Understanding Tennessee’s Reading Gains Tennessee’s reading proficiency rates for fourth grade students have shown impressive growth on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test since 2007. In particular, fourth grade reading proficiency rates have increased dramatically for Hispanic students from 2011 to 2015. [Read More...]
Trailblazing School Choice’s New Frontier (From RealClearEducation) For supporters of school choice as well as those intrigued by its merits, education savings accounts (ESAs) are widely regarded as the preferred choice mechanism of the future. This attitude presaged last month’s national attention – and disappointment within circles [Read More...]
Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Three States Now Leading the Way (From The primary federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, provides an unprecedented opportunity for states and districts to make a bold move to personalized learning models. They must seize this opportunity to systemically rethink their approach to teaching [Read More...]
Helping Army Families by Improving Education From the Fayetteville (NC) Observer Students in Cumberland County schools are looking forward to a well-deserved summer break. But when they return in the fall, class rosters will likely look quite different. Part of the reason for the turnover lies [Read More...]
Education Department’s Untimely Shift To Fragmented IT System Is Putting Student Loans At Risk (From Forbes) The U.S. Department of Education is implementing a radical transformation of its information systems at the height of the student loan season, and the effort could falter badly.  Specifically, the department is shifting from a system in which a single [Read More...]
The Importance of Quality School Options for Military Children Lexington’s Don Soifer interviewed on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC.  Along with Education Week correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, he discusses the specific educational challenges facing the nation’s 1.2 million military-connected students, and growing evidence [Read More...]
Colorado’s Opportunity To Improve Educational Outcomes For Military-Connected Students Over one million school-age children have a parent serving in active duty in the U.S. military, with three out of four under age twelve. For these families, transition is the near-constant in their educational experience. It is common for military-connected [Read More...]
The Achievement School District Model Supports Rigorous Public School Accountability Testimony of Don Soifer Before the Nevada Legislature Assembly Committee on Education April 5, 2017 Chairman Thompson and Committee Members, I am Don Soifer, representing the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, widely regarded as one of the nation’s [Read More...]
Timing Is Everything: Seizing The Opportunity For Personalized Learning (From Forbes) It’s a good time to be a state or local education policymaker. Federal school mandates are being ratcheted back and the driving force in Washington is to ensure policy setting is firmly local. I have written a commentary on this [Read More...]
How Virginia Can Improve Education for Military Families From the Richmond Times-Dispatch For Virginia, home to more than 122,000 active-duty military personnel and 73,000 military-connected children, the connection between quality of education for military families and our nation’s military readiness has become increasingly important. A new report by [Read More...]
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