Student-Teacher Race Match in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

There’s mounting evidence that, for children of color especially, having one or more teachers of the same race over the course of students’ educational careers seems to make a positive difference. But to what extent, if any, do the benefits of having a same-race teacher vary by type of school? Existing “race-match” studies fail to Read more about Student-Teacher Race Match in Charter and Traditional Public Schools[…]

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‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Could Close the Achievement Gap

A new survey of research into charter school effectiveness has linked so-called no-excuses practices in urban charter schools to sizable academic gains. Published in the Winter 2018 edition of The Future of Children, a journal jointly published by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, the survey found that spending three years in one of these Read more about ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Could Close the Achievement Gap[…]

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Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

In at least 10 U.S. cities, a new partnership schools model is emerging. This “third way” governance strategy can break through contentious district-charter divides and could help improve struggling schools or increase the number of high-quality neighborhood options. The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has released a new brief titled Partnership Schools: New Governance Read more about Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts[…]

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Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward

Social emotional learning (SEL) holds great potential for improving learning and college and career-ready outcomes for all students. But there is much work to do to ensure that high-quality, integrated SEL is present in a meaningful and asset-based manner in all schools. How should funders and other SEL supporters invest their resources to make the greatest Read more about Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward[…]

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Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average

Writing for The 74, Richard Whitmire explores new data that show charter school students are graduating from college at three- to five-times the national average. Excerpts from his article appear below: About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante Read more about Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average[…]

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The Many Flavors of School Choice

There are many flavors of school choice—vouchers, education savings accounts, tax-credit scholarships, and charters, to name a few. Voucher is the word on everyone’s mind at the moment and it’s a politically loaded term. Many of the other types of choice people hear about—education savings accounts and tax-credit scholarships—are just variations. But the differences between Read more about The Many Flavors of School Choice[…]

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The Learning Landscape

To ensure that the public education system delivers on its promise of great outcomes for all kids, we need a shared understanding of the facts to help us assess the system, identify challenges, and develop viable solutions. A new report by Bellwether Education Partners, titled The Learning Landscape, presents a balanced assessment of the status Read more about The Learning Landscape[…]

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The Condition of Education

The National Center for Education Statistics has released The Condition of Education 2016. Listed below are several interesting highlights in this data: 1. Kindergartners’ Approaches to Learning, Family Socioeconomic Status, and Early Academic Gains First-time kindergartners who demonstrated positive approaches to learning behaviors more frequently in the fall of kindergarten tended to make greater gains Read more about The Condition of Education[…]

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Want to Fix Education? Give a Kid a Tutor

In the late 1970’s, education research was deemed a pseudoscience by many in the field due to a lack of clear data and results that pointed to effective practice. In response, researchers began designing field experiments to test the effectiveness of programs and practices. In recent years, as concern over U.S. educational performance has increased, Read more about Want to Fix Education? Give a Kid a Tutor[…]

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Policy Change is not the Only Path to School Reform

A recent opinion blog, written by Michael J. Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, discusses the education sector’s exhaustion with policies on education reform. Mr. Petrilli writes: It strikes me, and several others with whom I’ve spoken in recent months, that education reform is at a turning point. It’s not just the new Read more about Policy Change is not the Only Path to School Reform[…]

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The New Normal in K-12 Education

A recent blog by Third Way examines several issues in education policy and reveals the outdated logic and arguments that are being used to debate modern issues. This stagnation in conversation not only threatens our ability to move forward with the best policies for our nation’s students, but it also has had the unintended consequence Read more about The New Normal in K-12 Education[…]

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A Tale of 2 States: Lessons to Be Learned

The new Every Student Succeeds Act returns to the states much of the authority for directing school improvement that the federal government had assumed in the past 15 years. Some states are ready to roll, but plenty are searching for potential role models. Fortunately, at least two such candidates are easy to find. Earlier this Read more about A Tale of 2 States: Lessons to Be Learned[…]

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Tiny Schools: Models of Innovation

There is a proposal going around about a new type of charter school, one that is very low risk and modeled on the 4.0 Schools project in New Orleans, called tiny schools. These are small schools that are started in a library or classroom with volunteer students who are willing to learn. The students can Read more about Tiny Schools: Models of Innovation[…]

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What Makes a School Successful?

In what seems to be an increasing (and welcome!) trend, Harvard economist Dr. Roland G. Fryer Jr. has been attempting to translate his empirical research into results for schools. Dr. Fryer won the prestigious John Bates Clark medal this year in part for his research on 39 New York City charter schools. He hoped to Read more about What Makes a School Successful?[…]

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NewSchools Venture Fund Launches NewSchools Catapult

NewSchools Venture Fund has announced the launch NewSchools Catapult, the first endeavor of its new national strategy. Its goal over the next several years is to propel successive waves of education entrepreneurs to launch new schools – the kinds of audacious, life-altering schools that can truly prepare students to pursue their most ambitious dreams. The Read more about NewSchools Venture Fund Launches NewSchools Catapult[…]

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NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2015

On Thursday, May 28, Acting Commissioner Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, released The Condition of Education 2015. The indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2015 provide an update on the state of education in America and include findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated Read more about NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2015[…]

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