Are We Asking Enough of High School Graduates?

High school graduation requirements are inconsistent and often lax, writes the national policy director of Students for Education Reform. (July 19, 2017)

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For School Improvement, Demographics Aren’t Destiny

Many "good" schools are just skating by on their students' privileged backgrounds and family resources, writes Karin Chenoweth. (July 18, 2017)

Beware the Four-Day School-Week Trap

Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions. (July 14, 2017)

What the Trump Administration Could Do to Improve Student Loans

The federal financial-aid process is too complicated for students. Here’s how to simplify it, writes a policy expert. (July 12, 2017)

Five Myths About Transgender Students Educators Need to Unlearn

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OpEducation Blog: Science Learning Under the Microscope

To round out our recent Focusing In on Science Learning package, the Commentary editors asked six business, STEM, and education leaders to respond to the following question: What is missing from the discussion around ensuring all students have access to well-trained and qualified science teachers? (October 25, 2016)

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Q&As With K-12 Thought Leaders

Read insights from some of the K-12 field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners. Education Week and Education Week Teacher have gathered years of valuable interviews reflecting some of the most pressing issues in K-12 schooling. (April 19, 2016)

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Beyond Bias: Countering Stereotypes in Schools

In four videos, education researchers discuss their perspectives on the criminalizing of black girls in American schools, including by school resource officers.

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The Search for Real-World STEM Problems

Challenging students with finding solutions to real-world problems will get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math classes, writes Anne Jolly. (July 19, 2017)

The Power of Story in the Classroom

Using stories in the classroom not only provides entertainment and connection, but has the power to help students absorb information in a lasting way, writes Trevor Muir. (July 19, 2017)


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As ESSA goes into full effect and the federal role in education recedes, equity now belongs to the states. Education leaders from around the country weigh in on their priorities for upending equity. (May 31, 2017)

With the release of the 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings and on the eve of the Donald Trump presidency, Frederick M. Hess and others weigh in on "the leftward tilt" of education scholarship. (January 11, 2017)

Past and current district superintendents, a principal, and two founders of trauma-informed programs reflect on proven strategies that are making a difference in the lives of children and adults. (December 13, 2016)

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