Education policy

Irregular verbs in federal law rewrite debates

At one level, the most recent debate over federal elementary and secondary education policy is about annual testing: will the next rewrite of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act continue to require that states test public school children annually in grades 3-8? The draft bill released by Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) suggested he was considering two possible policies: a […]

State-level NAEP data — slightly wonkish

Earlier this week, Morgan Polikoff and I had a brief Twitter exchange about the use of the low-stakes National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests for policy analysis, specifically the consequences of high-stakes accountability. I am on record as being moderately dissatisfied with use of state-level NAEP data for education policy analysis, and given the continued use of […]

Most Fabulist Edu-Predictions of 2015

Since NPR has seen fit to publish a listicle with education predictions for the year, I need to get in on this. Please be forewarned: I’m an historian, and sometimes it’s hard enough for me to predict the past, so there are no guarantees that these are going to be possible, let alone likely.

Jeb Bush and me

Well, no, not really. While he was governor, Jeb Bush and I had one short e-mail exchange, about a disability policy issue. That’ll prove disappointingly mundane if it’s in the cache of emails that Bush’s office has already released or will soon be releasing. But I do have a written record of comments on Jeb Bush as […]

University strikes and unforced errors by administrators

From news reports in the past week, it looks like the University of Oregon administration is making some foolish decisions in how to respond to striking graduate students. If the news sources I have read are accurate (see reports from Inside Higher Ed, Oregon Live, and December 6 and December 9 reports from the philosophy […]