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Americans’ Views on Education
What do Americans think about our current educational system?  PDK released its 48th annual poll of Americans’ views on education today.  The results show some differences between current policies and how Americans believe schools should operate.  Here are our favorite highlights: Most illogical: 48% of respondents gave their local schools an “A” or “B” grade, […]
The “Soft” Side of Teacher Supply
Our last blog post talked about the “hard” side of teacher supply – the money.  However, we also alluded to non-monetary factors that are even more important in recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers: respect, job satisfaction, and autonomy.  Very little research has focused on why individuals choose to become teachers, but we do have a […]
Too many tests in your district? You may need Assessment 101
Across the country, educators, parents, and students are expressing concerns about the amount of tests being administered in schools. To address this, we partnered with the education non-profit, Achieve, to support school board members and their districts in moving toward more coherent and streamlined assessment systems. Recognizing the critical role school boards play in influencing […]
The Supply and Demand of Teacher Pay
We know that teachers are the most important school-level factor that contributes to student achievement.  And we’ve all heard that teacher pay is low.  But how low is it, exactly?  And does that really affect the supply of people entering the teaching profession? First and foremost, teachers don’t teach for the money.  A recent Center […]
Elementary Teacher Specialization
We have all bemoaned the high rate of teacher turnover in the U.S. and wondered how to increase teacher quality.  Most proposed solutions are costly, though: increased pay, smaller classes, merit-based pay, housing for teachers in urban areas.  The National Center on Education and the Economy released a report last week that examines the training, […]
Pre-Kindergarten
Investing in high-quality pre-kindergarten education yields benefits for kids, school, and communities.
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Data First
How good are your schools? How can they improve? Data can provide answers.
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