Perhaps Progress Against Poverty Helped Test Scores Rise

The pattern isn’t perfect. But over the past twenty years, the two lines appear to be moving generally in the same direction.

In the News: States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders

National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program recently reported on how Florida’s “mandatory retention” program, requiring that third graders who can’t read repeat the grade, has spread to a total of 19 states.

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In the News: The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

The New York Times science section has a cover article reporting about how school districts are dealing with complaints about the supposed health risks of wireless networks.

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Joe Biden: Higher Education Millionaire

Maybe if these colleges weren’t paying $1,689,651 to the Bidens, they could lower tuition, or would require less taxpayer support, or students wouldn’t have to go so deeply into debt to graduate.

Robots Are Teaching Language Skills, But Are They Any Good?

Robots may work well sometimes. Here’s what we know about why, when, and for whom.

World Cup Heroines Are the Athletes, Not Nixon

Untangling the Effects of Title IX on Women’s Soccer

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The Moral Implications of Social and Emotional Learning

Jay Greene argues that SEL’s moral and religious dimensions are essential, and that efforts to downplay those are likely to render SEL ineffective.

The “Obscure Educator” Who Invented Charter Schools

A new history is a reminder of Ray Budde’s remarkable achievement

Child Poverty Is Down Sharply Since the Start of the Ed Reform Era

Let’s celebrate the fact that our country has made real progress in the War on Poverty.

Straight Up Conversation: Digital Pioneers Academy CEO Mashea Ashton

Mashea Ashton is the founder and CEO of Digital Pioneers Academy, a computer science-focused charter school that launched last fall in Washington, D.C.

How Socrates Invented Social and Emotional Learning

What used to be called character education is unlikely to be effective if it is divorced from its moral and religious foundations.

Student Outcomes Have Improved in More Than Just Reading and Math

Fourth and eighth graders made progress across the entirety of the academic curriculum from the late 1990s until the Great Recession—especially our lowest performing students and students of color.

Four Surprising Truths About U.S. Schooling

A lot of our fevered education debates are fueled by assumptions which can be off-base, or flat wrong.

In the News: Alexa, Tell Us What You Think of Voice-Activated Learning in K-12

There are at least six sessions with titles that mention Alexa at the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference.

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Some Practical Advice for School Leaders Facing Familiar Challenges

Kristyn Klei Borrero offers some concrete advice based on what she learned as a school and school system leader.

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Supreme Court Partially Junks a Lemon

American Legion Cross Case May Make It Harder To Sue Schools Over Religion

“Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong”

What the work of Mauricio “Lim” Miller, an Oakland, California-based social services pioneer and MacArthur “Genius” fellowship recipient, means for education.

Betsy DeVos and Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes in the U.S. Have Improved Significantly in Recent Decades

A fair assessment of the past twenty-five years, and especially the years before the Great Recession, is that something improved outcomes for students, particularly the most vulnerable students.

School Choices for Rural America

School choice leaves many small town denizens and suburbanites cold. So here’s an idea for what rural school reform should look like.

Rising Graduation Rates Signal Risk of Sinking Standards

We can’t rule out “dumbing down” as one explanation for rising high school graduation rates, and there’s now provocative evidence that it’s also contributing to rising college graduation rates.

The Secret Source of Lost Learning and Educator Burnout

Teachers spend more than a third of their instructional time on tasks other than instruction. And that’s before we add in paperwork done outside the classroom.

Teacher-Student Race Matching: Where The Research Is Heading

A new study looks at differences in exposure and impact associated with assignment to same race/ethnicity teachers between the traditional public school and public charter sectors.

Straight Up Conversation: LEAP Innovations CEO Phyllis Lockett

LEAP Innovations runs an 18-month program training educators in 140 Chicago schools how to implement personalized learning.

In the News: How New York’s Elite Public Schools Lost Their Black and Hispanic Students

Black and Hispanic students currently represent 70 percent of New York City’s school system, but make up just 10 percent of the enrollment in the specialized high schools.

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Sanders Ban on For-Profit Charters May Backfire

The fact that African Americans favor charter schools has less to do with charter schools themselves and more to do with our right of self-determination where the education of our children is concerned.

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