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Planning for Progress: After the Tests: How States Share Assessment Data

Author(s): Matthew Frizzell, Diane Stark Rentner, and Nancy Kober
Published: February 8, 2018

A special report in the Planning for Progress series, this report highlights states’ efforts to share assessment results with principals, teachers, and parents.  The report is based on responses to a 2017 survey that asked state education leaders about efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as other CEP research, including teacher focus groups and national surveys of teacher and district leaders.

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New Tax Plan Provides Little Cheer for Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: January 22, 2018

CEP Executive Director explains how the new tax plan will impact K-12 and postsecondary education. Read the column here

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Planning for Progress: States Reflect on Year One Implementation of ESSA

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Matthew Frizzell, and Nancy Kober
Published: December 11, 2017

Based on a fall 2017 survey of officials from 45 state education agencies, this report highlights early state efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.  The report highlights states’ views on ESSA’s shift in control from the federal government to states and school districts regarding accountability and school improvement activities; stakeholder involvement in state plan development; state capacity to implement ESSA requirements; and the U.S. Department of Education’s assistance in implementing ESSA. The report also addresses the impact of the proposed elimination of Title II-A funding, and support among states for a federal private school voucher program using ESSA funds.

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Market-Based Education, Inequality, and Accountability in Chile: Perspectives from a Workshop

Author(s): Maria Ferguson and Nancy Kober
Published: December 1, 2017

In summer 2017, the Center on Education Policy and the Dean and faculty from the Graduate School of Education at the George Washington University joined a group of Chilean education researchers to discuss the impact of Chile’s education voucher system on equity and socioeconomic integration. This captures the major discussion points and key findings from that meeting.

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Standing up for Good Research

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: November 27, 2017

CEP Executive Director discusses the need for high-quality research to provide empirical evidence as part of the policy cycle. Read the column here.

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Primary and Secondary Education in Azerbaijan: Policy Considerations for the 21st Century

Author(s): Matthew Braun, Christina Davis, Sevinj Mammadova, Anne Matthews
Published: November 1, 2017

In June 2017, the dean of the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and several doctoral students met with Azerbaijani educational stakeholders in Baku, Azerbaijan to discuss ways to improve that country’s education system. This summary report provides the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education with a set of policy options to consider as it

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Little Evidence and Big Consequences: Understanding Special Education Voucher Programs

Author(s): Matthew Braun
Published: October 31, 2017

This report examines the characteristics of state special education voucher programs along with the evidence base on their impact, effectiveness, and quality. The report, which finds that the program characteristics differ considerably across states and that the research is small, dated, and often funded by voucher proponents, identifies major questions and concerns about these programs that have yet to be fully addressed by researchers or policymakers.

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3 Ways Congress Can Support Public Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: October 23, 2017

CEP Executive Director suggests that Congress needs to provide leadership in three education issues: DACA, oversight of for-profit colleges, and the civic role of public education. Read the column here.

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Could American Support for Public Education be Slipping?

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: September 24, 2017

CEP Executive Director comments on the 2017 PDK poll. Read the column here

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Maria Ferguson on NPR's Hear & Now

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: September 13, 2017

NPR's Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Maria Ferguson, executive director of the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, about whether more time in the school day improves learning.

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A New Push for Integrating College and Career Preparation?

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: August 29, 2017

CEP Executive Director discusses the latest PDK Poll finding that most Americans support classes that teach job or career skills. Read the column here.

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Building Competencies for Careers

Author(s): Matthew Frizzell, Matthew Braun, Maria Ferguson, Diane Stark Rentner, & Nancy Kober
Published: May 31, 2017

This report draws on information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to better understand the value of deeper learning competencies in the labor market. O*NET uses surveys of employees and occupational experts to determine the important characteristics and requirements of more than 900 occupations. CEP researchers and other experts “linked” the knowledge, skills, abilities and work styles required for a diverse sample of 300-plus O*NET occupations to the deeper learning competencies as defined by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The report finds that students will be better prepared for fast-growing jobs if they develop academic mindsets, learn how to communicate effectively, and take an analytical approach to solving problems.

Based on this report, CEP, Alliance for Excellent Education, and Council for a Strong America held a webinar on August 23, 2017. Participants in the webinar discussed the relevance of the key findings of the report as they pertain to increasing career readiness for students across the country. Participants included Maria Ferguson of CEP, General Mike Hall of Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, Sam Whiting of Boeing, and host Jason Amos of Alliance for Excellent Education.

 

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The shape of the Federal Role in Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: May 1, 2017

CEP Executive Director explains the powers and limits of federal education policymakers under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read the column here.

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Good Time to be a Data Nerd

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: March 27, 2017

CEP Executive Director considers the impact of the Civil Rights Data Collection and the Stanford Education Data Archive as tools for policy discussions. Read the column here.

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Big Change on Both Sides of the Pond

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: March 23, 2017

CEP Executive Director shares reflections about a recent trip to London and how that country's political upheaval shares common ground with what is happening in the US. Read the column here.

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Don't Play Politics With the Common Core

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: February 28, 2017

CEP's Executive Director Maria Ferguson urges state and local leaders to ignore political chatter and remain focused on college and career ready standards in an Education Week commentary. You can read the commentary here.

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District Leadership in the New Era of Assessment

Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Mathew Frizzell, Nancy Kober, and Maria Ferguson
Published: February 15, 2017

This report, based on a spring 2016 survey of a nationally representative sample of school district leaders in 42 Common Core-adopting states, explores issues related to assessment.  The report highlights district officials’ experiences with administering state Common Core-aligned assessments, how the student achievement data from those exams is used, views on the amount of time that students are tested, and the extent to which students opted out of the 2015 state exams.

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What Do Teachers and District Leaders Feel about State Standards and Assessments?

Author(s): Maria Ferguson, Nancy Kober, and Diane Stark Rentner
Published: February 15, 2017

This three-report summary synthesizes the key findings about teachers and district leaders’ views on standards and assessments and provides recommendations for state leaders. The three reports drawn upon for this summary are Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices (teacher survey report); Listening to and Learning from Teachers: A Summary of Focus Groups on the Common Core and Assessments; and District Leadership in the New Era of Assessment.

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Choice for Secretary of Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: January 25, 2017

Maria Ferguson's latest Kappan Washington View column on the President's choice for Secretary of Education. Read the column here.

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The Legacy of More & Better Learning Time: Grantee and Stakeholder Reflections

Author(s): Matthew Frizzell, Diane Stark Renter, Nancy Kober, Matthew Braun, and Maria Ferguson
Published: January 24, 2017

This report serves as a legacy document for the Ford Foundation’s More and Better Learning Time (MBLT) initiative. It summarizes the approaches to and outcomes and challenges of successful MBLT strategies around the country. The report includes data from a survey for Ford Foundation MBLT grantees across the country and from case studies in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and Rochester, New York.

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Next up: Team DeVos

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: January 6, 2017

CEP Executive Director writes about what the U.S. Department of Education might look like under Betsy DeVos’ leadership. Read the column here.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Maryland

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: November 28, 2016

CEP Executive Director discusses Maryland’s changing school calendar. Read the column here.

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