At the start of each school year, we get the two major annual polls on K-12 education. This year, the surveys were rife with provocative findings.

Rebecca Kantar leads Imbellus, which has raised over $24 million in venture funding to build simulation-based assessments deployed in over 20 countries.

Fearing to tell students they're responsible for doing their part is to set them up for failure. And worse: It's the rankest kind of prejudice.

Bridge in Nigeria is upskilling the teachers of around 300,000 children in 1,500 schools over four years, a rate of scaling which may be unprecedented in African history.

It's the dawn of a new school year. As Rick sat down to write about it, he got a premonition of how this school year will once again go for so many.

Because "time and effort" rules are confusing, they encourage defensive spending—spending that is safe from an audit perspective rather than effective, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

ESSA requires some high-poverty, low-performing schools to develop two different plans for improving student outcomes—an expensive system that fragments student services, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

Title I is ESSA's largest education program, giving about $15.9 billion annually to high-poverty schools. Guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric discuss how spending guidance would make the program more effective.

Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.

In the IB Diploma Programme, graders start at the bottom of the rubric and work their way up. This process emphasizes growth over gaps in students' understanding, says guest blogger Loren Baron.

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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