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Higher Education and Accrediting Online Courses

Traditional higher education is not meeting the needs of employers. For example, a survey by the data provider PayScale and the executive development firm Future Workplace found that 87 percent of graduates feel they are ready for the workforce, but only 50 percent of mangers feel recent graduates are prepared for a full-time job, writes NCPA Research Associate Christian Yiu.

Frenzy Without a Cause

What have we achieved with all the work towards the common core? In another article in the Summer 2016 edition of Education Next, we see that the state applauded for having the most rigorous application of the common core standards, Rhode Island, is #39 in academic outcomes, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John Merrified. It is already well-established that standards don't yield the demanded outcomes. Can we please focus our energies on something that will matter at least in proportion to political effort; for example, a strong charter law, plus price de-control, or large universal education savings accounts?

Resist Central Planning Optimization

Empirical analysis often has limits that need to be recognized...

Standardized Test Discontent Spreads Across the Nation

As the nation moves into the peak weeks of the 2016 standardized exam season, the backlash against standardized tests is escalating sharply...

Brain-Dead Discussion of Teacher Supply Issues

Amazingly, there is serious discussion of making teaching more attractive without making that job more doable...

Common Core-Aligned SAT Faces Free Market Competition

The College Board is riding on a cash cow gravy train in this testing frenzy that permeates American public education. However, it may soon have a free market competitor to its tainted Common Core-aligned SAT...

The Poverty Excuse for School System Failure is Nonsense

It is true that affluence yields increased receptivity to instruction and engagement in academic content. But the United States does not have more or worse child poverty than the countries that rank ahead of us...

Don't Let the Opt-Out of Common Core Testing Movement Fool You

The real reason behind the Common Core Testing Opt-Out movement is because the testing is tied to teacher performance...

South Dakota Gets School Choice

With the enactment of its first tax-credit scholarship program, South Dakota becomes the 29th state in the nation to offer school choice...

Differentiated Instruction is Still Politically Correct

The new Federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is very likely more of the same and thus ESSA has a very low upside...


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