Month: April 2019

School Reform Is Simpler – And More Complex – Than We Think – by Karen Hawley Miles

For the past half century, education reformers have worked hard to close achievement gaps. But as recent research by Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, Laura Talpey and Ludger Woessmann confirms, so far, the gaps just won’t budge. It’s tempting to throw our hands in the air. Personalized learning, increased school funding, social-emotional learning, test-based accountability, portfo...

The End of Teacher Tenure? – by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Tenure arrived in K–12 education as a trickle-down from higher ed. Will the demise of tenure follow a similar sequence? Let us earnestly pray for it—for tenure’s negatives today outweigh its positives—but let us not count on it. Almost every time I’ve had an off-the-record conversation in recent years with a university provost, they’ve confided that their institutions are phasi...

The Education Exchange: Private School Participation in School Choice Programs Affected by Regulation – by Education Next

A new study finds that students who receive vouchers to attend private schools in Louisiana are outperformed by students in a control group. Some argue that regulations in Louisiana that discourage many private school leaders from participating in school choice programs are to blame for the poor results. Paul Peterson talks with Patrick Wolf about two recent studies, one lookin...

Aspen Institute Social-Emotional Guide Authors Respond To Critics – by Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Action Guide for School Leaders

On March 27, we released “Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: An Action Guide for School Leadership Teams. This guide is aligned with the recommendations of the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development and is a response to school and district leaders who asked questions like “What does SEAD look like?” “How do I do it?” and “Where d...

What We’re Watching: Fostering Student Effort and Virtue – by Education Next

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm, Fordham and Hoover host two speakers, Rod Paige and Pete Wehner. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will argue that school reforms need to focus not just on changing schools, but even more on boosting student effort. Pete Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will make a case for reviving old-fashioned...

Why Do Private School Teachers Have Such High Turnover Rates? – by Kirsten Schmitz

Federal data from the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES) offers a potentially surprising revelation: Private school teachers have higher turnover rates than their public school counterparts, and it’s not particularly close. The data below capture what NCES calls the “leaver” rate. NCES regularly surveys teachers, and it divides respondents into three categories: sta...