Two-thirds of California voters say education is a ‘very important’ issue in governor’s race, survey finds
How important is K-12 public education to California voters as they choose a new governor this year? Very. And that sentiment is growing. Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago when the same question was asked. A full...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 15, 2018
New ‘Nation at Risk’ would start with ‘Dear American people: Wake up,’ Janet Napolitano says in Reagan Institute panel with Condoleezza Rice
If “A Nation at Risk,” the landmark report that launched the modern education reform movement 35 years ago, came out today, it would get a far different — and more polarized — reception, education leaders said Thursday. “Each [political party] would take different lessons or have different prescriptions, when in fact, what we need is...
By Carolyn Phenicie | April 12, 2018
WATCH: 35 years after ‘A Nation at Risk,’ the inside story of the 36 pages that changed American education
The Reagan Institute’s Summit on Education, which opened Thursday in Washington, D.C., commemorates the 35th anniversary of the release of “A Nation at Risk.” The 74 is publishing a special series of articles, essays, and retrospectives about the release and the aftermath of the famous education report. See the full series here. This 10-minute video tells the...
By Jim Fields and Emmeline Zhao | April 12, 2018
LA families will have more school quality information than ever before in new interactive tool that rates schools
*Updated April 12 Driven by mounting urgency to improve struggling schools and widespread dissatisfaction with California’s school evaluation tool, LA Unified board members voted Tuesday to create an assessment framework that will allow parents to more easily compare schools as well as select the measures by which to evaluate them. The key difference from the California...
By Laura Greanias | April 12, 2018
California makes some gains in reading, but NAEP scores remain flat amid signs of a widening gap between highest and lowest performers
Test scores released Tuesday for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continued a decade-long trend of stasis, with small improvements measured only for performance in eighth-grade reading. While states with disparate academic approaches have made some strides over the past few years — notably Florida and California — national averages have varied only slightly, despite...
By Kevin Mahnken | April 10, 2018
The path to Excelencia: One school leader’s mission to show English language learners can succeed
*Updated April 11 Ruben Alonzo’s English learners in his Texas classroom were thriving. He believed in their potential the same way a teacher had once believed in him — a third-generation migrant worker who went on to MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University. His students were two miles from the Mexican border in Rio Grande, at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 9, 2018