The Fall 2015 Issue of Education Next is Here!

The Fall 2015 issue of Education Next is here! The cover features three articles assessing school reform in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Researchers with the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) at Tulane University, directed by professor of economics, Douglas Harris, show the impact of the reforms on student performance; consider to what degree the city’s system of school choice provides a variety of distinct options for families; and take a careful look at the city’s unique centralized enrollment system.

ednext_XV_4_cover_emailA study by William Howell analyzes the impact of Race to the Top and finds that in its aftermath, states adopted at unprecedented rates the education policies that were explicitly rewarded under the competition. Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, debates Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute about the success of Race to the Top in an accompanying forum.

Does school spending matter after all? New research from Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson, and Claudia Persico provides compelling evidence that money does matter, and that additional school resources can meaningfully improve long-run outcomes for students.

Also in this issue, Marcus Winters debunks a common myth about the “special education gap,” and Alan Borsuk profiles a Wisconsin high school that reached high international benchmarks in math and reading on the OECD Test for Schools.

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Table of Contents


Good News for New Orleans

Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement

by Douglas N. Harris

The New Orleans OneApp

Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice

by Douglas N. Harris, Jon Valant, and Betheny Gross


Many Options in New Orleans Choice System

School characteristics vary widely

by Paula Arce-Trigatti, Douglas N. Harris, Huriya Jabbar, and Jane Arnold Lincove


The Myth about the Special Education Gap

Charter enrollments driven by parental choices, not discriminatory policies

by Marcus A. Winters

Wisconsin High Schools Learn from New PISA Test

International comparison drives efforts to improve

by Alan J. Borsuk


What Did Race to the Top Accomplish?

Education Next talks with Joanne Weiss and Frederick M. Hess


Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

Win or lose, states enacted education reforms

by William G. Howell

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings

Does school spending matter after all?

by Kirabo Jackson, Rucker C. Johnson, and Claudia Persico


“No-Racially-Disparate-Discipline” Policies Opposed by Both Teachers and General Public

by Paul E. Peterson


Disparate Impact Indeed

Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students

by Joshua Dunn


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam

As reviewed by Isabel Sawhill

On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle Against Resegregation by Carol Corbett Burris

As reviewed by Patrick J. Wolf


What Twitter Says about the Education Policy Debate

And how scholars might use it as a research tool

by Michael J. Petrilli


A Day at the Khan Lab School

Inquiry and self-direction guide student learning

by Malaina Kapoor

– Education Next

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