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:

American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule

Friday, October 21, 2016

A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present and involved.


Educators Went To Jail For Cheating. What Happened To The Students?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thousands of Atlanta students were affected by the cheating scandal in which test scores were falsified. Years later, those who remain are now receiving special services.


Teacher Training As 'Part Theater, Part Sport'

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Relay, an independent teacher prep program, is growing quickly thanks to its hands-on approach. Is this the future of teacher training?


The High School Graduation Rate Reaches A Record High — Again

Monday, October 17, 2016

Students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities and English learners have all made gains.


Holding Ed Schools Accountable For The Teachers They Teach

Friday, October 14, 2016

The U.S. Education Department is taking a stronger approach to teacher-prep programs with new regulations out this week.


Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area'

Monday, October 10, 2016

When school test scores are published on real estate web sites, is that an objective data point, or a subtle form of racial steering? Experts say it's complicated.


Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color

Friday, October 07, 2016

Regardless of their own race, students had more favorable perceptions of teachers of color, according to a new study from New York University.


How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Supermarket

Monday, October 03, 2016

A $20 intervention caused a big boost in conversations between parents and kids. Researchers say there are lots of untapped opportunities like these to help kids learn out of school.


Questions Of Race And Charter Schools Divide Education Reformers

Friday, September 30, 2016

Some educators have embraced the frank new conversation about the racial impact of education reforms. Others are caught awkwardly in the middle and some --conservative reformers — feel alienated.


Hillary Clinton's Plan For America's Students

Sunday, September 25, 2016

In advance of the first debate, a rundown of the Democratic presidential candidate's positions.


The Big Move To Improve Head Start

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New rules, new reviews, and new funding for young, low-income children.


Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog'

Monday, September 19, 2016

A new study says sixth-graders do better when they attend K-8 schools, so they're not the youngest.


How College Aid Is Like A Bad Coupon

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab's new book, Paying The Price, makes a fresh argument for free college.


New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Prestige? Perks? Value for money? The question of how to rate a college is far from straightforward. Here's our annual guide to making sense of all those guides.


Getting Restless At The Head Of The Class

Monday, September 12, 2016

A new report suggests that 20 to 45 percent of students are at least one grade level ahead in at least one subject.


Half Of Professors In NPR Ed Survey Have Used 'Trigger Warnings'

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Giving a heads-up about potentially objectionable content seems to be common teaching practice. That's one of the findings from our unscientific survey of more than 800 faculty members.


Large, For-Profit ITT Tech Is Shutting Down All Of Its Campuses

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The shutdown affects some 35,000 students and more than 8,000 employees in 38 states. ITT Technical Institutes blamed the Education Department, which recently imposed financial sanctions.


Americans Oppose School Closures, But Research Suggests They're Not A Bad Idea

Thursday, September 01, 2016

In a new poll, 84 percent of Americans say they'd rather a failing school be reorganized than shut down.


Parsing The 'Free' In Free Community College

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A new report shows that covering tuition for community college means very different things in different states.


Americans Like Their Schools Just Fine — But Not Yours

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two new polls show contradictions and partisan divides in the public's opinion of education.