Article; Too much testing in schools.  (Source; The Atlantic, October 2015)

The White House’s recent acknowledgement of too much testing in schools. Read the Atlantic’s latest expose on the issue. Find it here and the corresponding study on testing in our schools.


Every Student a Citizen (Source: NCLCE, July 2015)

Read the latest blog entry by former legislators Lyla Berg and Jim Shon, as they further explore the shortfalls of current civic education and look as to what can be done to improve the situation.

Find it on the NCLCE website here.


Article; October, 2014

NYC small school project shows promising results.

From NPR, a recent project done by MDCR, funded by the Gates Foundation, which enrolls 100 students per grade shows promising results in getting students to enroll in college. Read the full article here.


Article; November, 2014

University Lab School ranks high among OECD Benchmarking.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has recently released a report that reveals the results of four public charter schools, including University Laboratory School (ULS) that participated in an international exam to measure their academic success against both students in the U.S. and those in developed countries.

The report looks at the performance of students at public charter schools on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Test for Schools. The OECD, which is the administrator the PISA test, assess schools and education systems in a variety of ways with the goals of scoring for how well they prepare students in their contribution to the economy.

See the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report release here or visit the ULS website.


Article; January, 2014

New Survey of America’s Charter Schools

From the Center for Education Reform comes the Survey Of America’s Charter Schools, 2014. The national survey on charter schools shows the average school receives 36% less funding and no facilities. Find the full report, including data and analysis here.



Article; September, 2013

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

HEPC’s Director, Jim Shon, writes for Huffpost Hawaii, on how the Common Core can be derailed.  Find the  publication here.

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