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Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Trial Show Identity Politics Is Eating Itself, Boston Globe Columnist Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia New Boston Post
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Elizabeth Warren’s much-pilloried DNA test rollout and Harvard’s continuing admissions trial show that identity politics is eating itself, says former Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson.

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Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, October 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss what matters most for student achievement.

Interviews

Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, October 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss what matters most for student achievement.

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The Week Identity Politics Ate Itself

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 22, 2018

It was the week identity politics ate itself. It was the week we learned that US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is between 1/1,024th and 1/64th Native American Indian. It was also the week that Harvard University — universally acknowledged as a bastion of American liberalism — was taken to court for discriminating against Asian-American applicants.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Lowering College Costs By Offering Credits For Free

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, October 22, 2018

There are plenty of college-level online courses available for free, but students who want college credit for an online course may have to pay up to $1,000 per credit, or $30,000 per year. Modern States Education Alliance has come up with a way to combine college-level online learning with free college credit. Students take specially designed courses aligned with tests offered by the College Board. These tests are accepted by over 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities for college credit.

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When A Venture Capitalist Enters California’s Political Matrix: Innovation Meets The Status Quo

by Tim Drapervia Eureka
Monday, October 22, 2018

I wonder if we still have a democracy in California.

Analysis and Commentary

The Concern About Subgroups In ESSA Accountability Systems May Be Overblown

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, October 19, 2018

A recent analysis by uber-wonk Anne Hyslop and her colleagues at the Alliance for Excellent Education adds to a long list of reports expressing concern that many states’ accountability systems are turning a blind eye to the performance of disadvantaged students and students of color. The analysis finds that, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, “Many states fail to include student subgroups meaningfully across two of the law’s most important accountability provisions: (1) school ratings and (2) the definitions used to identify schools for targeted support and improvement.”

Analysis and Commentary

From Report Cards To Parent-Teacher Conferences, Schools Must Do A Better Job Of Telling Families How Their Kids Are Doing

by Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Friday, October 19, 2018

“Parental engagement” is one of those self-evidently appealing ideas for improving education. Who doesn’t want to engage parents? What child isn’t well served by more of it? Yet doing it well is hard, because it means shooting straight with parents about how their daughters and sons are performing, and committing to making hard changes and expending real resources to help those children do better. It’s not a program. It’s a promise: to be honest and do right by all kids.

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Three Considerations, With Less Than Three Weeks Until Election Day

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, October 18, 2018

We’re now within three weeks of Election Day. Here are three plot lines to ponder as we head closer to the first referendum on the Trump Era.

In the News

Why We Don’t Learn Much From (The Few) Effective Education Policies Or Programs

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia New Boston Post
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

On the face of it, it would seem reasonable to believe that education policy makers could learn much from successful policies and programs. But they often don’t. Here are two relatively clear examples of policy makers failing to learn from effective policies/programs. In both cases, the policy makers were the members of a state board of education. One is from California, the other from Massachusetts. Both sets of policies or programs were known to state policy makers at the time that the Common Core standards in mathematics and English language arts were being developed.

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The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency.

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