lake and beyond
Choosing the right public school policies
What do third-grade retention policies based on reading tests and charter schools have in common? For one thing, the research base on these policies has shown repeatedly that they do more to fail students than to achieve any of the lofty goals advocates claim. And South Carolina is a typical example of how education policy not grounded in evidence continues to fail students. Furman education professor Paul Thomas offers these opinions and more in an Aug. 9 op-ed for The Greenville News.