The Education Gadfly Daily

It’s no fun to argue with friends—at least not about serious matters—and worse to find respected colleagues slipping into error or avoiding reality. But that’s my regretful take on where Jay Greene and Rick Hess have headed on the (admittedly tricky) issue of accountability for voucher schools. The...
The funny thing about eras is that it’s hard to know which one you are in until it is coming to an end. As the fighting among conservatives heats up over the Common Core, the era of standards-driven reform that has defined conservative education policy for the past three decades is brought into...
Sam Chaltain, Richard Kahlenberg, and Michael J. Petrilli
From 2000 to 2010, the white share of the District of Columbia’s population grew from 30.8 percent to 38 percent . And from 2000 to 2012, the median household income in the city rose 23.3 percent while the nation saw a 6.6 percent decline , adjusted for inflation. This rapid gentrification provides...
A brief review of EducationFirst's take on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
Our slim new book Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core has three large aims. First, it pays tribute to three decades of scholarship and service to American education by E. D. (Don) Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy (and three other prescient...
Lisa Hansel
Pop quiz! Which of the following statements is in the Common Core State Standards? (a) Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge. (b) By reading texts in history/social studies,...
A first look at today's most important education news: A new study led by Harvard scholar Raj Chetty suggests that poor children’s opportunities for upward social mobility are exactly the same today as they were over half a century ago. The authors have a bone to pick with both Democrats and...
Authorizers are crucial cogs in the charter-school system in Ohio, both before a school opens its doors and while it is under contract to operate.
Triple double-dips, data scrubbing, parental choice info, and OTES take us from Cleveland to Newark to Columbus and back to Cleveland again.
Much debate on the Common Core State Standards has centered on traditional school districts, but the many changes already underway are being felt by charter schools as well.

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