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The Reaction to My National Affairs Essay on the Common Core

Last week, National Affairs published my essay on the Common Core. Today, I want to respond to the advocates who've shared their reactions with me.


Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

Good schooling is about more than reading and math scores. Here are 3 metrics from Leaders & Laggards that help offer a more holistic assessment of states' education systems.


Howard Fuller's No Struggle, No Progress

Howard Fuller's new book No Struggle, No Progress is stuffed with fascinating detail and from-the-shoulder wisdom. Let me keep it simple: read this book.


The States Need to Step It Up on STEM

The 2014 Leaders & Laggards report contains lots of data on AP STEM performance. States are mostly faring poorly: no state has even one in six students passing an AP STEM exam.


Common-Core Validation Committee Non-Signer Dylan Wiliam Shares a Couple Thoughts

In response to my post about Common Core advocates' five half-truths, Dylan Wiliam wrote to me explaining why he refused to sign off on the Common Core State Standards.


K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is releasing its 2014 Leaders & Laggards report. It introduces new measures, revisits old measures, and allows for comparison between the 2014 and 2007 findings.


10 Thoughts on the New AP U.S. History Framework

The College Board's revision of the AP U.S. History curriculum framework has ignited a firestorm. Contrary to some recent attacks, it's not malicious, but it does raise questions about intellectual balance.


Common Core's Five Big Half-Truths

Common Core advocates repeatedly stress five impressive claims. Here's a cheat sheet for evaluating those claims, which are far less compelling than they appear at first glance.


Two Schools of 'School Reform:' The Conservative and the Progressive

People ask me, "You're a reformer. How can you think X?" I think much of the confusion is because "reform" has been used to describe two different schools of thought: one progressive and one conservative.


Rethinking Teacher Compensation to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Several years ago, YES Prep replaced a step-and-lane teacher compensation system with our Teacher Continuum. Here are some key lessons we've learned.


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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