The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

New CREDO Report Shows System-Level Supports, Turnaround Expertise Critical to School-Level Improvements

Robin Lake | Tue, 02/20/2018

Robin Lake offers her key takeaways from CREDO's evaluation of school turnaround efforts in New Orleans, Nashville, and Memphis.

What Continuous Improvement Networks Should Learn from District-Charter Compacts

Sean Gill | Tue, 02/06/2018

As the Gates Foundation shifts its focus to new Networks for School Improvement, Sean Gill offers some lessons from a prior initiative.

Proposal: The Future of the Charter School Movement Requires a New Political Strategy

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Wed, 01/31/2018

Robin Lake and Paul Hill propose a new political strategy to meet the need and demand for more high-quality charter schools.

Clearing the School Choice Fog for Parents

Sarah Yatsko | Thu, 01/25/2018

Increasingly complex school choice systems are spurring local organizations to offer hands-on support for low-income families.

It’s Time to Study Alternative Schools

Alex Medler | Tue, 01/23/2018

The rapid growth of alternative education campuses should drive researchers to study this new area, writes Alex Medler.

Denver’s Storied Portfolio District Is Starting to Act Like Just Another City School System

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/17/2018

Robin Lake worries that Denver Public Schools is wavering in its commitment to strong performance oversight and continuous improvement. 

Three Ways Superintendents Can Increase Their Influence

Paul Hill | Wed, 01/17/2018

Paul Hill explains why superintendents’ political skills are fundamental for success in their job, and offers a new paper to help prepare aspiring leaders.

Reforming the School Choice Rhetoric

Sivan Tuchman | Tue, 01/16/2018

Sivan Tuchman urges the school choice community to use language that fosters common ground.


Wed, 07/17/2019

With unemployment at a historic low, now is the time to focus on those who have been historically underemployed.

Wed, 07/03/2019

Paul Hill discusses the history of school integration and offers lessons learned about ways our school systems can better educate an increasingly diverse population.

Fri, 06/28/2019

Our latest report looks at a navigator organization that helps level the playing field so all families can find quality schools that meet their needs.