Where do new teachers come from? It’s complicated. Policymakers need to know it
If I asked you to picture a new teacher, you might imagine someone just out of college who recently finished student-teaching and now, at age 22 or 23, is starting a full-time job in a district nearby. That is one common path, but it’s far from the only one. In fact, teachers follow a wide...
By Chad Aldeman | September 6, 2023
Opinion: Why the science of reading is right for my young learner
I’m writing this for all the parents out there: Don’t leave your child’s reading success to chance. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I was one of those parents. Sure, my wife and I read to our son every night, and we had plenty of books, newspapers and magazines around the house. Our local public...
By Chad Aldeman | July 17, 2023
Analysis: Schools have been adding teachers even as they serve fewer students, federal data show
Just before the winter holidays, the National Center for Education Statistics released new data on school staffing in the 2021-22 academic year. The data are provisional, but they represent the best look yet at how school staffing levels have changed over the course of the pandemic. As I forecast in September, the new data show that schools have been...
By Chad Aldeman | February 2, 2023
Analysis: On a per-student basis, school staffing levels are hitting all-time highs
It’s a weird time to be having a national conversation about teacher shortages. Thanks in part to the surge of federal relief funds, schools have ambitious hiring plans — but they have been unable to bring on as many people as they would like. As of last month, job openings remain elevated well above normal levels. And yet,...
By Chad Aldeman | September 21, 2022
Schools Are Now the Leading Target for Cyber Gangs as Ransom Payments Encourage Attacks
Shockwaves & Innovations: How Nations Worldwide Are Dealing with AI in Education
Report: In 24 States, Using False Address to Get Into a Better School is a Crime
‘It’s Trendy, It’s New’: Is The Future of Healthy School Lunch Vending Machines?
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Education researcher creates free summer reading program for parents
Reading is freedom. It opens up the world. In my day job as an education researcher, I know that too many kids never learn to read well. Kids who don’t learn to read fluently by 3rd grade will struggle as the material gets more complex. That fact hit home this spring when I noticed my 8-year-old son had...
By Chad Aldeman | July 18, 2022
Analysis: What are districts using their federal relief money for? How fast are they spending it? How much is left? New interactive database has answers
A year ago, school districts wrote plans for how they were going to use their share of the $122 billion in American Rescue Plan money. Fast forward to today, and information is starting to emerge about how schools are actually spending their windfalls. Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools in Massachusetts has already spent all of its nearly $400,000...
By Chad Aldeman | June 2, 2022
Analysis: As San Diego schools use temporary relief funds to accelerate teacher pay and hiring, is the district locking itself into painful cuts down the road?
Thanks to a surprisingly strong state budget and a $15 billion infusion courtesy of the federal government, school districts across California are now flush with cash. But if district leaders aren’t careful now, they could trigger a round of painful cuts in the very near future. Consider the case of San Diego Unified (SDU). Student...
By Chad Aldeman | August 23, 2021
Analysis: 10 lessons from past educational disruptions, and how they can help students make up lost learning after COVID-19
Compared to a normal year, students learned less in 2020, were more likely to fail their classes and were less likely to be in school at all. Is this all just temporary? As we move further into 2021, will everything start returning back to normal? Based on the research on past educational disruptions, the answers...
By Chad Aldeman | May 4, 2021
Analysis: Lessons from Spanish Flu — Babies born in 1919 had worse educational, life outcomes than those born just before or after. Could that happen with COVID-19?
I have some bad news: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to linger for decades. One mechanism is through education. As my series on educational disruptions has shown, children who miss school time suffer academic losses in the short run, and those effects are noticeable decades later in the form of worse economic outcomes and other...
By Chad Aldeman | March 23, 2021
Analysis: Remote or in person? Underspending or running deficits? What school reopening decisions mean for district budgets
How are school district budgets faring this year? That depends. Many districts are struggling financially. They have spent large sums of money dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic — buying technology, purchasing cleaning supplies, hiring more substitute teachers and attempting to address student learning loss and disengagement. This story, of districts in distress, is an easy...
By Chad Aldeman | March 15, 2021