INFOGRAPHIC: Congress Enshrines Obama’s High-Performing Public Charter School Program Under Every Student Succeeds ActDecember 8, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 359-64 and will be passed with an overwhelming margin today by the U.S. Senate, will put into statute, for the first time, President Obama’s program to replicate and expand high-performing public charter schools. Over
Obama’s Investments in High-Performing Public Charter Schools Have Huge PayoffSeptember 28, 2015
By Charles Barone and Marianne Lombardo Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce annual federal Charter Schools Program grants to states and non-profit charter management organizations. This round of grants marks a new milestone in President Obama’s education reform legacy. What distinguishes Obama from his predecessors, and what makes him a true champion of our nation’s schoolchildren, is his coupling of
High-Quality Charter School Replication and Expansion Has Enabled 230,000 New Students Access to High-Impact SchoolsAugust 11, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo Charter Schools Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools Since 2010, this program has awarded grants to non-profit charter management companies that have a track record of increasing academic achievement with economically disadvantaged students. The table below provides the history of grant awards, and the outcomes the schools have achieved.
New York State of Mind: Education Reform in New York Makes This State Well Ahead of All OthersJuly 13, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo The National Center for Education Statistics released a report last week comparing state proficiency standards with National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scale scores. NAEP frameworks and benchmarks are established by the National Assessment Governing Board and are based on the collaborative input of a wide range of experts and participants in the
INFOGRAPHIC: The Condition of Education 2015June 9, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides an annual report on the Condition of Education. The report includes indicators and trends, and spotlights current policy interests. This infographic highlights key data, and can be used as a handy reference for education conversations. To view the entire NCES report, click here.
Congratulations, Class of Education InequityMay 14, 2015
By Hajar Ahmed More than a quarter of the commencement speeches given by original members of President Obama’s cabinet have been at colleges that pay no regard to socioeconomic diversity. More than a quarter. Can you believe that?! These “engines of inequality” only represent 5% of all four-year colleges, yet get five times as much
Massachusetts: A Role Model for School TurnaroundMay 13, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo In a recent study of school turnarounds, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education found that while more than 80 percent of states made turning around low-performing schools a high priority, 50 percent found it very difficult. Forty states reported significant gaps in expertise for supporting school turnarounds.
Understanding Value Added – And Why It’s Needed for Education ReformApril 27, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo Some people believe using student data to evaluate teachers is unfair: “In the field test given a year ago, 91 percent of English Language Learners and nearly 80 percent of low-income students did not meet proficient. My class is comprised of 40 percent English language learners and nearly 100 percent are low-income.
Equitable Distribution of High-Quality Teachers in ESEA ReauthorizationApril 23, 2015
By Marianne Lombardo No one has talked much about it, but the bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill that passed unanimously out of the Senate HELP Committee last week includes a provision that requires local educational agencies to: Identify and address any disparities…that result in low-income students and minority students being taught
College Application Inflation Only Exists Among the Top 5%April 22, 2015
By Mary Nguyen Barry Let’s get real. The only college “application inflation” that exists is among the top 5%. For the vast majority of students – especially those from low-income and hard-pressed middle-class families – mismatched applications (i.e. undermatching), college affordability, and college completion are the real problems. Yet that’s not what Glenn Kessler –