Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?

International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance

Protecting College Students from Uncomfortable Ideas

A review of “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Pension Fix Depends On Accurate Counting

How should we measure teacher longevity?

New ‘Knowledge Mapping’ Tool Evaluates English Language Arts Curricula

Tool allows education leaders to see the degree to which their curriculum builds critical background knowledge and aligns with their vision and priorities.

We Can’t Just Invest in Building Great Curricula

We need to invest in marketing them, too.

EdNext Podcast: Identifying the Colleges That Successfully Recruit Low-Income Students

Colleges are trying harder to recruit high-achieving students from low-income families. And some organizations are now ranking colleges on the extent to which they provide opportunities to those students. But new research identifies problems with the way these rankings are calculated, and suggests that colleges should be looking at the numbers differently. Caroline Hoxby joins Marty West to discuss her latest research on this topic.

Straight Up Conversation: AltSchool Chief Impact Officer Devin Vodicka

AltSchool partners with 25 districts and schools to implement technology-enabled personalized learning. It also operates four tuition-funded lab schools in San Francisco and New York City.

K-12 Schools Aren’t Getting Disrupted, but Markets that Provide Resources to Schools Are

Edtech entrepreneurs and school choice advocates sometimes invoke disruptive innovation as an indomitable force that will redeem and transform broken school systems.

What We’re Watching: Sen. Lamar Alexander on Reforming the Higher Education Act

On Monday, February 4, the American Enterprise Institute hosted Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for a speech on the committee’s agenda for reforming the Higher Education Act.

In the News: Another Small College Will Close

Many higher-education experts are concerned about the future of small private colleges in America, which face dwindling enrollment and mounting deficits.

The Right Way to Capture College “Opportunity”

Popular Measures Can Paint the Wrong Picture of Low-Income Student Enrollment

In the News: Colleges have been under pressure to admit needier kids. It’s backfiring

A new study finds that when we rank colleges based on how many Pell grant recipients they enroll, we may not accurately identify the schools that are doing the best job of recruiting low-income students.

Texting Nudges Harm Degree Completion

Students randomly assigned to receive texts to remind them to complete the FAFSA while they are seniors in high school are significantly less likely to complete an AA or BA degree.

Defining Personalized Learning and Blended Learning: Is There a Difference?

Personalized learning is a pedagogical philosophy of tailoring learning to the individual student. Blended learning involves integrating technology to deliver some content.

Academic Innovation: The Obligation to Evolve

The university has survived because it is dynamic, not static. Its ability to absorb innovations from the outside has been a crucial factor in its success.

In the News: Hampshire Struggles to Stay Afloat

The president of Hampshire College has announced that the school is seeking a partner to help the institution survive. Many small private colleges are now facing a fiscal crisis.

Entree to Freshman Year

Online programs offer low-cost courses for college credit

In the News: Should a College Diploma Be a Goal for All?

The New York Times published an interesting batch of letters in response to an op-ed by Oren Cass arguing that our education system spends too much money on college students and not enough on other students. Several Education Next writers have also considered whether college should be the goal for all students.

Online Learning Goes Hollywood

Using video storytelling to motivate learning

Allowing Researchers to See What Goes On in the Classroom

Technology might allow us to collect detailed information about classroom practice that would help us learn what’s working and what’s not.

There’s a Reason Why Teachers Don’t Use the Software Provided By Their Districts

A recent report found that most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice.

Community Colleges and Career Education

New non-degree programs skip the general education requirements

The EdNext Podcast: Connecting Student Loans to Community College Attainment

As college costs rise, some see cause for alarm in rising levels of student loan debt. However, a new study finds that students who take out loans do better in school. Lesley Turner joins Marty West to discuss that new study, “The Benefits of Borrowing: Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment,” which she co-authored with Benjamin M. Marx.

In the News: Study Cites the Benefits of Taking Student Loans

Despite their toxic reputation, student loans help recipients earn better grades, take more classes, and graduate sooner, a new study finds.

The Benefits of Borrowing

Evidence on student loan debt and community college attainment

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