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March 23, 2018
Race, not just poverty, shapes who graduates in America — and other education lessons from a big new study
Black students are much less likely to graduate from high school and attend college than white students with the same family income.
Show me the money
March 12, 2018
We read new reports on the state of school funding in America so you don’t have to. Here’s what we learned.
While poor students necessarily don’t get less money than their affluent peers, they usually don’t get extra money for addressing additional needs.
good news in golden state
February 8, 2018
How new evidence bolsters the case for California’s education policy rebellion
In recent years, California has gone its own way on education policy, and recent evidence suggests it might be working.
teachers of color
January 8, 2018
How diverse is the teaching force in your district? A new analysis highlights the gap between students and teachers of color
In New York City, as in districts across the country, there is a glaring disconnect between many students’ race or ethnicity and their teachers.
August 10, 2017
Amid concerns about plan to let charter schools certify their own teachers, changes could be on the way
Changes may be on the way to SUNY's controversial proposal that would allow charter schools to certify their own teachers.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)
The idea has a high-profile supporter: The Education Trust, a civil rights and education group now headed by former U.S. Education Secretary John King.
June 15, 2017
Here’s what male teachers of color want their districts to know about them
They're in high demand but also exiting the profession at a high rate at a time when Tennessee is making investments to diversify its teaching workforce.
March 16, 2017
New York education experts call Trump’s proposed budget cuts ‘irresponsible’ and ‘devastating’
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, drew instant ire from education experts in New York state.
February 2, 2017
John King will keep a hand in national education policy as head of Education Trust
The organization has pushed for more rigorous standards in New York.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
November 26, 2008
What they talk about when they talk about expectations
Andy Rotherham at Eduwonk highlights two writing assignments, both given to seventh-graders, with widely different levels of difficulty. As Rotherham says, this is what wonks mean when they worry about an "expectations gap." I'm highlighting this because we would like to collect similar comparisons from New York City. What does student work look like at your school? What do the assignments look like? Send us your stuff so we can start comparing. We're happy to keep you and your students anonymous, as long as you give some identifying information (grade, district, public/private, charter/traditional public, large/small). The first seventh-grade assignment:
October 27, 2008
In setting graduation rate goals, New York at the bottom
The states with the top five and bottom five graduation rate goals. A new report from Education Trust, the D.C.-based think tank (PDF), lays out all 50 states' target graduation rates for high schools. As the graph above shows, New York's 55% rate comes in at the bottom of the list, sneaking in right above Nevada, whose target is 50%. The targets are required by the No Child Left Behind law, which forces states to determine whether every one of their high schools is meeting standards or not. To meet standards, high schools must either meet their state's specific graduation rate target — the figures featured in the chart — or, barring that, meet an improvement goal. If a school doesn't meet the standard, consequences can be strict; in New York, punishments include forcibly shutting schools down and reopening them under a new leadership and structure. The improvement goals are sometimes shockingly low. More than half of all states allow any progress at all, or simply that a school does not let its graduation rate drop from where it was the year before. Others require the rate to go up by at least 0.01 percentage point. New York in this regard is remarkable for setting a target increase of 0.1 percentage point.
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