Month: June 2018

This Issue Is Bigger Than Just Testing – by Jonah Edelman

What do we hear from those who oppose testing? Schools burden students with excessive test preparation. Districts force students to take standardized tests throughout the school year that aren’t aligned to what students are learning. Some states and districts have unfairly penalized teachers during this period of transition to common standards of learning. What might come as a ...

Do Specialized Teaching Roles Help or Hurt Students? – by Thomas Arnett

The success of our schools—and of our education system at large—hinges on teachers. From decades of research we know that teachers influence student outcomes more than anything else a school has to offer. Given the importance of teachers, many of the prominent ideas for improving education focus on increasing teacher impact through better recruitment, preparation, and developm...

EdStat: One Percent of Students Offered Admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Next Fall are from Low-Income Families – by Education Next

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology sits in Fairfax County, where 80 percent of its students live (the other 20 percent are from adjacent districts). Some 29 percent of students in Fairfax County Public Schools are from low-income families, compared to just 1 percent of students offered admission to TJ next fall. But how is it that a school system that crea...

In the News: Making Sense of the Opt Out Movement – by Education Next

Over the past few years, students by the thousands have refused to take their state’s standardized tests. To make sense of the opt-out phenomenon, Education Next has published a forum featuring two public school parents with contrasting views on opting out: Scott Levy, a local school board member in New York State, and Jonah Edelman, cofounder and CEO of Stand for Children. In ...

Straight Up Conversation: New Harvard Ed School Dean Bridget Terry Long – by Frederick Hess

Bridget Terry Long, a talented scholar and longtime friend, was recently named dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Harvard’s Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Bridget has previously chaired the National Board for Education Sciences and authored pioneering research on the economics of higher education. I recently had the chance to chat wi...

EdStat: 54% of Public School Teachers are Opposed to Agency Fees – by Education Next

A month ago we and our colleagues at the Program on Education Policy and Governance in the Harvard Kennedy School asked a nationally representative cross-section of 2,230 Americans the following question: “In some states, all teachers must pay fees for union representation even if they choose not to join the union. Do you support or oppose requiring all teachers to pay these f...