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Ten of the best school-reform ideas from readers

From staff reports
June 6th, 2011

Many readers gave ideas on grading and testing reform.

It seems like everyone has an opinion these days on what it will take to “fix” American public education. But research suggests that many of the ideas being touted by some of the leading school-reform advocates—such as merit pay, charter schools, and value-added assessment of teachers—have seen mixed results at best.

Recently, we asked readers, via our newsletters: “If you could recommend only one idea for school reform, what would it be and why?” Here, we present—from No. 10 to No. 1—the best, most original, and most honest answers we received in response.

What do you think of these ideas? And, what ideas of your own would you like to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments section of this story.

Go to page 2 to begin the list…