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The Timely Death of No Child Left Behind: 2001-2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 12:18 PM

This month, we sat shiva for the No Child Left Behind Act, otherwise known as NCLB, that passed away at 3:00 P.M. in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 10th. We do not mourn its loss. Unlike the traditional shiva, we celebrate not its life's achievements, but reflect on its shortcomings....

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The Word Deficit Begins Earlier Than at Age 4

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 6:01 PM

I don't know if anyone noticed the article in the past Sunday's New York Times, but it's indicative of what I see far too often.

A recent New York Times article struck a familiar chord with me. Ginia Bellafante's reports on what one principal who serves a poor...

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News From Philadelphia: A Dramatic Drop

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:20 PM

In Philadelphia, word comes from my colleague Donna Celano that the school year is not exactly starting out on the right foot. Currently, 53 public schools remain under investigation for possible cheating violations during statewide proficiency exams given from 2009 to 2011. Now, a Philadelphia Inquirer analysis shows...

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Muddle Mouth

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:48 PM

You've really got to hand it to Mitt Romney. He seems to say it all when it comes to educational reform. Listening to him on Education Nation, it's a study of equivocation. He's for standards--not the common ones mind you, since that would be government intrusion. (Forget the...

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Opportunity Gap or Knowledge Gap

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 6:17 PM

In a recent column, David Brooks calls the differences between the haves and have-nots an "opportunity gap. " Our 10 year study of poverty and privilege in two neighborhoods in Philadelphia indicates a far more draconian scenario. The opportunity gap is actually a result of another, more pervasive divide.

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Content, Code and Comprehensive Language= Early Literacy Development

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 4:23 PM

After years in the making, the National Institute for Literacy at last issued its report from the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP), called "Developing Early Literacy." Designed to consolidate much of the extant literature in early literacy, the field has eagerly awaited their findings. Much like the National Reading Panel...

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No Child Left Behind Redux

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 4:52 PM

New York City School Superintendent Joel Klein and Al Sharpton, a curious coupling to be sure, argue in their 1/1/2/09 Op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal that all we need is high quality teachers to close the pernicious achievement gap. (Interestingly the title of the editorial is "Charter Schools...

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Arne Duncan -- A Wise Choice; A Critical Time

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 7:13 AM

I can't think of a wiser choice than President-elect Obama's selection of Arne Duncan, current CEO of Chicago Public Schools, as Education Secretary. Duncan has a track-record of educational reform successes and he'll use whatever it takes -- innovative charters, teacher reforms, early childhood programs--to ensure higher achievement. Way back...

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Brain Differences Between Poor and Rich Kids

(5) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 6:19 PM

Greg Toppo, top education news reporter for USA Today, highlights a ground-breaking study in his piece on December 8th that provides incontrovertible evidence, perhaps for the very first time, on how poverty afflicts children's brains. Toppo reported on a study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience that found poverty...

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Serving in D.C.: Been There, Done That

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 7:15 PM

There is something to be said about hindsight. Those clamoring for jobs with the Obama Administration will soon learn on their own about the burdens and brickbats. As a researcher passionate about issues of poverty, low-achievement, and early childhood education, I took the D.C. plunge and joined the Bush Administration...

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Right Problem; Wrong Solution

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 1:34 PM

According to Lou Gerstner in his December 1st op-ed piece in Wall Street Journal, schools today are failing miserably to educate students for 21st knowledge and skills. He's right. Scores on national achievement tests are flat and, in some cases, down over the past two decades. Today, we have...

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