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.

Learning Optimized

A conversation with Diane Tavenner

Still Teaching for America

Common vision creates forward momentum

Ed Next Book Club: Michelle Rhee on Radical

Mike Petrilli talks with Michelle Rhee about her new autobiography, ‘Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.’

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The Recovery School District

The Recovery School District is infinitely superior to the failed urban district and, though the Achievement School District is still the understudy, we may soon see its name in lights.

The Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment

African Americans benefited the most

Ability Grouping, Tracking, and How Schools Work

It’s heartening to note that as the use of ability grouping is increasing a new generation of researchers is bringing sophisticated statistical techniques (and open minds) to bear on questions involving both ability grouping and tracking.

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The Hazards of the Great Example

A review of Tony Wagner’s new book, Creating Innovators

Authorizers: See What Replacing Failing Charter Schools, Replicating Great Ones Can Do

How could cities see their charter school sectors take off in quality, matching or besting the performance of their district schools, and the state?

Alabama School Choice Decision as Theater of the Absurd

The AEA and other Alabama choice opponents had better pray for a miracle, or prepare for the country’s newest tax credit program to become law.

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