The Washington Post

Jay Mathews

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Almost all of the reactions I’ve heard have been positive, as early confusion morphed into understanding.

  • Jan 31, 2016

Many private colleges accept community college transfers, but the bad news outweighs the good.

  • Jan 28, 2016

Although more public schools have Advanced Placement, some small and rural schools have dropped it.

  • Jan 24, 2016

It took a dogged adult student to navigate the system’s failings. That asks too much of younger pupils.

  • Jan 17, 2016

A new book says that giving students failing grades does not make them better; helping them succeed does.

  • Jan 10, 2016

School districts should try a little harder to lay out the real dangers of threats that are almost always false.

  • Dec 20, 2015

I’m part of the wind faction on this educational hot potato. Convince me about which way to lean.

  • Dec 13, 2015

Rafe Esquith’s legal team says L.A. school district ‘crafted an illegal and criminal strategy to smear’ him.

  • Dec 10, 2015

‘Hit squad’ accuses one of nation’s best teachers of inappropriate comments, actions. But he faces no criminal charges.

  • Dec 9, 2015

I took celestial navigation, with no homework and a boat-trip exam. Throwaway courses are getting out of hand.

  • Dec 6, 2015
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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, now at 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.
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