Jay Mathews
Jay Mathews

Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years. He is the author of seven books, including three about high schools and his most recent, a New York Times bestseller, about the birth and growth of the KIPP charter school network. He created the annual Challenge Index rankings of high schools (formerly in newsweek.com, now at washingtonpost.com). He has won several awards for education writing and was given the Upton Sinclair award as “a beacon of light in the realm of education.” He has won the Eugene Meyer Award for distinguished service to The Washington Post.

Latest by Jay Mathews

Student denied access to AP would do much better here

Walter Fields’s daughter wants the toughest math course, but her N.J. school seems unimpressed.

Are extracurriculars crowding out study?

Our kids and parents may be too ambitious, or maybe it’s the colleges’ fault for pushing deep involvement.

Ten trends from The Post’s new top high schools list

Low-income children can beat rich children. Public and private schools often have similar results.

America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014

Most schools in the top 100 of The Washington Post’s annual list do not have 11-person football teams.