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Education Issues

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...

The Unintended Consequences of America's Rush toward STEM Education

American education is shifting away from the liberal arts and toward the teaching of specific technical skills so that we can survive in the 21st century global marketplace...

Student Achievement Gains Are Still Unrelated to Increased Education Spending

There is no correlation between education spending and changes in student achievement over the past quarter century...

A $2500 Low-Income Targeted ESA is School Choice on Steroids?

Means-tested escape hatches are not "school choice on steroids"...


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