All data tell a story, even if that story is incomplete. In the rush to provide parents with information about school performance, we should make sure we're measuring what matters.

Senator Alexander is releasing his proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). As policymakers consider the proposal, they should remember that the HEA can be a driver of change for K-12 education.

I'm taking my every-so-often break from RHSU for the next few weeks and will be handing off to a lineup of stellar guest bloggers. Here's who you can look forward to reading.

AltSchool partners with 25 districts and schools to implement technology-enabled personalized learning. It also operates four tuition-funded lab schools in San Francisco and New York City. Recently I talked with Devin about AltSchool and its unique approach to personalized learning.

Amidst the ebbs and flows of school reform, big shifts are underway. One involves education advocates downshifting from "policy" to educational "practice."

Every California teacher could see an immediate pay boost of $10,250 per year, if not for the state's massive pension debt. Yet the LA teacher strike deal kicks the can on that crucial issue.

When reforms seem intuitive, it's natural for supporters to focus on "scale" and "implementation" rather than consider what could possibly go wrong.

Darleen Opfer serves as director of RAND Education and Labor, heading a 200-person staff that conducts research for major government agencies and private foundations. I recently chatted with Darleen about RAND and the state of education research in general.

The other day, I talked 22nd Century skills with Paul Banksley, TED talk phenom, founder of Tomorrows Are for Tomorrow, and Nobel favorite. Here are the highlights of my chat.

For the 2019 RHSU Public Influence finale, the top ten finishers for various academic disciplines, as well as the top junior faculty.

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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