Public policy efforts have been focused primarily on helping institutions – like schools – get back on solid footing. While this is a critical step, it overlooks the need to support worn-out families.
Ideas Posts by Timothy Daly
Each year, millions of American families receive their children's results from federally-mandated tests. What if we used the data to tell them something about where their kids are going, not just where they've been?
Every year, high-achieving students—especially students of color and those from low-income families—lose ground in school, in spite of their potential and talent. What if there was a simple way to disrupt this decline? We designed an experiment to test one possible strategy.
Leaders of some of the country's most successful companies are promising to invest in their people. What does that look like?
What does a 1983 Eddie Murphy movie have to do with our education system? More than you might think.
Tests should measure what we want our kids to know. And when they haven't learned those things, then we should worry.
In other fields, fraud is fraud. But in education, as long as it's "for the children," it gets a pass.
What’s good for employees and their families is good for employers as well.
A basic math problem about a tree is stumping too many students. This is why it matters.
An enrollment system built for fairness and targeted support helped 87% of students from closing schools get one of their top three school choices.
The discussion about improving outcomes for students from low-income families has been sadly oversimplified.
Finding and keeping talented people is an ever-increasing and costly challenge for businesses of all types.
Many students who depart closing schools end up in schools that are no better.
Education polls should focus on issues as families experience them, on a personal level, rather than abstract policy debates.
More New Orleans students are taking and passing AP exams. But it's clear we can still do much better.
A recent Upshot analysis of home prices and school quality in major urban areas makes us wonder.
Student growth isn’t everything. Just because a school has high growth doesn’t mean it’s always going to be a great school, or a great school for every family. It’s one piece of data. But I’m not sure how we could give good counsel to families about their school choices without it.
It's not terribly surprising that school spending went up after Hurricane Katrina and as New Orleans shifted to a charter school-based system. It’s <em>how</em> the spending increased that’s worth a closer look.
There’s nothing wrong with moms and dads advocating for their kids. The problem is that some families are better situated to advocate for their children, and they’re getting what they want while others don’t.
John and his wife Melissa are enormously accomplished education professionals—but they are also parents trying to find a path for their children. We asked them to share how they approach the hard work of parenting.
When families have the ability to choose schools, do they flock to higher-performing schools? We took a closer look at kindergarten enrollment data in New Orleans to find out.
Instead of asking parents if they want their school to remain open, we should ask them whether they would choose to stay if they had other options. And give them real options.
Changing how school grades are calculated changes the overall picture of school performance -- and yields new insights about New Orleans' schools.
When we work with families at EdNavigator, they are more interested in how much a school helps students <em>grow</em> than how many students demonstrate proficiency overall. What if we gave greater consideration to a school’s success in growing its students? We did just that.
There aren’t enough good programs. The good programs aren’t always affordable. Or they’re already full. Or they only run for three hours a day, and how is a single parent going to pick up her children at camp, get them to another affordable child care option, and get back to work?
Students are the real victims in these incidents. They’re the ones who are misled about what they have learned and can do. They’re the ones who unwillingly carry away tarnished academic records. They’re the ones who are forced to re-take exams and try to learn in schools distracted by audits and investigations. They’re the ones who were lied to.
Even in New Orleans, which is ten years into its all-choice era, this is still hard work for families, schools, and administrators. There’s a real difference between “increasing school choice” as an abstract policy position and making school choice work in practice.
Teachers and parents often “engage” about student progress, yet part ways without getting on the same page. In many cases, that’s easier than dealing with the hard truth. Learning problems linger and worsen before they are addressed. Years later, someone looks at a thick file and says, “How is it possible that nobody intervened to help this child?”