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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

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.

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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.

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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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De Blasio’s Education Agenda is Full of Hot Air

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Post
Monday, November 4, 2013

Bill de Blasio’s public-education agenda consists of seven boasts (things he says he’s already done, part of his record as public advocate) and 19 plans for future changes (“policies, agendas…


Japan’s Robin Hood School-Voucher Program

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, November 1, 2013

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Kathleen Porter-Mageevia Education Next
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Common Core standards expect English language arts teachers to do things very differently than they have in the past. Will that really happen?


Playing in the Right League

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Instead of being complacent about our international standings, we should focus on ways to get our students up to the top leagues.


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.