Ben Wildavsky

How much are college students learning? We don’t know

By Ben Wildavsky

If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don’t have to look far: A wealth of information is available, thanks to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Go online and see, for instance, that Massachusetts children outperform those in Texas, that average math scores have gone up nationally over the past 20 […]

Gene Maeroff

What works — and doesn’t — in a longer school day

By Gene I. Maeroff

When Say Yes to Education, a New York-based nonprofit, took its program for school reform to Syracuse, N.Y., one of its nonnegotiable conditions was that the district stretch learning time into the late afternoon and the summer. Say Yes based its demand on the assumption that urban students like those in Syracuse generally require more […]

Pamela Cantor

Schools can overcome the challenges of poverty — with the right interventions

By Pamela Cantor

When President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper last month to help young men and boys of color reach their full potential, he shared what had made the difference in his own life: “I had people who encouraged me — not just my mom and grandparents, but wonderful teachers and community leaders — and they’d push […]


Is testing taking over our schools? An entire faculty answers

By The Faculty of P.S. 167

Imagine your first day at a new school. You are surrounded by new faces and new teachers and are navigating a new building. What are you concerned about? Making new friends? Liking your new teachers? When they enter our school each fall, our sixth-graders write about their hopes and fears for middle school. This year, […]

Joshua Bleiberg

Four reasons that critics of Common Core should reconsider their opposition

By Joshua Bleiberg

In our recent report “In Defense of the Common Core Standards,” Darrell West and I mounted a fresh defense of education standards. Standards have suffered through attacks from both liberals and conservatives who express various complaints about the Common Core. To better understand standards, we looked at evidence from other sectors and found that if […]

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brock Jones, 128th MPAD)

Ten ways to make college more friendly to veterans

By Karen Gross

As we reflect on the diversity of students enrolling in America’s colleges and universities, our attention must turn to our veterans, especially those who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us currently serving as college presidents and trustees are Baby Boomers who haven’t served in the military, and some of us are […]

Tanya E. Coke

Schools are doling out suspensions “like Tic Tacs,” here are some ways to keep kids in the classroom

By Tanya E. Coke

As a recent school board member in a racially and economically diverse district, I know there has never been a tougher time for educators. Schools are being asked to raise achievement and meet tougher standards, with fewer resources and diminishing paychecks. But in the midst of worrying about the Common Core and testing metrics, we […]

Karen R. Lawrence

What value really means in higher education

By Karen R. Lawrence

In the debates reframing higher education, there is no discussion as heated as the one focused on the value a student receives from attending college.  Yet inherent in this debate is a false dichotomy—one that places getting a job upon graduation in opposition to what may seem like a more abstract life-long value. At Sarah […]

Shaul Kuper

What to do when there are too many students?

By Shaul Kuper

The state of Oregon has indicated that by 2025, roughly 11 years from now, it wants 80 percent of adults to hold a college degree or a post-secondary certificate. If Oregon achieves its goal, just over three million people will hold a credential. While there are a number of political options on the table to help […]

Eric Nadelstern

What’s wrong with the new experience requirement for principals?

By Eric Nadelstern

As New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina begins to make policy decisions, many —such as limiting or even eliminating schools closures and restricting or ending the co-location of charter schools — are intended to roll back the policies of the previous administration. There is nothing unusual about members of a new administration coming in […]

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