The Education Gadfly Daily

A brief look at how accountability options for virtual schools can be strengthened.
The weeping and gnashing of teeth from parents and community members who may be affected by the closure of seven Columbus City Schools is understandable. No one wants to lose institutions that are dear to the heart. But I would ask this: Where was the outrage from parents and the community when...
Cole Farnum
I started teaching seven years ago, and I have worked in four different schools in three different states. I’ve always sought schools and environments with higher standards for what students should know and be able to do, as well as higher expectations for what teachers can accomplish. What I’ve...
Rationalizing America’s lackluster academic performance is something of a cottage industry. One of the most popular ways people explain away our low test scores is to claim that they don’t matter much anyway. “Let others have the higher test scores. I prefer to bet on the creative, can-do spirit of...
On February 18, the Indiana Department of Education released the first public draft of a set of new K–12 expectations for English language arts and math . The proposed changes take place against the backdrop of a rollercoaster debate about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that has seen...
Convention says that low-performing schools are mainly an inner-city problem. To a degree that is the case—urban public-school systems have long struggled to educate their students well. Cleveland’s public schools are something of a poster-child in this respect, and other urban schools systems in...
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A first look at today's most important education news The Brookings Institution releases two new papers on public-pension reform —one on political lessons learned in the reform efforts of Utah, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey and one on their recommendations for a model pension structure. (...
The Common Core State Standards are in place in forty-five states—and in many of those jurisdictions, educators are hard at work trying to bring them to life in their schools and classrooms. But how is implementation going so far? That’s what this new study explores in four “early-implementer”...
The last year has found critics and advocates of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) duking it out in the political arena. That a common set of high expectations for K–12 students would catalyze such fierce fisticuffs reminds us of both the ugliness and beauty of democracy. Indeed, we at Fordham...

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