Policy & Reform

How New York City’s value-added model compares to what other districts, states are doing

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at Teachers College. (Photo by Davin McHenry) New York City schools erupted in controversy last week when the…

The right to know what?

Each fall, thousands of runners descend on the Big Apple to run the New York City marathon. They’ve trained hard all year, and give their all on the course. Long…

Many college students could skip remedial classes, studies find

Even as policymakers struggle to reform remedial-education requirements blamed for derailing the aspirations of countless community-college students, two new studies suggest that many of those students would do fine without them.…

What the U.S. and Chinese school systems have in common: Inequality, segregation

Americans who visit Chinese schools quickly realize that many of our beliefs and assumptions about education hold little water in China: In the United States, our urban public schools…

Free courses may shake universities’ monopoly on credit

Just as the Internet has made news free and music cheap, it may be about to vastly lower the cost of one of the most expensive commodities in America: college.…

How to measure teacher effectiveness fairly?

In the age of accountability, measuring teacher effectiveness has become king. But it’s not enough merely to measure effectiveness, according to many leading thinkers and policymakers; personnel…

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As Ohio moves to defund remedial courses, new models arise

Students at Kent State University (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) KENT, Ohio—As finals approached, nearly 240 students in a computer lab worked through basic algebra problems at Kent…

Q&A with David Drew: Broadening STEM education and debunking its myths

David Drew (photo by Nick Pandolfo) David Drew, a professor and former dean at Claremont Graduate University who has studied science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education…

Budget cuts, other obstacles threaten Obama’s American Graduation Initiative

Photo courtesy CUNY Despite political pressure to improve graduation rates, few states have done anything serious to increase the low proportions of community-college students who actually earn…

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