State Policy

Don’t Abandon Standardized Testing Next Year; Rethink It

This appeared as a commentary piece in The Hill. Not surprisingly, the nation’s 13,300…

Kamala Harris’s Surprising Evolution on Truancy

Much has been written about Kamala Harris’s decision as San Francisco district attorney to threaten…

The Challenge of Taking Attendance in Remote Learning

This piece ran as a commentary in The 74. In suburban Detroit, a teenage girl was…

How Governors Are Using Their CARES Act Education Dollars

Back in March, when the coronavirus crisis first shuttered schools and universities, Congress dedicated some…

Public Health and the Safe Reopening of Schools

This piece was orginally published as a commentary in Politico. The unfolding complexity of school reopening…

A Debate on School Reopening Plays Out on Twitter

The reopening of schools and the wearing of masks have dominated the national coronavirus debate…

Tennessee’s School Voucher Law Gets What it Deserves

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a school voucher law, permitting some of the state’s students…

Inside Post-Covid Schools, Next Year and Beyond

Let’s not repeat the mistakes the education sector made in responding to the last major…

Podcast: How Tennessee is Improving Teaching & Learning

Nearly a decade ago, Tennessee embarked on an ambitious effort to strengthen teaching and learning from…

Scaling Reform: Tennessee’s Statewide Teacher Transformation

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act has placed authority for improving education squarely in states’…

How the Common Core Changed Standardized Testing

When the U.S. Department of Education awarded $350 million to two consortia of states in…