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August 19, 2014

Is Common Core Working in New York? - Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

The main reason for annual standardized tests is to figure out how much kids are learning each year. But when New York released its 2014 Common Core test results on Augus...

August 18, 2014

Ed Department: Public Schools Will Be Majority-Nonwhite This Fall -

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August 18, 2014

Did School Integration Fail Black Kids? - Daisy M. Jenkins, The Root

Back-to-school is just around the corner and 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, many children will be returning to “resegregated” school...

August 18, 2014

When the Tourism Industry Dictates School Schedules - Libby Nelson, Vox

Whether August is a month for kids to buy notebooks and paper, or to keep spending hours at the swimming pool, depends a lot on where you live. It also depends on how much sway the...

August 18, 2014

Unrecognized Benefits to Grade Inflation - Boleslavsky & Cotton, VoxEU

Grade inflation is widely viewed as detrimental, compromising the quality of education and reducing the information content of student transcripts for employers. This column argues...

August 15, 2014

Education Alone Can't Fix Inequality - Robert Kuttner, American Prospect

Our economy is now five years into an economic recovery, yet the wages of most Americans are flat. For the entire period between 1979 and 2013, median worker wages rose by just 7.9...

August 14, 2014

Political Bias in Legal Scholarship - Chilton & Posner, SSRN

Law professors routinely accuse each other of making politically biased arguments in their scholarship. They have also helped produce a large empirical literature on judicial behav...

August 13, 2014

Do College Students Have Free Speech Rights? - Thomas Lindsay, RCPolicy

It's come to this. No less a figure than the U.S. Commission Civil Rights' Michael Yaki is reported to have proclaimed that college students do not merit the free-speech ...

August 12, 2014

South Carolina's Creationism Compromise - Carrie Ellen Sager, ACLU

Politicians in South Carolina don't have a great track record with science. Earlier this year, creationists in the state legislature tried to derail an 8-year-old girl's request to...

August 11, 2014

Six Myths About American Math Performance - Tom Loveless, Brookings

The July 27, 2014 edition of the New York Times Sunday Magazine featured an article by Elizabeth Green entitled “Why Do Americans Stink at Math?” In this blog...

August 8, 2014

Does the 'Mismatch' Theory Hold Up? - Scott Heil et al., AERA

How much of a difference does it make whether a student of a given academic ability enters a more or a less selective four-year college? Some studies claim that attending a more ac...

August 7, 2014

A One-Sided Campus-Rape Bill - Caroline Kitchens, National Review Online

Eight well-intentioned senators, four Republicans and four Democrats, have come up with complicated and expensive legislation to address an alleged epidemic of sexual predation on ...

August 6, 2014

Does Attrition Explain KIPP's Success? - Nichols-Barrer et al., EdNext

The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of charter schools designed to improve the educational opportunities available to low-income families. KIPP schools seek to boost...

August 1, 2014

The Nitty Gritty of Diversity - Terry Eastland, The Weekly Standard

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is the affirmative action case that won’t go away. It’s been to the Supreme Court once and may return. It is a ca...

July 31, 2014

Common Core Goes to College - Breitbeil & Tepe, RealClearPolicy

In a new paper, the New America Foundation's Lindsey Tepe writes that Common Core assessments should be used in college admissions. We recently spoke with Tepe to learn more; ...

July 29, 2014

Detroit's Charter School Profiteers - Allie Gross, Jacobin

This is the second installment in our two-part series looking at charter schools in New Orleans and Detroit. The juxtaposition is no accident — these two ...

July 29, 2014

Higher-Ed Accreditors Have Too Much Power - Michael Poliakoff, ACTA

Every year, the federal government distributes money to colleges, universities, and trade schools across the country in the form of subsidized loans and grants. Federal education f...

July 25, 2014

The Productivity of Public Charter Schools - Wolf et al., U. of Arkansas

People often wish to know how much “bang they get for their buck.” This calculation is often referred to as productivity and is measured either as cost effectiveness or return...

July 23, 2014

Aligning the Common Core and Higher Ed - Lindsey Tepe, New America

Beneath Chicago’s downtown Central Business District, the city’s pedestrian walkway—the Pedway—winds its way underneath 40 city blocks, covering approximate...

July 21, 2014

The Plot Against Merit at NYC High Schools - Dennis Saffran, City Journal

In 2004, seven-year-old Ting Shi arrived in New York from China, speaking almost no English. For two years, he shared a bedroom in a Chinatown apartment with his grandparents&mdash...

July 19, 2014

Making New Teachers More Effective - Alliance for Excellent Education

Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year—attrition that costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually. This high turnover rate...

July 18, 2014

Education: Does Spending Equal Outcomes? - Cipriano & Hanna, RCPolicy

When it comes to education, more spending does not always equal better results, says Robert Hanna, a senior policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, in a new pape...

July 17, 2014

Why Colleges Are So Bad at Addressing Rape - Kat Stoeffel, New York

The victims and perpetrators of campus sexual assault often start out as friends. A formal complaint can turn them into uncomfortable adversaries, with no-contact orders forbidding...

July 17, 2014

Community Colleges Without Federal Loan Access - TICAS

In 2013-14, nearly one million community college students across the nation were denied access to federal student loans, the safest and most affordable way to borrow for college. O...

July 16, 2014

The Hidden Costs of the Way We Pay Teachers - TNTP

Compensation is one of the most important factors in determining who enters the teaching profession and how long they stay—yet 90 percent of all U.S. school districts pay teacher...

July 15, 2014

Losing Our Liberties, One Degree at a Time - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Does democratic liberty depend on civic education? America's founders thought so. While we expect students to acquire job-relevant skills in college, we also hope for something mor...

July 14, 2014

How One College Handled a Sex Assault Case - Walt Bogdanich, NYT

She was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and sudden...

July 12, 2014

STEM Majors Aren't Getting STEM Jobs - Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

Lots of educators and employers alike will tell you that it's important to get US students more interested in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math. The id...

July 12, 2014

Reclaiming the Promise of America - Randi Weingarten, AFT

Home is where we seek comfort. Where we connect. Where we can debate and disagree, knowing that our bonds are stronger than any differences we may have....

July 10, 2014

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 - Ulrich Boser, CAP

In 2011, the Center of American Progress released the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. That project developed a...

July 10, 2014

Financial Aid Makes It Harder to Graduate - Janell Ross, National Journal

The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher education for a while now. Near...

July 9, 2014

How '08 College Grads Are Faring - National Center for Education Statistics

This report presents initial findings about the employment outcomes of bachelor's degree recipients approximately 4 years after they completed their 2007–08 degrees. These fi...

July 7, 2014

Will Colleges Go the Way of Record Labels? - Martin Smith, Quartz

If you spent the 1990s plucking songs from a stack of cassettes to make the perfect mixtape, you probably welcomed innovations of the next decade that served your favorite albums u...

July 7, 2014

Our Colleges Aren't the Problem; Our Students Are - Libby Nelson, Vox

President Obama, among others, likes to say that the US has the "world's best universities." That claim, though, refers the tip-top of prestigious universities: The US has 11 of th...

July 1, 2014

Educational Attainment and Inequality - Julie L. Hotchkiss, Atlanta Fed

A recent Policy Note published by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College shows that what we thought had been a decade of essentially flat real wages (since 2002) has actual...

June 28, 2014

Helping School Choice Succeed - Michael Q. McShane, National Affairs

Conservatives have long championed school choice as a way to improve America's education system. Ronald Reagan called for vouchers in his first term as president, and many other Re...

June 28, 2014

The Promise of Education Information Systems - Levenson & Boser, CAP

Technology has transformed the American economy. ATMs have revolutionized how people bank. The online travel service Orbitz has dramatically changed how we buy airplane tickets. To...

June 27, 2014

Black Unemployment and Education - Young Invincibles

While the Great Recession continues to have ripple effects on our entire generation, young African Americans face unemployment rates that are twice that of their white peers. ...

June 25, 2014

Reading to Newborns Is Probably Useless - Razib Khan, Unz Review

Like clockwork every few months I feel prompted to write about The Nurture Assumption. In this case it is due to The New York Timesreporting that the American Academ...

June 25, 2014

Affirmative Action and the Demotion of Truth - Peter Berkowitz, RCP

For several decades, the number of students attending college in the United States has been growing rapidly: Over the last 20 years or so, enrollments have risen by about 50 percen...

June 24, 2014

Common Core Serves the Interests of Capital - Shawn Gude, Jacobin

The Common Core, the education establishment’s cherished set of national educational standards, is under attack....

June 24, 2014

Make Higher-Ed Tax Breaks Progressive - Steve Wamhoff, CTJ

On Tuesday, when the Senate Finance Committee contemplates the patchwork of tax breaks that are supposed to subsidize postsecondary education, they will likely consider w...

June 24, 2014

The Advantages of Apprenticeships - Christina Breitbeil, RealClearPolicy

England's expansion of apprenticeship programs in recent years has lead to significant economic benefits, both for the workers -- often high-school graduates entering the workforce...

June 23, 2014

Obama's Deficient Student Loan Plan - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding...

June 23, 2014

Colleges, Not Just Courts, Must Address Rape - Mark Kleiman, Same Facts

The amount of nonsense written about rape and lesser sexual assaults is really quite astounding. I suppose I should be grateful for anything that makes “conservatives” ...

June 21, 2014

How Starbucks Hijacked Higher Education - Margaret Mattes, Century

There are many reasons to praise Starbucks’ recently announced College Achievement Plan. The program marks the first major attempt among the nation’s foremost reta...

June 19, 2014

We Can't Fire Our Way to Good Schools - Pechthalt & Vogel, CFT & CTA

The ruling by a Los Angeles judge in Vergara v. California is a bizarre development in the ongoing anti-teacher campaign funded by wealthy individuals trying to twist edu...

June 17, 2014

Where the Skilled and Unskilled Are Moving - Richard Florida, CityLab

The ability to attract skilled workers is a key factor, if not the key factor, in the growth of cities and metro regions. Cities themselves are understandably keen t...

June 17, 2014

'Don't You Dare Save': Our Message to the Poor - Justin King, New America

Saving is hard. We know that all too well. It's one of the reasons that only about 3 percent of American families use tax-advantaged savings accounts (529s and Coverdells) to save ...

June 17, 2014

When Education Becomes Indoctrination - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

"There are irrefutable and compelling reasons to believe that Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn … are largely responsible for the bombing of Park Police Station." So&...

August 17, 2014

Obama Backs Elizabeth Warren's Student Loan Reform Bill

August 17, 2014

Columbia Overhauls Sex Assault Policy, Activists Say Not Enough

August 17, 2014

For Some College Athletes, a Chance to Get Paid

August 6, 2013


June 6, 2013

Student Loan Fight Set in Senate

May 31, 2013

Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor Students

May 31, 2013

Tea Party Groups Mobilizing Against Common Core

May 30, 2013

For Raising Students' Scores, Reading Is Harder Than Math

May 29, 2013

Loan Rates to Rise for 7 Million

May 29, 2013

Student Loan Business Sallie Mae to Split into Two Companies

May 28, 2013

States Raise Public College Budgets After Years of Cuts

May 24, 2013

House Approves Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans

May 23, 2013

Two-Year Colleges Support Poor Students, Get Less Federal Aid

May 23, 2013

House Begins Effort to Stave Off Student Loan Increase

May 23, 2013

Obama Threatens Veto

May 20, 2013

Schools Add to Students' Test Load to Refine Testing Questions

May 16, 2013

Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit

May 14, 2013

Indiana Halts Common Core Standards Implementation

May 13, 2013

House Tackles Student Loan Rates

May 8, 2013

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Voucher Funding Unconstitutional

May 6, 2013

Colleges Cut Prices by Providing More Financial Aid

May 2, 2013

Chicago Charter Schools Unionize

May 1, 2013

'Parent Trigger' Legislation Fails in Florida State Senate

May 1, 2013

Rural-Urban Split Over Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Law

April 30, 2013

Turmoil Swirls Around Common Core Standards

April 30, 2013

Colleges Adopt Online Courses to Ease Burdens of Graduating

April 30, 2013

Funding Overhaul Pits Rich vs. Poor Districts in California

April 25, 2013

Study Finds There's No Shortage of U.S. STEM Graduates

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