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March 28, 2015

The Gender Gap in Reading - Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution

This week marks the release of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education, the fourteenth issue of the series.  One of the three studies in the report, “Girls, Boys, an...

March 27, 2015

Urban Charter Schools in 41 Regions: A Study - CREDO

Welcome to the digital report of the Urban Charter School Study. This website has been developed to host the results of CREDO's study of charter schools in 41 urban communities i...

March 26, 2015

College Degrees: High Cost, High Reward - Jeffrey R. Brown et al., VoxEU

College-educated workers are less likely to experience unemployment, but their lifetime earnings are also much more uncertain. This column estimates the risk-adjusted value of coll...

March 26, 2015

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March 25, 2015

How Well Are American Students Learning? - Tom Loveless, Brookings

The 2015 Brown Center Report (BCR) represents the 14th edition of the series since the first issue was published in 2000.  It includes three studies.  Like all previ...

March 25, 2015

Truly Higher Education - Peter Augustine Lawler, National Affairs

Education is a perennial human good, and its decadence today comes, most of all, from neglecting its proper purposes. One of those purposes, of course, is to prepare free persons t...

March 24, 2015

Campus Free Speech Isn't So Simple - Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post

In most of my introductory lectures where I teach, after going through the syllabus and other requisite first-day-of-class matters, I often say a variant of the following....

March 20, 2015

No Child Left Behind: No Miracles Here - Paul Thomas, The Conversation

Although re-authorization is still politically complicated, 2015 appears to be the year the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will be reformed....

March 19, 2015

The Death of Free Speech on Campus - A. Barton Hinkle, Reason

One of the truly delightful things about college is that it allows earnest young people to try out all sorts of ridiculous ideas without causing much lasting harm. After graduation...

March 18, 2015

Moneyball for Education - Frederick M. Hess & Bethany Little, AEI

The ‘moneyball’ strategy, which used data to help improve success and cost-efficiency in baseball, should be applied to the US education system to advance locally led e...

March 17, 2015

Education and Parental Income - Chingos & Dynarski, Brookings Institution

There are many Americans who would benefit from a postsecondary education but who never attend college, or who start college but don’t earn a degree. Many come from low-incom...

March 14, 2015

Racist Frats Shouldn't Be Tax-Exempt - Herzig & Brunson, Slate

The video of an inexcusable racist chant by members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity came as a shock to most viewers. The frate...

March 12, 2015

Oklahoma's Right to Expel Frat Boys - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on his campus for leading a horrifying racist chant. Does his ...

March 11, 2015

Can You Expel a Frat Boy for Racist Speech? - Eugene Volokh, Volokh

Some Oklahoma University students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell),...

March 9, 2015

Why Boys Are Falling Behind at School - Libby Nelson, Vox

In school, boys are falling behind. Around the world, they're more likely than girls to be classified as low achievers, meaning they weren't proficient in reading, math, science, o...

March 7, 2015

The GOP's Education Paradox - Hess & Kelly, US News & World Report

Historically, governors have a big advantage when running for president. They’ve run things and can point to real accomplishments. No surprise, then, that the roster of Repub...

March 7, 2015

Higher Ed Perpetuates Inequality - Timothy Taylor, Conversable Economist

Part of the mythology of US higher education is that it offers a meritocracy, along with a lot of second chances, so that smart and hard-working students of all background have a g...

March 7, 2015

No College Degree? You'd Better Know Excel - Max Nisen, Quartz

For all the focus on the job environment for college grads, millions of US workers have “middle skill jobs,” roughly categorized as jobs for those with m...

March 5, 2015

Are TFA Teachers Effective? - Melissa A. Clark et al., Mathematica

In 2010, Teach For America (TFA) launched a major expansion effort, funded in part by a five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up grant of $50 million from the U.S. Departmen...

March 5, 2015

Financial Aid Info Helps Colleges Price Discriminate - Ian Fillmore, VoxEU

Colleges in the US charge high sticker prices but routinely offer discounts to individual students. This column presents research showing that colleges use a student’s federa...

March 4, 2015

Free Speech at Marquette - Peter Bonilla, FIRE

In two previous Torch entries on Professor John McAdams’s fight to keep his tenure at Marquette University, I’ve focused on Marquette’s a...

March 2, 2015

No Child Left Behind: A Policymaker's Guide - AEI

This spring, Congress is considering the long-overdue reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. In the 14 years since the law was passed, AEI Education has devoted extensive...

March 2, 2015

Does Early Intervention Help Poor Kids? - Scott Alexander, Slate Star Codex

I find myself caught between the genetics community – which takes it as a given that childhood experiences and education have a very limited role in shaping life outcomes &nd...

February 27, 2015

Charter Myths and Realities - Marcus A. Winters, City Journal

The United Federation of Teachers wants to stop the expansion of charter schools. As part of its longstanding campaign to drive charter operators out of New York City, the union ha...

February 26, 2015

Common Core Confusion: Blame Supporters - Neal McCluskey, RCPolicy

As students across the country head into Common Core testing, a new poll reveals that Americans are confused about what, exactly, the Core is. But don't blame them. Blame...

February 26, 2015

Are We Overcounting College Dropouts? - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Yes, says the National Student Clearinghouse -- an organization founded by the "higher education community" -- in a report we feature in White Papers &...

February 25, 2015

College Completion, State by State - National Student Clearinghouse

In the state supplement to our eighth Signature Report, a national study on college completion, we take a state-by-state look at the various pathways that students take to complete...

February 24, 2015

College Major and Unemployment - Carnevale & Cheah, CEW

In this third installment of Hard Times, we update our previous analyses of college majors, unemployment, and earnings over the Great Recession. While there is wide variation ...

February 23, 2015

Measuring Progress on Student Debt Repayment - Brown et al., FRBNY

Student debt continues to make headlines because of its high balances and high rates of delinquency and default—troubling issues that we discussed in our previous posts this week...

February 20, 2015

One-Parent Students Leave School Earlier - Ziol-Guest et al., EdNext

One of the most alarming social trends in the past 40 years is the increasing educational disadvantage of children raised in low-income families. Differences between low- and high-...

February 19, 2015

Redesigning Teacher Salaries - Karen Hawley Miles et al., CAP

William Taylor, 29, a third generation Washington, D.C. resident stands out for a number of reasons. For one, he is an African American man who taught math at an elementary school ...

February 19, 2015

Education Fixes for Congress and the States - Lindsey Burke, Heritage

Getting American education back on track will require federal and state action to achieve reforms in a number of areas. In both K–12 and higher education policy, federal refo...

February 19, 2015

Education Won't Fix Wage Stagnation - Lawrence Mishel, Prospect

There was a time where it was plausible to argue that more education and innovation were the primary solutions to our economic problems. But that time has passed. You cannot tell t...

February 18, 2015

Colleges Are Discriminating Against Women - Libby Nelson, Vox

Two generations ago, women were in the minority in higher education. Now they're dominating it....

February 17, 2015

The Declining Significance of Discrimination - Roland Fryer, Issues

TODAY I want to talk about inequality in the 21st century, in particular on the decline in the significance of discrimination and the increase in the significance of human cap...

February 16, 2015

The Influence of Prestige in Academia - Clauset et al., Science Advances

The faculty job market plays a fundamental role in shaping research priorities, educational outcomes, and career trajectories among scientists and institutions. However, a quantita...

February 14, 2015

Disparities in Science and Math Education - Leadership Conference

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” a rep...

February 14, 2015

In Defense of Campus Speech and Sex Restrictions - Eric Posner, Slate

Lately, a moral panic about speech and sexual activity in universities has reached a crescendo. Universities have strengthened rules prohibiting offensive speech typically targeted...

February 11, 2015

Scott Walker's Risky College Experiment - Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg View

It's hard to believe that Governor Scott Walker's proposal to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin’s budget over the next two years would allow the sch...

February 10, 2015

What Low-Income Students Know About College - Hoxby & Turner, AEA

Previous work (Hoxby and Avery 2014) shows that low-income higher achievers tend not to apply to selective colleges despite being extremely likely to be admitted with financial aid...

February 9, 2015

'Queer Theory' Takes Over Campus - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

Another day in academia, another twist in the bizarre world of identity studies. The Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley, is presenting...

February 5, 2015

Obama's Community College Gamble - Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics

A presidential budget is more than an expression of policy. It's also an exercise in political brand management. It aims to project the president and his administration favorably. ...

February 4, 2015

The Consequences of Improving Education - Robert Lynch, WCEG

This study addresses a key challenge confronting the United States—how to promote both widely shared and faster economic growth. It does so by analyzing and describing the effec...

February 4, 2015

A Progressive Plan for Education Tax Credits - Amber Erickson, CTJ

In the run-up to the State of the Union, President Barack Obama proposed a slew of new tax reform ideas designed to benefit low- and middle-income families. One of hisproposed refo...

February 3, 2015

Male and Female Marriage Returns to Schooling - Gustaf Bruze, SSRN

A collective marriage matching model is estimated and calibrated to quantify the share of returns to schooling that is realized through marriage. The predictions of the model are m...

February 2, 2015

Closing the Math Gap for Boys - David L. Kirp, New York Times

ON a recent afternoon, the banter of boisterous adolescents at Edwin G. Foreman High School, in a poor, racially and ethnically mixed Chicago neighborhood, echoed off the corridor ...

February 2, 2015

The (Realistic) Returns to College - Alan Benson et al., SSRN

Most published estimates of the economic return to college rest on a series of best-case assumptions that often overstate returns and, most importantly, obscure differences in retu...

January 31, 2015

Why College Isn't Always Worth It - Danielle Paquette, Washington Post

Earlier this month, after announcing his plan to make community college free, President Obama lauded a college degree as "the surest ticket to the middle class."...

January 30, 2015

529 College Saving Plans Are Garbage - Ryan Cooper, The Week

President Obama suffered a minor political setback this week, when a proposal to end the 529 college savings tax credit, unveiled during the recent State of the Union address, spar...

January 29, 2015

Against Accountability Mandates in Education - Michael Petrilli, Fordham

Congressional Republicans have promised to overhaul the No Child Left Behind act this year; the big debate so far has been whether to maintain the law’s annual testing requir...

March 25, 2015

Wyoming, the Red State That Likes the Common Core

March 24, 2015

Affirmative Action Thrives at the Most Selective Colleges

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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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College tuition, retirement and caring for a parent head the list of things you need to set money as...

German students, teachers weep for

HALTERN AM SEE, Germany (Reuters) - Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke d...

Why did teachers in the Phillippine

A YouTube video that shows school officials in the Philippines cutting off a high school student’s...