Lessons from Bush and Obama education reform efforts

Earlier this week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a forum that asked researchers and policymakers what education reform efforts, under the Obama and Bush administrations, have taught us about K-12 education. The day-long event was chalked full of experts including four panels with researchers from higher ed institutions like the University of Virginia and

What Works Clearinghouse

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, released its updated website today, and it is pretty spectacular: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc IES sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence for education policies and practices.  Their new website makes it easier for policy makers to find evidence-based policies, which is especially

New grad rates looking up

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education released high school graduation rates by state for the year 2010-11, and the overall picture is best described as not as bad as we thought. The release marks the first year that states are reporting uniformly computed graduation rates based on a four-year cohort of students. There