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Does Detracking Promote Educational Equity

Does Detracking Promote Educational Equity

Tracking is back in the news. Controversy erupted in Virginia earlier this year when a proposal was floated requiring every student to take the same math class through 10th grade. The idea was quickly abandoned, with officials explaining that it’s “just a thought process right now.”

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The Education Exchange: Understanding the Failure of Common Core

The Education Exchange: Understanding the Failure of Common Core

The Education Exchange: Understanding the Failure of Common Core - Education Next
A “blunt instrument” to share common standards for college-readiness across states wound up on the ash heap. Tom Loveless tells the story in a new book.
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Trends in Reading and Math Achievement, by Race/Ethnicity, 1990-2019

Trends in Reading and Math Achievement, by Race/Ethnicity, 1990-2019

In my recent book, Between the State and the Schoolhouse: Understanding the Failure of Common Core, I examine achievement gaps between different racial and ethnic groups.  To guide the analysis, scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress--for Asian/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, and whites--are provided from 1990 to 2019. These four racial/ethnic groups make up about 95% of the NAEP testing population. Here I would like to add to the book's discussion and point out some of the most interesting trends in the data.

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The Creation, Implementation, and Failure of Common Core Standards With Tom Loveless | Talk Out of School | WBAI New York | With Leonie Haimson

The Creation, Implementation, and Failure of Common Core Standards With Tom Loveless | Talk Out of School | WBAI New York | With Leonie Haimson

Interview Conducted on July 10, 2021.

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Challenge to Standards at the Classroom Level: Spread of Achievement

Challenge to Standards at the Classroom Level: Spread of Achievement

For the past three decades, setting ambitious academic standards has been one of the most popular tools of school reform.  My new book on the Common Core standards, Between the State and the Schoolhouse, was published by Harvard Education Press in April.  I conclude that Common Core failed and try to explain why the effort floundered, not as an opponent of the Common Core standards, but as a policy analyst who studies school reform.

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