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December 17, 2012 | The Fran Tarkenton Show

Finn discusses education reform on the Fran Tarkenton Show

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Chester Finn, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses education reform, charter schools, and teachers’ unions. Finn notes that the single most covered topic in the media last year was charter schools.

December 12, 2012

Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage

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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”).

December 6, 2012 | Hoover Institution

Hoover fellow featured at conference on Common Core standards

Williamson M. Evers

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.

October 26, 2012

Hanushek coauthors study concerning individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement

Eric A. Hanushek

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.”

October 24, 2012

In The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could, Education Expert John Chubb Proposes Raising Student Achievement by Raising Teacher Quality

The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could by Hoove

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.

September 27, 2012

Hoover Press to release John Chubb’s book on how to get the best teachers

The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could by Hoove

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.

September 17, 2012

Kirkus reviews Hoover fellow Chester E. Finn and Jessica Hockett’s upcoming book Exam Schools

Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools

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.

August 20, 2012

Webcast examines options for high-performing students

Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools

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.

June 12, 2012 | Minnesota Public Radio

Petrilli discusses how new common core standards are changing US education

research fellow Michael Petrelli

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.

May 24, 2012 | Education Next

The Romney Education Plan

Replacing Federal Overreach on Accountability with Federal Overreach on School Choice...