Jay Mathews

Pasadena, CA

Education writer and columnist

Education: Harvard College, BA in government; Harvard University, MA in East Asian regional studies

Jay Mathews is an education columnist for The Washington Post, his employer for nearly 50 years. He is the author of nine books, including five about high schools. His 2009 book "Work Hard. Be Nice." about the birth and growth of the KIPP charter school network was a New York Times bestseller. He created and supervises the annual Challenge Index rankings of American high schools. 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 Po
Latest from Jay Mathews

Why don’t teachers complain to bosses about infuriating policies?

Some fear ill will and reduced support. Getting others behind them might help.

November 27, 2022

Another big right vs. left learning standards debate. Who cares?

A huge political fight is underway between supporters and opponents of Virginia's new history learning standards. But how much influence do standards really have on student achievement?

November 20, 2022

Forget our political squabbles. In education, parents already matter.

Parental decisions are at least as, if not more, important than anything else going on in schools these days.

November 13, 2022

More high schoolers should be allowed to learn on college campuses

Minnesota dual enrollment program with free tuition for high school students taking classes on college campuses an initiative that can inspire student achievement.

November 6, 2022

Divisive school issue, easy grading, escapes notice as some teachers quietly resist

An effort to foster equity by easing grading standards that might frustrate students has become one of the most divisive educational issues in the country.

October 30, 2022

I thought at least 50 percent credit for no work was okay. I was wrong.

A grading policy implemented in D.C. public schools during the pandemic that no grade on any assignment could be lower than 50 percent has led to problems.

October 23, 2022

Program so accelerated that 8th-graders take AP Calculus. Will that work?

California-based Math Academy, teaching accelerated math, is expanding to home-schooling families. The system could be a model for future learning models.

October 16, 2022

Ignoring rules, teachers sneak tough math courses into their school

Innovative teachers at Justice High School in Virginia slipped harder math into the schedules of average students to prepare them for higher-level courses.

October 9, 2022

Experts say schools could recover pandemic losses by 2028. What then?

Amid pandemic learning recovery, experts ask how willing we are to improve the learning of children whose families need the most help.

October 2, 2022

Do you think our schools are worse than ever? You’re wrong.

Until the coronavirus pandemic hit, schools had been steadily improving for nearly a half century, researchers found.

September 25, 2022