The Data on Detroit – by Jason Bedrick

Today, Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos will appear in front of the Senate education committee for her first confirmation hearing. She will face questions on a range of issues, perhaps most importantly on her record as a school-choice friendly philanthropist in her home state of Michigan. Unfortunately, descriptions of that record in the mainstream press—most notably ...

“It Felt Like Guerrilla Warfare”

/* custom css */ .tdi_2_f77{ min-height: 0; } /* custom css */ .tdi_4_756{ vertical-align: baseline; } As I write this, representative samples of 4th and 8th graders are taking National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in math and English. These exams must be held every two years ...

Race, Student Debt, and For-Profit Graduate Schools – by Jason D. Delisle

Discussions about higher education often focus on affordability—what college costs, what students pay and crucially, how much they borrow to finance their degrees. Discussions about student loans, however, rarely focus on what happens to the debt after students earn a college degree. That’s why a recent study by Columbia University professor Judith Scott-Clayton (a fellow Evid...

In the News: Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes – by Education Next

A new working paper finds that Students who share racial and/or gender characteristics with their teachers tend to report higher levels of personal effort, feeling cared for, student-teacher communication, academic engagement, and college aspirations. The research, by Brian Kisida and Anna Egalite, relies on Tripod surveys and other data from the Measures of Effective Teaching...