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Gifted Education— What I Saw, What I’m Learning

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I've visited eight countries to see how they educate their high-ability kids in the hope that we might pick up tips that would prove useful in improving the woeful state of “gifted education” in the U.S

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America’s Schools Earn a ‘C’ on Their Report Card

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Sunday, December 8, 2013

NCLB needs a variety of (obvious) fixes, but abandoning accountability is not among them.

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Schools Improve When Leaders Stop Rationalizing Mediocrity

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Friday, December 6, 2013

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.

Interviews

Eric Hanushek on the Lars Larson Show

with Eric Hanushekvia Lars Larson Show
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Other Media

American 15-Year-Olds Lag, Mainly in Math, on International Standardized Tests

with Eric Hanushek, Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Students in the United States scored in the middle of the developed world in reading and science, but lower in math, according to results released on Tuesday.

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So, the U.S. Is Terrible at International Tests: Who Cares?

with Eric Hanushekvia Atlantic
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Americans have been botching assessments like the PISA for 50 years. It hasn't held back our economy yet. 

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For Critics of Common Core, Educational Folly

with Williamson M. Eversvia Washington Post
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Be Careful What You Wish For

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, November 11, 2013

Besides its influential teacher union, Taiwan has a powerful parent union that appears to cause at least as much harm as it does good.

Other Media

U.S. Students Show Incremental Progress on National Test

with Eric Hanushekvia Washington Post
Friday, November 8, 2013

Education secretary calls National Assessment of Educational Progress results a ‘modest’ improvement.

Featured Commentary

Spinning America's Report Card

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 8, 2013

ObamaCare isn't the only thing the Obama administration is spinning these days. In education, too, accomplishments on the ground don't match the rhetoric coming out of Washington.

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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.