Still Reforming after All These Years

A conversation with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier

Script Doctors

A compelling play on the wrong stage?

U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods

Credit Recovery Hits the Mainstream

Accountability lags for online options

Common Core: Too Little Change, Not Too Much

Common Core will not lead to a national curriculum. Local control is alive and well, as it should be. But that’s not to say anything goes in the Common Core era or that changes to teaching and learning aren’t needed.

Despite Success in New York City, It’s Time for Charters to Guard Their Flanks

School districts and teachers unions are fighting charters with renewed energy.

Making the Trade

Offering noncollege options to students

“Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material”

Is exactly what we should be telling a lot of high school students.

Kansas Courts Get It Right

Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.

Common Core: Teachers’ Unions Think Again

As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.

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.

Target Aid to Students Most Likely to Succeed

The cost of college has been rising at an unsustainable rate. The federal government has tried to soften the impact of these increases on families and students by providing more assistance in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits.

California Pension Reform: An Interview With San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

Will states and cities facing skyrocketing costs find a way to protect the retirement benefits that people have already earned while making changes to the way benefits are earned in the future?

Disparate Distortions: Obama Administration Doublespeak Undermines School Discipline

Today’s guidelines announced in Baltimore by the Justice and Education Departments brings the tortured logic of disparate impact to school discipline.

The 10 Things to Know About NAEP TUDA 2013

The performance of students in urban districts is distressingly low.

Assessments Are Vital for Healthy Schools

Putting a moratorium on testing is akin to shooting the messenger.

Wrestling with Diversity and Education in American Promise

The film American Promise, which opened in D.C. on November 1, surfaces many of difficult issues at the intersection of race, class, and gender.

Climate Change and Value-Added: New Evidence Requires New Thinking

It is increasingly hard to sustain the argument that test-based measures have no role to play in teacher evaluations.

Learning Why the Caged Bird Sings

A review of First Class:The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School, by Alison Stewart

End. The Broad Prize. Now.

If we want to help disadvantaged urban kids, we must stop propping up the failed urban district.

High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

Arizona students outperform Shanghai on international exams

Douglas County: The Most Interesting School District in America?

Douglas County suggests that the familiar paradigm of urban reform, which has driven so much of the K-12 agenda in the past decade, may be an uncomfortable or problematic fit in suburban districts.

On Tony Bennett’s ‘Grading-Gate,’ Avoid the Rush to Judgment

There’s little doubt that the media will continue to have a field day with revelations that Tony Bennett worked to change Indiana’s A–F grading system after learning that a high-performing school started by a wealthy donor would receive a C.

That’s How the Consortia Crumble

On Monday, PARCC released the cost of its tests—and right on cue, another state, Georgia, dropped out of the testing consortia. This is a disaster.

NCLB’s Critical Design Flaw and the Lesson to Take

A decision to focus NCLB reauthorization on promoting transparency, honest measurements of spending and achievement, and on ensuring that constitutional protections are respected ought not be seen as a retreat from NCLB but as an attempt to have the feds do what they can do sensibly and well.

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