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Student Achievement

The Global Search for Education: How to Support Your Education System

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.13.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

This week in The Global Search for Education, Charles Ungerleider discusses our big picture questions and shares his views on how to nurture and support a successful education system.

Teacher Pay: U.S. Ranks 22nd Out Of 27 Countries

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.30.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

If teachers are so important, why don't our schools attract and keep the best teachers? A major reason is that we aren't willing to pay excellent teachers what they deserve.

Before Including Test Scores, Reform the Structure of Teacher Evaluation Itself

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 10.25.2011 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

If you really want teachers to come to table and even consider using student data as part of their evaluation, then the processes and structures of evaluation must be reformed first.

TFA Selection Criteria Linked To Student Gains

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education

Certain aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains--a sign that it's possible to recruit candid...

Kelly Donoughe: How Odyssey of the Mind Inspired This Alumnus

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 09.18.2011 | Education
Joan Brunwasser

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition that encourages students to stretch their imagination and solve challenges in new and unique ways.

Who's Responsible for Improving Student Achievement?

Terry Newell | Posted 08.31.2011 | Education
Terry Newell

In American education, we have no dearth of explanations for low student achievement.

The Dark Side of Acing the Tests

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

If rewards are conditioned on giving "right" answers, children will indeed work hard to figure out what the adult will accept as the "right" answer.

Eliminating January Regents Could Hurt Some Schools

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Until all schools are created equal, eliminating January Regents will only aggravate the inconsistencies and inequities that already beleaguer our school system.

Long-Term Gains In Minority Education: An Overlooked Success?

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.08.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

Although achievement is not where it should be, notable improvements have been made for white students, African American students, and Latino students.

Putting The Rumors To Rest: The Truth About The D.C. Schools Investigation

Michelle Rhee | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Michelle Rhee

USA Today's reports on the reliability of student test scores unfairly leave the impression district leaders avoided an investigation into possible cheating. Further, it implies cheating was widespread. I'd like to set the record straight.

Letter to the Lawrence, Kan. School Board

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Reducing class size, particularly in the early grades, is one of the very few educational strategies proven to increase learning and narrow the achievement gap.

Beethoven? That's Easy, He's a Dog

Pamela Kripke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

I don't know why these kids lack basic knowledge across all subjects. They haven't seen much outside their own neighborhoods. They don't read or listen much to the news. But they come to class.

Teachers, Let's Stop Blaming Parents

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

All parents ought to step up and take care of their children and teach them self-control and the value of education. But pointing blame at parents when students are not making progress in our classrooms is weak.

Beyond Tiger Mothers: Lessons In Parenting And Education From World Faith Traditions

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Our children are our trust, like a mine full of gems, and our job as parents and educators is to bring out those brilliant gifts responsibly.

Would You Pay Higher Taxes For Better Schools?

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Would you pay higher taxes for better schools? I would. But, apparently, that is not the sentiment shared among many of Americans.

Economists Take Aim At Bonuses For Teachers With Master's Degrees

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master's degrees, even though the idea that a high...

Engaged Parents, Books Are the Keys to Student Achievement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Parents are children's first and most important educators, and we must support them, encourage them, and provide them with the tools they need to prepare their own children to succeed in school.

Crashing Into a Low Bar

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Gottlieb

This new report shows that students further down the ladder lack the skills to do, well, much of anything beyond manual labor.

The Education of Student Success: Top 10 Family Responsibilities to Help Their Student Avoid Failure

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Younger families coming up through the system can't cut-and-run from our public schools in their indecision of how to educate their own children. The problems that plague some of our schools belong to us all.

Teachers are Waiting for Something, That's for Sure

Mrs. Mimi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mrs. Mimi

People love to say, "It's all about the kids," because what idiot is going to disagree with that? You want the real truth? It's about the teachers, too. (Yes, I said it.)

Chicago Schools Take Home 'Blue Ribbon' Awards

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Inside a small classroom on the Near West Side on Wednesday morning, a group of fifth-graders did everything in Italian. Their first assignment at An...

The Big Picture on School Performance

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Chaltain

President Obama has repeatedly criticized the No Child Left Behind Act for keeping the "goals loose but the steps tight." I have a scorecard to propose: the ABC's of School Success.

Obama School Speech Sends the Right Message to Many Who are Usually Tuned Out

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Obama's speech today matters because there's a psychic cost to not knowing a larger world beyond your day-to-day life; American kids need to know their president, whether they support his policy agenda or not.

When Smart People Get It Sooo Wrong: Malcolm Gladwell's Solutions for American Education

Martin Carnoy | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

The assertion that we don't know what makes good teachers before trying them out for a few years while measuring their students' test gains is simply not true.

Obama's Education Speech Fired Me Up

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Last week in Colorado, Barack Obama gave a truly incisive speech on improving education in America.