There's an ongoing need for insight into how blended learning affects students and educators. A new report takes a look at outcomes and experiences in schools run by five operators: KIPP, Rocketship, Summit, FirstLine and Alliance.
Angelica Tello, a Dell Scholars Program graduate, grew up in Austin, Texas, just across the freeway from the UT campus. But it wasn't until she received a letter from AVID in high school that she even learned what a university was. Angelica talks about her experience as a first generation student.
Almost my entire career in education has happened within a climate that insistently emphasizes The Test. Over time, I’ve come to believe that the problem is less The Test, and more how districts and individual schools have typically responded to it.
As emotions around test-based accountability continue to flare, those of us who have a grasp on what a more nuanced accountability system looks like need to counter fear with the facts – and constantly push for better ways of evaluating school quality.
A recent report finds that, on average, charter schools receive $3,418 less per pupil than traditional district schools. Although the report has some weaknesses, a real and troubling disparity in per pupil funding in many cities does families and students a disservice.
Can the lessons of data-driven education inform a revised accountability movement focused less on year-end tests and more on rich educational environments? Micah Sagebiel looks at how the foundation's work in the field could inform a revised approach to accountability.
Underserved kids deserve quality options at every stage of education. Vetting schools prior to authorization, regularly evaluating their performance against a clearly defined measurement framework, and replacing schools that do not perform well with those that do are all steps that work.
When it comes to real improvement of citywide school systems, big wins depend upon discipline across a number of fronts. The Center for Reinventing Public Education's work to share detailed insights into city-by-city efforts to implement portfolio district strategy has enormous value.
Many of this year's graduating seniors have to commit to college within the next two weeks. How can we help low-income college students make smart financial decisions that will set them up for success? Oscar Sweeten-Lopez offers tips and tools.