Analysis: Wrong ideas about teacher pay, happiness may keep students from the profession
Teachers generally like teaching. They stay in their chosen profession about as long as accountants or social workers stay in theirs. Teachers may not get rich, but they live comfortably middle-class lives. Plus, teachers get to retire a couple of years earlier than other workers. Those are some of the positive narratives that policymakers need...
By Chad Aldeman | February 22, 2024
Under pilot program in Texas & Florida, tutoring fees depend on student progress
Anyone who sells products to public schools can tell you education is a huge market. Schools spend billions of dollars annually on contracts for everything from HVAC maintenance to technology services and tutoring. Almost all agree to pay vendors for goods or services rendered, not for the student outcomes they produce. But, as I wrote...
By Liz Cohen | February 15, 2024
From California to New Jersey, ‘Nation’s Report Card’ is fueling efforts to close learning gaps worsened by COVID
Alabama recently deployed math coaches to low-performing schools; New Jersey is creating new statewide civics and history assessments; and California leaders are planning major investments in professional development to turn around achievement declines. Those are all efforts fueled by data from the Nation’s Report Card to close learning gaps worsened by the pandemic. It’s encouraging...
By Lesley Muldoon | January 11, 2024
Emergency-hired teachers do just as well as those who go through normal training
When K-12 schools closed their doors for in-person instruction in spring 2020, it had a variety of negative effects on students and teachers. It also shut off the training opportunities for future educators. In response, states instituted a variety of short-term waivers allowing candidates to teach without fulfilling their normal requirements. Those policies helped candidates...
By Chad Aldeman | January 10, 2024
Schools After COVID: 6 Ways For Districts to Better Engage Parents Amid Concerns About COVID Learning Loss
74 Interview: Why Social Media is Being Blamed for the Youth Suicide Crisis
Thousands of Schools at Risk of Closing Due to Enrollment Loss
Free New AI Tool to Help Americans Search and Compare Student Test Scores Across All 50 States
How Do Teachers Feel About Their Jobs & the Impact of AI? New Survey Has Answers
Each year, the ed tech company I work for, HMH, conducts a survey designed to understand the obstacles and opportunities teachers and administrators experience. This year’s Educator Confidence Report revealed new insights into how more than 1,200 K-12 teachers are feeling about the profession overall, as well as their attitudes toward generative artificial intelligence —...
By Francie Alexander | December 27, 2023
Analysis: America must recommit to a learning recovery moonshot with high-dosage tutoring
Public education is at an inflection point in the campaign for learning recovery. The average eighth grader is an entire school year behind, according to national data, and students in underserved communities continue to face the biggest setbacks in the wake of COVID. Many students have regressed since 2021, even after returning to fully in-person...
By Nakia Towns | December 14, 2023
One way parents are confronting the chronic absenteeism crisis: Finding schools that are more successful in engaging their child
Many kids are not going to school. That’s the takeaway from the abundant headlines warning about the escalating epidemic of chronic absenteeism that has worsened since 2020. The 74’s Linda Jacobson reported earlier this fall on various efforts by school districts to address rising rates of chronic absenteeism. These include districts sending robocalls with the voice of...
By Kerry McDonald | December 13, 2023
Analysis: Flipping the script on teaching neurodivergent students — and the implications for all learners
This essay was originally published as part of the Center on Reinventing Public Education’s 2023 “State of the American Student” report. As part of the effort, CRPE asked 14 experts from various sectors to offer up examples of innovations, solutions or possible paths forward as education leaders navigate the current crisis. (See all the perspectives) Countless...
By Kristie Patten | November 29, 2023
Analysis: Why this tutoring ‘moment’ could die If we don’t tighten up the models
In a new Aspen Economic Strategy Group report, Jonathan Guryan and Jens Ludwig argue schools are bungling the rollout of high-dosage tutoring: “When schools are faced with the possibility of change, they tend to do fewer of the hard things that will help students and more of the easier things.” Schools won’t change the schedule, they...
By Mike Goldstein | November 27, 2023
The 50 very different states of American public education
There is not one American public education system; the U.S. is a collection of 50 states, and those states have chosen to deliver public education using very different approaches. These choices manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including how much money states provide for their public schools, how many people work in those schools...
By Chad Aldeman | November 22, 2023