Publications

A thorough overview of Ohio's charter/community school governance framework
In Failing Our Brightest Kids , Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Brandon L. Wright argue that for decades, the United States has focused too little on preparing students to achieve at high levels. There are two core problems. First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough...
Report by Dara Zeehandelaar and David Griffith, with Joanna Smith, Michael Thier, Ross Anderson, Christine Pitts & Hovanes Gasparian Foreword by Amber M. Northern and Chester E. Finn, Jr. Questions of education governance are often considered moot by policymakers, who typically assume that the...
Like other states, Ohio has over the past few years put into place a standards and accountability framework with the clear goal of readying every student for college or career when she graduates high school. Given the difficulty and the outcry as a result of these changes, one may ask why we...
Report by Dara Zeehandelaar, Victoria Sears, and Alyssa Schwenk Foreword by Marguerite Roza, Michael J. Petrilli and Amber M. Northern School districts across the land are contending with rising education costs and constrained revenues. Yet state policies for assisting school districts in financial...
A thorough overview of Ohio's teacher evaluation framework
Foreword by Michael J. Petrilli and Amber M. Northern Report by Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel Download the full report , foreword and executive summary , and the base report . In Pre-K and Charter Schools: Where State Policies Create Barriers to Collaboration , authors Sara Mead and Ashley...
In Redefining the School District in America , Nelson Smith reexamines existing recovery school districts (RSDs)—entities in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan charged with running and turning around their state’s worst schools—and assembles the most comprehensive catalog of similar initiatives...
For the past year, Ohio policymakers have been grappling with the issue of deregulating public schools. But what does deregulation mean--and how should policymakers go about doing it? In this new report-- authored by Education First’s Paolo DeMaria, Brinton S. Ramsey, and Susan R. Bodary--the...
By Elizabeth Haydel and Sheila Byrd Carmichael The need for standards-aligned curricula is the most cited Common Core challenge for states, districts, and schools. Yet five years into that implementation, teachers still report scrambling to find high-quality instructional materials. Despite...

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