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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 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.


Flexibility For Accountability: Why Charter Schools Succeed

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia
Friday, December 22, 2017

Charter schools are thriving in areas underserved by traditional public schools due to their framework of flexibility for accountability. They are granted flexibility to design and run schools in order maximize student achievement in exchange for being held accountable for their students’ performance. Charter schools have to improve in order to survive. Those that do not perform well need to be removed in order to expand high-performing schools.

In the News

Today’s Campus Culture Deepens Political Divides

quoting John Villasenorvia New Voices
Thursday, December 21, 2017

As my cursor hovers over the “submit” button at the bottom of my graduate school applications, I stop to consider the environment I am going to inhabit at the cost of countless dollars and hours. I am understandably wary. In the time it took to raise me to the age of 18 with aspirations of higher education firmly socialized in my identity, the status of American universities has seemed to plummet to the brink of collapse.

Analysis and Commentary

Helping High-Ability Kids From Disadvantaged Backgrounds In 2018

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘Tis a time of celebration, reflection, gift-giving, and—swiftly thereafter—planning and resolving for the year to come. Let’s include in those reflections and resolutions some extra attention to the oft-neglected demographic subset we might simply call smart poor kids. They so often fall through a crack between two common assumptions in American education: (1) that “gifted and talented” education is something that’s mostly about able but also privileged middle class youngsters with pushy parents (i.e., that it’s an elitist thing); and (2) the belief that smart high achievers will generally do fine on their own and hence the formal education system should focus laser-like on the laggards and those on the lower edge of the achievement gap.

In the News

Enrollment Rates Are Climbing. So What Explains The Sorry State Of India’s Education Sector?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Wire
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Economic research shows that interventions aimed at improving cognitive skills rather than mere enrolment rates are required to boost economic growth.


Michael Petrilli: Are States' ESSA Plans Naughty Or Nice?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli compares Fordham’s ESSA review to that of Bellwether and the Collaborative for Student Success.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Fordham's ESSA Outlook Is Sunnier Than Our Peers'

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Earlier this month, Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success released a report assessing states’ ESSA plans. As The 74 reported, their reviews found them “largely lackluster,” a judgment that, at first blush, seems to conflict with Fordham’s own generally positive review of all fifty-one ESSA accountability plans. But don’t rely on first blushes.

Analysis and Commentary

Summer Policy Boot Camp

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hoover has just announced the 2018 Summer Boot Camp August 19-25 2018.

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Creating Social Change And Student Success

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Inside Higher Education
Monday, December 18, 2017

In 2001, more than a quarter of American teenagers smoked. Smoking-related illness was the leading cause of preventable death in America, yet the public health community remained unable to achieve a large-scale reduction in teen smoking. Even explicit warnings about the deadly consequences of lighting up seemed to have only a negligible impact.


K-12 Education Task Force

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.

CREDO at Stanford University