Why Schools Should Bridge the Generational Divide

A new book highlights the abundance of human beings, young and old, who could benefit from one another’s energy, wisdom, and experience.

Charter Schools and Segregation: What the Research Says

When charter schools serving mostly minority students outperform nearby district schools that also serve mostly minority students, what does this tell us about charter schools and segregation?

As We Reach the End of Education Policy, We Need a Golden Age of Educational Practice

While policymakers might be taking a break from education policy, we cannot afford to take a break from educational improvement.

What Happened to Wisconsin’s Teacher Workforce After Act 10? Not Much

Many predicted that the restrictions Act 10 placed on collective bargaining would devastate the teacher workforce in Wisconsin, but the more drastic predictions have not transpired.

Survey Says: Parents Want School Choice

The nation’s largest private school choice program is effective, popular, and money-saving. And yet, it could be on the chopping block.

Can Education Still Advance the Common Good?

In a provocative new essay, David Labaree argues that American K–12 education has largely replaced its commitment to advancing the public good with a more selfish focus on securing private gains of various kinds.

The Next British Invasion: ResearchEd Comes to the U.S.

ResearchED conferences aim at raising the research literacy of teachers and creating a community of educators dedicated to evidence-based practice.

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss too much school, but many parents are clueless about how many days their children have missed

Why School Ratings Should Stress Learning Gains

A recent national study found that many schools with low achievement were at the same time producing average or better growth. Conversely, student growth in schools with few disadvantaged students varied widely,

When Teachers Drop Everything to Talk Politics

Teachers, like every American citizen, are free to express their political views in a variety of public forums like Twitter and Facebook. But a series of court decisions have made it clear that a very different standard applies inside publicly funded K–12 classrooms, where teachers have far less freedom to speak their minds.

Voters Care Less About Education This Year Than Reports Suggest

There’s little to suggest that education will drive voter decisions — especially in a polarized election cycle dominated by anti-Trump sentiment, a humming economy, and the Kavanaugh aftermath.

Do Voucher Regulations Reduce Anticipated Voucher Program Participation and School Quality?

Evidence from an experimental study

The Concern about Subgroups in ESSA Accountability Systems May Be Overblown

In Ohio, schools with poor performance for subgroups but high grades overall are quite rare.

Sketching a Workable Way Forward on Teacher Pay

There’s a win-win solution to teacher compensation. But it requires a willingness to rethink how teachers are paid and how school dollars are spent.

Amid College Success Push, The U.S. Overlooks The Fact That One In Four Students Are Parents

When parents enter postsecondary education, they meet a system that isn’t designed with them in mind.

Straight Up Conversation: IBM Foundation Chief Jen Crozier on P-TECH Schools

P-TECH is a grades 9-to-14 school model that seeks to integrate high school with community college and workplace learning.

Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term

New research by David Deming and Kadeem Noray finds that students who major in STEM fields initially experience elevated salaries and rates of employment, but the skills their occupations require change so rapidly that their training quickly becomes obsolete.

Making School Performance Data Work for Families

Forty percent of parents surveyed said they didn’t look at publicly available report cards on their children’s school or school district in the past year because they didn’t know the report cards existed.

An Open Letter to My Ed School Dean

There is a science of reading and we owe it to all future elementary school teachers that it be taught and embraced so that it might improve outcomes for children.

The Fight for the Best Charter Schools in the Country: What Massachusetts Got Right and Wrong

One year in a Massachusetts charter school adds 40 days of additional learning in math and 28 days in reading compared to the schools from which students came.

Be Wary of Reformers Peddling ‘Model’ School Districts

Too often, districts get heralded as islands of possibility, superintendents are honored as paragons of leadership, and hard questions wind up going unasked.

Straight Up Conversation: The Grade’s Alexander Russo on Media Coverage of Education

A conversation about how media coverage of education has changed, what education journalists do especially well, and where the coverage needs improvement.

WeWork Helps Online Learning Take its Next Step Forward

WeWork and 2U are not recreating the sprawling campus environment of college, but they are offering an in-person environment in an experiment that could dramatically bolster engagement

What Exactly Is Teacher Professionalism, Anyway?

“Teacher professionalism” can mean profoundly different things to different people. Fordham’s Robert Pondiscio argues that the key to professionalizing teaching is to ask, “What do the kids do all day?”

New Field Trip Study

The National Art Education Association and the Association of Art Museum Directors just released a new study examining the effects of student field trips to art museums.

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