record
How persuasive is it?
Analysis examines direct link between teacher effectiveness and lifetime earnings
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. […]
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.
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.
Charter models that integrate teacher-directed and digital learning are on the leading edge of school reform
In-depth interviews by Mike Petrilli with authors of new and classic books about education.
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.
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.
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.
Will educators answer?
How the Christian Brothers came to start two charter schools in Chicago
Even when implemented, the plans are more likely to be symbolic than substantive
Interest groups wage war against merit pay
New school models and governing arrangements at pivotal point as New Orleans looks ahead
School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success
Review of Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion
Leaders of education organizations often have TFA experience
Significantly better student achievement seen in countries that make use of teacher performance pay
Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests
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.
Highly qualified teachers don’t grow on trees
Evidence from the New York City schools
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
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?
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, […]
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, […]
Over the decade, we have witnessed—perhaps contributed to—the advance of school reform.
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.
Charter schools’ successes and mistakes have a lot to teach virtual educators
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.
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.
Students with exceptional intellectual ability are well served in an innovative Nevada public school
Nuclear chemistry and Sartre draw the best and brightest to Reno
Using video recordings to evaluate teachers
In the Wall Street Journal, Joel Klein argues that the structure of traditional pensions discourages talented young people from becoming teachers. The Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next included a study by Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky that showed how teacher pensions concentrate benefits on teachers who spend their entire careers in a single state, penalizing younger teachers, who change jobs and move more often than did previous generations.
What will 2011 bring to the world of education reform? Vote now for the two developments you think are most and least likely
Long live education reform
Detroit Public Schools will spend $49 million in federal stimulus funds to buy laptops for 40,000 students in grades 6-12. In the Fall 2004 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hess wrote about other attempts by states and districts to boost achievement by passing out laptops. ” The tendency,” he noted, “has been to sprinkle computers and Internet connections across classrooms in the pleasant hope that teachers will integrate them into their lessons.”
New Ed Next Readers Poll: Vote now on the best and worst events in 2010 for education.
President Obama’s path to performance pay
Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom
Tax Credit Scholarships for Low-Income Florida Students to Attend Private Schools Improve Performance at Nearby Public Schools
Private school scholarship program leads to immediate and pronounced achievement improvements at neighborhood public schools, with elementary and middle schools most responsive
New evidence from the Florida tax-credit scholarship program
New system will give teachers information they can use
Everyone’s local school needs to do better
If you love bungee jumping, you’re the middle school type
New analysis finds U.S. ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing at a high level of accomplishment, trailing Korea, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Lithuania, among others
Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?
New York courts close one door, federal money opens another
The challenges of keeping kids in school
At De La Salle Academy, a private school in New York City for high-performing low-income children profiled in today’s New York Times, rules are strict and expectations are high, but the school becomes like a family for students. An article by David Whitman that appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Ed Next explored the phenomenon of paternalistic schools, “highly prescriptive institutions that teach students not just how to think, but also how to act according to what are commonly termed traditional, middle-class values.”
Can charter management organizations deliver quality education at scale?
Barbara Martinez of the Wall Street Journal visits a Bronx elementary school where students spend two hours per day engaged in computer-directed instruction. In the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next, Gerald Huff and Bror Saxberg imagined what computer-assisted learning might look like in 2025 and described some ways that technology is being used to customize learning today.
An English teacher’s view
Review of Marguerite Roza’s Educational Economics
Ron Huberman, who was appointed Chicago Schools CEO by Mayor Richard Daley after Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, has told Mayor Daley that he will leave his position before the mayor leaves office in May rather than serve under another mayor, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In the Winter 2003 issue of Ed Next, Alexander Russo wrote about the early days of mayoral control of education in Chicago.
Fifth grade test scores are down at KIPP schools in Washington, DC, but KIPP leaders are not concerned, and the network is continuing to add schools and grade levels, reports Jay Mathews. In Spring 2009, Ed Next published an excerpt from Jay’s book about KIPP, Work Hard. Be Nice.
Review of Jeffrey E. Mirel’s Patriotic Pluralism
Winnie Hu writes in the New York Times about school districts adopting Singapore Math, which is thought to provide a better foundation for higher-order math skills by teaching fewer topics but in more depth. Barry Garelick investigated Singapore Math in the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next.
All school evaluations, like all politics, are local
New front opens in the math wars
Comprehensive analysis of 10 years of data from New York City shows middle-school students experience substantial achievement decline compared to K-8 peers
How and why middle schools harm student achievement
Please vote for the top three books of the decade.
Behind the Headline: Hurricane Katrina swept away years of dysfunction in New Orleans public schools
Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, Cindy Chang of the New Orleans Times Picayune describes the transformation that has taken place in the city’s school system. In the Fall 2006 issue of Ed Next, Kathryn Newmark and Veronique de Rugy wrote about the changes that were underway.
Review of Larry Cuban’s As Good As It Gets
National Survey also reveals increased support for virtual schooling, support for charter schools rises sharply in minority communities
The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree
In New York, a judge has rejected a demand by the teachers union that the union be allowed to spend significantly more money on a Senate race than is permitted under the state’s current campaign finance law. In an article that appears in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next, Mike Antonucci took a close look at campaign spending by teachers unions.
In Ed Week, Stephen Sawchuk looks at how the NEA and the AFT are responding to the reforms being advanced by the Obama administration, and at what might explain the different responses from the two unions. In the Winter 2009 issue of Ed Next, Linda Seebach wrote about the two teachers unions, which had just chosen new presidents at their national conventions.
Academic discipline or instrument of personal change?
The Los Angeles Times has obtained seven years worth of test scores for individual students and used them to calculate “value added” scores for over 6,000 teachers. The teachers will be identified by name (and scores) in a series of articles and a database that will be made public. Kati Haycock and Eric Hanushek discussed the importance of identifying ineffective teachers in a forum that appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next about strategies for increasing the number of effective teachers in high-poverty schools.
In Slate, Brian Palmer looks at the history of letter grades for an explanation of why schools assign grades of A,B,C,D, and F—but not E. A study by David Figlio and Maurice Lucas that was published in Ed Next in 2004 found that elementary school students learn more from teachers who are tough graders.
Harvard Study Finds That Parents Grade Their Local Schools on Basis of Student Achievement Not Racial Composition of School
Analysis also debunks popular belief that low-income, minority and less-educated parents are not as informed about school quality
Can citizens tell a good school when they see one?
Teaching the incarcerated student
Behind the Headline: Venture Philanthropy gives $5.5 million for expansion of KIPP DC charter schools
A $5.5 million gift will allow KIPP to more than double the number of students enrolled in its schools in DC (to 3400 students) by 2015. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Julie Bennett explored how KIPP has been able to expand while maintaining quality.
First Lady Michelle Obama urges Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Bill, which would bring healthier school lunches to more kids. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2005, Ron Haskins wrote about the forces behind the federal school lunch program.
School districts attempting to turn around low-performing schools using federal funds are overwhelming choosing the least disruptive interventions. An article by Andy Smarick that appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next argued that turnaround efforts like these are unlikely to succeed.
Passing rates on state tests plummeted this year in New York after state education officials raised the cut score on the state’s reading and math tests. New York said that the tests had become significantly easier to pass. A study by Paul Peterson and Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadón that will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next finds that New York is not the only state that had been dumbing down its tests.
Parsing the relationship between achievement and demographics
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
In Washington, schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering a plan that would offer vouchers to special ed students in need of full-time placements. Jay Greene and Stuart Buck explained how special ed vouchers work and dispelled myths about the vouchers in an article appearing in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next.
Review of The Lottery (2010), Directed by Madeleine Sackler
Summer learning loss is among the most pernicious — if least acknowledged — causes of achievement gaps in America’s schools, notes David von Drehle in this week’s Time Magazine, and lengthening the school year is the answer. In an article published in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next, Dave Marcotte and Ben Hansen reviewed the research on the impact of extending the school year on student achievement.
The Fordham Institute has released an analysis of the Common Core standards and the state academic standards in all 50 states which finds that the Common Core standards are better than those in three quarters of the states. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2009, Chester Finn and Deborah Meier debated the merits of a national curriculum.
State policy trumps collective bargaining
A new Brookings study by Russ Whitehurst and Michelle Croft finds that students attending the charter school connected with the Harlem Children’s Zone do not outperform students at other New York City charter schools, but Jay Mathews warns that it is too soon to draw conclusions about the impact of the HCZ’s services. Cara Spitalewitz reviewed Paul Tough’s book about the Harlem Children’s Zone in the Summer 2009 issue of Ed Next.
In Massachusetts, the commissioner of education is recommending that the state replace its highly regarded academic standards with the Common Core Standards. In an article that appeared in Ed Next last year, Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass worried that Massachusetts might turn its back on the nation’s most successful reform strategy, including its high academic standards.
In Colorado and other states, teachers’ job security will now be tied to how well their students perform on state tests. In an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next, Rick Hanushek and Kati Haycock debate the best ways to get more effective teachers into high-need schools. They both note that removing poorly performing teachers is an important part of any strategy to boost teacher quality.
Why 2010 is a banner year for the education documentary
Using money to win friends and influence policy
New Education Next analysis finds two national teachers unions spent $71.7 million on political campaigns in 2007-08 and millions more on policy research to support their agendas
In New Jersey, a flood of teachers are retiring this month in response to a proposal to reduce pension benefits for future retirees. In an article that appeared in Ed Next in 2008, Bob Costrell and Mike Podgursky investigated the peculiar incentives that are built into teacher pensions, incentives which can encourage teachers to leave teaching when they are still effective or to remain in their jobs when they have burned out.
Helping mom-and-pops in Ohio
On Top of the News How Many Graduates Does It Take to Be No. 1? 06/26/10 | New York Times Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next Many high schools are naming multiple students–sometimes dozens–as valedictorians to reduce pressure and competition among students. An article by June Kronholz in the […]
On Top of the News Villaraigosa backs charter school bids, rips Cortines 06/25/10 | The Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The mayor of Los Angeles has criticized the L.A. Unified school district for not allowing more charter organizations to take over low-performing district schools […]
On Top of the News TAKS grade inflation is nothing new 06/13/10 | Houston Chronicle Behind the Headline State Standards Rising in Reading but Not in Math Fall 2010 | Education Next It has been reported that the “passing” mark for some parts of the Texas state proficiency exam was altered after the results came […]
On Top of the News Cincinnati Public Schools to put top teachers at weak schools 06/14/10 | Cincinnati.com Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Cincinnati teachers who receive special training to serve as “lead teachers” will no longer be able to return to their home schools, but […]
On Top of the News Microsoft’s Philly high school traveled rocky road 06/15/10 | Forbes Behind the Headline High School 2.0 Spring 2010 | Education Next Philadelphia’s School of the Future graduates its first senior class today, and every graduate is headed for an institution of higher learning. In the Spring 2010 issue of Ed […]
Behind the Headline: Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement
On Top of the News Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement 06/11/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Bye-Bye Blackboards Summer 2010 | Education Next Expensive and interactive, whiteboards are sprouting up in classrooms across the country. But do they improve academic achievement, Stephanie McCrummen wonders in the Washington Post. […]
On Top of the News D.C. contract is just the tool to let creative, renegade teachers soar 06/07/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Palace Revolt in Los Angeles? Summer 2010 | Education Next The new teachers contract in D.C. will give innovative teachers an opportunity to prove that they can help poor kids […]
On Top of the News Why should education be exempt from recession budgeting? 06/06/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline The Phony Funding Crisis Winter 2010 | Education Next George Will writes that before Congress agrees to spend another $23 billion to prevent teachers from being laid off, “it should read ‘The Phony Funding […]
On Top of the News 1 competitor, 1 spelling bee — 20,000 note cards 05/31/10 | The Boston Globe Behind the Headline Competition Makes a Comeback Summer 2010 | Education Next With the National Spelling Bee just days away, attention has turned to its talented and dedicated competitors – including Tim Ruiter, one of the […]
Court says charter school is not a state actor
A lofty goal, but how to do it?
Academic bees and bowls attract top students
Most state standards remain far below international level
View the Underlying Data
On Top of the News Slow learners at the 9th Circuit 05/18/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Credits Crunched Fall 2009 | Education Next On Thursday the Supreme Court will consider whether to reverse a ruling by the 9th Circuit that Arizona’s tax credit program violates the Establishment clause. “Surely this question was […]
Landmark federal law responsible for gains in math among low-income and Hispanic students, but had no impact on reading achievement.
Accountability has produced substantial gains in math skills but not in reading
On Top of the News School Factors May Influence Teacher Effectiveness 05/17/10 | Teacher Beat Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next A new study by C. Kirabo Jackson finds that teachers who are effective in one school might not be as effective in other kinds of schools–schools […]
School markets are creative, not static
Staying there isn’t easy
George Lucas reimagines the American classroom
Education Next rates Each State’s Proficiency Standards; finds that Race to the Top Winners Delaware and Tennessee get a ‘C’ and an ‘F’, respectively
On Top of the News Mass. hunting for star teachers 05/10/10 | Boston Globe Behind the Headline An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom Summer 2010 | Education Next Massachusetts will today announce a new effort to recruit hundreds of successful teachers to work in 35 low-performing schools in Boston and other school districts. In the […]
Smarter, better ways to fund education innovators
Flawed comparisons lead Civil Rights Project to unwarranted conclusions
Flawed comparisons lead to overstated conclusions
Interactive and expensive, whiteboards come to the classroom
Where the money goes depends on who’s running the state
On Top of the News U.S. Falls Short in Measure of Future Math Teachers 04/15/10 | The New York Times Behind the Headline The Mystery of Good Teaching Spring 2002 | Education Next A new study finds that America’s future math teachers have less knowledge of math than their counterparts in other countries. An article […]
Review of William A. Fischel’s Making the Grade
On Top of the News Obama’s plan to reward schools for innovation sparks debate 04/14/10 | The Washington Post Behind the Headline Toothless Reform? Spring 2010 | Education Next The U.S. Department of Education is embracing an approach to spending that rewards states and districts for innovating instead of simply disbursing funds by formula to […]
On Top of the News Teachers agree to shorten LAUSD school year 04/11/10 | Los Angeles Times Behind the Headline Time for School? Winter 2010 | Education Next The teachers union in L.A. has ratified a deal that will shorten the school year this year and next as a cost-saving measure. As reported in the […]
Review of E. D. Hirsch Jr.’s The Making of Americans
Advanced placement turns fifty
Charter school and Latino leaders push unions to innovate
On Top of the News Budget cuts could lead to fewer options at Florida Virtual 03/24/10 | The Gradebook Behind the Headline Florida’s Online Option Summer 2009 | Education Next The Florida Legislature is considering cutting Florida Virtual School’s per-student funding and limiting the length of time students may take to complete courses. An article […]
Promising results from charters that educate teens
Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL
New Study Finds State Funded Universal Kindergarten Provides Some Benefits for White Students but no Positive Impact for African American Students
Large state investments in universal early-childhood education programs do not necessarily yield clear benefits for more disadvantaged students
Benefits were small and only reached white children
Review of Rafe Esquith’s Lighting Their Fires
Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right
Authors reading short excerpts from their recent books
Charter Schools Show Increased Rates of High School Graduation and College Enrollment, According to New Study
In the first-ever analysis of the impacts of charter school attendance on educational attainment, educational researchers find that attending charter high schools is associated with higher graduation rates and college attendance.
New evidence suggests they are boosting high school graduation and college attendance rates
The legacy of James Coleman
Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City
Can Philadelphia’s School of the Future live up to its name?
My online education
Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?
Lacking nuns and often students, a shrinking system looks for answers
How vouchers came to the Big Easy
In a decade in which many school voucher programs have been limited or rolled back in Washington, DC, Utah, Arizona, and Florida, the Louisiana legislature in 2008 passed a new voucher program for New Orleans. In 2009-10, the second year of the voucher program, 1,324 New Orleans students attended 31 private schools using vouchers with a maximum value of over $7,000.
How a teacher’s gender affects boys and girls
A charmed federal food program that no longer just feeds the hungry
As states catch their breath after rushing to meet the January 19 deadline for submitting applications for the first round of Race to the Top grants, education researcher Andy Smarick of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute warns that the administration must take steps to ensure that Race to the Top funds are spent in ways that promote reform.
How about more pay for new teachers, less for older ones?
Paul Vallas pays the price of leadership
After decades of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying about whether boys are the ones in peril. Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail, and Susan McGee Bailey, principal author of the 1992 report How Schools Shortchange Girls debate whether schools are now shortchanging boys.
Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling?
It’s time for America to adopt European-style exit exams
As Education Week magazine prepares to release its annual report card for states, Quality Counts 2010, education researcher Margaret Raymond and a team of researchers from CREDO at Stanford University warn that one set of grades on the report card is not reliable.
Narrowing its scope to factors schools can control would give the measure greater value
New union leadership does not change a thing
Hispanic student success in Florida
What to do about it
End it? Or mend it?
Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.
Top candidates win customized teacher education
Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools
How Chicago reversed its descent
The new paternalism in urban schools
When the snow falls, test scores also drop
Will New Orleans become the new city of choice?
Fifteen years hence, we will know exactly how well our schools, teachers, and students are doing
From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly
Not as bad as it sounds
Will education technology change the role of the teacher and the nature of learning?
Evidence from Kenya
Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits
The case for single-sex schools
An inside look at school discipline
What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?
How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success
Even in economically tough times, costs are higher than ever.
The history of teacher attitude adjustment
The charter school movement turns 14
this year, and its behavior, some might say, is “developmentally
Intelligence and How to Get It; Liberating Learning; Unlearned Lessons; Leading for Equity
Younger Students Learn More in Charter Schools
To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care
What a Tennessee experiment tells us about merit pay
Is court involvement in school spending essential to reform, or can we use education funding to drive reforms that promise better outcomes for students?
Can it be used to hold schools accountable?
In a time of penny pinching inspired by tight state and local education budgets, investigative reporter David Bass warns that taxpayers are picking up the tab for a large number of ineligible students who participate in the federal school-lunch program. Even more problematic may be the effect on school funding formulas, on research, and on accountability measures.
Tom Payzant’s focused approach to school reform
Public School Pension Plans Penalize Teachers who Move Jobs across States with Significant Retirement Losses, Researchers Find
In examining pension plans in six states, Costrell and Podgursky find that compared to a neutral cash balance system, the type of defined benefit pension system which covers almost all public school teachers redistributes about half the pension wealth of an entering cohort of teachers to those who subsequently retire in their mid-50s from those who leave the system earlier.
Stop trying to fix failing schools. Close them and start fresh.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
As reviewed by Nathan Glazer
Can Michelle Rhee wrest control of the D.C. school system from decades of failure?
Meaningful dinner conversation can be hard to come by
Parents should decide when their disabled child needs a private placement
Federal school-lunch program may not be a reliable measure of poverty
Researchers Dave Marcotte and Benjamin Hansen summarize new evidence that expanding instructional time is as effective as other commonly discussed educational interventions intended to boost learning.
We get more minority teachers and test scores rise
Forced busing didn’t work the first time
Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms
No longer famous, but still intact
Teachers who change jobs or move pay a high price
Fueled by Federal Stimulus Package, Education Spending Will Likely Increase over Next Decade despite Lack of Achievement Gains for Students
The nation’s public schools will likely have more money and a larger and better paid labor force than they had in 2009
Even in the worst of times, schools have money to spend
Virtual school offers template for reform
In affluent schools, other things matter
Who attends them and how well are they teaching their students?
The mayor, the schools, and the “rinky-dink candy store”
Student learning is seldom a factor in school board elections
In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless
In the wake of California’s Prop 227
Bill and Melinda Gates shift from computers in libraries to reform in high schools
New school start ups and replications of high performing charter school models provide a better solution
Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer
What we know about teacher preparation at elite education schools
An evaluation of Florida’s program to end social promotion
States should think twice before paying for more testing. There are easier ways to compare students to their global peers.
A mathematician with a child learns some politics
Can Michelle Rhee Wrest Control of the D.C. School System from Decades of Failure?
Two longtime school reformers debate the merits of a national curriculum
Researchers Find Special Education Voucher Programs Ensure Better Services and Outcomes for Students
In a feature article for the winter 2010 issue of Education Next, education researchers Jay P. Greene and Stuart Buck of the University of Arkansas dispel several common myths about these programs and show how they have benefited handicapped children in states where they have been enacted, including those not in private placements.
The dangers of challenging power
The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.
Archive of Podcasts featuring Paul Peterson and Checker Finn
The roots and reality of the Knowledge Is Power Program
The supersized superintendent moves to the Superdome city
California unions tame the Terminator
What happens when the education reporter goes away?
Research can change the political agenda…if the circumstances are right
Jacquelyn Davis works with D.C.’s education bureaucracy
Will school districts hire New Leaders?
What happens when teachers run the school?
Crossing the Finish Line by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson
As reviewed by Russ Whitehurst
Emphasis on student rights continues in classrooms even when the Court begins to think otherwise
Alternative Routes to Teaching; When Mayors Take Charge; From A Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind; Inside Urban Charter Schools; The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education; The Latino Education Crisis
Universal preschool will be a boon for middle-class parents. How it will help poor kids catch up is not so obvious.
“Obama Effect” Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics, according to Education Next–PEPG 2009 National Survey
Findings Show Research Evidence Can Be Equally Significant in Shaping Public Opinion. Read the full article,
The Persuadable Public, by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West.
Download Complete Results Here (PDF).
Many think students have more rights than courts have granted. Read the full article, Law and Disorder in the Classroom, by Richard Arum and Doreet Preiss.
How will 10-year-olds learn?
Students in D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Make Significant Improvements in Reading, U.S. Education Department Study Finds
Voucher gains are the largest achievement impacts from any federal education experiment so far. Read the full article, Lost Opportunities, by Patrick J. Wolf.
Arizona rulings hit scholarships and special education vouchers
Student performance gaps are easily explained
Our schools deserve an “F”
Domestic violence harms everyone’s kids
Specialization would lead to better teaching and higher salaries
Following the dollars into the classroom
The answer may be luck, genes, and more
Race and Education, 1954—2007, by Raymond Wolters & Steady Gains and Stalled Progress, edited by Katherine Magnuson and Jane Waldfogel
Untangling race and education
Does school choice push public schools to improve?
But can we be sure about the students?
Debating Massachusetts; scaling up KIPP; practice-based teacher training; alternative certification; for-profits in Philadelphia; selling success; teacher co-ops
Book Review: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
The Beautiful Tree; The Street Stops Here; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006; The Leader in Me; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk
New Education Next Forum: Is There a Connection between School Spending and Student Achievement? Should Courts Decide?
U. S. Supreme Court decision puts issue on front burner for states. Read the full article, Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, by Eric Hanushek, Alfred Lindseth and Michael Rebell.
How information affects Americans’ support for school spending and charter schools
Teachers can instill a sense of purpose
Florida’s charters under attack
In 2006, we examined the damages from state education budget cuts. We proposed moving students in to charter schools.
When Provided with Accurate Information, Public Support for Increased Spending on Schools and Teacher Salaries Declines, Researchers Find
Read the full article, Educating the Public, by William G. Howell and Martin R. West.
The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves; The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem; Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006: Overcoming Corruption and Racial Segregation; Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs That Break the Cycle of Poverty
A safety net grows in Harlem
The problem is adolescence
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Have a Negative Effect on the Behavior and Academic Achievement of Classroom Peers, New Study Finds
Troubled boys have a greater and more adverse impact on other boys. Read the full article, Domino Effect, by Scott Carrell and Mark Hoekstra.
What kind of management does better than the district-run schools?
Education Scholars Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb Debate the Pros and Cons of the Controversial Federal Education Policy. Read the full article, The Future of No Child Left Behind, with Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb
Books and ideas have no deep impact
For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.
Florida Virtual School reports 10-fold increase in enrollments over past ten years; nearly 50 percent growth among African-Americans since 2007. Read the full article, Florida’s Online Option, by Bill Tucker.
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
A personal tribute to John Brandl
The Seduction of Common Sense:How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America's Schools; Real Leaders,Real Schools: Stories of Success Against Enormous Odds; Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed; School Accountability,Autonomy, and Choice Around the World; The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship: Possibilities for School Reform
I don’t think so!
When court-ordered magnet schools don't work, try charters
Schooling once drove the nation’s rise to the top, but things have changed, unfortunately
Schools Win in Court
Choice international; IES; Milwaukee finance; home schooling; alternative certification; union watch
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (known broadly as NCATE, pronounced “en kate”) was launched in 1954 by a coalition of professional organizations from across the education community. Previously, teacher-training programs had been accredited by states, regional accrediting bodies, or an association of teacher colleges, each equipped with its own benchmarks and methods […]
Higher private school share boosts national test scores
My journey in competitive forensics
A peek inside the education blogosphere
Film explores racial divide in 1930s America
So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools Charles M. Payne (Harvard Education Press) Payne, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, here sets out to explain “the sociology of failure” of urban reform. Drawing primarily on his experiences in Chicago, Payne considers the effects of social context, poverty, race, […]
Murray's simple truths not so simple
Is it asking too much?
Arizonans battle federal court order to spend more
Front-loading teacher pay; California home schooling; paying students for test scores; academics and discipline; technology education for teachers
Today's choicest choice
The fiscal impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
The politics of education science
Everybody knows somebody who is teaching a child at home
Fox TV show doesn’t get it
By this professor’s calculations, math skills have plummeted
Online training is the norm in other professions. Why not in K–12 education?
The true story of the federal role in education
Why technology in education doesn’t need to be very good
California case centers on parents' rights
Disrupting class; Governor Schwarzenegger; Reading First; New York City charters;wrong numbers; charter sector
Will he provide similar opportunities for others?
As state after state expands pre-K schooling, questions remain
Maya Angelou Public Charter School offers hope and an education to kids in trouble
Not much in public schools
The impact of the Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program
Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices
Responses to Additional Questions
Mentors help interns figure it out
Newspaper editorialists support charter schools, split on NCLB
Teens write creatively in cyberspace but not in the classroom
Lessons Learned: What International Assessments Tell Us about Math Achievement Tom Loveless, editor (Brookings Institution Press) While math scores are bandied about in the modern era, how much do we really know about what they mean or what they can teach about practice and policy? In this dense but thought-provoking volume, Brookings scholar Tom Loveless […]
States’ efforts to reach the very young
Educator’s diagnosis on the mark, 65 years later
Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB
Business model a guide to replicating quality schools
Larger networks of schools produce higher student achievement
Promise and perils of federal leadership
U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements
The franchise model applied to schools
Use technologies that compete against nothing
Back to the Feature
Back To The Feature
Probing American’s knowledge of school spending
Students teach the wonders of technology
Assessing the online encyclopedia’s impact on K–12 education
The Educational Morass: Overcoming the Stalemate in American Education. Myron Lieberman (Rowman and Littlefield). The equal-opportunity, granddaddy longlegs of all curmudgeons, Myron Lieberman, manages in one volume to savage teachers unions, education schools, the Education Writers Association, the New York Times, the Washington Post, education research, egalitarian school-choice proponents, and conservatives Diane Ravitch, Terry Moe, […]
An honest look at union hero Albert Shanker
Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case
Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?
It’s not just going to school, but learning something while there that matters
Catalysts for change or untrained temporaries?
Lessons learned from Utah
Secrets of successful schools
The education of Chester Finn
Why some places have more students in charter schools and others have fewer
Remarkable finding by an un-credible study
Make charters a political advantage
Talk radio’s take on K–12 education
Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver’s ProComp Plan. Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, and Brad Jupp (Harvard Education Press). The authors have delivered a straight-shooting, inside account of the design, politics, and implementation of the much-discussed Denver ProComp teacher pay plan—a plan the Denver Post termed “the nation’s most ambitious.” Widely regarded as the […]
Fewer slide rules, more paint brushes
Some schools make it work
Court offers schools little guidance
Is accountability the reform of the past?
“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of […]
The 2008 presidential election stands as a “change” election. The public’s anxiety over the challenges globalization poses to the future of the American Dream is driving a desire for the country to change direction. The American people understand that what will give the nation a competitive advantage in a global marketplace are the skills, creativity, […]
In the 2000 election, President Bush’s pledge to combat the “soft bigotry of low expectations” was a pillar of his compassionate conservatism and crucial to his razor-thin margin of victory. That election begat the now-controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The law has split the Right between those who cheer accountability and those who […]
Tax credits down and out in Missouri
The peculiar incentives of teacher pensions
Do schools practice educational triage?
What values do they hold?
Teacher Certification Doesn’t Guarantee a Winner
New technologies target teacher performance
Testing the constitutionality of charters and vouchers
Technology meets abstinence education
Wrong role for school teachers
On the debate circuit with Central High
History of Chicago schools provides few answers
Parents may gain right to sue over NCLB
Evidence-based studies; update on Los Angeles; pre-K for all;
Indianapolis needs philanthropy; in defense of
The public supports a wide range of education reforms
Murray and Rothstein find some unexpected common ground
In Texas, differences are larger within districts than between
NCLB can be fixed
Implementation is not the problem
NCLB’s faulty way of measuring school quality
NCLB is driven by education politics
Congress hopes to finish work on the reauthorization of the No ChildLeft Behind Act (NCLB) before the presidential primary season beginsin January 2008, though it is unclear whether that deadline will bemet. The six-year-old law was originally passed by Congress with strongbipartisan support, but now faces opposition from both the right andthe left. Can the […]
Results from the Moving to Opportunity experiment
Explaining educational outcomes of the Moving to Opportunity program
The 2007 Education Next—PEPG Survey
New York’s adequacy case; underground education; North Carolina charters; the Bloomberg revolution
For more than three decades, the United States has been scoring below the international average among participating nations on tests of math and science achievement. Again and again, civic leaders have pointed to this fact when warning that a crisis in American education may imperil continued growth in economic productivity. Yet after two decades of […]
Should Head Start emphasize academic skills?
How should we pay teachers?
A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report
How do teachers know they're working hard enough?
Ancient and Modern
Schools should teach the importance of voting
Teens at the top pay a price
Catholic schools; teacher dispositions; private placements; teacher certification
Selling adequacy, making millions
The Los Angeles Unified School District once again finds itself positioned for great things—or grave disappointment. The district has an ambitious building plan, and a tough-talking retired admiral sits in the superintendent’s chair. The legislature passed a bill in 2006 that gives Mayor Villaraigosa greater control over the schools, but a lawsuit holds up his […]
Politics may still save L.A. schools
An attempted takeover goes awry
Who should control a four-year-old’s education — the government or parents?
The Peyton Manning of charter schools
Parsing a self-proclaimed literacy guru
An interview with Florida governor Jeb Bush
Campbell, David E. 2001a. “Civic Education: Readying Massachusetts’ Next Generation of Citizens.” White Paper 17, Boston: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Available by request of the author, Dave_Campbell@nd.edu. ———. 2001b. “Making Democratic Education Work.” In Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education, edited by Paul E. Peterson and David E. Campbell. Washington, DC: Brookings, pp. 241-67. […]
Schools of choice boost civic values
Court rulings disappoint plaintiffs
Secretary Spellings – the ace in Bush’s hand
Let student teachers and mentors choose the best fit
Quality data and sound analysis matter, after all
Educating School Teachers. Arthur Levine (The Education Schools Project). In this 140-page report, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, seeks to do for teachers what his 2005 report did for administrators: appraise the current state of their professional preparation and suggest needed reforms. The news is mostly glum: “Teacher education in the U.S. […]
Solid snap judgments are deeply grounded
Teacher Certification; Adequacy Studies; National Standards; Restructuring Questions; Spotlight on Newark; Kids and Exercise
Changing minds in the education establishment
Don’t blame private options for rising costs
Squeezing into local markets and cutting deals
Best practices in character education
An interview with Sandy Kress
How vendors manipulate research and cheat students
Obesity, exercise, and the role of schools
Teacher Gender; Hope in New Orleans; Miracle Math; PE in Schools; Newark’s Cory Booker; National Standards
If children showed any aptitude and ambition for learning, they were not hampered by restrictions [or] rules
Hollywood and Hip-Hop Discover Charter Schools
Cutting Through the Hype: A Taxpayer’s Guide to School Reforms. Jane L. David and Larry Cuban (Education Week Press). Silver bullets come not here. In this slender, readable volume, veteran educators Jane David (now head of the Bay Area Research Group) and Larry Cuban (emeritus education professor at Stanford) conduct a breakneck tour of almost—but […]
Top Education researchers denounce scientific research
Dumbing-down reading instruction
Findings are other than they seem
When courts decide how to spend taxpayer dollars
So far, states and districts have opted for anything but
“Restructured” usually means little has changed
Making early childhood education matter
The brave new world of data-informed instruction
Does the law’s great big machine for overhauling schools produce anything worthwhile?
Adequacy advocates turn guesstimates into gold
How local school boards–and their allies–block the competition
The Supreme Court takes up race-based school assignment
Schools get an A in resisting reform.
Can it be saved?
Assessments of the state of American education on the 20th anniversary of the A Nation at Risk report
Agents of reform or defenders of the status quo?
When the lack of a cohesive curriculum comes back to bite
Will NCLB’s restructuring wonder drug prove meaningless?
Collective Bargaining in Education: Negotiating Change in Today’s Schools. Edited by Jane Hannaway and Andrew J. Rotherham (Harvard Education Press). It is not clear what justifies use of “change” in the title of this book. Since the days of the Luddites, it has been in the nature of unions to oppose anything that jeopardizes worker […]
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers
By Kwame Anthony Appiah
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny
By Amartya Sen
The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children
By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
The Bostonian Tom Payzant had an extraordinary ten-year run as superintendent of schools in Boston, as described in Alexander Russo’s fine story (“The Bostonian,” features, Summer 2006). Although it’s hard to remember now, Boston public schools were in free fall a decade ago, with a dysfunctional school committee, a series of short-term superintendents, and a […]
Unions and Home Schoolers Attack Internet Education
What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future
Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you
To get national standards, leaders will need to be bold
Incentives, not national control
The case for national standards and tests
Should the federal government tell schools what to teach?
A successful program from Singapore tests the limits of school reform in the suburbs
How some schools do — and don’t do — PE
Can Cory Booker save Newark's schools?
Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap
The Head Start approach to school readiness
The War on Poverty goes to school
Value-added analysis is a crucial tool in the accountability toolbox–despite its flaws
She was asking for the barest of minimums: her child’s safety
Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy by Stephen Macedo Asking the schools to mold good citizens—again
Progressive ideals, lost in translation
Linking scholarship and reform
What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? by Stephen P. Klein et al.
Improving Student Achievement: What NAEP State Test Scores Tell Us by David W. Grissmer et al.
How choice would affect teachers
Who would choose private schools?
Curing American education of its enduring belief that learning is natural
A 1962 RAND Corporation study on teacher pay described teacher salary schedules in the following way:
For most of the century just past, and into the current one, school districts have paid their teachers according to a “single salary schedule,” a pay scheme that bases an individual teacher’s salary on two factors: years of experience (steps) and number of education credits and degrees (lanes).
The recent entry of for-profit schools into the K–12 arena is an intriguing trend.
During the 1999–2000 school year, public school districts spent some $35 billion on goods and services provided by private, for-profit businesses—about 10 percent of the nation’s annual K–12 education budget.
Why start a charter school in the style of a military college-prep academy? Put simply, Oakland’s public high schools are a disaster.
Public education’s new lease on life
Learning from the New Zealand experiment
Is preschool too early for academic instruction?
Will the imprimatur of “board certification” professionalize teaching?
The Educational Testing Service makes divining the methods of good teachers look easy. It’s not.
International evidence on the importance of education policy
Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap
Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap
The common stereotypes of Christian schools mask their healthy diversity
Tattered Blue Ribbons at the Department of Education
How to prevent reading disabilities
Brianna and her four-year-old classmates are sitting in a circle around their preschool teacher. The teacher asks, “Who can tell me what they’re going to do when we go to our play centers?” “I’m going to work with Play-Doh,” Brianna answers. “Tell us what you’re going to make,” her teacher responds. “I want to make […]
The obstacles in my path were perfect training for a teacher
Poorly designed high-stakes tests may undermine the standards movement
Our name has changed, but our mission has not
Quality Counts 2001, A Better Balance: Standards, Tests, and the Tools to Succeed by the editors of Education Week
Why education rejects randomized experiments
Private schools, public ends
A new agenda for the teacher unions
The NEA and AFT will promote reforms-but only those that serve teachers interests
Why teachers must come to regard-and organize-themselves as mind workers
Can teacher unions really promote reform?
The shifting make-up of society and schools has already undermined the common culture
Any attempt to divine the cultural consequences of choice must recognize that the movement for educational choice has not been limited to vouchers.
Public schools once taught a common culture. Now they try to teach every culture
Will school reform undermine the common culture?
Houston has plenty of unfinished business as it transitions to new leadership an
Redefining the district's role under standards-based reform
A recent Council of the Great City Schools report hailed Houston for ‘beating the odds’ by generating sizable gains in student achievement.
Will success survive the Paige promotion?
A cause worth fighting for
Religious schools, parental choices
Examining the early responses of public schools to competition
Florida gets its “F” schools to shape up
New evidence on competition and the public schools
Education demands a first-rate R & D shop. The Department of Education isn’t it-yet
Fearing conformity, violence, secularism, or simply bad teaching, more and more parents are taking their children’s education into their own hands. And more and more of their children are entering the nation’s finest institutions of higher education. Can home schoolers handle college life?
Cities look for a savior to transform their school systems, lasting reform takes a sustained, community-wide effort
Just a few years back, school-based management was the rage in Cleveland. Except that the central office wasn't all that interested in relinquishing control
In Baltimore, the mayor’s lack of success at school reform led to a state takeover of the city’s schools. In Washington, D.C., mayoral control has begun to stabilize the system. So what does this tell us about the ability of city hall to run a school system?
Can new management save urban school districts?
If school vouchers bettered the educational opportunities only of children who use the vouchers to attend private schools or schools in another district, many reformers would be left holding cups half empty.
After five years, school choice is beginning to have visible effects in Michigan’s education system.
Does school choice push public schools to improve?
My high school was certified as “college preparatory.” I was able to take introductory calculus, advanced chemistry and biology, and even several English literature courses for college credit. I graduated as valedictorian of my decent-sized class, with just over a 3.9 GPA. However, as my father often observed with great frustration, I rarely spent my […]
Inside Charter Schools: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization Edited by Bruce Fuller Harvard University Press, 2000, $31.50; 288 pages. Reviewed by Patrick J. Wolf The soaring popularity of charter schools among parents, education reformers, and politicians still hasn’t convinced Bruce Fuller of their worth. Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University […]
A-Plus for vouchers? In “The Looming Shadow“ (Research, Winter 2001), Jay P. Greene of the Manhattan Institute examines whether the threat of vouchers under Florida’s A-Plus program forced the state’s failing schools to improve. The A-Plus program is essentially a top-down accountability system with a voucher add-on. The state grades schools from A to F […]
Do we need good teachers? Don’t be silly. Of course we do. We can all recall a teacher who made a big difference in our lives. And now we have research, as reviewed in Dan Goldhaber’s Feature essay “The Mystery of Good Teaching,” which shows more clearly than ever before that the quality of the […]
The evidence for teacher certification.
The 33rd Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
Since 1990 the New York-based Teach for America (TFA) program has placed more than 7,000 teachers in some of the nation’s most challenging school districts. The nonprofit organization recruits high-achieving seniors from top colleges and asks them to commit themselves to two years of teaching in inner-city or rural schools. TFA currently supplies teachers to […]
Failing to account for natural fluctuations in test scores could undermine the very idea of holding schools accountable for their efforts – or lack thereof
Surveying the evidence on student achievement and teachers’ characteristics.
The urban school districts of California have a well-publicized shortage of teachers. So they’re eager to move well-qualified candidates into the classroom, right? Not always. Nontraditional candidates-namely recent college graduates and career changers who haven’t attended a standard teacher-preparation program-often encounter serious roadblocks, even with the state’s full endorsement of alternative certification programs that allow […]
The move toward federally imposed accountability standards is necessary to ensure that federal funds are enhancing educational opportunity, especially for poor and minority students. It will all be for naught, however, if Congress doesn't guarantee that states will receive the resources necessary to overhaul failing schools
Inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is seen as either a sea change in federal education policy or a half-measure designed to demonstrate the political leadership’s willingness to “do something” on education. On one side are supporters of the legislation who point to its substantial tightening […]
From his first days in office, President Bush made education reform one of his chief priorities. Congress responded with a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that requires states to ensure that all students reach a certain level of proficiency within the next 12 years. Schools that fail to meet their achievement […]
Picture Gerard, a 28-year-old business consultant who majored in economics at Williams College and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. Gerard has been working for a consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut, but is looking for a new, more fulfilling position. He has demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and work habits. In addition, though he didn’t major in […]
Education schools have lost the confidence of the public
and policymakers alike. They'll need to relinquish their
monopoly on teacher preparation in order to gain it back
Licensure ought to guarantee that every classroom comes
equipped with a skilled, knowledgeable teacher. The new
performance standards for teachers are making that possible
Life returns to not quite normal at Stuyvesant High
Revolution at the Margins: The Impact of Competition on Urban School Systems By Frederick M. Hess Brookings Institution, 2002, $45.95; 268 pages. As reviewed by Edward B. Fiske For the most part, the language of economics has informed the public debate over school choice. Free-market economist Milton Friedman was the first to develop the concept […]
School Vouchers: Examining the Evidence By Martin Carnoy Economic Policy Institute, 2002. Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools By Brian Gill, P. Michael Timpane, Karen Ross, and Dominic Brewer RAND Corporation, 2001. School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee General Accounting Office, […]
Quick fix Margaret Raymond and Stephen Fletcher’s findings (“Teach for America,” Research, Spring 2002) from their initial evaluation of Teach for America (TFA) are not too surprising, given the makeup of TFA recruits and the teachers with whom they are being compared. They find that TFA recruits in Houston are “at least as effective as […]
Although September 11 briefly arrested the nation’s work on domestic issues, 2002 is still shaping up as a significant year for education reformers. When President Bush affixed his signature to the No Child Left Behind Act on January 8, 2002, he arguably brought to life the most important piece of federal education legislation since 1965. […]
It’s easy to tell when someone is in the grip of a Big Idea That Explains Everything. Tunnel vision sets in; every analysis, whatever the topic, becomes an occasion for the grand theory to appear. Evidence is read and supplied selectively, in such a way that the theory re-mains unscathed. Skepticism is deployed selectively as […]
Tracing the evolution of New American Schools, from feisty upstart to bulwark of the education establishment
What does the term “peer effects” mean in a school environment? It includes the effects of students’ teaching one another, but that is only the most direct form of peer effects. Intelligent, hard-working students can affect their peers through knowledge spillovers and through their influence on academic and disciplinary standards in the classroom. Alternatively, misbehaving […]
School violence, the media’s phantom epidemic
The downs and ups of accountability in California
President Bush forges a consensus on federal education policy
Vouchers on Trial
A view from inside the courtroom
Will the Supreme Court’s decision in Zelman end the debate?
No standardized test is perfect. But they’re useful nonetheless
All the evidence to date shows that value-added techniques are being employed responsibly
The latest innovation in measuring the performance of schools and teachers holds great promise, but the idea is still way ahead of our ability to execute it
Are we measuring achievement gains accurately enough?
Photograph courtesy of Howard Fuller. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, if you were a black basketball player in Milwaukee and thought you “had game,” there were two playgrounds to establish your credentials: Franklin Square and Lapham Park. I spent many hours on both courts. Although there are new playgrounds today, the tradition continues. I […]
Kingdom of Children
Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement
by Mitchell L. Stevens
Catholic Schools: Private and Social Effects Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, $100; 160 pages By William Sander The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools Brookings Institution, 2002, $28.95; 275 pages By William G. Howell and Paul Peterson, with Patrick J. Wolf and David E. Campbell As reviewed by R. Kenneth Godwin The advantage of reading The Education Gap and Catholic Schools together is in […]
New American Schools; bullying and school violence
High-school graduation rates are slipping? Can this be? Or is Chicken Little at it again? After rising for more than 100 years, reports Duncan Chaplin in our lead feature “Tassels on the Cheap,” graduation rates started to slip during the 1970s. By the turn of the century, the graduation rate had dropped 7 percentage points […]
Somehow I expected more. When I challenged Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Gallup’s claim that they had discovered a “significant decline” in voucher support, I figured they would respond with detailed justifications of their procedures and findings. But they haven’t done that. Their response reads more like an exercise in public relations than a serious […]
The issue that Terry Moe raises in his article “Cooking the Questions” in the Spring 2002 issue of Education Next concerns Phi Delta Kappa’s interpretations of findings from the 2001 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward education. In a press release, Phi Delta Kappa concluded, “It is clear that the decade of […]
Ever-declining class sizes and teachers’ dwindling pay have a common explanation: the increasing price of skilled labor
New evidence on the effectiveness of bilingual education
Federal legislation can move the states quite far, even if they don’t ally comply with the letter of the law.
Illustration by Craig Frazier. The principle that social interventions ought to be evaluated has a long pedigree. Eager readers of the Muquadimah know that Ibn Khaldun considered competing explanations for the success of Arab regimes in the 13th century. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale reproved the English Parliament for failing to weigh seriously the […]
Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos. In their continuing efforts to extract more school spending from state legislatures through the courts, advocacy groups recently acquired a powerful new weapon: the standards movement. Their success provides yet another example of the law of unintended consequences. Recently, plaintiffs in two prominent cases, in New York and North Carolina, successfully […]
Illustration by John Weber. For more than a century the Department of Education has collected data on the number of high-school diplomas awarded each year. A statistic called the “degree ratio” can readily be calculated by combining these data with population figures from the U.S. Census. The degree ratio is the number of high-school diplomas […]
During the past four decades, poor countries worldwide have experienced a massive expansion of education. But the global mandarins who thought education would lead to surging economies have been sorely disappointed
The United States became the world’s economic superpower over the course of the 20th century. But can today’s education system be counted on to fertilize growth in the future?
Teaching students how to read the classics
Education Matters: Selected Essays by Alan B. Krueger
The GED; value-added testing; and California accountability
Illustration by Chris Gall. Few urban school superintendents remain in place for long nowadays. According to the Council of the Great City Schools, they last an average of 2.5 years. Like mythological children sent to appease the ravening monster, the chief education officers are ready sacrifices offered up when things go badly. Replacing the person […]
Do Charter Schools Measure Up? The Charter School Experiment After 10 Years by the American Federation of Teachers
Has U.S. leadership come to an end?
Illustration by Noah Woods. As the first large urban school district to introduce a comprehensive accountability system, Chicago provides an exceptional case study of the effects of high-stakes testing-a reform strategy that will become omnipresent as the No Child Left Behind Act is implemented nationwide. One of the most serious criticisms of high-stakes testing is […]
The missionaries in public schools
Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman was among the first (John Stuart Mill made a similar proposal 100 years earlier) to propose that the financing of education be separated from the administration of schools, the core idea behind school vouchers. In a famous 1955 essay, Friedman argued that there is no need for government to run […]
The story behind Philadelphia’s Edison contract
Special education has its problems, but they mainly follow from the failure of schools to comply fully with the law
Illustration by Elizabeth Lada. In a recent report for the Abell Foundation, Kalman R. Hettleman documented the troubled history of special education in the Baltimore public school system. He attributed the failure to “the compliance maze” that special education teachers and administrators face, which consists of “ever-proliferating procedures, forms to be filled out, micro-managed administrative […]
Can special ed be held accountable too?
The charter school movement will need to overcome a raft of political obstacles and high-profile scandals
Does the presence of charters spur public schools to improve?
New obstacles to continuing growth
Lincoln taught himself the three R’s and more
School Choice Tradeoffs: Liberty, Equity, and Diversity by By R. Kenneth Godwin and Frank R. Kemerer University of Texas Press, 2002, $29.95; 315 pages. America lacks a theory that would explain how its current system of public schooling could function at an acceptable level. Such a theory would describe how the several components of schooling finances, administration, curriculum, teaching, […]
Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt by Raffaella Cribiore Princeton University Press, 2001, $39.50; 288 pages. In Rome, toward the end of the 1st century C.E., Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, an 11-year-old boy, won honorable mention in a poetry contest by improvising some 43 verses in ancient Greek on a mythological […]
The AFT responds The American Federation of Teachers’ report Do Charter Schools Measure Up? has been sharply criticized by special-interest groups advocating on behalf of charter schools. In “Lobbying in Disguise” (Check the Facts, Winter 2003), Robert Maranto joins this discordant chorus. But Maranto and the AFT agree on a number of points: • Charter […]
In 1983, a blue-ribbon education commission appointed by Ronald Reagan’s first Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, announced that America’s “educational institutions seem to have lost sight of the basic purposes of schooling, and of the high expectations and disciplined effort needed to attain them.” In its report, A Nation at Risk, the National Commission […]
Increased economic growth, fueled by improvements in student performance, might have funded the nation’s entire K–12 education budget by now
Photograph by Stephanie Kuykendal. A Nation at Risk‘s most fatal flaw was its faith in the American education system’s ability to act on its recommendations. The authors of Risk believed that the system was mainly in need of internal reforms: tougher coursework and graduation requirements, higher and more flexible salaries for teachers, a longer school […]
Illustration by Stuart Bradford. A Nation at Risk foreshadowed the modern accountability movement. While the word “accountability” never appears in Risk, its call for higher academic standards and its focus on student achievement as the main barometer of quality laid the intellectual groundwork for the rigorous curricula and tests envisioned by the promoters of standards-based […]
The effort to push underprepared students into academic courses has driven the rigor out of many textbooks and classrooms
A Nation at Risk emphasized the importance of learning so-called “higher-order skills” in the early grades. But even chess grand masters need to learn the basics first.
The authors of A Nation at Risk recognized a fundamental truth of education: that reforms, if they are to be successful, must reach into education’s inner sanctum, the classroom.
Why the status quo almost always wins
Minority students are becoming increasingly concentrated in urban school districts. During the 1990-91 school year, 40 of the 57 districts that are members of the Council of the Great City Schools reported student populations in which minority students composed the majority. By the 1997-98 school year, the number had risen to 46 districts. Though there […]
The core of A Nation at Risk was its concern that America’s public schools were not challenging enough to prepare students for a future built on technology and information.
In the wake of A Nation at Risk, educators pledged to focus anew on student achievement. Two decades later, little progress has been made
“Education reforms are useless unless our kids take responsibility for their education,” legendary union leader Albert Shanker wrote a decade ago.
A Nation at Risk was an historic document—for its time. Now we know that while its findings were dead on, its reform agenda relied too much on the existing system
Choice, accountability, and transparency will mean little without a new generation of school-based leaders to light the way
“It is high time that we commit the full resources required to improve every school in America, so that every child is at grade level or above”
It will take prolonged effort and more than just school reforms to boost student achievement
That the nation is still debating—and has yet to address—many of the issues raised by A Nation at Risk is a testament to its prescience