Insight

June 2, 2016

Putting the action in research

Action research is not research that would meet classic academic standards, but it has its own rigor: it has to work with real students in real city schools.

April 7, 2016

The evidence for school integration

Public schools are increasingly segregated by race and income, with New York City public schools among the most segregated in the nation. The U.S. Supreme Court has created obstacles, but schools and communities are moving to change things.

February 4, 2016

Repairing the Common Core

Nearly 5,000 teachers responded to the State Education Department’s invitation this past fall to weigh in on the Common Core Learning Standards. The standards, first rolled out in 2012, have provoked fierce controversy and the governor’s Common Core Task Force has now called for a thorough rewrite.

December 3, 2015

Another kind of special education

Many exceptionally bright students are never identified as gifted, educators say, and others are shut out of programs. But these kids need challenging, inquiry-based, accelerated instruction to help them reach their potential.

October 1, 2015

The dire consequences of chronic absenteeism

New research into the age-old problem of students skipping school shows that the consequences are far worse than they may seem.

May 7, 2015

Standardized tests have a purpose — just one

The 2002 No Child Left Behind law, which mandated annual testing in grades 3–8, was riddled with unintended consequences. The major one allowed what were essentially low-quality, off-the-shelf commercial tests to drive instruction in U.S. public schools.

April 2, 2015

Receivership’s unimpressive history

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s angry ultimatum on education, he inserted $8 million into his executive budget to fix the state’s lowest-performing schools using “receivership,” a strategy with two decades worth of weak results.

February 5, 2015

Teaching reading is still rocket science

What does good reading instruction look like? 
It would be so nice if it were easy to say.

December 4, 2014

Mastering English through project-based learning

At the city’s International High Schools for English language learners, language is not a separate class. It isn’t an end but a means to learn at these schools. The model is language acquisition driven by project-based learning.

October 2, 2014

The new U.S. teacher — not like she used to be

The U.S. teaching force has undergone major changes over the last 25 years. Teachers today are less experienced, more diverse, more female and, unfortunately, more likely to quit.

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