State Policy

“How’d You Do It?” Mississippi’s Superintendent of Education Explains State’s Learning Gains

“Data and accountability will drive the behaviors that you want to see,” Carey Wright says in exit interview
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What’s Ahead for the Nation’s First Federally Approved Teacher-Apprenticeship Program?

Tennessee finds a way for teachers to graduate with zero debt, and to be paid as they study.

Student Learning Recovering from Pandemic Losses, Ohio Data Show

For some subgroups—including English learners and students with disabilities—achievement has largely recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
School voucher legislation failed earlier this year in the Oklahoma state senate. The Oklahoma State Capitol building is seen here.

Why Even Oklahoma Couldn’t Pass a School Voucher Bill

Major political and election reforms are the paths to genuine change
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States: Don’t Give Up on Measuring Student Growth for 2022 Accountability

States lacking valid baseline test data from 2021 could go back to 2019 for their baselines, measuring cumulative growth across three years.
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How New Hampshire High Schoolers Can Earn Credits Essentially Anywhere

"Education is a sector that is particularly resistant to innovation or change," says the Granite State's education commissioner, Frank Edelblut.

What Youngkin’s Virginia Win Means for Education

It was all about values, frustration, and parental empowerment. And that is potent, deeply personal stuff.
The West Virginia state Senate debates school choice legislation, March 17, 2021.

Rethinking Old Tactics to Advance School Choice

Courting Democratic policymakers has not been effective. Indeed, it has likely been counter-productive.

School Choice Is Issue in California Recall

“I favor school choice, he doesn’t,” Larry Elder says of Governor Newsom

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