How to Reverse Grade Inflation and Help Students Reach Their Potential

A new study looks at how easy or hard it is today to get a good grade in high school and whether that has changed over time.

Straight Up Conversation: Scholar Jay Greene on the Importance of Field Trips

Jay Greene, chair of the University of Arkansas department of education reform, has a famously eclectic set of research interests, ranging from school choice to field trips to the effect of schools on civic values.

If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Be It: Edtech that connects students to role models

DreamWakers is a nonprofit that uses free and existing video technology to connect under-resourced classrooms across the U.S. with diverse career professionals.

Finding the Sweet Spot Between Defeatism and Utopianism When Setting School Standards

High expectations are as critical as ever. But it’s only when we combine them with a pragmatic approach that we have a chance of actually achieving them.

The Secret to Activating Teacher Motivation

What’s the key to getting teachers on board with new approaches to instruction?

The Perils of Narrow Training in Education Research

We risk raising a generation of education policy experts with a thin grasp of education.

Voucher Regulation Reduces Quality of Private School Options

A new suggests that higher-quality private schools are less likely to participate in two of the most highly regulated voucher programs in the country, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

Want More Art Ed? Decentralize School Control

Schools are not more responsive to parent and community preferences regarding the arts because parents and communities no longer really control their schools.

Four Hard Questions That Will Dictate the Future of Career and Technical Education

Tony Bennett, the former state superintendent of Indiana and Florida, shares four practical questions that help gauge whether today’s embrace of CTE is serious.

Past Is Prologue on Common Core Tests

The improvements in the nation’s tests in recent years are real. Education leaders need to hold firm on these advances in the rigor and technical quality of their tests, even as they take on the next steps of aligning high-quality curriculum and instruction

A Timeless, Timely Challenge to Schools at 9/11’s Anniversary

In a popular novel, Joe Klein once explained the need for greater civility and respect in society. It’s a plea that’s especially relevant for schools as we remember the tragedy of September 11.

The Fall 2018 Issue of Education Next is here!

The cover story of the Fall 2018 issue examines what’s ahead for teachers unions after this June’s landmark Supreme Court decision banning agency fees for non-members.

Straight Up Conversation: Roxanna Elden on Her New Book ‘Adequate Yearly Progress’

Veteran educator Roxanna Elden is out with her first novel, Adequate Yearly Progress, which follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa.

How the Common Core Changed Standardized Testing

In many states, assessments have advanced considerably over the previous generation of assessments.

Ten Questions for Educators to Chew On

These questions can help parents get a read on school culture and values (and not just buzzwords) and can also help educators think deeply about how they want their schools to work.

What Governors Should Know About K-12 School Quality and the Economy

A governor’s efforts to improve a state’s economy must include strengthening K-12 school quality.

Innovators Worth Watching: Ed Leadership SIMS

Simulations can help educators and school leaders get practice and feedback in low-stakes settings.

Five Questions About Data Use for School Leaders

This school year, take charge of your data.

A Promising Alternative to Subsidized Lunch Receipt as a Measure of Student Poverty

Some states are putting in place linked data systems that enable them to identify students who are economically disadvantaged regardless of whether their families fill out a form.

Great Curriculum Will Fuel, Not Hamper, Charter Autonomy and Innovation

In New Orleans, the focus is now on high-quality instructional materials.

Why Can’t the Middle Class Afford Catholic School Anymore?

Decades of Catholic school leaders did not adapt to changing circumstances to ensure that middle-income families would still be able to afford tuition.

Let’s Retire the ‘Gifted-and-Talented’ Label

If we allow students to move at their own pace, there is no longer a need to label and sort them.

Accountability for Early Education — A Different Approach and Some Positive Signs

Outcomes-based accountability has come to preschools in the form of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS).

Becoming an Instructional Coach

An interview with two teachers-turned-coaches about how they made the transition.

School Policies and the Success of Advantaged and Disadvantaged Students

Policies and practices that might be successful overall could actually help one group of students while harming another.

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