Morgan Polikoff

Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Touchdown, Colorado! A School Rating System That Gets the Basics Right

So far, watching state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans roll in has been a bit like rooting for the Washington Redskins (or, if you…

By David Griffith

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

What’s the Measure of a Good School?

What makes a good school? That seemingly simple question is going through the education-policy wringer right now. And the answer (not surprisingly if you’ve ever…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 9, 2016

Coffee Break: Morgan Polikoff on Why Education Is So Complicated and How to Write a Good Tweet

Morgan Polikoff is an associate professor of education, specializing in K-12 policy, at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. He is one…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 28, 2015

The New NAEP Results and What They Tell Us

The 2015 NAEP results are finally out and the news isn’t great. Overall scores are flat or down from 2013, marking a break from the…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Oct. 6, 2015

Morgan Polikoff says enough is enough when it comes to misNAEPery

MisNAEPery: in which far too many people writing, discussing, tweeting, and/or thinking about education misuse, misconstrue, and/or misinterpret results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Education policy expert Morgan Polikoff writes on his blog about the various ways NAEP results are abused by the public, and hopes for better for the 2015 round of results. The long and the short of it is that any stories that…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted June 24, 2015

Grading the Common Core: A Series of Testing Tradeoffs

Life is a series of tradeoffs. Perhaps nowhere in education is that clearer than in assessment policy. What brings this to mind are Motoko Rich’s…

By Morgan Polikoff

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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