I want to put forward three questions for education policy. I think many current discussions will prove to be ones in which at least one of the three questions is not answered in advance, with the result that people are talking more loudly, but past each other.
We have a common interest. America will be a […]
My post on the Bush Institute forum on ‘corporate education reform.’ It’s rhetoric more than reality. The reality is measurement, which is happening everywhere including in business.
Ellen Kisker and I wrote this brief for the Institute of Education Sciences on how to write complex research concepts for a policy audience. There’s little doubt that social-science and statistical jargon deters policymakers, but what is jargon to a policymaker is the vocabulary of a scholarly discipline to a researcher. So it’s a challenging problem […]
My post on the Brookings Chalkboard is here. And another thought. There’s a lot of back and forth about ‘market-based reforms’ of public education. The concept gets confused by advocates pointing to the involvement in education reform of the Gates Foundation (‘obviously supporting reform so schools buy more Microsoft products:’ I don’t think so), or Pearson (‘obviously […]
A recent strange happening saw Indiana first agree to support the Common Core standards and then pass a law blocking itself from implementing the Common Core. Wyoming’s issues are more worrisome.
Wyoming, a center of activity in the fossil fuels industry, has determined that the Next Generation Science Standards are ‘a threat to the state’s […]
I posted this entry on the Brookings ‘Chalkboard’ forum. NAEP data suggests that recent trends for subgroups like special education and free-lunch students have caused them to diverge from white students, a cautionary tale in the context of waivers and their tolerance for not looking at achievement of subgroups.
I used a simple fact as the title of this post. The Common Core standards are probably the biggest thing affecting K-12 education since No Child Left Behind. They are in the news and trade press constantly. But something odd is happening.
That the Common Core is a set of standards, which are voluntary, has become less and less […]