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Just hours ago, the latest round of data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) was released to great fanfare. Under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA has been assessing 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science every three years since 2000. This year over 60 “education systems,” almost all of them countries, participatContinue Reading »
The 2013 NAEP results—to some, “the nation’s report card”— came out earlier this month. These state-by-state test scores signal good news: student performance nationally and in most states continues to improve on balance, if only slightly. The District of the Columbia’s trend line is particularly heartening. Along with Tennessee, D.C. Public Schools made the largest student performance gains inContinue Reading »
The STEM achievement gap between U.S. students and students in other industrialized countries, such as Singapore, is inciting national policy discussions. And now a National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) study offers a new way to see if our public schools are making progress toward a STEM-literate society.
The recent study linked the National Assessment of Educational ProgressContinue Reading »
When A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform was published in April of 1983 it set off a political and policy firestorm that continues to smolder today. The report was submitted by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which consisted of some the nation’s top educational leaders and chaired by David P. Gardner, president of the University of Utah.
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Editor’s Note: Recently, six well-known AIR thought leaders including George Bohrnstedt, Beatrice Birman, David Osher, Jennifer O’Day, Terry Salinger, and Jane Hannaway posted blogs on the AIR website about A Nation at Risk. Gary Phillips, AIR Vice President and AIR Institute Fellow, joins these thinkers with his blog, “Why Local Educators Haven’t Heeded the Warnings in A Nation at Risk,”Continue Reading »
In 2009, just as teacher evaluation became a federal policy focus, the District of Columbia Public Schools launched its new teacher evaluation system. The IMPACT system exemplifies the use of “multiple measures” of teacher performance as a basis for personnel decisions such as teacher compensation and dismissal. A new study by Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff asserts that some of IMPACT’s “carrots Continue Reading »
Where a student goes to high school matters in the transition to college—a lot.
Imagine three young women about to graduate from their neighborhood public high schools—Amanda is graduating from a school in an affluent community, Sally from a working class high school, and Vivian from a school in a poor urban neighborhood. All three have studied the same core subjects, all have grade poinContinue Reading »
In 2005, Andy Rotherham and Tom Toch had a brilliant idea. Why not do something different? Why not bring together the best research with the best educational journalism to inform policy and spark meaningful debate and new ideas in education? With no vested interests. With no axes to grind. And with a fearless commitment to a simple idea: All students deserve a high- quality affordable educationContinue Reading »
Earlier today, Education Sector announced it will be joining with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a leader in education research, evaluation and technical assistance. Read about the details of the merger here, a union that AIR CEO David Meyers calls “a natural fit.” Peter Cookson Jr., managing director of Education Sector, and Gina Burkhardt offer a few thoughts of theContinue Reading »
If you want a summary of the new study on Teach For America (TFA) and TNTP’s Teaching Fellows program, see Stephen Sawchuk for the short-ish version or Dylan Matthews for the longer version (with charts!). If you want some additional background and context, read Andy Rotherham. I’m not going to cover the study in too much detail except to point out a few things that are getting lost:NeithContinue Reading »