• By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 18, 2012

    Today we released the results of our July Education Insider survey. The Insider survey continues to garner media attention as a tool for understanding and predicting education trends; the Huffington Post published a piece earlier today which discusses our analysis of the Common Core assessment consortia.

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  • By Gene Hickok
    July 17, 2012

    The Obama Administration, through education secretary Arne Duncan, seems to be pursuing a two-track strategy regarding national education policy. One track emphasizes positive incentives such as “Race to the Top.” The other encourages states to seek waivers from No Child Left Behind. It is too soon to know whether the incentive approach is working. It has received a lot of positive press. But the actual results aren’t in yet. The waiver strategy seems to be working, though. A majority of states have requested and received waivers. In return, those states have agreed to adopt accountability plans approved by Washington. Read more

  • By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 2, 2012

    The most recent edition of Education Insider is available now.

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  • May 25, 2012

    On May 22, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released draft requirements for the Race to the Top for Districts Competition (RTT-D).  ED will award $400 million to 20 applicants. The number of students participating in the program will determine funding.  ED may issue grants of up to $25 million.  Applicants may be a part of a State that won a Race to the Top grant in prior competitions. To provide a helpful summary of the program’s details, the team at Whiteboard advisors developed a one-page overview and detailed summary of the new competition. Read more

  • May 1, 2012

    This month’s survey focused on a number of recent federal policy issues, including the first round of ESEA waivers, congressional appropriations to reform the teaching profession, labor-management collaboration, and student loan interest rates. Read more

  • By John Bailey
    April 3, 2012
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    March 21, 2012
  • By John Bailey
    February 16, 2012
  • February 17, 2012 - 3:00pm

    Early-childhood education is emerging as a contentious policy issue in states and Washington and as an opportunity for education investors and non-profits. The Obama Administration has launched a number of initiatives advancing early childhood education ranging from reforming Head Start to the release of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant winners. We asked Insiders for their thoughts on the effectiveness of these reforms, the support in Congress for expanding early childhood education initiatives, the likelihood for additional funding, and where the greatest opportunities are for providers in the next several years. 

    We also have introduced several new tracking questions to the survey including if the Race to the Top Assessment coalitions are on the "right track" or "wrong track" and if support for the Common Core is increasing or decreasing among key constituencies and thought leaders. 

    Join Andy Rotherham and John Bailey for a discussion of this month's survey results.  Sara Mead, an early learning policy expert from Bellwether Education Partners, will join them for the conversation and be available for your questions.  

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  • By John Bailey
    February 6, 2012

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