The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2016


Every December, Education Next announces the most popular articles we published over the course of the past year based on web traffic.

This year, the top article was “How Family Background Influences Student Achievement: Can schools narrow the gap?” by Anna Egalite.

The article looks at four different family variables that may influence student achievement and at ways in which schools can offset the effects of these variables. It was part of a special Education Next issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of James S. Coleman’s groundbreaking report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity.” Five other articles from that issue also appear on the Top 20 list.

Without further ado, here’s the list:

1. How Family Background Influences Student Achievement
Can schools narrow the gap?
By Anna J. Egalite
2. After Common Core, States Set Rigorous Standards
Forty-five states raise the student proficiency bar
By Paul E. Peterson, Samuel Barrows and Thomas Gift
3. High School of the Future
Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further
By Joanne Jacobs
4. What Matters for Student Achievement
Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools
By Eric A. Hanushek
5. In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most
Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings
By Dan Goldhaber
6. The Politics of the Common Core Assessments
Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia
By Ashley Jochim and Patrick McGuinn
7. Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll
Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular
By Paul E. Peterson, Michael B. Henderson, Martin R. West and Samuel Barrows
8. It Pays to Improve School Quality
States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains
By Eric A. Hanushek, Jens Ruhose and Ludger Woessmann
9. Connecting to Practice
How we can put education research to work
By Thomas J. Kane
10. An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Focus your philanthropy on innovation outside the system
By Chester E. Finn, Jr.
11. Denver Expands Choice and Charters
Elected school board employs portfolio strategy to lift achievement
By David Osborne
12. The Life and Times of James S. Coleman
Hero and villain of school policy research
By Sally B. Kilgore
13. Teacher Home Visits
School-family partnerships foster student success
By June Kronholz
14. Desegregation Since the Coleman Report
Racial composition of schools and student learning
By Steven Rivkin
15. Incomplete Reform in Baltimore
A shift in authority to school leaders falls short
By Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim
16. “Children, be quiet and watch your lesson”
The case for video time during class
By Michael J. Petrilli
17. School Closures In New York City
Did students do better after their high schools were closed?
By James J. Kemple
18. Innovation in Catholic Education
New approaches to instruction and governance may revitalize the sector
By Kelly Robson and Andy Smarick
19. Teacher Race and School Discipline
Are students suspended less often when they have a teacher of the same race?
By Constance A. Lindsay and Cassandra M. D. Hart
20. What Do We Know About School Discipline Reform?
Assessing the alternatives to suspensions and expulsions
By Matthew P. Steinberg and Johanna Lacoe

Congratulations to all of our authors!

— Education Next

P.S. You can find the Top 20 Education Next articles of 2015 here, 2014 here and 2013 here.

P.P.S. You can find the Top 10 Education Next blogs of 2016 here.

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