Giving Compass' Take:

• Karen Baroody and Karen Hawley Miles at Education Next write about education reform and discuss three common ingredients and patterns that effectively power the school systems’ strategic priorities and underpin inspiring student results. 

• How can funders advance education reform? How can we ensure accountability in school reform?

• Here's an article on a vision for a new era of public education. 


For the past half century, education reformers have worked hard to close achievement gaps. But as recent research by Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, Laura Talpey and Ludger Woessmann confirms, so far, the gaps just won’t budge.

It’s tempting to throw our hands in the air. Personalized learning, increased school funding, social-emotional learning, test-based accountability, portfolio districts, common core standards – all these and more and have been tried, along with a consistent acknowledgment that silver bullets are unlikely to surface.

But recently, there has been a growing chorus of voices pushing the field to focus less on specific interventions and more on the systemic conditions that lead to results – sometimes called “coherence”, “educational practice”, or “execution.”

Or to put it another way: What are the gears that can turn strategic plans into powerful engines of student learning?

Read the full article about understanding school reform by Karen Baroody and Karen Hawley Miles at Education Next.