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April 22, 2019

The Problem With Education Research Fixated on 'What Works?'

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.

June 04, 2018

No, Educators and Policymakers Shouldn't Just 'Do What the Research Shows'

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

New CPRE Study Claims Common-Core Advocates Are Rational, Opponents Are Not

I'm concerned and confused by a new CPRE study about how the Common Core has played out on Twitter.

October 23, 2014

Small Schools, Stone Soup, and School Improvement

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

Jay Greene Is an Army of One for Arts Education...and He's Winning

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

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.

September 17, 2014

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.

September 11, 2014

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.

July 14, 2014

Zen and the Art of Education Research

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

7 Reasons I Don't Care About the PISA Results

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.

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