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Solomont, E. B. – Education Next, 2020
There's considerable public debate about charter schools and students with specialized needs, focused mainly on the extent to which charters enroll students who are classified to receive special-education services. A new study by Elizabeth Setren of Tufts University shows that critics, who often charge that charters do not serve as many…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Charter Schools, Special Needs Students, Students with Disabilities
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Gershenson, Seth – Education Next, 2020
Grade inflation is pervasive in American high schools. Is rampant grade inflation cause for concern? How teachers' grading standards affect student success is an empirical question--one that the author addresses in this article in a new study of roughly 350,000 North Carolina students taking Algebra I between 2006 and 2016. The author first…
Descriptors: Grading, Grade Inflation, Academic Standards, High School Students
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Kane, Thomas J.; Boatman, Angela; Kozakowski, Whitney; Bennett, Christopher; Hitch, Rachel; Weisenfeld, Dana – Education Next, 2020
For millions of students at American colleges, freshman year starts off with an unpleasant surprise: despite graduating high school, students find themselves assigned to remedial classes in math or English, which they must pay for and pass before being allowed into college-level courses. Policymakers looking to increase postsecondary enrollment…
Descriptors: College Students, Remedial Programs, Remedial Mathematics, Online Courses
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Setren, Elizabeth – Education Next, 2020
Maximizing the potential of all students is the stated goal of many schools. When some students have specialized needs, however, the best way forward isn't always clear. Nationwide, special-education students and English learners account for a significant share of total enrollment: federal data from 2016 show 14 percent of all students receive…
Descriptors: Special Education, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion
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Cohen, Eliot A. – Education Next, 2020
Particularly for Americans, patriotic history is a kind of glue for an extraordinarily diverse republic. Civic education requires students engage with their history--not only to know whence conventions, principles, and laws have come, but also to develop an attachment to them. This article looks at how American history should educate, but also…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Citizenship Education, Civics, Patriotism
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Lake, Robin J. – Education Next, 2020
Today, Indianapolis has 21 innovation schools serving one in four of its public-school students. Two new rigorous studies point to promising student-achievement gains. These autonomous district schools stand against a backdrop of a thriving public charter sector and a private-school voucher program that fill the gaps. What made this all possible?…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, School District Autonomy
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Petrilli, Michael J.; Loveless, Tom – Education Next, 2020
The Common Core State Standards, released in 2010, were rapidly adopted by more than 40 states. Champions maintained that these rigorous standards would transform American education, but the initiative went on to encounter a bumpy path. A decade on, what are we to make of this ambitious effort? What kind of impact, if any, has it had on the…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, National Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
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Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Marsh, Julie A. – Education Next, 2020
Facing the typical challenges of urban schooling, including overcrowded schools, mediocre academic outcomes, and high dropout rates, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been at the epicenter of big-city education reform over the past decade. This article takes a look at the past 10 years of reform strategies in Los Angeles, and how…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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Loveless, Tom – Education Next, 2020
Education standards do not flop spectacularly. Their failure gives rise to nothing like the black-and-white films of early aeronautical experiments: no missiles exploding on launch pads or planes tumbling from the sky. But 10 years after 46 of the 50 states adopted the Common Core standards, the lack of evidence that they have improved student…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards, Failure, Educational Policy
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – Education Next, 2020
The 10th anniversary of Common Core's launch offers the opportunity to take stock of the impact these nearly national standards have had on student learning, as well as their future prospects. In this article, Morgan Polikoff shares his view that the standards movement in general, and Common Core in particular, have achieved all they are going to…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Petrilli, Michael J. – Education Next, 2020
As an early Common Core booster, Michael Petrilli had hoped that by now--10 years after most states adopted the standards--the nation's schools would have logged tangible improvements in teaching and learning that resulted in higher student achievement. In this article, Petrilli reviews what Common Core is and discusses the work ahead that is…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Loewenberg, David – Education Next, 2020
In 2018, the high-school graduation rate in Newburgh, New York, climbed to 78 percent, up from 66 percent just five years earlier. Central to this success was Newburgh's use of online credit-recovery classes. For decades, high-school students who failed a required class were presented with two unappealing options: either repeat the course next…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Repetition, Required Courses, High School Students
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Kelchen, Robert; Erickson, Lanae – Education Next, 2020
After decades of slow growth, the share of young Americans completing college has increased to 48 percent in 2019, from 39 percent 10 years earlier. What accounts for the rise? Are more students clearing a meaningful bar for graduation, or are colleges and universities engaging in credential inflation and lowering their academic standards? This…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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Kelchen, Robert – Education Next, 2020
The federal government currently provides more than $150 billion each year to students and their families in the form of grants, loans, work-study funds, and tax credits to help make college more affordable. This sizable public investment in higher education has indeed made college attendance possible for a larger share of Americans. However,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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Erickson, Lanae – Education Next, 2020
Completing a college degree, or failing to, is a major factor in determining whether a person will have an economically stable future. While it might have been possible a few decades ago to graduate from high school, enter the job market, and find a career that enabled one to earn a solid middle-class life, that path to success has been almost…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Federal Aid
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