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Obama on Education: Not Bad, Not Great

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, January 28, 2010

On primary and secondary education, as on most topics, Mr. Obama stayed at 30,000 feet in his speech last night. . . .

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The High Cost of Low Education Performance

by Eric Hanushekvia Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France)
Monday, January 25, 2010

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. . . .

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Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moewith Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric Hanushek, Caroline M. Hoxbyvia InsiderOnline (Heritage Foundation)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At the risk of making technological marvels sound like magic potions, a very good case can be made —or more precisely, Terry Moe and John Chubb have made it in their very good book—that the most potent force for fundamentally changing such patterns of mediocrity and worse is higher and higher technology, as it can accomplish what politics and bureaucracies are encoded to block. . . .

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The Great Centrist Issue

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Is 2010 the year for No Child Left Behind? . . .

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Racing to National Tests?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Any national tests and standards need to be strong, substantive, and well administered. . . .

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The End of the Education Debate

by Chester E. Finn Jr.with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Affairs
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The education-reform debate as we have known it for a generation is creaking to a halt . . . .

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The pros and cons of standardized testing

via Hoover Videos
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses standardized testing, teachers, schools, and improving the educational system on NBC.

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Building on No Child Left Behind

by Eric Hanushekvia Science
Friday, November 6, 2009

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. . . .

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The Changing Selectivity of American Colleges

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Bureau of Economic Research
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This paper shows that although the top ten percent of colleges are substantially more selective now than they were 5 decades ago, most colleges are not more selective...

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Early Childhood Misstep

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

While the Senate is consumed by health care, other problem topics are piling up...

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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.