U.S. News & World Report -- If we want to improve education performance and outcomes over time, it's not enough just to identify low-performers. Identifying top-performers is equally important. If we don't know which schools or programs are doing the best job of educating children, we can't identify the strategies they're using to get those results, and we can't help other schools or providers learn from what they do well.
U.S. News & World Report -- It was like I was living an anti-testing blog post. My daughters were stressed and anxious about the upcoming state test. But here's the thing: They were first graders at the time, so they didn't even have to take the test for two more years. We live in a state where the elementary school tests don't start until third grade and are not consequential for kids anyway (and in practice carry little consequence for the adults, either).
U.S. News & World Report -- For a lot of young people spring weather is just another reminder that high school is basically over and it’s OK to check out. I attended a well-regarded suburban high school and still spent too much of my senior spring skipping school to ski, hike, hang out at a local waterfall and do some less wholesome things I’ll probably deny if my own kids ask about them.
U.S. News & World Report -- One of the interesting things about my job is that wealthy people ask me for ideas about how best to use their resources to improve America’s schools. There are plenty of important issues demanding attention: overhauling the sorry state of teacher preparation and teacher policy (I wrote an entire guidebook about that), giving low-income Americans more educational choice and improving educational finance are three obvious ones.
U.S. News & World Report -- It’s frustrating when college administrators say they can’t really do a lot to boost graduation rates for first-in-family college students or poor students. The challenges are real, but a short walk down to the athletic department reveals some strategies that are working.
U.S. News & World Report -- Let's stipulate that it would be better all around if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had finished college – especially because he apparently came close to graduating from Marquette. It would be better for his advisers, because issues besides Walker’s non-degree might get attention.
U.S. News & World Report -- The education reform world is increasingly obsessed with “diversity.” Organizations and individuals are struggling to ensure people with different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have a place in the conversation about how to improve our schools.