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Michael Petrilli: State Policymaking In The ESSA Era

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the future of state education policymaking in the ESSA era.

Analysis and Commentary

Education's Unhappy New Year

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In an important and mostly depressing New Year’s Day column in The Washington Post, veteran education journalist Jay Mathews describes the on-again, off-again “carnival ride” to “raise school standards” that he’s observed over the past half century. “We love making schools more accountable,” Mathews writes. “Then, we hate the idea.”

Analysis and Commentary

Are We Committed To Raising School Standards?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, January 4, 2018

In an important and mostly depressing New Year’s Day column in The Washington Post, veteran education journalist Jay Mathews describes the on-again, off-again “carnival ride” to “raise school standards” that he’s observed over the past half century. “We love making schools more accountable,” Mathews writes. “Then, we hate the idea.”

Analysis and Commentary

Education Reform Developments To Watch For In 2018

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Advertisements for investment funds always say that past performance is no guarantee of future results; in the case of my forecasting skills, that’s probably a good thing. After all, in 2016 I claimed that Donald Trump would never become president, and a year ago I thought that 2017 might be the year of coming back together again. So in the spirit of third time’s a charm, not three strikes and you’re out, here’s what I see coming down the pike in 2018.

Analysis and Commentary

Is The Smarter Balanced National Test Broken?

by Douglas J. McRae, Williamson M. Eversvia Real Clear Education
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Across the country, 14 states used the federally-funded Smarter Balanced tests as part of their statewide K-12 testing programs in spring 2017. But the results for this year have an integrity problem.

In the News

Is School Choice 2.0 Coming?

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Washington Examiner
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Last month in the Wisconsin legislature, a bipartisan bill was unveiled to create the nation’s first Education Savings Account program dedicated to the needs of gifted and talented students. By giving families access to new educational opportunities and more control over their children’s education, the ESA bill could yield strong returns for student achievement in the Badger State.

In the News

Federal Government Finds Flaws In California’s Plan To Improve Lowest-Performing Schools

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia EdSource
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education has cited substantive flaws in California’s plan detailing how it will improve low-performing schools and use billions of dollars of federal education aid under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Analysis and Commentary

What To Watch With Your Kids This Winter Break

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, December 22, 2017

Regular readers know that I’m somewhat obsessed with the topic of screen time. Maybe it was my Catholic upbringing, or the years our kids spent in a Waldorf pre-school, but I can’t help feeling a little guilty about letting my boys watch stupid Disney TV shows or play mindless video games when I could be engaging them in healthier pursuits. 

In the News

The Top Education Articles Of The Year: Our 17 Most Popular (And Shared) School Stories Of 2017

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The 74 Million
Monday, January 1, 2018

Now that was a busy news year. We published hundreds of education features in 2017 — from breaking news to research analyses in our Big Picture series, memorable educator profiles, eye-opening reports on innovative education practices, state-by-state ESSA coverage, new commentaries on the year’s heated political debates, and, of course, our two daily headline roundups: national news at TopSheet.com and developments from the 12 biggest school districts at EduClips.

In the News

More Than The Old College Try At Democracy Prep

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Daily News
Friday, December 29, 2017

It’s college acceptance season, and if you’re a senior at one of Democracy Prep’s high schools in New York City chances are you are very happy: No charter network has demonstrated more success getting its students into and through college.

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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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