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Eric Hanushek on To The Point (5:45)

interview with Eric Hanushekvia To The Point (KCRW)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek discusses his recent book Endangering Prosperity on To The Point.

Featured Commentary

Eight of the Toughest Challenges Schools Still Face

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reaching the threescore-and-ten milestone recently, and embarking on a new role at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, prompted me to do some stocktaking on the state of American education in 2014.

Other Media

Gov. Jindal’s Common Core Lawsuit Draws on Pioneer’s Research

mentioning Williamson M. Eversvia Pioneer Institute
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The legal complaint issued by Governor Jindal’s office clearly builds off Pioneer Institute’s white paper “The Road to a National Curriculum,” co-authored by former U.S. Department of Education General Counsel Kent Talbert, Deputy General Counsel Robert Eitel, as well as Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Blogs

Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (EdNext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. EdNext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (Ednext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. Ednext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

Other Media

A Bad Week For Common Core

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia Politico
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This has not been a great week for the Common Core. Two new national polls, released Wednesday and Tuesday, found the public souring on the academic standards, which are meant to elevate math, reading and writing instruction across the nation. One of the polls, conducted by the journal Education Next, also found a steep plunge in support for the standards among public school teachers.

Other Media

Poll: Common Core Support Among Teachers Plummets, With Fewer Than Half Supporting It

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anybody watching the escalating battle across the country over the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing will hardly be surprised by a new national poll which reveals a significant loss of support over the last year — especially among teachers, whose approval rating dropped from 76 percent  in 2013 to only  46 percent in 2014. Overall support for the Core dropped from 65 percent last year to 53 percent in 2014, with most of the defection among Republicans.

Other Media

Conservative Study Finds Falling Support for 'Common Core'

featuring Paul E. Petersonvia The Hill
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Public support for Common Core, the Obama administration’s program for setting education standards, has dwindled over the last year, according to a new study from a conservative group. The survey from Education Next, a journal published by the conservative Hoover Institution, found that 53 percent of people still favor Common Core, but the program’s support has declined sharply from 65 percent in 2013.

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Political Polarization Needlessly Divides the Public on Common Core and NCLB

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Political polarization is making it increasingly difficult to sustain support for policy undertakings that a majority of the public supports. Narrow interest groups and small minorities are twisting public opinion through slogans and rhetoric to which sensation-mongering elements in the media are giving excessive attention. Such is my conclusion after reviewing eight years of Education Next (Ednext) polling on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Featured Commentary

The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's back-to-school season, but teacher tenure has been a hot topic since summer began. In June a California court ruled that the state's tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional in Vergara v. State of California. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.

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Fordham Institute's Pre-K Debate

Whitehurst, Petrilli take part in forum on President Obama’s preschool plan

Friday, March 15, 2013

On March 14, 2013, Grover Whitehurst and Sara Mead debated the merits of President Obama’s goal of making preschool available to every child in America, a plan he unveiled in his 2013 State of the Union Address.

News

Hoover senior fellows to release series of education commentary videos

Monday, March 11, 2013

On the heels of the release of the Equity and Excellence Commission’s report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, and in the wake of last month’s State of the Union Address, the Hoover Institution is releasing a series of videos on issues currently facing US education. Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson have collaborated to produce four videos on various education topics; beginning Monday, March 11, 2013, the videos will roll out weekly on the Hoover Institution website. The topics discussed include

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Hoover senior fellow Eric Hanushek served on an education commission, which rel

Hanushek Serves on Education Commission for a New Report on the Achievement Gap

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On February 19, 2013, the Equity and Excellence Commission released its report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, that highlights achievement gaps among students in the US education system.

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John E. Chubb

Chubb Appointed President of National Association of Independent Schools

Thursday, January 17, 2013

John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was appointed the new president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), effective July 1, 2013.

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Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

Hoover fellow releases new study on low-income, high-achieving high school students

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Caroline Hoxby, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and Christopher Avery, a professor of public policy at Harvard University, recently completed a study on the college enrollment of low-income, high ability high school students (PDF available here).

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Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Stanford

After a close analysis of education coverage in the general news media during 2012, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education today released its list of the five most covered stories (“hits”) and the five most important but neglected stories (“misses”).

Press Releases
Williamson M. Evers

Hoover fellow featured at conference on Common Core standards

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Williamson M.  Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was a featured speaker at the December 6 conference, “Common Core’s Race to the Middle,” in Colorado. The conference, hosted by the Pioneer Institute, also featured the Honorable Bob Schaffer, the Honorable Robert Scott, Sandra Stotsky, Theodor Rebarber, and Jim Stergios. All the speakers opposed the states’ adopting the Common Core standards.

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The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could by John

Chubb’s talk on The Best Teachers in the World

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and interim CEO of Education Sector, will give a talk on his new book, The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could, on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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Hoover fellow discusses presidential candidates’ views on education

Monday, October 29, 2012

With the election just over a week away, Stanford’s Education and Society Theme House highlighted the presidential candidates’ education policies at a discussion last Thursday, September 25. Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education and Michael Kirst, a professor emeritus in education and business administration and current president of the California State Board of Education, discussed the candidates’ views on issues in education. Although Obama and Romney have opposing views on issues including school vouchers, student grants and loans, and for-profit education, Hanushek and Kirst ultimately agreed that little separates the candidates’ overall education policies. Click here to read the article in the Stanford Report.

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Eric A. Hanushek

Hanushek coauthors study concerning individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement

Friday, October 26, 2012

Although it is widely believed that good school principals have a positive impact on student achievement, little systematic research has been done to date on the effect of strong school leadership. Now a new study finds that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between 0.05 and 0.21 standard deviations, the equivalent of between two and seven months of additional learning each school year. Click here to read why and how “School Leaders Matter.”

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The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.