Public schools don’t foster creativity very well and might find it better to let the gifted do their own exploring.
Success for All has the nation’s best record for improving elementary schools. So why do teachers resist?
Julie Hummer wanted her sons in AVID, and after some stumbles got them there.
Test security has improved, which could explain why D.C. is doing better on cheat-proof tests.
Testing is a mess.
Parents at Loudoun Valley have heard of disturbing grade changes. Here is what to do about it.
Maddy King wanted to be a farmer but school taught her that that wasn’t good enough. What does this mean?
Two U.S. education reform leaders have split over worth of rapidly growing online schools.
I will miss Pat Welsh, who helped build a great high school despite much official interference.
Want to make sure your AP results are not invalidated? Don’t sit too close to other test-takers.
A consultant found many suspicious test erasures, but Meridian Public Charter School says it can’t confirm.
Supposedly, teachers with national board certification are the best. So why is their bonus being cut?
Everyone wants STEM in their schools, but the S for Science may be a buzz killer.
College readiness program, AVID, wins teacher approval and spreads widely through U.S. and DC area
“The Smartest Kids in the World” explores education in Finland, South Korea and Poland.
Washington-Lee High encouraging students to take AP, IB courses even if they won’t pass the exam.
The Post Web site is remodeling. Jay has a new home. He welcomes as always your good, tough comments.
Any parent who has fought a local school can learn from Bill Horkan and his battle with LCPS.
A new school year can present setbacks over courses, services or a teacher’s fitness. Here’s what to do.
Candidates often miss the point when talking about education; many are more interested in votes than kids.
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.