Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:46am
Congress made the right decision a decade ago when it required states to administer yearly tests to public school students — and improve instruction for poor and minority students — in return for federal education aid.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:27am
One of the least understood impacts of gentrification is its role in a neighborhood’s education system. While proponents of gentrification cite a range of positive impacts, including decreased crime rates and increased property values, the impacts on traditional neighborhood schools are murkier.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:21am
Prominent interest groups are promoting reform agendas and striving to influence policymakers and public opinion using individuals who have substantial media relations skills but little or no expertise in education research, say the authors of the study.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03am
For all the attention to diversity, one perspective remains almost absent from the conversation about American education: The viewpoint of those who weren’t good at school in the first place.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:43am
A new state bill would revise current law to allow more teens and high schools to participate in dual enrollment programs. That’s an investment worth making, because preparing more students for college work saves money for families and taxpayers and increases postsecondary graduation rates.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:34pm
Under No Child Left Behind, accountability has hinged entirely on standardized test scores. The problem is, a single test score is like a blinking "check engine" light on the dashboard. It can tell us something's wrong but not how to fix it. What we need instead is a whole dashboard of indicators that monitor better measures of success and learning opportunities.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:06am
The right combination of educational media and technology, far from being a brain drain, can have a positive and immediate impact on learning.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:55am
By making it unnecessarily difficult for high-quality professionals to enter the classroom, and equally difficult for neighborhood schools to fill teaching vacancies, unions protect their members from competition while protecting profit from dues.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:26am
In what’s become a re-enactment of a misguided pursuit a decade ago, some state lawmakers want to prohibit student access to public school sex education classes without parental consent. The current policy, in which local school boards decide whether schools have an “opt-in” or “opt-out” option, works and doesn’t need to change.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:49am
Effective teachers weave engagement elements in their classes casually and effortlessly while average teachers try to deliver content. There is no question content is important but if a teacher is merely delivering content, there is really no difference between a UPS driver and a teacher.