Policy

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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Unexpected Ways to Support Early Literacy
Friday, September 14, 2018
Unexpected Ways to Support Early Literacy

Boosting early literacy rates is a goal for many educators, parents, and policymakers, and for good reason: Early literacy intervention and support has been proven to set young children on the path to later success. In an interview with the online outlet Neuroscience News, John Hutton—a Cincinnati-based pediatrician, children’s bookstore...

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Turning College- and Career-Readiness from Dream to Reality
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Turning College- and Career-Readiness from Dream to Reality

Getting all students “college- and career-ready” is the centerpiece for much of today’s education policy. Going back until at least the beginning of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education has taken the lead on this by calling on all K-12 schools to measurably prepare students to succeed after...

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Understanding ESSA: What does Evidence-Based Really Mean?
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Understanding ESSA: What does Evidence-Based Really Mean?

One clear shift in thinking between the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, is this: The ESSA prompts schools to use evidence-based interventions with students, particularly if those students qualify for Title 1 funding (intended to provide extra support to students living in...

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