Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

Prime Minister Boris Johnson should create Assisted Places 2.0

The British Labour Party campaigned on a platform that included a proposal for the state to close independent schools and seize their assets. Such an incredibly illiberal action was justified in the minds of some because private education in Britain, despite efforts at providing financial aid, is very exclusive. Labour[Read More…]

The state of equal opportunity in American K-12 education

Editor’s note: Like many education policy experts, redefinED guest blogger Dan Lips closely monitored recent results of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), particularly the fact that four in 10 lower-income eighth-graders scored “below basic” in reading. Lips concurs with others that these disappointing results indicate the nation has[Read More…]

USA K-12 achievement stalled on international exams

The performance of American 15-year-olds in reading and math has remained stagnant for the past two decades according to results released this past week from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Meanwhile, the achievement gap in reading between high- and low-performing students has grown wider. The less-than-stellar results from[Read More…]

Newsday investigation: School attendance zones used as segregation tool

In what Newsday refers to as one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half-century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, its reporters have found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.[Read More…]

Guest commentary: NAEP should be a wake-up call for ed reformers, policymakers

A recent comparison of K-12 children around the U.S. brought bad news for education reformers—an amorphous group of policymakers and advocates who are akin to locksmiths searching for the right combination of resources and policy ideas to unlock student potential. The news was bad for students, too, but since the[Read More…]