The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:37 pm
When an unpopular president (Trump) pushes a popular idea (school choice), where does the public come out?
Posted: April 28, 2017, 7:39 am
Will students work harder in school if their parents--or complete strangers--are keeping an eye on them? In thousands of classrooms in China, webcams are being used to live-stream classrooms so that anyone can watch what is happening.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 2:51 am
BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. according to the new US News rankings.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 6:48 am
Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:55 am
What lessons can education reformers learn from the development and implementation of the Common Core? Rick Hess and Chris Minnich (of the Council of Chief State School Officers) discuss that question in this 20-minute video.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:37 pm
As of December 2018, school districts nationwide will be required to report exactly what they spend on each of their schools. Will that information kick off a new wave of school finance research and reform? Could it become one of the law’s most important legacies? Marty West discusses the change with Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 9:09 am
Rankings based on international assessments are simple to understand—but they can also mislead.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 7:56 am
Yesterday, Harvard Education Press released my new book, Letters to a Young Education Reformer.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 5:07 am
Does high-school recruiting help more students graduate?
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:02 am
Boosting college quality and success for high-scoring Hispanic students – by External Relations, Education Next
Recognition program facilitates targeted higher-ed recruitment, improves outcomes
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:01 am
There are three broad approaches that researchers and practitioners in P-12 choice systems can adopt to make their programs easier for parents to navigate.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:14 am
The Importance of High Quality General Education for Students in Special Education – by Elizabeth Setren
New evidence suggests that it’s possible for special education students to make large achievement gains without their traditional services in schools with high quality general education programs.
Posted: April 24, 2017, 6:42 am
What if we could predict which schools are likely not to succeed—before they even open their doors?
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:49 am
Tenure arrived in K–12 education as a trickle-down from higher ed. Will the demise of tenure follow a similar sequence?
Posted: April 21, 2017, 9:33 am
Federal data from NCES offers a potentially surprising revelation: Private school teachers have higher turnover rates than their public school counterparts, and it’s not particularly close.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 5:15 am
Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability – by Thomas Arnett
Imagine an ideal world in which all student data flows seamlessly and securely between software applications:
Posted: April 20, 2017, 4:05 am
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer and seemed troubled by a Missouri grant program that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvement.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:49 am
Each year, millions of parents nationwide must make a seemingly life-altering decision for their soon-to-be kindergartener: to redshirt or not to redshirt. Many parents believe that so-called “academic redshirting,” or the act of delaying a student’s kindergarten entrance by one year, will give their children a leg up not only when they first enroll in school, but throughout their educational careers and later in life. But is redshirting preschoolers really advantageous? Could it do more harm than good?
Posted: April 19, 2017, 9:00 am
Test scores and graduation rates have become the wild car crashes and crazy stunts of school reform. They’re what the movie is about.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 7:53 am
It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 7:47 am
The Supreme Court has a new opportunity to clarify matters in a case scheduled for oral argument on April 19, just days after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s arrival on the bench.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 1:39 pm
An excerpt from Letters to a Young Education Reformer
Posted: April 18, 2017, 1:16 pm
Philadelphia tries a new kind of teacher training program that focuses on the how of teaching rather than the why.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 7:59 am
It can be tempting for many to talk about equity as a byproduct of personalized and blended learning, but we need to push on that assumption.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 6:13 am
What Helps Disadvantaged Students: No-Excuses Charters vs. Income Integration? – by Chester E. Finn, Jr.
When it comes to educating disadvantaged students the “no excuses” model of charter schools is possibly more effective and definitely more politically viable than “diversity” initiatives.
Posted: April 17, 2017, 10:43 am
Better measures of economic disadvantage can help us better understand the variation in outcomes within the population of children who are eligible for subsidized meals
Posted: April 17, 2017, 5:14 am
Writing for Chalkbeat, Dylan Peers McCoy describes how one of the nation's largest school voucher programs has changed the private schools that participate, leading them to focus more intensely on student test scores.
Posted: April 17, 2017, 4:11 am
An interview published this week with NPR asks education professor Diane Schanzenbach of Northwestern University about her motivation to gather the research on academic redshirting in her recent article for Education Next “Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten: ‘Redshirting’ may do more harm than good,” which challenges Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion that being among the oldest in one’s peer group is always an advantage.
Posted: April 14, 2017, 2:35 pm
Providing a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment suitable for their unique needs is complicated for all schools. But while there is still room for improvement, the tired claim that charter schools don’t serve students with disabilities is simply untrue.
Posted: April 14, 2017, 11:13 am
Schools Should Tell Parents Whether Their Middle Schoolers Are On Track for College – by Michael J. Petrilli
We can see it, clear as day, in the data, starting as early as the sixth grade. We know with reasonable precision which students are likely to leave high school ready for college, and which are not. We just don’t bother to tell the families.
Posted: April 14, 2017, 10:58 am
On Tuesday, April 25th, the Fordham Institute, Education Next and the Hoover Institution hosted two discussions on what a $20 billion federal school choice tax-credit program could look like.
Posted: April 14, 2017, 8:39 am
Supreme Court raises level of benefit
Posted: April 13, 2017, 1:18 pm
California’s new school dashboard provides solutions to criticisms of the state’s previous system. But the result may lack clarity for parents, and the most important element of all – consequences.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 10:00 am
As education has gotten ensnared in national politics, it’s become all too easy for those passionate about educational improvement to lose sight of what unites them. What can we do about that?
Posted: April 13, 2017, 9:35 am
A review of "Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education" by Jonathan A. Knee
Posted: April 12, 2017, 11:10 am
Bridge Academies show promising results in Kenya and Uganda, but unions see them only as a threat.
Posted: April 12, 2017, 10:43 am
Could Hamilton have an impact on the teaching of U.S. History in American high schools? That’s the vision behind the Hamilton Project, a major new effort to get the musical in the hands of kids, first in New York City, and eventually nationwide.
Posted: April 12, 2017, 10:04 am
Will overturning the Obama administration's teacher preparation regulations lead to progress or stagnation in teacher quality?
Posted: April 12, 2017, 5:00 am
Redshirting may do more harm than good
Posted: April 11, 2017, 12:02 pm
A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.
Posted: April 11, 2017, 10:36 am
On Monday, April 17 at 9 am, Brookings will host a discussion of the state of knowledge on pre-K education.
Posted: April 11, 2017, 9:52 am
Educator and researcher agree that it’s generally not worth it to delay kindergarten start time
Posted: April 11, 2017, 4:01 am
A Counterintuitive Approach to Improving Math Education: Focus on English Language Arts Teaching – by Susanna Loeb
The benefits of good English teachers are seen in students’ achievement in future years, not only in English, but in other subjects as well.
Posted: April 10, 2017, 10:29 am
Is there any place in the nation where education reform has left the rails as quickly and completely as New York?
Posted: April 10, 2017, 10:16 am
The enthusiasm of some school choice advocates is leading them to make their case in ways that are tone-deaf or counterproductive.
Posted: April 10, 2017, 10:05 am
It’s too soon to declare that curriculum has made its way solidly into the ed-reform arsenal, but the evidence is mounting that it’s entering.
Posted: April 7, 2017, 9:21 am
On Monday, April 10 at 9 am, Andy Smarick will host an event at AEI to discuss his paper on how states might apply charter-style accountability to district-run schools.
Posted: April 7, 2017, 9:00 am
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Education Next, and the Hoover Institution have teamed up to bring forth two pointed discussions, each centered around a critical question.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 5:15 pm
After more than two decades of state supervision, Newark’s public schools are slated to return to local control.
Posted: April 6, 2017, 9:15 am
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