Policy

Fact or Fiction? Debunking 5 Myths About Year-Round School
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Fact or Fiction? Debunking 5 Myths About Year-Round School

Taking an extended break from school during the long, hot months of summer has been an American tradition for generations. Across the United States, schools and communities plan around the summer break—which often lasts more than two months—with many parents and guardians saving their vacation days for special activities during...

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Rural Education: Resources Can Make the Difference
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Rural Education: Resources Can Make the Difference

The mention of rural America may conjure up nostalgic images of wide-open land, quiet farms, and charming—or desolate—small towns that time has forgotten. Among the millions of children who grow up in non-metro areas, many face a variety of challenges that include high rates of poverty and decreased access to...

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Should Struggling Readers be Held Back? More and More States are Saying Yes
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The headline from a recent National Public Radio report made a stark declaration: “States Are Ratcheting Up Reading Expectations For 3rd-Graders.” Although the phrase “ratcheting up” may sound harsh, it seems well placed in this regard, given that the report addresses an ongoing, nettlesome issue in education—namely, what to do...

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College Readiness: A Worthy Goal, but is it Working for Students?
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
College Readiness: A Worthy Goal, but is it Working for Students?

Making sure all students are ready for college is a frequently mentioned goal for many educators and policy-makers. But what does college readiness really mean, and how do teachers actually know whether a student is ready for college? Asking such questions may be a good way to help students, teachers,...

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A Look Inside the Debate on Third-Grade Retention for Struggling Readers
Thursday, January 24, 2019
A Look Inside the Debate on Third-Grade Retention for Struggling Readers

“Before third grade, students learn to read; after third grade, they read to learn.”  This adage is often repeated in literacy education circles, and research overwhelmingly supports this underlying truth. In 2010, a research report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation titled “Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third...

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Vocational Training: Career and Technical Education Takes Center Stage
Friday, January 11, 2019
Vocational Training: Career and Technical Education Takes Center Stage

After years of programming reductions, the call to bring vocational training back to schools has recently grown louder. For example, a 2018 National Public Radio report garnered a lot of attention, thanks not only to its compelling headline—"High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty While High School Grads Line Up For University"—but...

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Community Involvement 101: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Community Involvement 101: The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Research shows that one of the most important predictors of school success and high school graduation occurs early in a student’s life: A 2013 research update from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirmed that reading proficiency by the end of third grade is critical to a student’s future academic success....

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No-Zero Grading? Are You Kidding Me?!
Thursday, November 1, 2018
No-Zero Grading? Are You Kidding Me?!

Should grades be used to punish, encourage, or reward students? In recent years, this enduring question has taken on fresh meaning thanks to various efforts to either implement or reject “no-zero” grading policies. With these policies, zeroes are off the table for students—instead, the minimum score a student could receive...

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