In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, ushering in a long-awaited update to the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. The latter policy—frequently referred to as NCLB—carried with it an emphasis on accountability by mandating the annual testing of students in...
The Common Core State Standards were written in the late 2000s and publicly released in 2010. With the promise of having an agreed-upon set of challenging and reimagined K–12 academic standards, the early days of the Common Core were like a honeymoon. The honeymoon did not last long, however.
In a June 2016 policy brief, the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado renewed a long-standing debate: Does class size matter? The NEPC’s answer—an emphatic “yes”—should come as no surprise to many parents and teachers, but the Center’s supporting evidence for its position comes from some...
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