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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.


Some Perspective on Common Core

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, October 28, 2013

I am not against having better learning standards, but I also believe that we cannot be distracted from more fundamental reform of our schools.

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A Distraction from Real Education Reform

by Eric Hanushekvia US News and World Report
Monday, October 28, 2013

The emphasis on common standards is drawing attention away from bigger problems.


Chester Finn and Paul Peterson on Innovation Hub (:50)

with Chester E. Finn Jr., Paul E. Petersonvia WGBH (New England)
Saturday, October 26, 2013

iTunes | XML | IHub on Facebook | IHub Twitter | Back to IHub Homepage Guests: Paul Peterson, professor at Harvard University and co-author of Endangering

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Better News in New Study That Assesses U.S. Students

with Paul E. Petersonvia New York Times
Thursday, October 24, 2013

A report comparing math and science test scores of eighth graders has found that a majority outperformed the international average.


Rethinking High School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As waves of reforms and would-be reforms have washed over American public education these past three decades, high schools have mostly stayed dry.


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.