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The Achievement Gap Hasn’t Budged in 50 Years. Now What?, March 17, 2019

New evidence shows the massive gap in test scores between students from the wealthiest and poorest families hasn’t budged in fifty years. It’s time to stop attacking the problem with reform strategies that haven’t worked. …

The College Admissions Scandal Is Just the Tip of an Iceberg of Educational Inequity, March 15, 2019

Like a train wreck, the celebrity-studded college admissions scandal is hard to look away from. But the hand-wringing over the misdeeds of a few affluent parents is a distraction from far greater, if more complex, barriers to equity in education. …

Why So Many Aspiring Teachers Can’t Pass a Licensing Test–And Why It Matters, March 13, 2019

If you want to be a teacher, it’s not enough to graduate from a teacher-training program. You also have to pass standardized exams to get your license. And newly released data reveal that over half of aspiring elementary teachers initially fail one of the most common tests. …

Why Field Trips and Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills, February 28, 2019

Education policymakers have seen arts classes and cultural field trips as far less important than reading and math skills. Now there’s evidence that those experiences can have significant benefits, especially for disadvantaged students. …

What Teachers Need to Know About the Science of Learning–And What They Don’t,

Lately there’s been a push to acquaint educators with “the science of learning.” But only some aspects of that science actually help teachers do their jobs. Others just waste their time. …

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THE ATLANTIC.COM

Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years, April 13, 2018

Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, the data reflect the results of reading and math tests administered to a sample of students across the country. Experts generally consider the tests rigorous and highly reliable—and the scores basically stagnant. …

THE NEW YORK TIMES

How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge, August 28, 2015
Standardized tests are commonly blamed for narrowing the school curriculum to reading and math. That’s one reason Congress is considering changes in the law that could lead states to put less emphasis on test scores. But even if we abolished standardized tests tomorrow, a majority of elementary schools would continue to pay scant attention to subjects like history and science. …

THE WASHINGTON POST

The inappropriate focus on reading and math hurts students, February 26, 2018
The resignation of D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson in the wake of two embarrassing scandals at the high school level could provide D.C. schools with an opportunity to change course and regain its reputation as a national model of education reform. But that can only happen if officials recognize the true source of both scandals: elementary school, long considered the bright spot in the system. …

Why Americans can’t write, September 24, 2015
It’s no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of e-mail, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent. …

AMERICAN EDUCATOR (WITH JUDITH C. HOCHMAN)

One Sentence at a Time: The Need for Explicit Instruction in Teaching Students to Write Well, Summer 2017
When Monica entered high school, her writing skills were minimal. After repeating first grade and getting more than 100 hours of tutoring in elementary school, she’d managed to learn to read well enough to get by, and she was comfortable with math. But writing seemed beyond her reach. …

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