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A weekly podcast from "Education Next," a journal of opinion and research. Introduction music:"Organic Grunge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Ep. 177 - Nov. 6, 2019 - Paul Tough and The Years That Matter Most

Paul Tough, author of "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us," sits down with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the book, and how the higher education admissions process tends to work to the benefit of affluent students at the expense of those from lower-income backgrounds.Matthew Chingos recently reviewed the book for Education Next in "Privilege Worth Perpetuating."https://www.educationnext.org/privilege-worth-perpetuating-book-review-the-years-that-matter-most-tough/


6 Nov 2019

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Ep. 103 - Nov. 29, 2017: How Teacher Expectations Directly Impact Students

The expectations teachers have for how far students will go with their education have an impact on how much education those students actually complete. And white teachers have lower expectations for black students than for similarly situated white students.To better understand these dynamics, Marty West talks with Seth Gershenson about his new study, “The Power of Teacher Expectations: How racial bias hinders student attainment,” co-authored with Nicholas Papageorge.Read the article here:http://educationnext.org/power-of-teacher-expectations-racial-bias-hinders-student-attainment/


29 Nov 2017

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Ep. 74 - March 1, 2017: What Could We Expect on Ed From a Justice Gorsuch?

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has been poring over Neil Gorsuch’s opinions as a federal judge to learn how he might approach the steady stream of education cases that inevitably make their way before the Supreme CourtBolick has a new Education Next article on this topic, available here:http://educationnext.org/gorsuch-the-judicious-judge-supreme-court-education/


28 Feb 2017

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Ep. 196 - April 15, 2020: Using Transparency To Create Accountability During Covid-19 Closures

A senior fellow at Mathematica and director of REL Mid- Atlantic, Brian P. Gill, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss what schools can do to measure what is happening during distance learning.Read Gill's blog post, "Using Transparency To Create Accountability When School Buildings Are Closed and Tests Are Canceled."https://www.educationnext.org/using-transparency-create-accountability-school-buildings-are-closed-tests-canceled-coronavirus-covid-19/


15 Apr 2020

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Ep. 94 - Sept. 20, 2017: The Consequences of Chronic Absenteeism

Brian A. Jacob of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the causes and consequences of chronic absenteeism in schools.Jacob wrote about this subject with Kelly Lovett here:http://educationnext.org/chronic-absenteeism-old-problem-search-new-answers/


20 Sep 2017

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Ep. 109 - Jan. 31, 2018: Spillover Effects of Charter Schools

The political debate over charter schools often turns on their impact on students in traditional district schools.Marty West talks with Sarah Cordes about her new research on this topic: “Charters and the Common Good: The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City”Read the full article here:http://educationnext.org/charters-and-common-good-spillover-effects-charter-schools-new-york-city/


30 Jan 2018

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Ep. 09 - Oct. 21, 2015: Michael Podgursky and Paul E. Peterson on pensions

University of Missouri Professor of Economics Michael Podgursky sits down with EdNext editor Paul E. Peterson to discuss the trouble some states are in with their pension systems.


21 Oct 2015

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Ep. 120 - April 18, 2018: Teacher Education Reboot: An Expert Proposal

Do teachers know enough about how students think and what motivates them? Daniel Willingham thinks that ed schools are not giving teachers enough useful information about how children learn. He laid out his argument in an Education Next article, "Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think."In this episode, Dan Willingham speaks with Marty West about this problem with preservice teacher training and how it could be fixed.Read the full article here:http://educationnext.org/unlocking-science-how-kids-think-new-proposal-for-reforming-teacher-education/


18 Apr 2018

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Ep. 18 - Jan. 13, 2016: Eric Hanushek on Coleman’s influence

Eric A. Hanushek of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University sits down with EdNext Editor Paul E. Peterson to discuss the lasting impact of James S. Coleman’s report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity.”


13 Jan 2016

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Ep. 165 - June 5, 2019: The Truth About Summer Learning Loss

The claim that all students, and especially disadvantaged students, lose substantial academic ground over summer vacation has long been both an article of faith and a source of anxiety.But a new look at the data finds no evidence that the average child loses months of learning each summer or that summer learning loss contributes much to the achievement gap.Paul T. von Hippel, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new article, "Is Summer Learning Loss Real? How I lost faith in one of education research’s classic results."The article is available at: https://www.educationnext.org/is-summer-learning-loss-real-how-i-lost-faith-education-research-results


5 Jun 2019

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Ep. 92 - Sept. 6, 2017: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.Robert is the author of a new article, "Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform: Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state," available at:http://educationnext.org/louisiana-threads-the-needle-ed-reform-launching-coherent-curriculum-local-control/


6 Sep 2017

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Ep. 23 - Feb. 17, 2016: Common Core is Encouraging States to Raise Their Standards

Amanda Olberg interviews Paul E. Peterson about the results of his new analysis of state academic standards, and in particular, how high states are setting the bar for student proficiency.


17 Feb 2016

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Ep. 73 - Feb. 22, 2017: ESSA: What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?In this episode of the podcast, Marty West is joined by Rick Hess, co-author of a new book, The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States.An excerpt from the book, “The Long Path to ESSA,” is now available athttp://educationnext.org/the-long-path-to-essa-every-student-succeeds-act-book-excerpt-hess-eden/


22 Feb 2017

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Ep. 121 - April 25, 2018: A More Diverse Charter Sector

As the charter school sector grows, there is more emphasis on replicating school models with a track record of success and less emphasis on single-site schools that increase the variety of schooling options. So argues Derrell Bradford in a new article for Education Next, "Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement."This week, Derrell Bradford joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, what can be done to support single-site schools, and why it matters.The article is available at:http://educationnext.org/strengthening-roots-charter-school-movement-how-mom-and-pops-help-sector-diversify-grow/


25 Apr 2018

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Ep. 155 - March 20, 2019: The Persistence of Achievement Gaps between Haves and Have-Nots

The conventional wisdom is that, as income inequality has grown in the United States, inequality in education has increased as well.A new study finds that gaps in student achievement along lines of socioeconomic status have not grown over the past half-century. But neither have they narrowed; rather, they’ve been strikingly persistent.One of the authors of the new study, Paul E. Peterson, talks with Marty West about the achievement gap’s persistence. The study is "The Achievement Gap Fails to Close," co-written by Peterson, Eric Hanushek, Laura M. Talpey and Ludger Woessmann, now available at Education Next.https://www.educationnext.org/achievement-gap-fails-close-half-century-testing-shows-persistent-divide


20 Mar 2019

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Ep. 119 - April 11, 2018: A Lost Decade for U.S. Education?

The results of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress have just been released and the news is not good. National trends are mostly flat, and as Mike Petrilli notes, it’s now been almost a decade since we’ve seen strong growth in either reading or math, with the slight exception of eighth grade reading.Mike Petrilli joins Marty West to take a close look at the results and to consider what lessons we can draw from them.Education Next has published a series of blog entries analyzing the 2017 NAEP results here:http://educationnext.org/interpreting-2017-naep-reading-math-results/


11 Apr 2018

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Ep. 05 - Sept. 23, 2015: Federal Equity Initiatives

R. Shep Melnick joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how "Dear Colleague" letters are changing how Title XI is interpreted in school districts.


23 Sep 2015

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Ep. 100 - Nov. 1, 2017: The Education of Eva Moskowitz

Eva Moskowitz, the founder of Success Academy Charter Network, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss her new memoir, The Education of Eva Moskowitz, and the role of charter schools in New York City.Read a review of her book here:http://educationnext.org/success-story-review-education-of-eva-moskowitz-memoir-success-academy/


31 Oct 2017

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Ep. 130 - Sept. 5, 2018: Does Teacher Coaching Work?

When teachers open their classroom doors and allow trained coaches to observe them and offer feedback, the teachers' instruction improves. But can this form of teacher professional development be taken to scale?Matthew Kraft, an associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, sits down with EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale,” co-written with David Blazar.Read the full article here:https://www.educationnext.org/taking-teacher-coaching-to-scale-can-personalized-training-become-standard-practice/


5 Sep 2018

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Ep. 113 - Feb. 26, 2018: Oral Arguments Heard by Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME

Josh Dunn, an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court Monday, February 26, in Janus v. AFSCME. The case “could overturn decades-old precedent and deal a potentially crippling blow to public sector unions.”The case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois government employee. He argues that he should not be required to pay a fee to the public sector union he has chosen not to join. He sees the required agency fee as a violation of his First amendment rights since the union takes positions he opposes, positions which he views as political.


26 Feb 2018

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