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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.


Two Speeches

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, October 14, 2013

Although the latest glum international-education data weren’t even released until this week, last week brought a pair of provocative and contrasting speeches about the state of American education in 2013, both of which repay close attention.

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The Monkey Cage: American Policy-Making As a Succession of Kludges

with Terry M. Moevia Washington Post
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Politics produces a succession of semicoherent fixes to the policies that we already have.

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California GOP Denounces Common Core K-12 Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia FlashReport
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Editor's Note: Bill Evers, a member of the State Executive Committee and State Central Committee of the California Republican Party, introduced a party resolution on Common Core at this past weekend's CA GOP Convention.] ...

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Upgrade U.S. Skills or Pay the Price

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Daily News (NY)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hanushek & Peterson: As if we needed more evidence, new data released Tuesday shows the disheartening level of skills of the American worker compared with those in other developed countries.


U. S. Adults Perform Below International Average in Numeracy, Literacy and Problem Solving

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The United States once had the best educational system in the world, but that day seems to have faded away. Unfortunately, the United States can no longer live on the great educational system it once enjoyed.


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.