Waive Goodbye: Why Washington Lost Its NCLB Waiver

In April, Washington State's NCLB waiver was revoked. I reached out to officials and policymakers to hear their reactions and explanations.


Was Race to the Top Effective?

Let's evaluate RT3 based on its stated goals and evaluate whether and how it impacts state policy today.


What Do State Policymakers Think of Race to the Top?

Following the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, I spent a year talking with high-ranking state policymakers. Here are some lessons they think we should learn from RT3.


The Power of Place, the Sharing Economy, and Why We Should Care About Substitute Teachers

Technology offers ways to rethink everything from doctor visits to Mandarin teachers to the problem of getting impactful substitute teachers.


Brave Steps: The Role of Parents in Shaping the Future of School

In talking with parents, I continually hear a sentiment of activism. National advocacy organizations are providing a space to channel that activism.


What Running a Marathon Taught Me About Ed. Reform

I recently completed my first full marathon. It struck me that many aspects of the race were analogous to education reform.


On Poverty, Ed Reform, and the Most Important Foundation You've Probably Never Heard Of

I'm more convinced than ever that education reform can't work without poverty reduction - and that poverty reduction can't work without education reform.


The Extracurricular Hamster Wheel: Lessons for Promoting High Performance

Extracurriculars can be both a strength and a weakness of the American education system. Lately, specialization has gotten out of hand.


The Good, the Not Bad, and the Ugly of Title IX

Parts of Title IX may be among the most successful educational policies ever, but there are also 'not bad' and 'ugly' parts of the law.


Should Local Districts Participate in International Assessments?

As PISA spills over into local educational decision making, it is reasonable to question the consequences of an international organization calling the shots.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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