The Imaginary Teacher Shortage

Last week’s presidential debate revealed one area of agreement between the candidates: We need more teachers. “Let’s hire another hundred thousand math and science teachers,” proposed President Obama, adding that “Governor Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers.” Let’s hope state and local officials have that discretion—and choose to shrink the teacher labor force rather than expand it. …

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ICYMI: President Bush Discusses Global Report Card

Last fall Josh McGee and I developed the Global Report Card (GRC) for the George W. Bush Institute. The GRC is a tool that allows people to compare the level of academic achievement in virtually every school district in the United States to the average for their state, the country, and a comparison group of 25 industrialized countries.…

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Suburban school districts falling behind

Education reform efforts have focused almost exclusively on improving big city public school systems.…

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What We’re Watching: The Other Achievement Gap

A trio of recent studies and articles raises troubling questions about America's "Achievement-Gap Mania."…

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Making the Mediocre Grade: Wealthy Suburban U.S. Schools

Talk to practically any suburban parent about the problems plaguing American public schools, and you'll likely hear something like this: "Yeah, it's tough being a kid in the inner city, but my kid's school is great!"…

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Reporting on the Global Report Card

Coverage of the new Global Report Card (GRC) that Josh McGee and I developed is gaining steam.…

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Mind the Gap: The Separation

Last week, I wrote about Rick Hess's article in the current issue of National Affairs, where he unbundles what he calls our "Achievement Gap Mania."…

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Education performance in Nevada

The George Bush Institute recently released a great new website called The Global Report Card which was assembled by Dr. Jay P. Greene, University of Arkansas and Joshua B. McGee.…

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Virginia Student Performance: Mediocre by International Standards

How well are Virginia's public schools preparing students for competition in a global marketplace increasingly dominated by the knowledge economy?…

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Michigan's 'Very Best' Schools Only 'Above Average'

The Michigan Department of Education is revising the way it measures school performance, and while reform is sorely needed, the value of state-based school assessments is limited because they only allow comparisons between schools within Michigan's borders.…

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