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April 2, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

We Need Better Teachers

January 7, 2014 | Education Week

Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter

November 8, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Spinning America's Report Card

October 28, 2013 | US News and World Report

A Distraction from Real Education Reform

The emphasis on common standards is drawing attention away from bigger problems.
October 9, 2013 | Daily News (NY)

Upgrade U.S. Skills or Pay the Price

Hanushek & Peterson: As if we needed more evidence, new data released Tuesday shows the disheartening level of skills of the American worker compared with those in other developed countries.
September 13, 2013 | Fox News

Fixing Our Schools Could Fix Our Debt Crisis, Too

If our schools could educate our students to a level of accomplishment achieved by other countries, the returns on our education investment would be vast.
September 11, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

The Vital Link of Education and Prosperity

August 26, 2013 | EconTalk

Eric Hanushek on Education and Prosperity

Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book, Endangering Prosperity (co-authored with Paul Peterson and Ludger Woessmann). Hanushek argues that America's educational system is mediocre relative to other school systems...
February 21, 2013 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Rick Hanushek on The Morning Edition (:46)

July 20, 2012 | San Jose Mercury News

Fewer School Days Is the Worst of Budget Options for California

If the governor and the various school boards do not succeed in extorting tax increases out of the population, the statement is clear: The students will be the first to suffer...
May 1, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Education Is the Key to a Healthy Economy

If we fail to reform K-12 schools, we'll have slow growth and more income inequality...
March 26, 2012 | Education Week

Misplaced Optimism and Weighted Funding

Schools will not improve until there are greater incentives for improving student achievement. Redistributing funds across schools or increasing the funding to schools by themselves will not magically put us on this path...
February 24, 2012 | Daily News (NY)

Teacher ratings are a vital step forward

But this is just one battle in the war for school reform...
January 19, 2012 | Thoughts on Public Education

Jerry Brown’s fresh start: Local control tied to accountability

Gov. Jerry Brown made two important statements about K-12 education in his State of the State speech on Wednesday...
August 28, 2011 | Newsweek

Why Can't American Students Compete?

...32 percent of U.S. public and private-school students in the class of 2011 are deemed proficient in mathematics, placing the United States 32nd among the 65 nations that participated in the latest international tests administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)...
April 10, 2011 | San Francisco Chronicle

Education reform solves state's budget crisis

Sacramento is awash with discussions of deals about the budget (though apparently, despite the talk, there is no deal)...We offer a real deal...
April 1, 2011 | New York Post

Saving the Schools

Why more money is not the answer...
November 12, 2010 | Sacramento Bee

Test evaluation put teachers on the spot

In an unexpected action last summer, the Los Angeles Times published the ratings of teacher effectiveness for 6,000 teachers by name. This is a potential game-changer...
October 27, 2010 | Daily News (NY)

UFT wrong to fight Joel Klein's attempt to release teacher data

New York City's schools chancellor, with the support of Mayor Bloomberg, wants to release the value-added test score results for 12,000 teachers...I've spent many years looking carefully at such data. I know it can be incendiary; I know it has flaws. Still, I strongly support its release...
October 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

There Is No 'War on Teachers'

There is a growing bipartisan agreement on the importance of rewarding good ones...
May 19, 2010 | Education Week

Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

Looking at the current financial crisis, Eric A. Hanushek warns schools against using old tactics to deal with future budget shortfalls...

May 19, 2010 | Education Week

Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

The fall in state and local revenues has been serious, saved only by approximately $100 billion in federal stimulus funds for schools. Although the data are hard to find. . . .

April 7, 2010 | Education Next

Florida Positions Itself at the Forefront

Over the past decade, Florida has shown its laser-focus on student performance. Beginning with Jeb Bush and his able and imaginative education team, Florida moved forward on a reform agenda.

November 6, 2009 | Science

Building on No Child Left Behind

A dominant strand of U.S. educational policy for the past two decades has been incorporation of information about student achievement into management and regulation of schools. . . .

August 12, 2009 | Education Week

Letter: School Finance Remedies Must Also Include Reform

Michael A. Rebell and Bruce D. Baker’s online Commentary "Assessing 'Success' in School Finance Litigations" (July 8, 2009) grasps at straws to justify unsuccessful court interventions of the past...

June 17, 2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

California needs to make wiser use of school funding

California's budget woes are known nationally...

June 10, 2009 | Education Week

Performance-Based Funding

How to finance our schools remains controversial, and is the subject of continuous rancor in courthouses and statehouses across the nation...

January 18, 2009 | Kansas City Star

School spending soars but lacks proper incentives

Nobody doubts the need to improve our schools...

July 16, 2008 | Education Week

Letters to the Editor: International Comparisons

In her Commentary "Quick Fixes, Test Scores, and the Global Economy" (June 11, 2008) , Iris C. Rotberg takes out after people who are concerned about the performance of U.S. students on international assessments...

November 28, 2006 | New York Sun

The Court's Gift to Spitzer

Now that the state Court of Appeals has once and for all settled the New York City school finance lawsuit, state and city officials must soon initiate the next necessary discussion, which should prove much more interesting — about what needs to be done to improve the city's schools...

October 9, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

The Cost of an 'Adequate' Education

The nation is watching to see what happens with New York City school finance...

January 26, 2005

School Performance Matters

The performance of students in the United States has remained consistent over the past three decades—dismal.

January 19, 2004

Who Could Be against "Adequate" School Funding?

A massive amount of evidence indicates that spending on schools is not closely related to school quality or student learning.

July 21, 2003

Lost Opportunities

Although the resources we are providing to schools are increasing, the quality of the education those schools are providing is not.

May 13, 2002

Schooling in the Mobile Society

The negative effects of moving are not only experienced by the children who move; all students in high-mobility schools, including nonmovers, tend to be affected.

March 25, 2002

Have New York City Children Been Saved?

If the schools are not currently up to standards, how can the courts or legislatures remedy the situation?

March 26, 2001

Experimenting with Students?

Correcting the lack of information about program effectiveness should be a national priority.

April 3, 2000

The Truth About Teacher Salaries and Student Achievement

The teacher is the key ingredient to quality schooling.


March 12, 2014 | Education Next

Kansas Courts Get It Right

Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.
January 13, 2014 | Education Next

Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter

Other countries have shown that it is possible to improve. While changing achievement might be difficult, there is ample evidence that it is critical to the U.S. future.
December 8, 2013 | Education Next

America’s Schools Earn a ‘C’ on Their Report Card

NCLB needs a variety of (obvious) fixes, but abandoning accountability is not among them.
December 6, 2013 | Education Next

Schools Improve When Leaders Stop Rationalizing Mediocrity

If the superintendents of failing school districts were as adept at fixing schools as they are at making excuses for their poor performance, America would have the best education system in the world.
October 29, 2013 | Education Next

Playing in the Right League

Instead of being complacent about our international standings, we should focus on ways to get our students up to the top leagues.
October 28, 2013 | Education Next

Some Perspective on Common Core

I am not against having better learning standards, but I also believe that we cannot be distracted from more fundamental reform of our schools.
March 6, 2013 | Education Next

What Happened to 2007?

February 11, 2013 | Education Next

Why Educators’ Wages Must Be Revamped Now

January 29, 2013 | Education Next

We Know the Answer, But What Is the Question?

June 5, 2012 | Education Next

International Benchmarking of Student Achievement

This is something we should support because it would provide new and important information to both states and localities. This new information would also provide added impetus to the imperative to improve our schools...
May 9, 2012 | Education Next

Is the Common Core Just a Distraction?

All of the intense pushing and shoving about the Common Core leaves one simple question: should we care?...
September 12, 2011 | SchoolBook (New York Times)

Create a Question Bank, and Deepen Learning, Too

The use of student outcome measures for accountability is now firmly entrenched and is not about to go away. But a variety of complaints about the current testing system exist...
July 13, 2011 | Education Next

The New Worst Way to Deal with Budget Problems

What is the worst way one could think of to deal with school district budget problems...
May 19, 2011 | Education Next

The Upside of Class Size Reduction

Class size is again in the media across the country, this time because of increases in class size related to fiscal cutbacks...
April 14, 2011 | Education Next

The New Unionism, Legislative Version

An expanding list of states has joined in legislative battles over the future character of collective bargaining, a territory that was completely uncharted six months ago...
April 1, 2011 | Education Next

Looking for a Friend in Court

If the courts want to help out, they should not focus on the budgetary changes. They should focus on the laws and contract provisions that inhibit the provision of high-quality education to the students of New Jersey and New York and the rest of the country...
January 18, 2011 | Education Next

Feeling Too Good About Our Schools

While many people want to be reassured that things are going just fine, ignoring the real message of these tests actually imperils our economic future...
July 12, 2010 | Education Next

Compared to Other Countries, Does the United States Really Do That Badly in Math?

Many Americans were shocked to learn how poorly U. S. students were doing when the Program on International Student Assessment (PISA) released its study of math achievement for 2006...
July 1, 2010 | Education Next

Why Is Reform So Hard?

Many people find it hard to believe that student performance has been flat for four decades when we have more than tripled funding for schools and when we have put into place a number of reform measures...


March 13, 2014 | On Point (NPR)

Eric Hanushek on, On Point with Tom Ashbrook (29:17)

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that underfunded poor schools are unconstitutional. So now what, in Kansas and across the country?
December 5, 2013 | Lars Larson Show

Eric Hanushek on the Lars Larson Show

September 16, 2013 | Lou Dobbs Tonight (Fox Business)

Eric Hanushek on Lou Dobbs Tonight

‘Endangering Prosperity’ author Eric Hanushek on the need to improve America’s educational system.
July 26, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Eric Hanushek on the John Batchelor Show (at 31:17)

April 14, 2012 | All Things Considered (NPR)

New York Teacher Ratings Renew Evaluation Debate

How do you measure who is an effective teacher...
February 28, 2012 | Wall Street Journal TV

Teacher Test Scores Go Public

Hoover Institute senior fellow Eric Hanushek on why teachers' value-added scores should be made public...
August 29, 2011 | EconTalk

Hanushek on Teachers

Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the importance of teacher quality in education...
May 7, 2011 | My Great Kid (WDTW)

Eric Hanushek on My Great Kid

Staci and Steve talk to Eric Hanushek, Senior Fellow at Stanford University, discussing teachers, budgets, and improving the classroom environment...
March 8, 2011 | Diane Rehm Show (NPR)

Class Size and Student Achievement

In Wisconsin and many other cash strapped states across the country, teacher lay-offs are expected and class sizes are likely to grow … but not everyone thinks this is necessarily a bad idea. Join us to discuss what’s lost and what isn’t as class sizes expand in the K through 12 years...
March 1, 2011 | NBC Nightly News

Hanushek comments on teacher layoffs and bigger class sizes

Teachers nationwide brace for a wave of layoffs as their school district boards face tough budget decisions. As a result, higher projected classroom sizes have sparked a debate on whether or not student performance will suffer...
January 31, 2011 | Dallas Morning News

Eric Hanushek on teacher bonuses

Eric Hanushek was one of the participants at the school finance conference that Houston businessman and Education Front guest blogger Charles Miller put together in Austin last week...I asked him to follow up on his thoughts in this Q&A...
January 25, 2011 | Planet Money, NPR

How Much Is A Good Teacher Worth?

On today's podcast, we consider a plan to dramatically grow the U.S. economy. The plan has nothing to do with banks, stimulus, tax cuts or the Federal Reserve. Instead, the plan focuses entirely on — public school teachers...
November 29, 2010 | Wisconsin Public Radio

Eric Hanushek on Kathleen Dunn's Show

For years, poor performance by American students compared to other countries has been explained away as due to our national diversity. After ten, join Kathleen Dunn and her guest for a closer look at academic performance in the U.S...
November 12, 2010 | Mike McConnell (WGN)

Eric Hanushek on Mike McConnell's Show

Mike takes your calls on the quality of education and welcomes Professor Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution Stanford University to enlighten us on the subject...
November 12, 2010 | Patt Morrison (KPCC)

Eric Hanushek on Patt Morrison's Show

One of the authors of the first-ever comprehensive study comparing U.S. students to students in 56 other countries counts a deep-seated incapacity to bring students up to the highest level of accomplishment in math...
August 27, 2010 | American Public Media

Testing Teachers

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers...
April 22, 2010 | Education Next

An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom

How readily can we identify effective teachers? And, perhaps most crucially, what are promising strategies for seeking to increase the number of effective teachers in high-poverty schools and communities...

October 14, 2009 | NBC

U.S. fourth-graders' math scores stall

U.S. fourth-graders' math scores stall...

August 18, 2009 | Learning Matters

"Pay teachers what they are worth (think six-figures)": An Interview with Rick Hanushek

Economists, whether liberal or conservative, don’t think about education the way most educators do, and that’s healthy...

August 10, 2009 | EconTalk

Hanushek on Test-based Accountability, Federal Funding, and School Finance

Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of education and education policy...

Other Media

April 5, 2011 | Education Next

Valuing Teachers

How much is a good teacher worth...?
January 30, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Why Is It So Hard To Make Teachers Better?

A major focus of K-12 education reform should be placing a highly effective teacher in every classroom...
November 9, 2010 | Education Next

Teaching Math to the Talented

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students...?
January 25, 2010 | Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France)

The High Cost of Low Education Performance

Nations around the world seek to improve their schools in order to enhance the skills and employability of their youth or to reduce inequalities in economic outcomes found within their societies. . . .

March 2, 2009 | Princeton University Press

Will the Stimulus Package Help Our Education System?

The administration and Congress are attempting to quickly hand out money around the country to stimulate the economy and bring us out of the current recession...

November 29, 2008 | Grand Forks Herald (ND)

Critic talks school reform

Q. You’re a prominent critic of Picus and Associates, the consulting firm that produced a report for the North Dakota Commission on Education Improvement this year...

November 3, 2008 | Learning Matters

Hear Education Advice

The quality of our K-12 education system has an enormous impact on future economic well being...

July 14, 2008 | EconTalk

Hanushek on Education and School Finance

Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the strange evolution of school finance in the last four decades...

August 6, 2007 | EconTalk

Hanushek on Educational Quality and Economic Growth

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek talks about his research on the impact of educational quality on economic growth...