Next week we'll be running the 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings—here's a bit on what to expect.


Despite my shabby record as a prognosticator, people continue to ask if I've any thoughts on upcoming events in 2016. I'll give it my usual shot.


We're nearing the end of a peculiar year—seems like a propitious time to take a moment and reflect on the year gone by with a "Best Of" RHSU columns in 2015.


The White House has been laboring to recast ESSA as a win, and this matters a lot, because how the law is interpreted, applied, and understood will determine what the law means in practice. Consequently, it's worth scrutinizing some of the White House claims.


There are really two kinds of policy thinkers when it comes to school reform: gardeners and engineers.


Do my liberal friends understand why things like Harvard's "holiday placemats for social justice" drive some of us around the bend? It's honestly tough for me to tell.


Today, I chat with Eric Westendorf, the CEO and co-founder of LearnZillion, talking curriculum design, business models and more.


Now that the dust has settled on the ESSA decision, here are five quick thoughts on what went down last week.


In a new report for the Chamber, my colleague Sarah DuPre and I take a look at three states that made outsized gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2005 and 2013. What made them stand out from the rest?


I recently had the chance to chat with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson about some of the highlights of her tenure, how things look to her five years in, and about the evolution of school reform.


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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