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Cross-posted from Education Week In this blog, I will indulge in some simple arithmetic.  Let's start with the total expenditures for our schools, which were $506,827,246,000 in the most recent year for which we have data.  Next, let's note what that comes to if divided...

Cross-posted from Education Week One of the most interesting special analyses done in connection with the 2009 OECD PISA survey was a study called Against the Odds: Disadvantaged Students Who Succeed in School, done by the Urban Institute for OECD's Education Directorate. The idea was to...

Cross-posted from Education Week There was an interesting article in the New York Times the other day by Catherine Rampell on "Why Students Leave the Engineering Track."  She had found a table in the most recent National Science Foundation's report on Science and Engineering Indicators,...

Cross-posted from Education Week The signature difference between the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and its direct descendant, the No Child Left Behind Act, is the way these two pieces of legislation treated the issue of accountability. The designers of both pieces of legislation...

Cross-posted from Education Week Issues of teacher quality are very much front and center on the American education reform agenda.  In fact, there is broad agreement among the leading industrial nations that teacher quality is a primary determinant of student achievement. But that is where the...

Last month in his Education Week blog, Bob Slavin poured a lot of cold water over the rising interest in learning from other countries that are routinely outperforming the United States. He argues that, while we can identify interesting practices, we can never be...

Many American educators and policy makers aren't interested in hearing about countries whose students outperform ours because they are sure they don't really outperform our students and, besides, America is different, in a class by itself, and the lessons from other countries simply don't apply....