The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

The Portfolio Strategy Is a Problem-Solving Framework, Not a School District

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/25/2014

Robin Lake continues her discussion of Detroit's public school system and how it could benefit from using a portfolio strategy.

Collision Course: School Discipline and Education Reform

Sarah Yatsko | Thu, 11/20/2014

Sarah Yatsko on how school suspension and expulsion policies can have disastrous consequences for kids.

Inclusiveness, Simplicity, Flexibility Are Key to Next-Generation Accountability

Guest bloggers Scott Pearson and Naomi Rubin DeVeaux discuss the D.C. Public Charter School Board's use of accountability frameworks to drive student improvement and help families make informed choices.

What’s Next for Detroit’s Troubled Schools?

Robin Lake | Thu, 11/13/2014

Robin Lake discusses the current failures of Detroit's public school system, and why she's optimistic for its renewal.

Setting the Record Straight on Charter Schools and Achievement: A Reply to Francesca Lopez

Robin Lake | Mon, 11/03/2014

Julian Betts and Y. Emily Tang respond to a National Education Policy Center review of their report on charter schools and achievement.

Time to Take Stock on Charter Authorizing

Robin Lake | Tue, 10/28/2014

Robin Lake looks at the progress charter authorizers have made on accountability, and says there's still much work to be done.

Accountability: It’s In the Eye of the Beholder

Paul Hill | Fri, 10/17/2014

Paul Hill discusses why accountability must be about protecting children and improving their chances, not about punishing teachers.

What’s Next for Accountability?

Robin Lake | Fri, 10/03/2014

Robin Lake wraps up our blog series on accountability with a look at where we go from here.