Policy Briefings

A tale of two movements: Why standards and choice need each other

BY KATHLEEN PORTER-MAGEE | The modern education-reform movement is essentially made up of two distinct but complementary strands: one focuses primarily on raising K–12 academic expectations, particularly for poor and minority students, who have long been held to lower standards than their middle-class and affluent peers. The second is aimed at expanding education choice ...

New York City Schools: A Retrospective with Joel Klein – Transcript

Event date: December 12, 2013 [Note: This is an edited transcript. Readers are encouraged to watch the full, 54-minute video here. The time stamps are approximate, but are a good guide for finding the original discussion in the video.] ————— INTRODUCTION [00:00:15.11] Peter Meyer: … This is our ninth public event in a whirlwind year […]

The Persistent Achievement Gaps in American Education

BY MAI YOUA MIKSIC |  American public education aspires to provide rich and poor, Black and White, immigrant and native-born, with equal opportunities for success. That it fails in this aim is evidenced the persistent differences in academic performance between groups of students, also known as achievement gaps. Achievement gaps are often measured using standardized […]

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Top Stories 3 | 10 | 2014

BY PETER MEYER |  It was nearly an SAT sweep last week, but the Common Core wars — and a new report from the Fordham Institute – seem to ensure David Coleman’s rise to the Pantheon of modern education reform.  Worth noting, however, is an essay that warns us to be aware that expanded pre-K could mean lots more ADHD. StopRead More