The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

The Long Road to Accountability

Joanne Weiss | Fri, 09/26/2014

Guest blogger Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, continues our series on next-gen accountability systems.

Feeling Our Way to Solid Ground

James Merriman | Thu, 09/25/2014

James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, continues our blog series on fixing school accountability systems.

A New Start on Accountability

Paul Hill, Robin Lake, and Michael Petrilli kick off a blog series intended to prompt a productive dialogue around fixing school accountability systems.

State Takeover Not the Whole Answer

Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim | Wed, 09/17/2014

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim discuss how local politics can make or break state takeovers of school districts.

Washington State Can't Waive Need for Strong School Principals

Christine Campbell | Wed, 09/10/2014

With many schools needing urgent attention, we must prioritize hiring and supporting principals who will make dramatic changes that motivate teachers and lead strong improvement efforts, writes Christine Campbell.

How To Improve Annual School District Report Cards

Christine Campbell | Wed, 09/03/2014

In this video blog, Christine Campbell looks at typical annual school district report cards and explains how districts could make information more meaningful for families and provide better evidence to inform community decision-making.

In New Orleans, the Work Has Just Begun

Paul Hill | Thu, 08/28/2014

Paul Hill recalls New Orleans' public education system since Hurricane Katrina, and discusses potential future pitfalls and opportunities.

Making School Choice Work Requires Leadership

Robin Lake | Wed, 08/20/2014

While school choice has created new possibilities, it can also create serious access challenges for disadvantaged families, writes Robin Lake.