Policy

Looking for Innovation? Consider the School Schedule
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Looking for Innovation? Consider the School Schedule

In a blog post for the online site Edutopia, New York City teacher Jose Vilson described serving on an education policy panel in Maryland with several other teachers. Along the way, Vilson and the other panelists were asked what a school of their own design would look like. Vilson said...

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Growing Pains: Charter Schools Face Accountability Questions
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Growing Pains: Charter Schools Face Accountability Questions

Charter schools have been part of the education landscape since 1991, when Minnesota created the nation’s first law authorizing this publicly funded, independently run school model. Back then, charters were positioned as a companion to traditional public schools that allowed teachers and students the freedom to work together in smaller,...

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Between Basic Skills and College Prep: Adolescents Need Attention
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Between Basic Skills and College Prep: Adolescents Need Attention

Most high school students today expect to go to college, but they do not feel adequately prepared for it. This revelation can be found among the results of a multi-year student survey conducted by the nonprofit organization YouthTruth. Between 2010 and 2015, YouthTruth asked thousands of students around the country...

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Charter Schools: With More Freedom Comes More Accountability
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Charter Schools: With More Freedom Comes More Accountability

Many educators and students recognize the need for unique, individualized learning within their schools. However, for larger organizations such as the public school system, providing individual schools with a high level of independence isn’t always feasible. To ensure students get all the resources they need and are making adequate progress...

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To Repeat or Not: States Wrestle with Holding Students Back
Monday, October 23, 2017
To Repeat or Not: States Wrestle with Holding Students Back

Holding students back in school has long been a controversial topic. Grade retention was common in the one-room schoolhouses of the 19th century because there were more formal agreed-upon ideas about the academic content students should be able to master at each grade level. Then, in the 1930s, holding students...

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Showing Up to Learn: The Effect of Chronic Absenteeism on Literacy Development
Monday, September 18, 2017
Showing Up to Learn: The Effect of Chronic Absenteeism on Literacy Development

As educators, we know the importance of creating and delivering high-quality instruction for maximizing student achievement. In K–12 literacy programs, providing a strong curriculum and assessments for students is an essential component of skill development and meeting expectations of standardized tests. But what happens when, despite all of this preparation,...

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Testing Debate Heats Up Under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Monday, June 26, 2017
Testing Debate Heats Up Under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

As Betsy DeVos was growing into her new job as the United States Secretary of Education in spring 2017, she made some surprising comments about standardized testing. While on a trip to visit Valencia College in Florida, DeVos sat down for an interview with local television reporter Martie Salt in...

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3 Big Changes Coming for Head Start
Monday, March 13, 2017
Head start program education policy

The Head Start Program from the Department of Health and Human Services has been seeking to bridge the preschool divide for low-income children and families since 1975. Since then, the ways the program functions have only once been addressed in...

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