Daily Policy Digest
|Anti-School Choice Nonsense
Attempts at school choice expansion, such as the forthcoming Texas ESA proposal, aim to provide affordable alternatives to the assigned public school so that 100% of school children can derive maximum education opportunity from the school taxes extracted from 100 of the citizens, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John Merrifield...
|The Big Business Profitability of the Nonprofit College Board
Headquartered in New York City and Reston, Virginia, with six regional and two international offices, the College Board is a nonprofit association of more than 6,000 educational institutions. Its goal is to promote excellence and equity in education. The Board was founded in 1900 by 12 prestigious universities to create a standardized test to admit students based on merit. According to its mission statement, the College Board prepares students for a "successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program," writes NCPA Contributing Fellow Carole Hornsby Haynes...
|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...