The White House has been laboring to recast ESSA as a win, and this matters a lot, because how the law is interpreted, applied, and understood will determine what the law means in practice. Consequently, it's worth scrutinizing some of the White House claims.

There are really two kinds of policy thinkers when it comes to school reform: gardeners and engineers.

Do my liberal friends understand why things like Harvard's "holiday placemats for social justice" drive some of us around the bend? It's honestly tough for me to tell.

Today, I chat with Eric Westendorf, the CEO and co-founder of LearnZillion, talking curriculum design, business models and more.

Now that the dust has settled on the ESSA decision, here are five quick thoughts on what went down last week.

In a new report for the Chamber, my colleague Sarah DuPre and I take a look at three states that made outsized gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2005 and 2013. What made them stand out from the rest?

I recently had the chance to chat with DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson about some of the highlights of her tenure, how things look to her five years in, and about the evolution of school reform.

On Tuesday, Harvard Education Press published The New Education Philanthropy. Hopefully it will make its own modest contribution to smarter reflection, criticism, and giving.

It's crunch time for the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). I walk through the bill and see how it stacks up.

Since it's Thanksgiving week, we're going back to the old RHSU tradition of sharing an essay I wrote for Richard Elmore's volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. It's one of my favorites—hope you all enjoy Part 3.

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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