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…

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…

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S.

High schoolers work on projects at the YOUmedia lab at the Harold Washington library in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) CHICAGO—Imagine walking into a public library filled…

Q&A with Lisa Gillis: Rethinking how we educate ‘digital natives’

Lisa Gillis (courtesy of Lisa Gillis) At The Hechinger Report, we’re trying to learn—and share—as much as possible about the ways digital learning is changing American schools.…

California has one of nation’s highest gaps in Hispanic-white reading proficiency

At an elementary school in Soledad, in the Salinas Valley, a group of students that have performed moderately on state tests practice reading skills with an intervention teacher.…

English learners still far behind under English-only law

Patty Sanchez reads a storybook in Spanish to her classroom of kindergartners at Geddes Elementary School in Baldwin Park, where English learners have closed the gap with native…

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In global education race, U.S. is falling behind

Students at Tokyo National College of Technology test their handmade diodes in a laboratory. (Photo by Blaine Harden) America’s universities have long had a reputation for being…

Q&A with former Gov. Bob Wise: What will a ‘digital’ school look like in 5 years?

Bob Wise Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise co-chairs the Digital Learning Council with Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida. This council aims to…

Poverty and education reform — and those caught in the middle

Glendalys Delgado and her sons, Carlos, 12, and Juan, 7. (Photo by Sarah Garland) On an unseasonably warm evening last November, Glendalys Delgado lowered herself into a…

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