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How do you define a successful school? One obvious answer is the percentage of students achieving proficiency in core subjects. If that percentage is high, then obviously, the school has most its students on track not only for graduation, but for life after graduation. And so, it seems we could deem it a success. Continue Reading Balancing Proficiency and Growth in School Accountability

  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

  This is the final post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the first post, Charter Schools: Good News for Students, and the second post, Charter Schools: Still Growing! The US Department of Education (USED) is currently accepting grant applications from states to increase the number and quality of charter schools across… Continue Reading Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Charter Schools: Still Growing!

This is the second post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the first post, Charter Schools: Good News for Students, and the third post, Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states. Today, about 3 million students across 43 states attend almost 7,000 charter schools. That is nearly ten times more students… Continue Reading Charter Schools: Still Growing!

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Charter Schools: Good News for Students

This is the first post in a three-part series for National Charter Schools Week. View the second post, Charter Schools: Still Growing!, and the third post, Charter Schools: Increasing quantity and quality in states. Look at Florida. The Florida Department of Education published a performance study in March of this year, and the news is good… Continue Reading Charter Schools: Good News for Students

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Focus School Accountability on Results

To maximize its effectiveness, an accountability formula needs to follow some basic principles. Chief among them is this: Focus on results, not on how they are achieved. Continue Reading Focus School Accountability on Results

School Accountability Under ESSA

We’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly, the unintended consequences and the double-edged sword of tough-love state accountability systems. Over the next few weeks, we will share some lessons that may help as states develop and finalize their accountability calculations. Continue Reading School Accountability Under ESSA

Competency-based education holds the key to revolutionizing education and empowering students by building a foundation for personalized learning. Watch the two videos below to learn what competency-based education looks like and why it’s so important for our nation’s students. Continue Reading VIDEOS: Competency-Based Education Engaging Students & Personalizing Learning

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.

Personalized Learning Worth Fighting For

These goals and dreams may seem lofty, but they should not be optional. Early implementation evidence and beginning research give us hope, but at the end of the day honoring and leveraging the unique gifts and talents of every child is simply the right thing to do. Continue Reading Personalized Learning Worth Fighting For

  • Digital Learning

    Digital Learning

    Technology can revolutionize education and help ensure no student is bored or left behind. The Foundation supports the use of technology to offer students access to a high-quality, customized education and empower teachers to help their students succeed.

Getting Personalized Learning Right the First Time

The persistent incapacity of the system to change shouldn’t be a surprise—we are often stuck retrofitting well-intentioned ideas for students whose needs were too complicated to fit into our original models in the first place. Continue Reading Getting Personalized Learning Right the First Time

Starting over with Personalized Learning

Our hope is that personalized learning may present the opportunity to flip the traditional model upside down. Or better yet, put it right side up. Continue Reading Starting over with Personalized Learning

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