After a close analysis of education coverage in the general news media during 2012, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education today released its list of the five most covered stories (“hits”) and the five most important but neglected stories (“misses”).
Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was a featured speaker at the December 6 conference, “Common Core’s Race to the Middle,” in Colorado. The conference, hosted by the Pioneer Institute, also featured the Honorable Bob Schaffer, the Honorable Robert Scott, Sandra Stotsky, Theodor Rebarber, and Jim Stergios. All the speakers opposed the states’ adopting the Common Core standards.
Although it is widely believed that good school principals have a positive impact on student achievement, little systematic research has been done to date on the effect of strong school leadership. Now a new study finds that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between 0.05 and 0.21 standard deviations, the equivalent of between two and seven months of additional learning each school year. Click here to read why and how “School Leaders Matter.”
Hoover Institution Press released The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could in which author John E. Chubb outlines a three-pronged strategy for raising teacher quality that is very different from the approach this country has historically followed. Chubb argues that, to develop the highest-achieving students in the world, the United States must attract, develop, and retain substantially stronger teachers, particularly if it wants to equal or surpass the achievement of top-performing nations in the world. The best achievement in the world requires the best teachers in the world—which US education policy has not been delivering.
John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and interim CEO of Education Sector, has written The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could, which will be released on October 10, 2012. In the book, Chubb argues that student achievement in the United States could rise to levels comparable to the best nations in the world if we could improve teacher quality.
Chester E. Finn Jr., a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and coauthor Jessica A. Hockett, an education consultant specializing in differentiated instruction, curriculum design, and lesson study, collaborated to produce Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools, which is due out in October 2012. In the book the authors examine how academically selective public high schools work and what is their important role in teaching the country’s brightest students. Exam Schools is a Koret Task Force on K–12 Education study.
The plight of low-performing students dominates our education news and policy discussions. Yet America’s high flyers also demand innovative, rigorous schooling, particularly if the country is to sharpen its economic and scientific edge.
On August 24 at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, DC, Hoover Institution senior fellow Chester Finn and Jessica Hockett discussed how motivated, high-ability youngsters can be served in myriad ways by public education, including schools that specialize in them. This is the focus of their new book from Princeton University Press, Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools. In the book, the coauthors identify 165 such high schools across the United States.
Mike Petrilli, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the profound change in educational standards and assessments that is quietly under way. By 2014, almost every state in the country will have the same demanding standards for what students need to know before they graduate from high school.