Anya Kamenetz


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Is 'Grit' Doomed To Be The New Self-Esteem?

Thursday, March 03, 2016

In just a few short weeks, students in California will be taking high-stakes tests. But the tests won't just cover math, reading and science. Students will also be responding to survey statements like "I usually finish what I start," or "I can do anything if I try."

A group of ...


Let's Stop Requiring Advanced Math, A New Book Argues

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Hear that change jingling in my pocket? Good. I have two little questions for you.

  1. I have a quarter, a dime and a nickel. How much money DO I have?

  2. I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?

The first question is ...


When Integrating A School, Does It Matter If You Use Class Instead Of Race?

Monday, February 29, 2016

"Stronger Together" is not the name of the latest social-media fitness app. It's a grant proposed in President Obama's new budget, reviving an idea that hasn't gotten much policy attention in decades: diversity in public schools. If the request is approved, $120 million will go to school districts for programs ...


Take NPR Ed's Survey ... Please!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Take our survey now!

At NPR Ed we spend a lot of time thinking about metrics. In the education world this includes things like test scores and grades, and increasingly "big data" and "analytics". In the world of digital journalism, the analytics we use include pageviews, ...


Study In Your PJs? What A High School 'Work From Home Day' Looks Like

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

One cold Monday this month, all the students of Park Ridge High School stayed home: wearing their PJs, munching on pretzels and Oreos, hanging out on the couch.

It wasn't a snow day or measles epidemic. It was the school's first Virtual Day, where in-person classes were replaced with written ...


Fact-Check: Bernie Sanders Promises Free College. Will It Work?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A top education analyst says the U.S. probably could get some more people through college by footing the bill, and it would probably pay for itself. But it isn't an open-and-shut case.


Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Todd Rose dropped out of high school with D- grades. At 21, he was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.

Today he teaches educational neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He's also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, ...


Video Chat Your Way Into College: How Tech Is Changing The Admissions Process

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before he arrived in Omaha as a doctoral student in computer science, Jason Jie Xiong says, "I didn't even know there was a state called Nebraska."

Jie Xiong, 29, who hails from a small city outside Shanghai, had landed a full scholarship at the University of Nebraska to teach and ...


High School Students Break Down The Super Bowl Ads

Monday, February 08, 2016

Kung Fu Panda slurps noodles. An ugly/cute "puppy-monkey-baby" toddles into a living room. Kevin Hart stalks his daughter and her date to an amusement park via helicopter. Just three moments that various brands paid $5 million per 30 seconds to parade in front of Super Bowl viewers Sunday night.

Victor ...


Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan'

Thursday, February 04, 2016

"Squat! Squat! Squat! Higher! Faster!"

In the basement of the Duane Physics and Astrophysics building at the University of Colorado Boulder, a science demonstration is going on, but it looks more like a vaudeville act.

One by one, students balance precariously on a rotating platform. Then they are handed what ...


Education Secretary Calls For Fewer (But Better) Tests

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants states and districts to focus on streamlined, higher-quality tests in a broader effort to win back some classroom time.

And here's the kicker: The feds will actually pay for (some of) the transition.

"Good assessments can be part of great learning ...


What It Means That The High School Diploma Is Now A Moving Target

Monday, February 01, 2016

About three months ago, Bill Nelson got an unusual phone call.

Nelson oversees data and assessment for the Agua Fria Union High School District in southwest Phoenix, Ariz. The call was from a former student, who left the district back in 2011.

He was "not quite a graduate," Nelson recalls. ...


How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.

At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.

We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from ...


Lowering The Bar For The New GED Test

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tens of thousands of GED test takers who barely missed the cut may soon receive a diploma, after the company that oversees the test said this week it's lowering the minimum passing score.

Since the new GED was unveiled two years ago this month, complaints have been rising. Students ...


Why Female Professors Get Lower Ratings

Monday, January 25, 2016

Picture your favorite college professor. Here are some adjectives that might come to mind: Wise. Funny. Caring. Prompt. Passionate. Organized. Tough but fair.

Now, are you thinking of a man or a woman?

A new study argues that student evaluations are systematically biased against women — so much so, ...


To Be Young, 'Gifted' And Black, It Helps To Have A Black Teacher

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

On a recent, chilly Sunday morning, children ranging in age from 4 to 6 waited with their parents in the cafeteria of a Brooklyn school. Each wore a name tag.

The kids chatted cheerfully (in several languages) until each was summoned upstairs to be tested for a spot in New ...


The Obama Administration Proposes $2 Billion More In College Aid

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

President Obama has increased college aid by over $50 billion since coming into office. And he's trying to do more.

Acting Education Secretary John King announced two new proposals today that would expand the Pell Grant program, the biggest pot of federal money for students with financial need:

  • Year-round ...


5 Ways Elite-College Admissions Shut Out Poor Kids

Friday, January 15, 2016

Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as likely to enroll in a selective college.

Often, when the media report on this phenomenon, known as undermatching, the focus is on the ...


Pretty Girls Make (Higher) Grades

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ring, ring.


It's reality calling. People are shallow, and life isn't fair.

In a new paper, a pair of researchers looked at the student records of tens of thousands of students at their university. They compared the students' class grades to ratings of their physical attractiveness, as judged ...


The President Wants Every Student To Learn Computer Science. How Would That Work?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

President Obama used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to reflect on his legacy. But he also put forth some specific proposals for his remaining year in office. And the very first one was "helping students learn to write computer code."

Elaborating on the educational achievements of ...