A new study demonstrates that taking students to the theater benefits students' content knowledge, tolerance, and inferential abilities. I love this, for several reasons.


Three weeks out from midterms, I offer thoughts on what the impact of the 2014 Senate elections might be for education reform and for the Department of Education.


School choice advocates and skeptics alike should read Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's excellent new book about how immigrant students navigate New York City's universal high school choice program.


Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a thoughtful report about the health of charter schooling by state. I think it's valuable, and offer three suggestions for future iterations.


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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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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