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April 10, 2019
New York City’s experiment with small high schools helped students stay in college, study shows
Students who entered one of New York City’s new small high schools between 2006 and 2010 were much more likely to go to college and stick around.
March 11, 2019
The Gates Foundation is hoping better curriculum will boost student learning. A new study says, not so fast
The results raise questions about the likelihood the Gates Foundation’s curriculum-focused approach will do what its leaders hoped.
where's the research
January 17, 2019
Summit Learning declined to be studied, then cited collaboration with Harvard researchers anyway
Summit Learning, a personalized learning system, touts a partnership with Harvard researchers even though Summit actually turned down their proposal to study the model.
October 11, 2018
Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s controversial evaluation system, says new analysis
Measurable benefits for both students and teachers have come out of the system since 2011, says the National Council on Teacher Quality.
September 12, 2018
In latest move, Gates Foundation looks to help — and learn from — charters serving students with disabilities
The foundation has made four grants in recent months focused on helping charter schools better serve students with disabilities.
By the numbers
September 6, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s education giving so far has topped $300 million. Here’s a list of where it’s going
What we collected includes over 50 groups and about $137 million of the $308 million CZI says it has donated to education-related causes.
Show me the money
Updated September 10, 2018
Lifting the veil on education’s newest big donor: Inside Chan Zuckerberg’s $300 million push to reshape schools
The new numbers offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its influence, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more powerful.
August 28, 2018
Gates Foundation gives $92 million to networks of schools in latest reform effort
Most of the 19 new grants are going to nonprofit organizations, including a group of urban California districts and New Visions, a New York City-based network.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
Updated July 18, 2018
How bias happens: teaching struggling students can affect observation scores, study finds
The types of students teachers instruct may influence how administrators evaluate their performance.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
October 19, 2017
Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools
In a speech Thursday, Bill Gates said the foundation is about to launch a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve.
March 28, 2017
How do you get teacher candidates to fall in love with Memphis? Shelby County Schools is taking them to a Grizzlies game.
Shelby County Schools will kick off its hiring season this weekend by treating teacher candidates to dinner and a free Memphis Grizzlies game.
February 17, 2016
After navigating leadership change at City Hall, New Visions prepares for one of its own
New Visions for Public Schools President Robert Hughes ran a school-system-within-a-school-system. Now, he's moving to the Gates Foundation.
There's no "we" in personalized learning
November 5, 2014
Report: How 23 charter schools have ‘personalized’ learning
A new report from the Gates Foundation says that personalized learning programs may be boosting students' test scores—even as it tries to define what, exactly, personalized learning looks like.
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