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Bill Porter
Yesterday, Kathleen discussed the relationship between standards and choice , ultimately arguing that these two movements ought to operate as complements, rather than antagonists. Many critics on the Right reject the intrusion of standards-based reforms from the very basic tenets of economic theory...
The modern education-reform movement is essentially made up of two distinct but complementary strands: one focuses primarily on raising K–12 academic expectations, particularly for poor and minority students, who have long been held to lower standards than their middle-class and affluent peers. The...
The SXSWedu portion of the famously cool SXSW festival is the oddball segment, as evidenced by the early start and the attendees actually wearing suits. Besides the un-SXSW vibe of SXSWedu, there were a ton of takeaways for policy wonks. Here are four key ones: Wendy Kopp, founder of Teacher For...
The SXSWedu portion of the famously cool SXSW festival is the oddball segment, as evidenced by the early start and the attendees actually wearing suits. Besides the un-SXSW vibe of SXSWedu, there were a ton of takeaways for policy wonks. Here are four key ones: Wendy Kopp, founder of Teacher For...
Last week, Chris Cerf stepped down after three extraordinarily successful years as New Jersey’s commissioner of education. Education observers in the Garden State and beyond will remember his tenure for its major initiatives. He secured a Race to the Top 3 grant and one of the first ESEA waivers...
Lisa Hansel
Having observed, and occasionally weighed in on , the Common Core standards debates, I’m sure of one thing: no one is paying enough attention to the good work educators across the country are doing as they attempt to bring these new standards to life. Journalists, op-ed writers, and bloggers are...
Aaron Grossman
The recently released Fordham report on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards includes the work of Washoe County, my district. Naturally, a report like this cannot include every detail, and what follows is how my peers and I concluded that reorienting instructional practice, to...
By now, education observers are aware of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s incursion on the Big Apple’s charter sector . No one should be surprised; this was no ambuscade, no lying in wait. He publicly campaigned against charters . He actually called his predecessor’s policy of allowing charter...
Angelica Blanchette
If the latest Indiana draft standards for English language arts are any indication, rewriting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading seems to be an exercise in futility. I’m not claiming that the standards are perfect—no standards are—but they are strong, particularly in the early...
Note: This post is part of our series, " Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available for streaming ." Be sure to check out our previous Netflix Academy posts on dinosaurs ; aquatic life ; insects ; frogs and other amphibians ; reptiles ; Ancient Asian Cultures ; the early American...

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