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The fantasies driving school reform: A primer for education graduates

Published on: 
Sun, 05/13/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post
This is the text of the commencement speech that Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, gave this past weekend at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education.

Students Make Gains in Testing on Science

Published on: 
Thu, 05/10/2012
Media Source: 
New York Times
American eighth graders have made modest gains in national science testing, with Hispanic and black students narrowing the gap between them and their white and Asian peers, the federal government repo

Where Teachers Are Replaceable Widgets, Education Suffers

Published on: 
Mon, 04/09/2012

We have become convinced that in our nation's struggling urban schools, teachers and would-be education reformers are battling through a hurricane that shows no signs of abating. We call this hurricane "churn."

Churn is a remarkable instability among school personnel that makes it nearly impossible to build a professional community or develop long-term relationships with students. It happens when teachers are treated like interchangeable parts who can be moved around cavalierly to plug a hole in a school schedule. It happens when administrators repeatedly order teachers to switch to a different grade, teach a different subject, or move to a different school.

Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in U.S. College Entry and Completion

Published on: 
Thu, 12/01/2011

We describe changes over time in inequality in postsecondary education using nearly seventy years of data from the U.S. Census and the 1979 and 1997 National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth.

Bullying linked to lower school achievement

Published on: 
Tue, 09/06/2011
Media Source: 
Connection Newspapers

Bullying in high school is not just a problem of individual torment: It is linked to lower academic achievement across the school.

Can an Hour a Day Keep the F's Away?

Published on: 
Fri, 08/19/2011
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Other

Changing school start times can pay off in measureable ways, and give us more motivation to do the really hard work needed to create vibrant, equitable opportunities for student learning.

Phoenix District Schools Add Time, Improve Results

Published on: 
Mon, 08/01/2011
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Other

Until last month, Saul Martinez had no idea he goes to school 20 days longer each year than most other fifth-graders in Arizona.  Saul is part of a 2-year-old experiment in the Balsz Elementary School District, the first of two small Phoenix districts to stretch their school year by a month.

School districts move away from honors classes in favor of AP courses

Published on: 
Sun, 05/22/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Not long ago, honors courses were considered a hallmark of student achievement, a designation that impressed colleges and made parents beam.

Five myths about America’s schools

Published on: 
Sun, 05/22/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

The end of the school year and the layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers are bringing more attention to reformers’ calls to remake public schools.