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PPI | Front & Center | May 17, 2020
When More Isn't Better
By Dr. Paul Kimmelman
Improving the quality of time spent by students in class will have a more profound effect on their learning than just focusing on the quantity of time they spend.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 17, 2020
Still Separate, Still Unequal
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ultimately ended de jure racial segregation of public schools. And it's as good a time as any for a national recommitment to the goal of equal opportunity in education.

DLC | New Dem Daily | January 7, 2021
An Educational Mission That Must Not Fail
The mission America has undertaken at home in the reconstruction of our public schools is like the mission America has undertaken overseas in the reconstruction of Iraq: it's a mission in which we -- and especially Democrats -- cannot afford to fail.

PPI | Policy Report | November 22, 2020
The Promise of Value-Added Testing
By Jonathan Crane
The best way to measure school quality, or teacher quality for that matter, is to determine how much they change their students' test scores each year.

PPI | Presentation | November 21, 2020
Education Reform in England
The Right Honorable Minister David Miliband, Minister of State for School Standards in England, gave this presentation to the Progressive Policy Institute and British Council at the National Press Club in Washington.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 29, 2020
Time is Running Out on Urban Schools
By Richard Whitmire
A host of opposing forces thwarts reform.

DLC  | Blueprint Magazine | July 29, 2020
Reforming School Reform
By Doug Ross
Schools with a one-student-at-a-time philosophy provide evidence that a goal of 90 percent graduation and 90 percent college enrollment for urban kids is attainable even as it is out of reach of the current traditional factory-school model.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 10, 2020
Education Standards Backlash
By Sandra Feldman
Unfortunately, some policymakers believe the standards movement is just about tests. Without well-developed curricula, high-quality professional development for educators, and meaningful help for struggling students, we will not realize the promise of standards-based reform.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 11, 2020
The Left and Right Test Bush on Testing
It appears the Administration may be seeking cover to abandon its commitment to instituting consequences for schools not making sufficient progress, especially progress in raising educational achievement among minority and disadvantaged students.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 31, 2020
A Test of Resolve
The Administration needs to buckle down and spend some of the President's abundant political capital with conservatives to get several key testing quality provisions into the education reform bill working its way through Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives | Testimony | March 1, 2020
Sen. Tom Carper: Five Pronged Approach to Raising Student Achievement
By Sen. Tom Carper
Students will achieve more in an atmosphere that: focuses on equal opportunity to achieve early success, provides a safe and disciplined learning environment, consists of smaller class sizes, implements academic standards with annual tests, and empowers parents to make choices about where to send their children to school.

DLC | The New Democrat | December 20, 2020
No Myth
By Andrew Rotherham
The British have proven that genuine school reform isn't a fantasy.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 8, 2020
Idea of the Week: Educational Investment and Accountability
Vice President Gore leapfrogged George W. Bush on education last week with a speech that represented a comprehensive effort to link more investment in schools with greater accountability for results, including public school choice.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 28, 2020
Idea of the Week: Opening the Doors, Without Lowering the Floors, of College
Chicago has decisively rejected the counsel of despair suggesting that poor and minority kids can only be educated if standards are kept low, and instead is helping students meet rigorous standards through the practical help and encouragement they need.

DLC | New Dem Daily | January 31, 2021
Idea of the Week: Standards Mean Standards
One of Tom Carper's proudest accomplishments in two terms as Governor of Delaware has been a nationally recognized push for a system of world-class educational standards, backed up by accountability for administrators, teachers, and students.

DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 2020
Mix and Match
By Stephanie Soler
Hopefully, the American people will eventually demand that warring education experts adopt the commonsense collaborative approach to reform outlined in Fixing Urban Schools.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Curriculum Reform: Subject Matters
By James Traub
There's a lot of truth to the traditionalists' view that the schools started downhill when we lost faith in the core curriculum and in the pedagogical standbys, like phonics.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Finance: Show Me the Results
By Andrew Rotherham
After years of thorny legislative and judicial battles, there is now a new model for creating equitable funding for schools.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Racial Progress: The Many, The Proud
By Charles Moskos
Rather than compromise standards to attain racial diversity, we must create opportunities to raise disadvantaged groups to meet high standards of competition. This army school does.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Social Promotion: Diplomas that Count
By Frederick H. Lowe
Chicago has turned around one of the worst districts in the country. There are several reasons, but the one that whips heads around is the decision to end social promotions.

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