In April, Washington State's NCLB waiver was revoked.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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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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