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Making Christmas Shine Bright All Year Round

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.22.2016 | Impact
Elaine Weiss

For many of us, this really is the most wonderful time of the year. But for too many Americans, especially children, it's anything but that.

The Times They are a-Changin'

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.24.2017 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Policies that excuse everyone but teachers for the poor conditions in which an increasing share of US children grow up have not improved achievement, and they appear to be helping gaps grow, if anything.

Making Sense of Assessments: State-level NAEP Comparisons Offer Better Policy Guide Than International Assessments

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Let's treat social, economic, and education policies as the innately interwoven drivers of children's school and life trajectories that they are. And let's start putting them all on the right track.

Back to School: Making the Most of the Common Core

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.30.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

States and districts should do all they can to prepare students for the new standards ahead of time, and to continue supporting students throughout the school year. There are several strategies that schools and communities can take to smooth this transition.

Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.06.2016 | Education
Elaine Weiss

With Congress poised to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, organizations from a broad range of perspectives are claiming the civil rights mantle in promoting their visions for the new bill.

EduScholar Rankings: Where Education Policy Should Be Going, Versus Where It Is

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Elaine Weiss

There is a gap--no, a chasm--between what scholars find to be at the root of achievement gaps and what we must do to narrow them, and the agendas that many policymakers continue to push.

The Poverty-Resources Gap: Rich Hill and the Unique Needs of Rural Schools

Elaine Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

The good news is that policymakers are starting to take seriously educators' assertions that poverty is no excuse, but a real, pervasive, complex problem that we must tackle if we really mean to narrow achievement gaps.

A Broader, Bolder Approach Can Alleviate Race-Based Impediments to School Success

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

When it comes to neighborhood and school inequality, the federal government has always had a short attention span.

Deconstructing PISA: Implications for Education Reform and Fighting Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Public investments in schools vary greatly across states, as do other policies that may boost or depress scores. This year, three states received individual PISA rankings -- as if they were independent countries. This can help us connect the dots between those disparities and scores.

The New Public: Engaging Student Culture in Schools and Naming Our Reality

Elaine Weiss | Posted 02.05.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

Making students' real-life experiences relevant to daily classroom life helps students develop a broader worldview and a critical understanding of nuanced social issues concurrent with developing academic skills.

I Would Be Mad, Too

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Unfortunately, the degree to which the policy agenda advanced by Race to the Top has driven educators to take unprecedented actions against their own leaders is not unique in Tennessee. Indeed, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan should have anticipated problems.

Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Achievement gaps are not the real culprit. Rather, they are symptoms of the true problem: an underlying set of opportunity gaps.

Joy Resmovits

Report Calls Signature Obama Initiative 'Impossible' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, is "impossible" at best and damaging at worst, argues a new,...

Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

As we Race to the Top and offer states "flexibility" on NCLB, evidence continues to mount that our efforts to improve educational outcomes are focused on the wrong problem.

An Easy Reach Across the Aisle on Education

Helen Ladd | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Helen Ladd

Reaching across the aisle to help close this early opportunity gap would help restore public confidence in our federal lawmakers, and lay a strong foundation for smarter, more comprehensive education reform.

Investment in the Middle Class: Obama's Biggest Boost to Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Students who spent the night in a homeless shelter, rather than their own beds, may be confused or ashamed, and may lose not only cognitive but social skills. Obama's focus on putting more Americans back to work thus has the potential to right many of the educational wrongs that these children have suffered.

The Toxic Toll of Child Poverty

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

It shouldn't take a teachers' strike to remind us that cutting school nurses and social workers, substituting test-prep for afterschool enrichment, and making classes so large that teachers cannot have individual time with students, are the worst education policy choices we could make.

Lessons From Arne Duncan's Back-to-School Bus Tour

Martin J. Blank | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

As Secretary Arne Duncan travels the country on his Back-to-School bus tour, he has refocused his attention on the community schools strategy as a vehicle for implementing a Broader Bolder Approach to Education.

Investing in Children's After-School Hours

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

For some reason, too many budget-writers seem to see afterschool and summer learning programs as add-ons, something that's nice to have when we can afford them, but not something we can pay for when times are tight. They're exactly wrong.

Budgets and Children: A Total Disconnect

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Two recent reports highlight the disturbing chasm between the irrefutable evidence of the need for more investment in children -- particularly low-income and minority children and young children -- and Congress' insistence on ignoring it.

Maybe it's Time to Ask the Teachers?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

We have never heard more policy rhetoric about developing, recruiting and retaining strong teachers. Ironically, our policies have also never done more to ensure that good teachers have little incentive to serve and stay in those schools.