Researchers have finally calculated testing time and found wild variations and deceptive school schedules.
Schools often resist letting bright kids skip grades. New research suggests that is short-sighted.
Applications to the Ivy League school have plummeted, yet it ignores what it did to frustrate high-schoolers’ hopes.
D.C. schools show major strides on AP exams, making progress by challenging students more, not less.
Newcomers are not only more academically successful, they also view test-oriented results differently
The experts who tell us to learn from China often ignore its pervasive and depressing testing system.
Two critics trashed KIPP charter schools without ever visiting. Here is what they missed.
The number of field trips students go on these days is declining. This is a detriment for kids everywhere.
D.C. is trying to see if visiting parents at home — a rarity in the U.S. — can get them to support teachers.
Tom Loveless, a leading expert on international testing, throws cold water on high Shanghai scores.
Prince George’s County wants more flexibility, but report shows how hard this is to accomplish
Her latest book gives us a good set of New Year’s resolutions for American schools.
The view that the new standards sweeping the nation are doomed might be true, but we can’t be sure.
The Broad Foundation has discovered four keys to advancing impoverished students
My request for solutions to high school stress revealed a problem: senseless homework.
Caleb Rossiter says he wanted to alert his students at Friendship Tech Prep charter to their failings.
I suggested we take a holiday from state tests next year. The response from parents was very positive.
Study “The Almanac of American Politics” to find peace of mind in stressful college hunt.
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?
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.