Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rocketship charter schools were supposed to revolutionize education, Silicon Valley-style, and enroll 1 million students. It hasn't worked out exactly that way.


More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.


As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better

Monday, June 13, 2016

Finding homeless students is a challenge, as are resources and red tape. The new federal education law includes new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping more students.


The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Escuela Nueva (New School) isn't really new. But it is being praised as a kind of cutting-edge model that can teach the skills needed for jobs that robots can't do.


Apps That Aim To Give Parents 'Superpowers'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A new wave of educational technology focuses on building family connections. Here's a look at two new approaches.


The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately suspended, expelled and have unequal access to education, according to the latest Civil Rights Data Collection survey.


5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

Friday, June 03, 2016

Schools are measuring students in multiple ways — sometimes making that information public. The potential pitfalls are multiplying, too.


High School Suspensions Cost The Country $35 Billion Annually, Report Estimates

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Suspended students more often drop out of school, says the report from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. And that imposes broad social costs.


One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame'

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An unlikely leader rises in a poor, rural Southern school district.


30 Issues | Comparing the Candidates on College Costs

Friday, May 27, 2016

NPR's Anya Kamenetz discusses the candidates' plans to address rising tuition, mounting student loan debt, and the accessibility of higher education.

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MacArthur 'Genius' Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.


'Helping Children Succeed' Starts At Birth; A Case For The Power Of Nurture

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paul Tough's new book surveys the best new evidence on how to overcome the effects of poverty.


Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A research finding may have implications for attaching stakes to standardized tests. It also brings up questions about motivation — for tomorrow's test and for the rest of the students' education.


A First: Pell Grants For High School Students Who Take College Classes

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Obama administration announces an ambitious experiment to promote "dual enrollment" in high school and college.


How Schools Around The Country Are Treating Transgender Student Rights

Friday, May 13, 2016

Some states and districts are ahead of the recommendations announced today by the Obama Administration. Some are in conflict.


Here's Exactly What The Administration Is Saying About Transgender Students

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Education and Justice departments have given schools guidance about prom, sports, privacy and more.


As Feds Crack Down On For-Profit College, A Founder Heads To Prison For Fraud

Thursday, May 12, 2016

FastTrain, a for-profit school in Florida, collected some $35 million in student loans and federal financial aid and used deceptive advertising and pressure tactics to recruit students.


Fact Check: Did Hillary Clinton Introduce A New Approach To Early Education?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The HIPPY program, based on home visits, teaches parents to be their children's first teachers.


How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Taking a year off before college can be a great idea or a disaster. Follow these tips.


How College Students Are Sleeping ... Or Not

Monday, May 02, 2016

A new study breaks down 1.4 million nights of sleep on college campuses. The results are surprising.