Month: March 2019

‘Redshirting’ preschoolers may do more harm than good – by External Relations, Education Next

Contact: Jackie Kerstetter: 814-440-2299, jackie.kerstetter@educationnext.org, Education Next “Redshirting” preschoolers may do more harm than good Educator and researcher agree that it’s generally not worth it to delay kindergarten start time April 6, 2017—Each year, millions of parents nationwide must make a seemingly life-altering decision for their soon-to-be kindergartene...

A Counterintuitive Approach to Improving Math Education: Focus on English Language Arts Teaching – by Susanna Loeb

Recent education reform efforts commonly aim at improving teacher effectiveness. One study of three large districts finds that they spent approximately $18,000 for professional development for each teacher each year. [1] Numerous education agencies, such as the District of Columbia Public Schools with its IMPACT effectiveness system for school-based personnel, and the state of...

What Happened to School Reform in New York City? – by Robert Pondiscio

The New York State Board of Regents this week refused to approve early renewals recommended by their authorizer for ten Success Academy charter schools. Among the ten were two National Blue Ribbon schools that placed among the top five in the entire state on last year’s annual math test. The lowest performing of the ten brought 75 percent of its students to proficiency or above...

A State School Board that Works – by Michael W. Kirst

Checker Finn’s reflections on his four-year “sentence” on the Maryland state board of education may well capture frustrations shared by many of those who are called into this form of public service, but my own experiences in California suggest that these frustrations are not inevitable. I served for 15 years on the California state board of education, most of it as board presi...

Straight Up Conversation: Teaching Matters CEO Lynette Guastaferro – by Frederick Hess

Lynette Guastaferro is the CEO of Teaching Matters, which currently serves 237 urban schools. Their programs include Early Reading Matters, which coaches teachers on how to better teach reading skills. Lynette’s background includes working as a teacher, school-network leader, and management consultant. I recently talked with her about Early Reading Matters and efforts to ...

How Not to Argue for School Choice – by Frederick Hess

I think school choice is a helpful thing. While I don’t think it, in and of itself, will yield great teaching and learning, I do think it can play a very positive role in promoting coherent school cultures, empowering parents and educators, and fostering a healthy array of educational options. Of course, many advocates see choice as much more than that. I sympathize with ...

In the News: School Choice and Lotteries in D.C., New Orleans, and Beyond – by Education Next

The system that matches students with schools in Washington, D.C. based on a combination of choice and luck is the subject of a feature story in the Washington Post magazine by Tom Toch, who praises the centralized assignment system for simplifying the application process and leveling the playing field. As Toch writes: Public school choice has expanded steadily in the nation’s ...