Low Performing Schools
School & District Management Opinion Five Pathways for Improving Student Opportunities
Education advocates and policymakers show how an opportunity approach is changing the face of education in their states.
School & District Management Q&A How a Successful Superintendent Takes Stock Mid-Year
The halfway point in the school year is a good time to reassess goals, measure progress, and reflect.
Budget & Finance How COVID-19 Will Make Fixing America's Worst-Performing Schools Even Harder
COVID-19's fallout has shaken how states spend billions in federal aid to fix poor-performing schools serving the most-vulnerable students.
College & Workforce Readiness Calculating Grad Rates for Charter Schools: It's Complicated
Federal data paint a grim picture of the charter school sector's ability to graduate its students. But comparing charter high schools' graduating power with that of all other public high schools is tricky.
Equity & Diversity Opinion Are Charter Management Companies a Laboratory for Effective School Systems?
Marc Tucker argues that there is no evidence that charter systems at scale raise student performance to global levels, and advises policymakers to instead, focus on learning from nations and states whose students are outperforming U.S. students across the board.
Every Student Succeeds Act States Adjust Course on School Turnaround Districts
The new school year brings changes for states that are starting—or, in at least one case, dropping—state-directed efforts to improve some of their lowest-performing schools.
Every Student Succeeds Act Here's How 17 States Plan to Fix Struggling Schools
What are the most common strategies states want to take for school improvement? Are states seeking radical new approaches under ESSA? We take a look.
School Choice & Charters Opinion Theresa May and the Design of the American Education System
Marc Tucker discusses a recent piece by Checker Finn on British Prime Minister Theresa May's education agenda and analyzes the lessons it may provide for U.S. policy makers.
Federal In Massachusetts, Voters Shun Expansion of Charters
The state will keep its status as one of the most restrictive states when it comes to the expansion of the charter school sector.
School & District Management Georgia Voters to Decide State's Role in Struggling Schools
A ballot measure would alter the state constitution to allow a special district to intervene in low-performing schools.
Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Clears Out Underbrush on School Improvement Path
The new federal K-12 law gives states and districts a freer hand in fixing their lowest-performing schools, but questions loom on whether that leeway will translate into better outcomes.
School & District Management Amid School-Closure Worries, Michigan Lists Low Performers
State officials insist the roster of low-performing schools is not a closure list, but an accountability measure required by law, though those reassurances may face skepticism.
Equity & Diversity Opinion High Poverty, High Achievement in Hong Kong
Marc Tucker details a recent visit to a school in a high-poverty Hong Kong neighborhood and asks: Could such a success story happen in the United States?
Every Student Succeeds Act Explainer The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview
2015's Every Student Succeeds Act rolls back much of the federal government's big footprint in education policy.