Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Incentive Structure for Education System

Evidence presented in a recent study indicates high-powered incentives linked to multiple indicators of teacher performance can substantially improve the measured performance of the teaching workforce...

Failing Grade for Student Financial Aid Programs

The U.S. Treasury Department found that for every dollar provided in tax-based aid, scholarships fell a dollar -- shifting the burden from students and schools to taxpayers...

The Universal Pre-K Fallacy

There is no research supporting the president's proposition that formal schooling can begin effectively in preschool, even if it is delivered by rigorously by college-educated, certified public-school teachers...

Toddlers and Education Apps

Only 37 percent of parents surveyed who own a mobile device say they would offer it to their children to keep them busy; 78 percent would allow their kids to watch TV for the same purpose...

Louisiana Education Voucher Program

A statewide school voucher program appears to have brought greater integration to Louisiana's public schools, contrary to claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice...

Educational Leadership

Real change in education policy requires that the reform coalition focus much more attentively on cultivating and supporting teachers, principals, district leaders and state officials willing and able to rethink old norms...

Younger Americans Fare Poorly on Skills against International Peers

U.S. workers aged 45 to 65 outperformed the international average on the literacy scale against others their age, but workers aged 16 to 34 trail the average of their global counterparts...

Arizona's Education Savings Accounts

Arizona's education savings accounts result in a cost-savings to the taxpayer, demonstrating that a high-quality education can be provided for less than what taxpayers pay for public schools...

Misguided Campaign to Get Rid of Single-Sex Classroom

Fifty-five percent of boys in coed classes scored proficient on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, compared with 85 percent of boys in the all-boys classes...

Pay Raises for Teachers with Master's under Fire

The nation spends an estimated $15 billion annually on salary bumps for teachers who earn master's degrees, even though research shows the diplomas don't necessarily lead to higher student achievement...


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