Ohio Policy

Over 120,000 charter students in Ohio deserve the opportunity to receive an excellent education. But far too often, Ohio charters...
NOTE: On December 16, 2014, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published a report researched and written by Bellwether Education...
Charter schools are quickly becoming a defining feature of Ohio’s public-education landscape, educating over 120,000 children...
The 2014 Fordham Sponsorship Annual Report is our opportunity to share the Fordham Foundation’s work as the sponsor of eleven...
Yesterday at The City Club of Cleveland, Dr. Margaret (Macke) Raymond of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO)...
Charter schools are quickly becoming a defining feature of Ohio’s public-education landscape, educating over 120,000 children...
Sadly, a change recommended by the Ohio House Education Committee in House Bill 343 that would have eliminated the minimum...
Editor’s Note: On Thursday, November 13, Chad Aldis testified before the Ohio House Education Committee on the substitute bill...
Can a state’s charter school sector improve over time? Yes, finds this new study of Texas charter schools. Using student data...
Earlier this year, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) published its annual report on charter quality . Their...
Over the last five years, prodded by the feds, states have adopted teacher evaluation systems. According to a recent report from...
In January, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of...
The information yielded by standardized tests—and the analyses based on test results, like value-added—should form the basis for...
In his recent State of the Schools speech , Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) CEO Eric Gordon referred to a 2013...
Ohio is moving to new standardized tests , the PARCC assessments, which are set to commence in spring 2015. These new and vastly...
Last week, the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) hosted a terrific conference at Ohio State University which brought together...
John A. Dues
John A. Dues is the Chief Learning Officer for United Schools Network in Columbus. "There can be no keener revelation of a...
On September 12th, Ohio released school report-card ratings for the 2013-14 school year. This report compiles and analyzes the...

It was the best of times…

…for the Republican Party. Election Day 2014 was a rout, with the GOP winning full control of Congress and its largest House majority since World War II. Republican governors were re-elected in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, and Maine. Democrat Pat Quinn was booted out of office in President Obama’s home state of Illinois. Republican now control two-thirds of state legislatures too. The GOP groundswell “will be good for education reform, especially reforms of the school-choice variety,” predicted Fordham’s Mike Petrilli

It...

This fall, the editorial boards of two of Ohio’s most widely read newspapers issued stinging missives urging legislators to make sweeping changes to the state’s charter school law. In September, the Plain Dealer opined that lawmakers should “work together on a bill to improve charter schools.” One month later, in light of revelations about a questionable charter-facilities deal, the Columbus Dispatch argued that charter reform “should address questionable lease deals along with other loopholes, conflicts and oversights in Ohio’s...

  • Will an end to the annual testing mandates be the defining feature of a reauthorized No Child Left Behind Act? Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports a draft bill circulating among Senate GOP aides would leave testing schedules up to the states—no more mandatory reading and math tests in grades 3–8. Someone should remind the GOP that annual testing made clear that every student in every grade matters. Oh, wait. We did that.
  • They won’t have John King to kick around anymore. New York’s education chief is stepping down to become a senior adviser to Arne Duncan. More
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The charter school sector in the United States encompasses forty-two states and the District of Columbia, with 6,400 charter schools serving 2.5 million students. More than 1,000 authorizers oversee these schools, working under state laws that seek to balance school autonomy and accountability for results. This report, conducted by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), evaluates the quality of those laws. NACSA has identified eight policies that facilitate the development of effective charters, including performance management and replication, default closures, and authorizer sanctions. States are awarded points—on a thirty- or twenty-seven-point scale, depending on the group—based on...

With the fiftieth anniversary at hand for the celebrated and once-controversial "Moynihan Report," the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is back on people's minds and keyboards. There will be more of this attention as 2015 unfolds. But Pat Moynihan is seldom off my mind, as he was primus-inter-pares of the mentors who mattered in my life and career, as well as my primary boss in three different settings between 1969 and 1981 (not to mention my doctoral advisor). My first "grown-up" job at his side—if age twenty-five counts as grown-up—was as a junior White...

This study in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal examines the role of the school environment in relation to teacher effectiveness over time. On average, we know that teachers tend to make rapid gains in effectiveness in their early years—and that this growth rate tapers off with additional experience. But this finding is too broad. Thus, analysts explored the differences that exist across individual teachers working in different schools to uncover the role that school culture might play in their varied effectiveness over time. They use administrative records from third to eighth grade for years 2000–2010 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg...

John King’s tenure in New York, more ESEA reauthorization efforts, and the big stories of 2014.
 

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