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American Education in 2030: An Evidence-Based World

with Eric Hanushek
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Although testing and accountability were contentious issues in the past, the school system of 2030 relies heavily on data.

American Education in 2030: Standards and Competitive Rigor

with Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2030, Americans benefit from K-12 academics that are rigorous, but not stultifyingly uniform.

American Education in 2030: Time Spent on Learning

with Tom Lovelessvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

American students devote more time to learning in 2030 than at any other time in history. 

American Education in 2030: Equality and Technology

with John E. Chubbvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The achievement gap is not quite a thing of the past in 2030. But African American students are now achieving at levels approaching those of white students in the late twentieth century.

American Education in 2030: Classroom Teaching in 2030

with Daniel T. Willinghamvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It seems self-evident that we can improve schooling if we tune education to the students' minds. But what about teachers? 

American Education in 2030: Curriculum Then and Now

with Grover J. Whitehurstvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2030 curriculum is at the fore of education rather than serving as it did 20 years ago in the shadow of reform efforts involving teacher performance, choice, standards and accountability, and school governance.

Analysis and Commentary

Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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

American Education in 2030: Only if Past Trends Persist Is the Future Dismal

by Paul E. Petersonvia Analysis
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Simple extrapolations of current trends suggest that public education costs will rise sharply, pupil-teacher ratios will fall, and control over the education system will shift from families and localities to higher levels of government.


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.