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Let’s talk about college and career readiness
Ensuring students have the skills they need to succeed in college and the workforce is widely recognized as the ultimate goal of K-12 education. Toward this end, many states and districts have adopted and implemented college and career-readiness standards— a move that has caused some angst and outright rejection around the country. While we know […]
2015 Graduation Rates: All-time high
The National Center for Education Statistics released the 2014-2015 on-time high school graduation rates, and they look good: 83.2%. The all-time high rate continues the upward trends we have seeing for the last decade. But, not all states look as good as others: While every student group is improving, you can see below that gaps […]
Lessons for California’s Prop. 58 on Bilingual Ed
Bilingual Education requires patience and flexible thinking.  Hopefully Californians will have both of those things as they go to the polls in November.  Prop. 58 is a ballot initiative that would undo 1998’s Prop. 227, which drastically reduced bilingual education for the state’s 1.4 million English Learners (ELs).  To put this in context, 42% of […]
How do we measure the immeasurable— and should we?
We address what we assess. I’ve never cared so much about how far I walked until I bought a Fitbit and saw that my friends apparently walk 15 miles a day.  The same is true of schools. Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), we began assessing our students’ math, reading, and science abilities, and test scores […]
When given options, do we always choose the best one?
School choice is all over the news. John Oliver recently lambasted charter school programs. Donald Trump promised $20 billion to increase parents’ choice options.  The NAACP has called for a moratorium on new charter schools. But how does school choice play out for ordinary families? In essence, parents have two routes to exercise their consumer […]
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