The OECD recently issued its new book-length report, "Measuring Innovation in Education 2019." Amidst the jargon and complicated charts, there are four interesting takeaways.

A couple of decades in, although challenges persist, charters show no signs of disappearing. Why hasn't the idea of chartering schools been a passing fad?

Critics often ask: If chartering is such a great idea, why aren't all charter schools great? Guest blogger Sarah Tantillo offers eight challenges charter school founders face that are worth considering.

Almost 30 years after the first charter school legislation passed, guest blogger Sarah Tantillo takes a look at how this movement emerged and spread.

Benjamin Heuston, the CEO of, discusses how the nonprofit has brought online personalized learning to Utah preschoolers.

Recent Louisiana Scholarship Program test scores look pretty grim. But there are three important caveats to keep in mind.

Here's how to avoid enshrining therapy at the expense of academics, from Aspen's Ross Weiner.

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.

Social and emotional learning could push us to view children as trauma victims and teachers as therapists, according to Fordham's Robert Pondiscio.

SEL is sensible in its own right and a healthy corrective to some of the excesses of the No Child Left Behind era. But I've spent lots of years watching good ideas go south.

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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