Standards

The difficult and politically charged work of defining what students should know and be able to do

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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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Rethinking the Carnegie Unit

By stressing the amount of time students spend in the classroom rather than their mastery of subjects, the Carnegie Unit masks the quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s schools and colleges. But alternatives aren’t simple. Continue reading

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On Student Motivation

In an era of rising academic standards, more kids than ever will struggle. But research suggests new ways to help them thrive in the face of adversity. Continue reading

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The Importance of Common Core Standards to Disadvantaged Students

The opposition the Common Core is about adult issues, not what’s best for students, especially disadvantaged students, who traditionally haven’t been taught anything resembling the Common Core in public education. Continue reading

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Producing the Smartest Kids in the World

Other countries’ schools outperform ours by following a philosophy that is—or ought to be—very American: innate talent is less important than sheer drive. Continue reading

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Common Core Standards: Putting Students First

Critics of the Common Core State Standards are putting put adult interests ahead of students’ Continue reading

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The Quarterly Report: Big Questions for America’s Schools

An on-camera discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of today’s school reform movement Continue reading

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Teaching Wars: What Students Should Learn

Two school reform titans of an earlier era inform today’s debate over what students should learn and how they should be taught. Continue reading

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Who Rules? The Fight Over The Federal Role in Education

The national drive for education reform has touched off many power struggles, but the fight over the federal role in education has emerged as fundamental. Continue reading

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Raising Standards? Raising Dropout Rates?

President Obama wants to lower the dropout rate. He also wants to raise academic standards. But does one come at the expense of the other? Continue reading

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