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Hoover Digest by topic: K-12 Education

July 30, 2003

Our Schools Are Still at Risk

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The nation’s leading proponents of education reform met recently at a Hoover Institution conference in Washington to address two critical questions: How bad are our schools—and how can we fix them? A report by Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell.

April 30, 2003

What Makes a Good Teacher?

Public School Teacher Educational Attainment, 1961-1996

Over the past 30 years public school teachers have been receiving more education—yet student achievement scores continue to languish. What has gone wrong? By Hoover fellows Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa.

April 30, 2003

Giving Our Schools a Failing Grade

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The Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education has just issued a comprehensive assessment of American public education. Its conclusion? America’s schools continue to fail our children. By Hoover fellow Chester E. Finn Jr.

April 30, 2003

The Promise of Choice

Clint Bolick on the fight to transform America’s schools.

January 30, 2003

Smaller Is Better

Iowa Test of Basic Skills Performance: Chicago Public Schools, 1997 and 1999

The evidence is coming in: Smaller schools produce results. By Hoover fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover senior associate director Richard Sousa.

January 30, 2003

Teachers for the New Century

To improve our public schools we need better teachers. Hoover fellow Edward P. Lazear explains how to get them.

January 30, 2003

The Decline and Fall of American Education

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American education is in serious trouble. Why aren’t we more concerned? By Paul E. Peterson.

October 30, 2002

The Market Can Transform Our Schools

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It’s time to bring elementary and secondary education out of the nineteenth century and into the twenty-first. By Hoover fellow Milton Friedman.

October 30, 2002

A Brief History of Testing and Accountability

How to improve our public schools? Many policymakers argue that we can start by holding students, teachers, schools, and school districts accountable for student performance. This approach may sound perfectly reasonable—but it has the education profession up in arms. By Hoover fellow Diane Ravitch.

October 30, 2002

The Structure of School Choice

We need the school choice that voucher programs would introduce, but we also need to make certain such voucher programs are properly structured. How government rules can make voucher programs—or break them. By Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.