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February 9, 2014 | Washington Times

Six Keys to Economic Opportunity

When the president declared in his State of the Union address that "social mobility has stalled" and "our job is to reverse these trends," he overlooked six major findings from two equal-economic-opportunity studies recently released by Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues.
November 8, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Spinning America's Report Card

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 7, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

The Obama Setback for Minority Education

July 9, 2013 | Daily News (NY)

How Standards Are Softening

August 23, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

A Generation of School-Voucher Success

June 5, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem

Only 22% of Americans think unions have a positive effect on schools...
April 6, 2012 | Washington Times

Obama’s education grade left behind by Bush’s

President funneled money to teachers’ salaries rather than teaching success...
March 10, 2012 | Washington Times

Obama college tuition cap favors wealthy

Proposal would only serve to cut financial aid for the poor...
March 11, 2012 | Daily News (NY)

Fix public schools before child poverty

Low income students can learn, too...
January 7, 2012 | Chicago Tribune

Resisting the song of the third-party siren

When a new party is first formed, the allure is terrific and the excitement intense. After the campaign is over, however, those who listened to the song of the third-party siren experience a sense of regret...
September 15, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

A Blue-State Bailout in Disguise

Our new study shows that under the Obama jobs bill, debt-ridden states will get another big handout...
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)...
August 5, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Do We Really Need to Spend More on Schools?

Americans think so, until they hear that we spend $13,000 per student already...
April 12, 2011 | Washington Times

Holes in the case against Michelle Rhee

Too many signs of success to dismiss former D.C. chancellor’s achievement...
November 23, 2010 | Education Next

After the Election, What Will States and Districts Do?

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk about how the Republican landslide will affect education policymaking at the state and local levels. Will state and local governments figure out how to downsize? Can they accomplish reform through reallocation...?
November 17, 2010 | Education Next

How Our Best and Brightest Measure Up

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. discuss a new study finding that U.S. schools are producing a smaller percentage of high-achieving math students than are schools in many other countries.
November 12, 2010 | Education Next

The New Congress and Education Policy

Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk about what the election results are likely to mean for federal education policy. Will the landslide be followed by gridlock...?
October 15, 2010 | Education Next

Republicans and Education

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 15) about what Republican victories in November might mean for education policy, particularly at the federal level...
October 1, 2010 | Education Next

At the Movies with Paul and Checker

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (October 1) about Waiting for Superman—the movie and the movie reviews...
August 25, 2010 | Education Next

Meeting of the Minds

The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree...
August 17, 2010 | Education Next

Race to the Top Round 2

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (August 17) about how many states are likely to win Race to the Top grants and whether politics will come into play...
August 9, 2010 | Education Next

Common Standards Remarkably Uncontroversial

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (August 9) about the politics and economics of the Common Core standards...
August 3, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

African-Americans for Charter Schools

This past week the NAACP, the National Urban League and other civil-rights groups collectively condemned charter schools...Someone should remind these leaders who they represent...
June 23, 2010 | Education Next

Virtual Education and Common Core Standards

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (June 23) about whether common standards create economies of scale for virtual learning products...
June 8, 2010 | Education Next

Teacher Bailout Bill, R.I.P.?

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (June 8) about the belt-tightening that will hopefully take place if the $23 billion edujobs bill dies in Congress...

April 21, 2010 | Education Next

Do U.S. Students Spend Enough Time Learning?

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week about whether American kids need a longer school day, a longer school year, more time on task, or more customized learning experiences...

April 19, 2010 | Education Week

Finding the Student's 'Price Point'

Each and every student has his or her own price point. The range can be narrowed by creating small, tracked classes, but unless the course is a tutorial, the problem of uneven price points can never be eliminated...

March 16, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Charter Schools and Student Performance

One study of 29 countries found that the level of competition among schools was directly tied to higher test scores in reading and math. . . .

September 8, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

What the Public Thinks of Public Schools

Yesterday President Barack Obama delivered a pep talk to America's schoolchildren...

September 3, 2009 | New York Post

Health Lessons From Schools

IF Congress creates a public option in health-care insurance, will that inevitably lead to a single-payer system, with the government everyone's insurer?...

February 19, 2009 | New York Post

Penalizing Schools That Succeed

THE stimulus package will more than double the fed eral money being spent on K-12 education for the next two years...

January 29, 2009 | Hoover Institution

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson

In Hoover’s newest web offering, Video Commentary, Paul Peterson, Hoover Institution senior fellow and member of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education, comments on the education stimulus bill now pending in Congress...

December 18, 2008 | FrontPage Magazine

The Proven Method to Improve Minority Education

Forty-seven states have adopted a pathway to teaching, alternative to the standard state certification otherwise required...

May 9, 2008 | New York Sun

The Education Industrial Complex

The latest international test results in math and science show America trailing the average international score...

November 7, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Educational Rewards

For-profit management of public schools is still in its infancy, and many wonder whether it can have a positive effect on student learning...

July 24, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

School Choice and Racial Balance

Schools that admit students on the basis of race run afoul of the Constitution, wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the recent Supreme Court case, Parents v. Seattle...

February 23, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

The Philadelphia Story

Judging by test-score results, Philadelphia schools have been enjoying a renaissance over the past four years...

May 23, 2006 | American Enterprise Institute

Keeping an Eye on State Standards

While No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires all students to be “proficient” in math and reading by 2014, the precedent-setting 2002 federal law also allows each state to determine its own level of proficiency…

September 28, 2005

Failing High Schools

Among the "talented tenth," those in the top 10 percent of test takers, reading scores have dropped four points since 1971 and math scores have not budged since first measured in 1978.

August 25, 2004

Brown: A Great Decision—Except for Schools

Learning is better fostered when schools draw boundaries that separate classroom life from the street-culture opiates.

April 19, 2004

No Child Left Behind: No Unfunded Mandate

Roughly 20 percent of students in big cities currently attend "failing" schools.

November 11, 2002

The American Literacy Tragedy

Americans barely reach the international literacy average set by advanced democracies.

September 9, 2002

Teacher Union Power Is Awesomely Arrogant

As private sector unionism has waned, the NEA and AFT have become the most powerful labor combination in America.

June 24, 2002

School Choice: A Civil Rights Issue

Despite the efforts of the civil rights movement, public schools today remain just as segregated as they were in the 1950s.

October 9, 2000

School Vouchers Raise African American Test Scores

The African American students who switched to private schools scored, on average, 3.3 national percentile ranking points higher

May 8, 2000

Gains of Black Students in Voucher Schools

Low-income African American students scored higher in math and reading than those remaining in public schools.

November 8, 1999

The Rise (and Fall?) of the Public School

Two seminal events transformed the educational institutions of the West—the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1455 and the Protestant Reformation in 1517.


January 15, 2014 | Education Next

Common Core and the War on Self-Deception

Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause
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 8, 2013 | Education Next

U. S. Adults Perform Below International Average in Numeracy, Literacy and Problem Solving

The United States once had the best educational system in the world, but that day seems to have faded away. Unfortunately, the United States can no longer live on the great educational system it once enjoyed.
August 23, 2013 | Education Next

Can Education Polls Be Scientific? Or Is It All Interest Group Politics?

Sampling the public can be done pretty accurately by sophisticated polling firms, and all three of the just-released surveys have that in common. But even though sampling can be done in a scientific manner, question formulation in survey research is an art form.
August 20, 2013 | Education Next

Latest Results on Common Core and Other Issues in EdNext and AP Polls

A comparison of the two polls reveals that responses depend quite a bit on how a question is posed.
August 8, 2013 | Education Next

While K–12 Schools Resist, Digital Learning Disrupts Higher Education

Although digital learning is making definite advances, it has yet to disrupt secondary education.
August 7, 2013 | Education Next

Black-White Test Score Gap Fails to Close Under Obama

Student achievement, after rising steadily during the 1999-2008 period, has come to a virtual halt during the Obama Administration.
August 5, 2013 | Education Next

Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice

School vouchers never had a better friend than Peter Flanigan.
July 17, 2013 | Education Next

Randi Weingarten Provides a Teaching Moment

April 29, 2013 | Education Next

Middle Class Students Trail Peers Abroad

January 3, 2013 | Education Next

Did Republicans Win the Fiscal Cliff Battle?

July 18, 2012 | Education Next

Running in Place

June 14, 2012 | Education Next

In Remembrance of Elinor Ostrom: the political scientist who won the Nobel prize in economics

I cannot better express my appreciation for her life and work than by re-posting what I said at the time she became the first woman–and the first political scientist–to win the Nobel prize in economics...
June 6, 2012 | Education Next

Another Real Winner in Wisconsin—Real Clear Politics

My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble—both with the electorate and among teachers themselves...
May 7, 2012 | Education Next

Dumbing Down the GPA: It’s the Unsophisticated Bright Kid who Suffers

It is not the under-achieving students in urban centers who perpetuate the ongoing crisis in American education...The threats come from the mindless educational potentates who have captured control of the best public schools in the country...
April 23, 2012 | Education Next

Will Stanford Join the Digital Learning World?

The idea of a second campus on the East Coast was always a distraction. Why not take that same pot of gold—or, more exactly, a handful or two out of that pot—and start building a digital university for the ages...
April 20, 2012 | Education Next

Spring Break Is Here: Can I get my unemployement insurance check?

Did you know that school bus drivers and cafeteria workers file unemployment claims whenever schools take a vacation break...
April 19, 2012 | Education Next

Why Most People Do Their Yoga at Home

According to Matthew Yglesias, quite a few people are making the effort to go to yoga classes when “it would clearly be cheaper and more convenient to just unroll your yoga mat in your living room and work out while watching yoga videos...
April 13, 2012 | Education Next

Digital Learning in Utah: Devil is in the Details

Can school districts be vehicles for introducing a choice-based system of digital education...
April 9, 2012 | Education Next

The President's Bully Pulpit and School Reform

If presidents come to learn that they are also being held accountable for the nation’s educational performance, they will think more carefully about the consequences of their actions for students, not job holders...
March 20, 2012 | Education Next

You Can Deny the Truth of My Critique of Broader, Bolder Theory, But Why Can’t You At Least Spell My Name?

Since [blogger Valerie Strauss] can’t get my name right, she’s probably out of whack on other things as well. Let’s see...
February 9, 2012 | Education Next

In the Digital World, Every District Can Compete with Every Other

Putting districts in charge of online learning, while allowing them to contract out to private providers if they wish, creates a competitive marketplace within a legitimate political framework...
February 7, 2012 | Education Next

The Right Role for the Federal Government

Give parents the information they need to pick their school of choice...
January 11, 2012 | Education Next

Teacher Unions, Mac the Knife, and Dollar Power

The poor can be bought for little or nothing, the charming scoundrel Macheath (“Mac the Knife”) discovered when his old favorite, Jenny, was persuaded by the Peachums to turn him in for a pittance...
November 15, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Is the Administration behind Americans Elect? Is Jon Huntsman its candidate?

That President Barack Obama faces enormous challenges in the upcoming presidential race is guaranteed...What, then, can a re-election-minded president do? Answer: Shift to the left while silently encouraging a third “centrist” party to split the opposition...
November 7, 2011 | Education Next

What Do the Latest NAEP Scores Tell Us about NCLB?

Now that Congress is talking about reauthorizing NCLB, it struck me that it would be worthwhile to see what the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tell us about the direction the nation has moved in the years since the law was passed...
October 31, 2011 | Education Next

Views of EdNext Readers In Line With Those of General Public (except on Teachers Unions)

Ed Next readers—or at least those who participate in our polls—are not all that different from the public at large, except that they seem to know more about the issues and are thus more inclined to take a position on them...
October 17, 2011 | Education Next

Jeb Bush, Melinda Gates, Sal Khan and the Coming Digital Learning Battle

The debate over digital learning will soon enter a new phase...we can expect a strenuous, highly politicized debate over the way in which digital learning should be provided...
October 3, 2011 | Education Next

Is Rick Perry Abandoning School Accountability and Merit Pay?

Does Rick Perry really want to dismantle the Texas accountability system? Unless he does, he should not be using the same waiver technique the White House is using to gut No Child Left Behind...
October 2, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Technology to Reach Everyone

As I explained last year in “Saving Schools,” new technologies are becoming available that will allow all students to be taught at their own learning point...
September 23, 2011 | Education Next

Public Wants Single-Sex School Option, Even Though Professors Do Not

Science magazine has given space in its journal to a small group of self-appointed experts who insist that no child shall be allowed to attend a single-sex public school...
September 21, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Obama’s Anti-Clinton Tax Increase

Obama’s strategists are surely telling him that reaching out to Republicans and Independents can wait until the growing disturbance within the Democratic Party is pacified. That is best done by appeasing the left-leaning, interest-group activists within the Democratic Party...
September 19, 2011 | Education Next

Obama’s Jobs Bill Takes from States and Cities as Much as It Gives Them

Now that President Obama has let both the expenditure and revenue-raising shoes drop, it is clear that the costs to state and local governments of the new jobs bill could very well equal—perhaps exceed—the benefits they might receive...
August 24, 2011 | Education Next

An Easy Way to Calculate the Rising Cost of Schooling

Information on the cost and performance of [public schools] may be available somewhere else in the vast reaches of the internet, but to quickly access accurate information you have to go to
August 22, 2011 | Education Next

A Year Late and a Million (?) Dollars Long—the U. S. Proficiency Standards Report

The U. S. government just provided the public with much the same information Education Next (Ednext) shared with readers a year ago: A comparison of state standards in reading and math at the 4th and 8th grade levels...
August 18, 2011 | Education Next

With a Math Proficiency Rate of 32 Percent, U.S. Ranks Number 32

Thirty-two percent of U.S. students in the class of 2011 were proficient in mathematics when they were in 8th grade, according to the official U. S. report card on student achievement...
August 16, 2011 | Education Next

With a Math Proficiency Rate of 32 Percent, U.S. Ranks Number 32

Thirty-two percent of U.S. students in the class of 2011 were proficient in mathematics when they were in 8th grade, according to the official U. S. report card on student achievement...
July 28, 2011 | Education Next

How Obama Will End the Debt Crisis on His Own Hook: The NCLB Precedent

If the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) stalemate provides a precedent, President Obama will use an executive order to raise the debt limit, invoking the 14th Amendment as his constitutional bedrock...
July 11, 2011 | Education Next

President’s Approval Rating Turns Negative: Not accidentally, bipartisanship does too

Two numbers that have come out since last Friday are depressing the chances for action on federal education policy...
June 28, 2011 | Education Next

Rhee’s Popularity Rises with the Public, but Not with the Powerful

Michelle Rhee’s public popularity has shifted upward within the District of Columbia, pollsters tell us, but the elites who chair the committee set up by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Science to assess Rhee’s chancellorship are holding firm...
April 20, 2011 | Education Next

Measuring Michelle Rhee

Following are my responses to issues raised by Alan Ginsburg concerning my Education Next article, “The Case Against Rhee: How Persuasive Is It?”...
April 18, 2011 | Education Next

The Longevity Increase—What?

Teacher union leaders are outraged that the Watertown, Mass. school committee has rejected a negotiated contract that would give them a longevity increase...
April 7, 2011 | Education Next

Are Experienced Teachers Really That Much Better?

...[A]ccording to a study Matthew Chingos and I just completed, teachers get better in the first few years of teaching, and then their performance slips in later years...
April 6, 2011 | Education Next

A Pedagogical Divide in the World of Digital Learning

Digital learning is gaining support from across the political spectrum...But when walking through the virtual forest, one stumbles up and down many an ancient pedagogical divide...
March 18, 2011 | Education Next

Every Number Needs a Denominator

Every number needs a denominator, my statistics professor taught me in my first year of graduate school...
March 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

For the News you Need to know, Read the Wall Street Journal...

When reading about events in Libya today (March 7), I suddenly realized why I typically prefer Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporting...
March 10, 2011 | Education Next

When It Comes to Collective Bargaining, States Should Follow the Feds

Federal workers have the statutory right to bargain collectively, but that right does not include salaries, benefits or any other item that directly affects government expenditure...
March 9, 2011 | Education Next

National Democratic Party Supports Attack on the Democratic Process

The National Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, under the tight control of a politically sophisticated White House, is still trying to raise funds by supporting the desertion from legislative duty taking place in Wisconsin and Indiana...
February 28, 2011 | Education Next

In an Age of Collective Bargaining, Can State Governments Govern?

As the extra-legal actions taken by the Democratic senators in Wisconsin persist into their second week, and as Indiana Democrats are following suit, the risk to orderly government in these states continues to intensify...
February 22, 2011 | Education Next

Wisconsin Democrats Abuse the Quorum Call

A state long known for policy innovation—social security, welfare reform, school vouchers, and much more—is now witnessing a seldom-seen but dreadful abuse of basic democratic practice—the abuse of the legislative quorum call...
January 26, 2011 | Education Next

State of the Union: The Return of Big Bill

Can Barack Obama turn himself into Bill Clinton? Yes, he can, we learned from this week’s State of the Union address. Bold initiatives are out...
January 25, 2011 | Education Next

Translating the State of the Union Address

The following is an interpretative translation of what the President really had to say about American education...
January 12, 2011 | Education Next

No Matter How Hard You Try, You Cannot Deny U. S. Math Performance is Terrible

A few weeks ago, I, together with Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, issued a report showing that the United States ranked 31st in the world at bringing 15 year olds up to an advanced level of math achievement...
January 10, 2011 | Education Next

Graduation Rates Higher at Milwaukee Voucher Schools

Now we are finally beginning to get a series of studies that give us an idea of the longer-term impact of school choice programs. Repeatedly the evidence is showing that schools of choice are compiling a consistently better record than that of traditional public schools...
January 6, 2011 | Education Next

To Repeat Myself, Kids Should Have the Right to Vote

Imagine President Obama seeking the kid vote. I can hear the ideas tumble out: Dollars must be spent on schools, not pensions; teachers must be held accountable; and students must be given a choice of school...
January 5, 2011 | Education Next

The Best Books of the Past Decade According to Ed Next Readers

In August 2010, Education Next invited readers to pick the three best education policy books of the past decade from a list of 41 books...Generally speaking, opinion on this topic was even more divided than on most education policy questions...
January 5, 2011 | Education Next

Google vs. Education Next Voters: What of importance happened last year?

Opinions about the worst developments in 2010—as viewed by those who voted in the Ednext poll—were sharply defined, while little consensus formed around the good that happened last year...
January 2, 2011 | Education Next

Nevermore Perched Outside My Chamber Door

When it comes to education, teacher unions—and their left-leaning allies—are never wrong, no, never, nevermore...In “bleak December,” I resolved to prove that dreary proposition wrong...
December 16, 2010 | Education Next

Can Movies Be Bad for Education?

According to early reactors who have voted in the Education Next poll of the best and worst in 2010 for American education, “Waiting for Superman” and the other recently released documentaries rank next to the stimulus package as among the worst things that have happened this year...
December 1, 2010 | Education Next

Getting the Policy Environment Right for Digital Learning

As states begin to expand their virtual education programs, some basic principles need to guide their choices, if digital learning is to have the transformative impact that I have elsewhere argued is entirely possible...
November 29, 2010 | Education Next

Broader, Bolder Book: Arguments from an Attorney

If one wants to read a fleshed-out version of the broader, bolder case for reforming our urban schools without doing anything about their internal operations, there is no better place to go than to David Kirp’s forthcoming book...
November 22, 2010 | Education Next

Brookings, Baseball and Value Added Assessments of Teachers

it was a pleasant surprise to read the latest consensus document from the Brookings Institution on “the important role of value added” when assessing teacher performance...
September 27, 2010 | Education Next

Three Reviews of “Superman”: How the Media Spins the Story

Flying home from Minneapolis last Friday gave me the opportunity to read, back to back, reviews of “Waiting for Superman” in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today...
August 31, 2010 | Education Next

What do Americans think of the Nation’s Schools? How Widespread is the Support for Charter Schools?

Education Next (Ednext) and Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) both released their annual polls last week...When rating the nation’s schools, only 18 percent of those surveyed in both polls gave the nation’s schools either an “A” or a “B” and, more than a quarter gave the schools a rating of a “D” or an “F...”
August 27, 2010 | Education Next

Did the Education Next Reader Poll Predict the Race to the Top Winners?

There were 19 finalists, 10 winners. So chances of any of the finalists winning were a bit better than a bet on a black square at the roulette wheel, as that bet has a tad bit less than 50-50 chance. In the RttT gamble, the odds for the finalists were a bit better than 50-50...
August 26, 2010 | Education Next

Nine out of Ten RttT Winners are Blue States

At the end of round one of the RttT contest, it appeared as if politics was irrelevant...Round two tells a different story...
August 26, 2010 | Education Next

Online Learning Is On the Upswing—In the Public Mind At Least

Of all the innovations and policy reform proposals in education, it is online learning that is gathering public support most rapidly...
August 24, 2010 | Education Next

Mathews on Saving Schools

In his commentary on my book, Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, Jay Mathews doubts that he will find any time soon “something of the new electronic era that significantly increases achievement in reading and writing for all kids...”
August 23, 2010 | Education Next

Supporters of Race to the Top Outnumber Opponents, but Plurality of Public Has No Opinion, Education Next Survey Shows

According to the 4th annual survey conducted by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Education Next, which will be released on Wednesday, a larger percentage of the public supports Race to the Top (RttT) than opposes it...
August 20, 2010 | Education Next

Summer Session in Steamboat Springs

I learned that the community’s Summer Speaker Series routinely attracts 500 people to its events, even when the topic is as esoteric as virtual learning...
August 18, 2010 | Education Next

Who Won the Race to the Top Poll—and Why

For the past several weeks, we have asked readers to vote as to which of the finalists should win the Race to the Top. Nearly 400 of you took the time to cast your vote, and, on the basis of your vote, I am willing to predict that the Duncan Administration is going to hand out awards to well over a majority of the contestants...
August 16, 2010 | Education Next

In New York City, the Issue Is Reading, Not Gaps Between High and Low Performers

On Monday morning, two New York Times reporters captured the front page with their worries about the racial education gap in New York City, despite clear signs of gains in minority graduation rates...
August 16, 2010 | Education Next

Will We Have the Best Courses Online in Five Years?

Within 10 years, half of all high school courses will be taken online, say Clay Christensen and Michael Horn. Bill Gates has now trumped that prediction with an even stronger one: within five years the best higher education will be available on the internet...
August 11, 2010 | Education Next

If Obama Beat Clinton in Colorado, Nancy Beat Barack in Washington

In the Clinton-Obama tug-of-war, the Obama team gave education reformers something to cheer when they won the Senate contest in Colorado...
July 22, 2010 | Education Next

Republicans to Save Obama’s Education Reforms—and Perhaps His Presidency?

Despite the rapidly changing political scene, there is reason to expect new action on the education policy front as soon as 2011 pops up on your electronic calendar...
July 21, 2010 | Education Next

No, Al Shanker Did Not Invent the Charter School

...[E]ven though it is fashionable enough to credit Shanker for jump-starting the charter movement that even the Wall Street Journal is joining in, there is only a glimmer of truth to that urban legend...
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 9, 2010 | Education Next

Lending Federal Dollars to States Will Bankrupt Us All

Christopher Edley, dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, has proposed that the U. S. government stimulate the economy by loaning money to near-bankrupt state governments...
July 6, 2010 | Education Next

Small Schools Work After All, A Good Study Shows

After all that sophisticated criticism of the replacement of large schools with smaller ones, it comes as a total shock to learn that students are more likely to graduate from high school in New York City if they attended one of the small high schools...
June 30, 2010 | Education Next

U. S. Department of Education Study Measures Impact of Switching Schools, Not Impact of Attending a Charter

The Mathematica study of charter middle schools, just released by the U. S. Department of Education, finds no achievement gains within two years for students who won the charter lottery as compared to those who did not...
June 29, 2010 | Education Next

One Learns More by Listening than Talking

Is the stand-up lecture the better educational method? Or should students be encouraged to engage in problem solving, sometimes on their own, sometimes with the guidance of their teacher...?
June 26, 2010 | Education Next

School Vouchers in DC Produce Gains in Both Test Scores and Graduation Rates

One should not under-estimate the impact of the DC school voucher program on student achievement...
June 22, 2010 | Education Next

Is the Public School the Symbol of Democracy?

Are government run institutions such as the public school really the best way for society to preserve its common destiny...?
June 17, 2010 | Education Next

Evaluating a Charter High School by Going to Commencement

[U]nless politics are involved, I can’t quite understand why the Deval Patrick administration is approving new charter schools for Massachusetts at the shabby rate of one per year...
June 11, 2010 | Education Next

Are Shaker Heights Schools a Success? A Reply to Kahlenberg

To learn that black students in Shaker Heights outperform other African-Americans in Ohio tells us nothing about the quality of Shaker Heights schools...

June 4, 2010 | Education Next

What I Learned at Harvard’s Merit Pay Conference

At a conference held at Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, which I direct, a fine paper was presented this morning by the Munich University economist Ludger Woessmann on merit pay in 28 industrialized countries around the world...

June 2, 2010 | Education Next

A Case for Merit Pay: It’s Easier to Identify Good Teachers than to Train Them

Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a merit pay plan passed by the state legislature...But is there a substantive case to be made for keeping the current system of recruiting and compensating teachers...?

May 28, 2010 | Education Next

Will Technology Grow or Shrink the Achievement Gap?

President Kennedy had it right—rising tides lift all the boats. It can happen with electronic learning, too...

May 25, 2010 | Education Next

How Well Did Ending Social Promotion Work Out in New York City?—Some Further Thoughts

One always learns from readers’ blog comments, even if one disagrees...

May 24, 2010 | Education Next

It’s the Old Teachers, not the Beginning Teachers, who are Well Paid

Is a 20 plus year teacher 62 percent better than a teacher with ten years of experience—or do unions, in their negotiations with school districts, sell out the young teachers for their own purposes...?

May 21, 2010 | Education Next

Is New York City’s Decision to End Social Promotion Beginning to Work?

[T]here is good news contained in the latest report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on how well Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Joel Klein are doing in New York City at teaching elementary and middle school students how to read...

May 18, 2010 | Education Next

Democrats and Republicans Respond Differently to School Finance Rulings

When told they must spend more money, Democrats, seldom the party to shrink from such a task, thank the court for throwing them into a delectable briar patch. Republicans, resistant to raising the taxes necessary to fund higher expenditures statewide, concentrate any new expenditures on the poorest districts...

May 17, 2010 | Education Next

The National Center for Education Statistics Got the Same Answer We Did—More Than a Year Late

Recently Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadon and I compared 2009 state proficiency standards with one another...

May 14, 2010 | Education Next

Florida’s Class Size Amendment: Did it help students learn?

If a state mandates that every school reduce class sizes, will students learn more...

May 12, 2010 | Education Next

Big, Fat, Debt-Ridden Governments Ruin Baseball Games

Inasmuch as federal dollars are now pouring into state and local coffers, we are poised for another leap forward in costs and personnel just as soon as the economy rebounds...

May 10, 2010 | Education Next

Is Race to the Top a Fair Competition?

But rewarding laggards for promises, instead of achievers for their successes, rewards state and local officials for the very behavior one wishes to discourage...

May 6, 2010 | Education Next

State Standards are Low; Do We Need National Standards?

In the report on state proficiency standards Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadón and I released today, we show that state proficiency standards are not about to rise rapidly to world-class levels...

May 5, 2010 | Education Next

Three New Books on Virtual Education: Competitors or Complements?

Education Next has spilt a lot of ink over three recent books on virtual education...From my not altogether disinterested angle, the books are complements, not competitors...

May 3, 2010 | Education Next

Adaptive Learning: Putting an Idea into Practice at the School of One

Time magazine touted “the School of One” as one of the 50 top innovations of 2009—the only educational innovation to be given that honor...

April 30, 2010 | Education Next

Educational Research: Getting Better—and More Powerful

Can research influence policy? Most cynics think not, but when studies are of high quality, they can make a difference—at least in the long run...

April 23, 2010 | Education Next

Have My Views Changed?

Education Week reporter Debbie Viadero and blogger Andy Rotherham suggest that I, in Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, have (along with Diane Ravitch) abandoned my support for vouchers and charters Such claims make for good story lines, but the reality is otherwise...

April 20, 2010 | Education Next

The Case for an Alternative Masters Degree in New York

Thinking outside the box, [David] Steiner has persuaded the New York Board of Regents to consider giving Teach for America and similar organizations the ability to offer their own master’s degree programs, thereby depriving schools of education of their current monopoly...

April 16, 2010 | Education Next

News from Florida: Can teacher unions become a third political party?

Governor Crist has vetoed the merit pay bill as part of his plan to run as a third party candidate for the open Senate seat in Florida. Since he would surely be defeated in a Republican primary, his third-party strategy has become increasingly obvious for weeks.

April 15, 2010 | Education Next

Hurrah for Middlebury’s Venture into Virtual Language Instruction

From the land of the Green Mountain boys comes a virtual shot soon to be heard around the world.


October 26, 2013 | WGBH (New England)

Chester Finn and Paul Peterson on Innovation Hub (:50)

iTunes | XML | IHub on Facebook | IHub Twitter | Back to IHub Homepage Guests: Paul Peterson, professor at Harvard University and co-author of Endangering
September 3, 2013 | Bloomberg Television

Paul Peterson on Bloomberg Television

Harvard's Paul Peterson compares the U.S. education system to other nations on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg)
August 1, 2012 | Daily Circuit (Minnesota Public Radio)

Obama and Romney: Where They Stand on Education Policy

June 5, 2012 | Wall Street Journal TV

Teacher Unions Image Problem

Harvard government professor Paul Peterson on a new poll that shows the public is turning against teacher unions...
November 10, 2010 | Education Next

High-Achieving Students in the U.S. and Other Countries

Paul Peterson and Marty West discuss a new study that examines how high-achieving math students in the U.S. trail those from other countries and what could be done to boost the percentage of high performers in the U.S...
November 10, 2010 | To The Point (KCRW)

US High School Math Students Score 31st Out of 56 Countries

What are the implications for US competitiveness in science, engineering, technology and other components of the global economy? Paul Peterson, a Harvard University professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is editor-in-chief of Education Next, which has published the findings...
August 31, 2010 | Education Next

Poll Finds Growing Support for Charter Schools

Marty West and Paul Peterson discuss the 2010 Education Next-PEPG Survey. The survey finds a modest uptick in support for charter schools overall, but a large increase in support in the minority community...
August 25, 2010 | Education Next

Poll Reveals Bipartisan Support for Education Reform

Marty West and Paul Peterson discuss the 2010 Education Next-PEPG Survey. The poll finds support among both Democrats and Republicans for test-based accountability for students and schools, merit pay, and charter schools. Americans are divided along party lines over the issues of school spending and teacher tenure, however...
August 5, 2010 | Education Next

Race to the Top or Race to the Bottom?

Paul Peterson talks with Education Next about his study evaluating the relative rigor of state proficiency standards...
April 6, 2010 | Education Next

E.D. Hirsch and Civic Education

Nathan Glazer talks with Education Next about E.D. Hirsch’s new book, The Making of Americans.

March 30, 2010 | KERA

From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

Have reformers of the past unwittingly created the public education problems of today? How will today's information revolution impact the future of education? We'll talk this hour with Paul E. Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University.

March 5, 2010 | Education Next

The New Normal for Federal Education Spending

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (March 5) about whether the federal share of education spending is likely to remain at 15 percent and whether the $1 billion bonus for reauthorizing ESEA this year is likely to be awarded. . . .

January 7, 2010 | Education Next

Studies Find No Effects

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (Jan. 7) about whether randomized field trials in education should be abandoned, since they so rarely find that the treatments have any effects. . . .

November 24, 2009 | Education Next

Saving Jobs or Stimulating Reform?

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (Nov. 24) about the effect of the stimulus package on education, a sector that has proven to be very good at job creation. . . .

Other Media

February 1, 2011 | Education Next

A Battle Begun, Not Won

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been...
November 9, 2010 | Education Next

Teaching Math to the Talented

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students...?
August 4, 2010 | Education Next

After Bucking Unions, Obama Administration Breaks Ranks with Civil Rights Groups over Charter Schools

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (August 4) about why civil rights groups have been reluctant to embrace charter schools, even as a new Ed Next poll shows that support for charters is rising among minority parents...
May 6, 2010 | Education Next

State Standards Rising in Reading but Not in Math

Most state standards remain far below international level, with Tennessee, a Race to the Top Winner, at the very bottom...

March 12, 2009 | Hoover Institution

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Terry Moe and Paul Peterson comment on the controversy surrounding the likely termination of the Washington, D.C., voucher program...