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:

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.


School Graduation Rates Are Deceiving. Here Are 7 Things That Would Help

Thursday, January 12, 2017

High school graduation rates are improving, but an investigation into the numbers shows some of that is due to quick fixes. Policy experts respond with their suggestions for real progress.


Is Free College Really Free?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Free tuition has been a buzz phrase lately, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statewide proposal puts it front and center this week. Here's our look at the fine print.


When A School's Online Eavesdropping Can Prevent A Suicide

Friday, December 23, 2016

Administrators now have the power to track students' browsing on school-issued laptops, even at home. That can help spot a student in distress. But the implications are complicated.


Advice From Parents On Screen Time And The Digital World

Friday, December 16, 2016

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore.


Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore?


6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.


How College Friendships May Affect Student Success

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A new study and book finds friends can "drag you up" or "drag you down."


How One University Used Big Data To Boost Graduation Rates

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Georgia State says it has saved students $12 million in tuition because they're graduating faster, thanks to its new high-tech advising system.


4 Myths About School Bullying And The 'Trump Effect'

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton has just proposed a $500 million initiative to help states combat bullying. Here are some things you should know.


National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The results are mixed for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders. More than that, though, experts say the nation's report card may be out of step with the latest goals for science learning.


How The Barber, And Other Caring Adults, Help Kids Succeed

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A new study finds that for every seven more adults in a neighborhood, one fewer young person leaves school.


The Man Who Shed Light On Why College Keeps Getting More Expensive

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Remembering William Bowen, a former president of Princeton University and an important scholar of higher education, who died last week.


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.