The power of one: New research shows black students see big benefits from a single black teacher
New research shows that years after having even one black teacher in elementary school, black students experience major benefits, from being less likely to drop out of high school to being more likely to aspire to college and take college entrance exams. The recent study comes as there has been increasing attention to diversifying the teaching force,...
By Matt Barnum | April 10, 2017
Where education research, politics and policy intersect: 3 states reveal how data help shape their ESSA plans
It’s a common refrain in education that research isn’t used wisely, or at all, to inform policy. As states have to redesign their accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal K-12 law, policymakers have the opportunity anew to use evidence to help guide their decisions. That was the topic of...
By Matt Barnum | April 5, 2017
The certification maze: Why teachers who cross state lines can’t find their way back to the classroom
Kiersten Franz has a bachelor’s degree in math, a master’s in education, and several years’ teaching experience under her belt — excellent qualifications, presumably, for becoming a New York City high school statistics teacher. But her record wasn’t quite good enough to meet New York state’s stringent licensure requirements. Because her training was out-of-state and...
By Matt Barnum | March 31, 2017
Former Superintendent John Deasy previews new initiative to rethink juvenile prisons
See previous interviews by The 74: Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Senator and Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, University of Michigan economist Susan Dynarski, Harvard Education School Dean Jim Ryan. Full 74 Interview archive here. As superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, John Deasy laid out an ambitious vision for improving schools. Today, his supporters say...
By Matt Barnum | September 21, 2016
Exclusive: Amendment adds imaginary testing standard to Democratic education platform
Democrats added a misleading reference to standardized tests to the party platform over the weekend, requiring they meet a reliability standard that doesn’t actually exist. “[W]e believe that standardized tests must meet American Statistical Association standards for reliability and validity,” the amendment reads, saying this would “strike a better balance on testing, so that it...
By Matt Barnum | July 15, 2016
California in the age of ESSA: Can schools be held accountable without real consequences
This is the last in a three-part series examining California’s approach to education data and school accountability. Part One surveyed how the state’s skepticism of test-based accountability starts at the top with Gov. Jerry Brown, who successfully took on the federal government; Part Two explored how the elimination of certain data systems has limited educational research...
By Matt Barnum | June 30, 2016