Published Articles & Media
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.
Common Core and Classroom Instruction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
How decisions teachers make about instruction shape the implementation of the Common Core
The Gender Gap in Reading
The gender gap is large, worldwide, and persistent through the K-12 years. What should be done about it? Maybe nothing.
High Achievers, Tracking, and the Common Core
Eighth grade mathematics may be the single grade-subject combination most profoundly affected by the Common Core State Standards.
The Perils of Edutourism
American adventurers have fanned out across the globe to bring back to the United States the lessons of other school systems. It might produce good journalism, but it also tends to produce very bad social science.
Six Myths in the New York Times Math Article by Elizabeth Green
The belief that a particular approach to mathematics instruction—referred to over the past half-century as “progressive,” “constructivist,” “discovery,” or “inquiry-based”—is the answer to improving mathematics learning in the U.S. is not supported by evidence.
Implementing Common Core: Curriculum Part 2
A look at key curricular decisions that will be encountered as CCSS makes its way through the school system and the potential political controversies that this process may provoke.
Ahead of the News
What Do We Know About Professional Development?
Teachers who seek to improve their own practice are primarily guided by common sense, intuition, word of mouth, personal experience, ideologically laden ideas about progressive or traditional instruction, the guidance of mentors, and folk wisdom—not a body of knowledge and practice that has been rigorously tested for its efficacy.