The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Ratchet Effect: The Continuous Evolution of the Portfolio Strategy

Paul Hill | Wed, 12/26/2018

Despite periodic stalemates, a local portfolio strategy will very likely endure, spread, and continue to evolve.

How to Ensure New Post-Secondary Pathways Don't Become "Tracks"

Travis Pillow | Wed, 12/19/2018

Give students flexibility, supports to explore different academic and career pathways without closing the door on other opportunities.

Tossing Aside the “Reform” Label Must Not Mean “Anything Goes”

Chris Cerf | Fri, 12/07/2018

Former Newark superintendent Chris Cerf urges us to continue pushing for positive change.

Don’t Call Me an Education Reformer — I Don’t Know What That Means Anymore

Robin Lake | Mon, 12/03/2018

I want to engage with real ideas and real people, writes Robin Lake, not labels and groupthink.

We Need a More Productive Debate About School Accountability, Not Tired Arguments Over Testing

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/20/2018

It’s more essential than ever to measure student progress, writes Robin Lake, but our measures and methods must continue to evolve.

It’s Time to Rebuild the Sensible Center on Education Reform

Paul Hill | Fri, 11/16/2018

Paul Hill responds to a commentary by Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris on school choice, charter schools, and the portfolio strategy.

The Enrichment Gap: The Educational Inequity That Nobody Talks About

Sivan Tuchman, Travis Pillow | Tue, 11/13/2018

Sivan Tuchman and Travis Pillow share findings from a new analysis of student access to out-of-school learning opportunities in Denver.

On the 25th Anniversary of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a Look at Lessons Learned & New Imperatives Ahead

Robin Lake | Thu, 11/08/2018

At the Center on Reinventing Public Education, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We are thinking a lot about our principles and lessons learned.