Ohio Policy

Financing public education has historically been the joint responsibility of state and local governments. But while traditional...
Over the course of 2014, a series of reports from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) spotlighted some serious issues...
Before Christmas, we gave you the rundown of all the media outlets that focused on charter quality and policy thanks to two...
Over 120,000 charter students in Ohio deserve the opportunity to receive an excellent education. But far too often, Ohio charters...
It’s been a busy month in the world of Ohio charter schools. First, on December 9, Stanford University’s Center for Research on...
This fall, the editorial boards of two of Ohio’s most widely read newspapers issued stinging missives urging legislators to make...
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...
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...
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 spring 2013, Ohio policymakers approved a two-year, $250 million investment aimed at spurring innovation in public schools...
Chances are, you’ve heard something in the past year about test mania. Everyone from superintendents to parents to retired...

Congressional Republicans have promised to overhaul the No Child Left Behind act this year; the big debate so far has been whether to maintain the law’s annual testing requirements. At a hearing on the issue last week, Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), was clearly sympathetic to arguments by several witnesses that Congress should keep the testing mandate but dump the rules that prescribe how states must hold schools accountable for test results. As he summarized it for Time in an interview after the hearing, “You have to have the annual...

Last week, Mike Petrilli issued a “stump speech challenge” asking his fellow education wonks to come up with talking points that members of Congress might use to bolster the case for annual testing.

Be careful what you wish for, Mike. Challenge accepted. Here’s my bid:

When you and I think back on our school days, we remember football games and school dances, the high school musical, and—if we’re lucky—that unforgettable teacher who put just the right book in our hands at just the right time. One who inspired us or opened our eyes to our own potential—and what was...

A testing renaissance is looming. So say experts Sir Michael Barber and Peter Hill in this comprehensive and timely essay. The latest in a series on what works in education, this paper argues for the need to dramatically alter the way we approach educational assessment. Barber and Hill begin by addressing the purpose of testing broadly, then lay out a compelling case for change, contending that the current K–12 system is broken and that the availability of new technologies provides a unique opportunity for dramatically changing how we think about assessments. Potential benefits of the impending transition to computerized tests...

Retirement plans, much like recurring dreams and fantasy football rosters, are a captivating topic to those directly involved, but pretty much deadening to the rest of us. That’s unfortunate, because the state of our public pensions is a mess that we’re eventually going to have to reckon with. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the total budgetary shortfall facing this country’s public-sector retirement systems exceeded $900 billion in FY2012, and teacher-related costs may be the largest single contributor to that figure. The authors of this stark NCTQ report estimate that teacher pensions now account for a half-trillion dollars in...

A new study in Educational Researcher explores changes in New York’s teacher workforce since the Empire State implemented a number of policies to improve the quality of its new teachers. Beginning in 1998, the state increased the general and content-specific coursework requirements needed for certification and raised the number of hours of required field experience. It also eliminated ad hoc alternative certification pathways like “transcript review” in favor of programs with formal requirements and discontinued emergency and temporary licenses. The authors examine whether these policy changes had an impact on who entered the teaching workforce. Their dataset, comprising SAT scores,...

Student achievement in single-parent homes, Denver’s rising public school enrollment, top-down accountability problems, and private schools of choice.

The debate over annual testing has taken center stage as Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Assessments provide critical information for parents and legislators on student progress, but when does annual testing become overtesting? And will it survive reauthorization? Watch Fordham's Mike Petrilli and AEI's Mike McShane discuss testing and accountability in the wake of the Senate hearing on the new ESEA.

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