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Tom Loveless is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Loveless’ research focuses on education policy and the politics of educational reform.

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A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Assessing the impact of national standards

Common Core Has Not Worked

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Racial Disparities in School Suspensions

Future efforts at discipline reform must reflect fundamental fairness while also ensuring orderly schools and welcoming learning environments.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing NAEP

Why has NAEP abandoned its foundational assessment and embarked on a new agenda?

The NAEP Proficiency Myth

NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.

Common Core’s Major Political Challenges for the Remainder of 2016

Common Core is now several years into implementation. Supporters have had a difficult time persuading skeptics that any positive results have occurred. The best evidence has been mixed on that question.

Has Common Core Influenced Instruction?

Advocates of the Common Core hope that the standards will eventually produce long term positive effects as educators learn how to use them. That’s a reasonable hypothesis. But it should now be apparent that a counter-hypothesis has equal standing: any positive effect of adopting Common Core may have already occurred.

No, the Sky is Not Falling: Interpreting the Latest SAT Scores

The SAT is not designed to measure national achievement; the score losses from 2014 were miniscule; and most of the declines are probably the result of demographic changes in the SAT population.

CNN’s Misleading Story on Homework

CNN's story relies on the results of one study that is limited in what it can tell us, but CNN even gets its main findings wrong.

Implementing Common Core: The Problem of Instructional Time

This is part two of my analysis of instruction and Common Core’s implementation.

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