Our relentless focus on "What works?" has rewarded programs designed to yield short-term bumps in test scores while distracting attention from more fundamental and complex efforts.
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April 22, 2019
June 04, 2018
Common sense, practical experience, personal relationships, and old-fashioned wisdom play a crucial role in determining when and how research can be usefully applied. The researchers who play the most constructive roles are those who understand and embrace that messy truth.
February 25, 2015
I'm concerned and confused by a new CPRE study about how the Common Core has played out on Twitter.
October 23, 2014
Some of the reactions to MDRC's evaluations of New York City's "small high schools" remind me of the old fable of "stone soup."
October 16, 2014
A new study demonstrates that taking students to the theater benefits students' content knowledge, tolerance, and inferential abilities. I love this, for several reasons.
September 25, 2014
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.
September 17, 2014
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.
September 11, 2014
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.
July 14, 2014
A few weeks back, Mike Petrilli and I hosted another convening of the AEI-Fordham Emerging Educational Policy Scholars (EEPS) programs. The participants once again reminded me of what a dismal job even prestigious institutions do of preparing talented young scholars to consider the implications of their work, contribute to public debates, or even find joy in what they do every day.
December 04, 2013
Yesterday, the triennial PISA results were announced, prompting a paroxysm of spastic pontificating. Hands were wrung, familiar talking points were rehashed, and PISA Overlord Andreas Schleicher once again took the results as his cue to lecture American educators and policymakers on the wonders of common standards and the perniciousness of school choice. The funny thing is that all this gnashing of teeth is, quite literally, for nothing. There are at least seven reasons I don't give a fig about the PISA results.