Standards & Accountability

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…

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…

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.…

Education experts defend price of college degree

Chapel at Bates College (Photo by N.Y. Walton) After days of news about spiraling tuition, increasing student loan debt, and worsening income inequality, higher-education experts met at…

We’re asking the wrong questions in the latest SAT cheating scandal

Chanthorn Peou of San Diego, Calif., takes the SAT aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (U.S. Navy photo by Jason T. Poplin) Is it really surprising that students…

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Educated nation?

The extraordinary gulf between science and education was on sharp display this week. The New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow conference and NBC’s Education Nation took place within…

Where do Republican presidential candidates stand on education?

Republican Party presidential candidates continue to battle it out to see who might face the Democratic Party nominee—most likely, President Barack Obama—in the 2012 race for the White House.…

Do we need tenure in higher ed? A Q&A with Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley With so much talk about teacher tenure in K-12 schools, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there’s another tenure debate going on in…

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