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What Can We Learn From School Integration's Successes and Failures?

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:08 PM

In a New York Times editorial over the weekend, University of California, Berkeley professor David Kirp asks why we've turned away from school integration, an education reform that has quite extensive evidence showing it worked:

Economists' studies consistently conclude that African-American students who attended integrated schools fared better...
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An American Problem: Can Changing Culture End Youth Violence?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Halfway into The Interrupters, a documentary airing Tuesday night on PBS's Frontline, Caprysha Anderson, an 18-year-old teenager from inner-city Chicago, rides a carousel for the first time. The seemingly mundane event is transformative for Caprysha and for the audience's understanding of the depths of her violent upbringing.

She has just...

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Memphis' New Teacher Evaluation System Adopted From Controversial D.C. Program

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 3:08 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the third in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Commercial Appeal on new teacher effectiveness measures in Tennessee. Read the first piece here and the...

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Tennessee Teacher Evaluations: Using Value-Added Analysis

(18) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:56 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the second in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Commercial Appeal on new teacher effectiveness measures in Tennessee. Read the first piece here.

To close...

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Tennessee Teacher Evaluation Systems Have Rough Road Ahead

(59) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:39 PM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the first in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Commercial Appeal on new teacher effectiveness measures in Tennessee.

Rebecca Sellers, an eighth-grade English teacher at the Lester...

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City Students In Small Public High Schools More Likely To Graduate Than Peers At Large Schools

(52) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 10:56 AM

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

You might have forgotten about the small schools movement amid all the recent hubbub about overhauling teacher evaluations. But a study released on January 25th reminds us that only a few years ago, reducing the number...

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Student Achievement: Should Schools Alone Be Held Accountable?

(139) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:50 AM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.

What if schools didn't have to work alone to improve student achievement? That was the question we asked in a recent article about the miserable state of public education in Camden, N.J., one of...

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Should Value-Added Teacher Ratings Be Adjusted for Poverty?

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 1:37 PM

In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher ratings to fire teachers, teacher-union president Nathan Saunders likes to point to the following statistic as proof that the ratings are flawed: Ward 8, one of the poorest areas of the city, has only five...

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Value-Added Teacher Ratings: Should They Be Adjusted For Poverty?

(162) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 11:23 AM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher ratings to fire teachers, teacher-union president Nathan Saunders likes to point to the following statistic as proof that the ratings are flawed: Ward...

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California Achievement Gap: More, Better Early Education Could Help

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 10:52 AM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This is the third of a three-part series. Read the first piece, English-Learning Students Far Behind Under English-Only Methods, here. and the second piece, California Has One Of Nation's Widest Gaps In Hispanic-White Reading...

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California Achievement Gap: More, Better Early Education Could Help

(31) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 10:52 AM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This is the third of a three-part series. Read the first piece, English-Learning Students Far Behind Under English-Only Methods, here. and the second piece, California Has One Of Nation's Widest Gaps In Hispanic-White Reading...

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Hispanic-White Reading Proficiency: California Has One Of Nation's Greatest Gaps

(39) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 11:30 AM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This is the second of a three-part series. Read the first piece, English-Learning Students Far Behind Under English-Only Methods, here.

SOLEDAD, Calif. -- On a cool winter morning Nicole Miller circulated through her fourth-grade classroom in...

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English-Learning Students Far Behind Under English-Only Methods

(53) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 2:11 PM

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report.

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. –- The end of the school day in Patty Sanchez’s kindergarten class at Geddes Elementary School is not so different from other kindergarten classes around the state. Children gather on a rug as Sanchez holds...

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New Study of KIPP Says the Charter Chain Pulls in More Cash Than Other Schools

(111) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 10:18 AM

Charter schools that post unusually high academic gains are often accused of having unfair advantages over traditional public schools, including more advantaged students and more private money at their disposal. A new and highly contentious study released today attempts to prove that the Knowledge is Power...

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Memphis Merger Fight Revives Old Desegregation Debate

(14) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 1:54 PM

The city of Memphis, Tenn. and the suburban county that encompasses it are locked in a battle over whether to consolidate their schools into one large system.

The city board, which proposed the merger, says the move is in reaction to a county proposal to transform itself into...

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How Will Suburban Schools Handle the New Influx of Immigrants?

(167) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 7:11 PM

In the next 20 years, the schools in need of the most help may not be the schools in inner cities like Newark or Detroit. Instead, they may be in far-flung suburbs and exurbs, where immigrants are flocking in increasing numbers, according to new projections from the U.S....

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The Education Reform Show: Now Playing 24/7

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 3:15 PM

On Sunday, NBC gathered a group of more than 300 teachers from around the country in a tent built on the skating rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center -- along with thousands who logged on online -- and asked them provocative questions about charter schools, merit pay, teacher tenure...

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Disproportionate Share of Turnaround Money Headed to High Schools

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 4:53 PM

In his education speech in Texas on August 9th, President Barack Obama told the nation, "We know what works. It's just we're not doing it."

The speech came as the U.S. Department of Education hands out $3.5 billion in turnaround grants to failing schools around...

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At a School Where a Student Drowned, More Than One Lesson to Be Learned

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 2:27 PM

Four years ago, at an open house for his new middle school, I met Jose Maldonado, the New York City principal who may be put on probation after one of his students drowned on a field trip to the beach. Afterward, I wrote in the New...

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To Raise Test Scores, Plant a Garden

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 3:45 PM

Crossposted from the HechingerEd blog

Ignoring tests could be a great way to improve test scores, or so suggested a story in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. In response to pressure to raise achievement, administrators at a struggling New Jersey school planted a garden....

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