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The Three Faces of a New Era of School Improvement

John Thompson | Posted 10.04.2016 | Education
John Thompson

NPR Ed reached out to education leaders from across the country and found that "some education leaders are rushing to embrace the newly frank conversa...

Educators Face the Next Generation of Tests

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In which I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. In previous columns, I shared...

The False Promise of Core Knowledge

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

The Common Core famously emphasizes evidence-based reading and writing. For Common Core assignments and exams, students only get full credit if they answer questions using evidence from the passage under consideration. Why?

Who Does Gates Fund for "General Operating Support"?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The assertiveness of the Gates Foundation in funding its approved version of education reform takes on head-tilting meaning when one considers the organizations that Gates funds "for general operating support."

Rebecca Klein

There Are A Lot More Adults Working In Schools Lately, And Most Of Them Are Not Teachers | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

The number of adults working in public schools has exploded over the past several decades, and it's not necessarily because there are many more teache...

Oklahoma May Be First to Really Dump Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Governor Mary Fallin is restoring some order. And wonder of all wonders, State Superintendent Janet Baresi appears to be following along.

Fordham's Mike Petrilli: Selling Common Core in States With Better Standards

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Fordham Institute takes its Common Core State Standards (CCSS) "tracking" seriously -- to the point of manipulating states with standards that it graded as "superior" to CCSS into clinging to CCSS.

Whatever Will We Do If We Dump Common Core?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

If self-declared "reformers" promote non-CCSS education as substandard, and all of these "reformers" lack a CCSS-based education, why should anyone bother heeding any advice they should push onto the public?

Joy Resmovits

3 Ways Districts Can Pay For Special Education Students: Report | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

With the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act floating in legislative limbo, a conservative think tank is providing states and school districts...

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates likes Common Core. So, he is purchasing it. In doing so, Gates demonstrates (sadly so) that when one has enough money, one can purchase fundamentally democratic institutions.

The Common Core Standards: Truths, Untruths and Ambiguities

Patte Barth | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Patte Barth

Educators in 46 states and DC are deep in the process of implementing new "common core" standards into their classrooms. But an emerging anti-core backlash may render their efforts moot in several states.

How Do We Build Schools Worthy of Our Democracy?

John Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Sustainable gains must be inextricably rooted in the strengths of our constitutional democracy. Lasting improvements must be organically connected to an open society which prizes the exchange of ideas.

Will Conservative 'Reformers' Now Turn on Their Liberal Allies?

John Thompson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Now that the president was reelected, with unions playing a vital role as team players, and with the defeats of the most extreme "reformers" in Indiana, Idaho, South Dakota, and elsewhere, the tone of Fordham Institute's conservatives is different.

Is Online Learning One Third Cheaper?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

The real cost of producing college and career ready graduates depends on the student population and the risk factors they bring to school. We need to align state funding systems with our academic goals and create incentives for the services we want to see.

Believing That a "Meteor" or Some New Accountability System Will Destroy the Educational Status Quo

John Thompson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Education
John Thompson

As the tenth anniversary of No Child Left Behind approaches, the obvious question about bubble-in mania is being asked by Mark Schneider in "Has the Accountability Movement Run Its Course?"

Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 01.16.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

They announce that, "The digital revolution needs excellent teachers." Instead, I'd say, "The shift to personal digital learning will leverage excellent teachers."

Joy Resmovits

Performance Still Dismal On National Math, Reading Tests | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.10.2012 | Education

Students performed marginally better over the last two years on the nation's most reliable math and reading exam, according to results released Tuesda...

Joy Resmovits

No A+ Student Left Behind? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

In the eyes of Michael Petrilli, education discussions and policies based on the disparity in performance between subgroups of U.S. students -- known ...

Sam Stein

Michelle Rhee's Key Hire Finds Difficulty In Diffusing Union Distrust | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attempts to bridge the divide between self-styled education reform groups and teachers unions, backed by progressive organizations, hit ...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Defends Michelle Rhee Attack Site | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education

In the eyes of Steven Brill, the American Federation of Teachers building a website attacking Michelle Rhee and masking its origins is worse than Rhee...

Class Bias, Class Size and Online Learning

Leonie Haimson | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

It seems that the D.C. think tanks are absolutely dedicated towards further encouraging this trend and destroying any efforts to retain equitable class sizes in our public schools.

Mold, Cancer, Viruses and... Walmart?

Kevin Welner | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

In the end, I fear that students will indeed continue to be losers as our public schools are turned over to private corporations.

March Madness and a Common Curriculum

Peter Meyer | Posted 06.05.2011 | Education
Peter Meyer

This is the state of American education: we keep talking about playing the game, how to score it, the dimensions of the court, the uniform colors of the referees -- but we don't play the game.

Rock Star Superintendents: Are They Overpaid?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

They command six-figure salaries. No, we're not talking rock stars, pro athletes or even pro coaches. We're talking school superintendents.

The Appointment of Cathleen Black and the Trouble with Corporate Schooling

Gary Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gary Anderson

The corporate community and most venture philanthropists, persist in thinking schools should be run like businesses. This time around though, instead of the factory model school, they have bequeathed us the latest business fads.