Month: February 2019

Study finds school closures in NYC benefitted rising ninth-graders – by External Relations, Education Next

Contact: Jackie Kerstetter: 814-440-2299, jackie.kerstetter@educationnext.org, Education Next Shifra Goldenberg: 212-998-5546, shifra.goldenberg@nyu.edu, Research Alliance for New York City Schools Study finds school closures in NYC benefitted rising ninth-graders Students enrolled in higher performing high schools, more likely to earn Regents diploma July 21, 2016—The closure...

In the News: Cal State Remedial Education Reforms Help Thousands More Students Pass College-Level Math Classes – by Education Next

It has been just over a semester since the Cal State system eliminated non-credit, remedial math classes and replaced them with credit-bearing, college-level courses and added student support. Nearly 7800 students were able to pass the higher-level math classes last fall, reports Teresa Watanabe of the Los Angeles Times. Faculty at some schools redesigned courses and experiment...

Why a Trump School Choice Initiative is Unlikely to Succeed

For months now, the buzz inside the beltway swamp has been that President Trump intends to propose a huge tax-credit scholarship program as part of his tax reform initiative. That expectation has led to lively debates, both on the page and on the stage, and earlier this month was the focus of Fordham’s annual Wonkathon. As a supporter of vouchers for low-income children, I unde...

EdNext Podcast: Comparing Teacher Skills in the U.S. and Abroad – by Education Next

The cognitive skills of teachers differ widely among nations. A new study investigates whether these differences affect student achievement and how the U.S. might recruit teachers with stronger cognitive skills. Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?,” co-wr...

Forgetting How to Read – by Doug Lemov

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf Harper/HarperCollins, 2018, $24.99; 272 pages. As reviewed by Doug Lemov As you read this—on the subway or the porch, perhaps at your desk between meetings—reading as we know it is engaged in an epic battle it has all but lost. You are the reason. No matter where you are, Device is there with you, stowed ...

In the News: $773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools – by Education Next

New York City is ending its signature effort to turn around failing schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio is canceling the Renewal program, “acknowledging that despite spending $773 million he was unable to turn around many long-struggling public schools in three years after decades of previous interventions had also failed,” explains Elisa Shapiro in the New York Times. S...

The Strikes Keep Coming – by Martin R. West

As this issue of Education Next goes to press, a teacher strike in Oakland is entering its fourth day. Less than two months into 2019, Oakland Unified is already the third major school district to experience an extended work stoppage, after similar conflicts closed schools for a week in Los Angeles and three days in Denver. This new spate of activism follows on the heels of a ...