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When the planes hit the Twin Towers, I was in the library with my 10th grade English class. Word spread quickly around the school and panic set in. Living an hour outside Manhattan, most of my schoolmates had parents, relatives or loved ones who lived or worked in the city. Phone lines went down immediately, and it took a while before I knew my father was safe in his office at 30thContinue Reading »
Yesterday, the Obama administration approved Pennsylvania’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) flexibility request, making the grand total of states with approved waivers 41 plus D.C.
In a recent Education Sector report, John Chubb and I take a look at state performance on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) since NCLB was enacted. We use those resultsContinue Reading »
“… Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” President Obama said last week. ” … The excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent—using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.”
Growing up,Continue Reading »
Our students deserve a high quality education regardless of where they live. Currently, they are not getting their due. Each state has been marching to the beat of its own drummer when it comes to setting proficiency standards.
It’s not working.
A recent Education Next study by Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan examines the lack of common state Continue Reading »
The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 was released yesterday and presented in a webinar hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board. While the study finds some promising trends in student achievement, there is still work to be done.
The long term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is given every four years to students aContinue Reading »
Last Friday, the Obama administration approved Alabama’s request for ESEA flexibility. Now, this brings the total amount of states with approved waivers to 38 plus the District of Columbia.
In our recent report on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, we looked at state progress from 2003-2011 (the years after NCLB was implemented) on the National Assessment of EContinue Reading »
For the past three years, officials in Miami-Dade County Public Schools have employed an involuntary teacher transfer program which gives school districts the power and flexibility to allocate teachers across schools with the goal of increasing school performance.
Given the involuntary nature of such programs, the potential for teachers to be treated unfairly inContinue Reading »
Online education offers more choices for students and personalizes their learning, something traditional public schools can’t always do. It’s adaptable and flexible to students’ needs. It provides credit recovery options for students who have fallen behind, accelerated options for those breezing ahead of their peers, and everything in between.
This is why a moraContinue Reading »
While Mississippi’s population is predominantly white, its public schools are less so. In fact, public schools in Mississippi remain nearly as segregated as they did in the 1960s, writes Alan Richard in the Hechinger Report. In 2010, 51 percent of the public school population in Mississippi was black but only 44 percent were white students—one of the lowest percentages of white stuContinue Reading »
Greenwich, Conn., is home to families who can afford to buy anything and a public school system that can afford to teach everything (including ice-skating). A recent New York Times article recounts the excitement of the Bonillas, a low-income family willing to pay the high cost of living in Greenwich to get access to affluent and academically-sound schools. And they’re not alone.Continue Reading »