Anya Kamenetz


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New Orleans Schools, 10 Years After Katrina: Beacon Or Warning?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

On Sept. 15, 2005, two weeks after Katrina and the levee breaches, I drove with my parents into New Orleans. It was my 25th birthday.

We used my press pass from The Village Voice to get past a military checkpoint so we could assess the damage to their home near ...


5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education

Thursday, August 13, 2015

There are few household names in education research. Maybe that in itself constitutes a problem. But if there was an Education Researcher Hall Of Fame, one member would be a silver-haired, plainspoken Kiwi named John Hattie.

Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He ...


How Going To College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Her plan — stuffed with ideas that have been brought up by other presidential candidates, like free tuition and more affordable loan repayment — moves away from the dorms-and-tailgates stereotype.


The Life And Death Of The Summer Job

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Summertime means summer jobs for many college students. But a summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it with the cost of college.

Let's take the example of a working-class student at a four-year public university who's getting no help from Mom ...


The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

After its 2014 Advanced Placement U.S. history framework became a target of intense criticism, the College Board did something unusual: It agreed to a rewrite.


What Do We Value More: Young Kids Or Fast Food?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It's the fruit of a three-year labor campaign.

But there's another group of workers out there that hasn't had a real wage increase in decades. Right now, at preschool programs ...


How The Big New Education Law Could Cut Testing Time

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich ...


New Student Loans For A New For-Profit Education Sector

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills training.

Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.

In three or four months of really long days, ...


The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?

Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be ...


How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking.

That's the finding from a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

They found that if every adult high school dropout ...


The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Thursday, July 02, 2015

I've had this phrase running through my head since we started updating our Commencement Speeches database a few weeks ago: "If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big job."

Who said that? It was Katie Couric at American University last year.

Who knew ...


7 Solutions That Would Improve Graduation Rates

Monday, June 29, 2015

This month we reported the findings from our nationwide investigation into the forces driving the nation's rising high school graduation rate. We found some solid educational approaches — and some questionable quick fixes. Since our stories appeared, the city of Chicago has responded to Becky Vevea's reporting ...


5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

Friday, June 26, 2015

The total outstanding balance of federal student loans: $1.3 trillion.

Whether it's because of for-profit colleges shutting down or popular debates about the moral necessity of repayment, the issue consistently makes headlines, and it shows signs of emerging into political prominence during this election cycle. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, ...


A Soft Eraser Won't Fix This SAT Mistake

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

On a rainy Saturday morning in June, 17-year-old Sarah Choudhury showed up bright and early at her SAT testing center in the town of Lagrangeville in upstate New York. This was her last chance to raise her score before applying for early admission to highly competitive premed programs in the ...


From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

Friday, June 12, 2015

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama had some sure-fire applause lines: "More of our kids are graduating than ever before" and "Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high."

Which raised some interesting questions: "Is that really true?" and "Why?" and "How do ...


High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Officially, the U.S. has a high school graduation rate of 81 percent — a historic high.

But our months-long investigation, in partnership with reporters at 14 member stations, reveals that this number should be taken with a big grain of salt. We found states, cities and districts pursuing a ...


This Summer Explore An 'Alien' Planet: Earth

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The bright sun overhead was leaning down hard. The heat on my skin felt like I was standing too close to a fire. Each step took patience, as I tried to find footholds on the softening snow.

We'd been at it for hours, trying to cross a broad alpine valley ...


The Forces Behind The Decline Of For-Profit Colleges

Monday, June 08, 2015

New regulations are scheduled to take effect July 1 — the latest in a series of challenges to the industry.


From Bail Bondsman To Teacher

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Rodney Carey has been on the other side of the street in New Orleans. He's trying to get his students to come back.


The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It sees you when you're sleeping ... it knows when you're awake ... it knows if you've been hitting the books, so be good for goodness' sake!

No, it's not Santa Claus. It's the digital Jiminy Cricket each of us carries in our pocket, otherwise known as a smartphone.