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No Child Left Behind

December 22, 2011 | Fox Business

Bill Evers discusses the best and worst in K–12 education on Fox Business

Williamson M. Evers

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses the ten best and worst events in American education in 2011 and whether taxpayers are getting what they pay for from public education.

December 16, 2011 | Recorded on November 21, 2011

Terry Moe on teacher union power

Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe discusses teacher union power

Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe, Hoover senior fellows and members of the K–12 Education Task Force, discuss Moe’s recent book on teacher union power titled Special Interest. Moe’s analysis pinpoints the self-interest of unions that leads them to block many education reform ideas. He concludes that “reform unionism” is unlikely to lead to any major policy changes and that improving schools requires curbing the power of unions.

December 14, 2011 | American Conservative Hour (Blog Talk Radio)

Bill Evers on American Conservative Hour

Williamson M. Evers

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses the ten best and worst events in American education in 2011.

December 13, 2011 | Recorded on November 21, 2011

Putting education and growth into deficit talks

Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe (left) and Eric Hanushek.

Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe, Hoover senior fellows and members of the K–12 Education Task Force, discuss the role of economic growth in dealing with current deficit problems. The breakdown of congressional fiscal discussions over the balance of spending cuts and taxes completely neglects the third option of increasing GDP growth, a policy that would deal with long-run Medicare and Social Security issues. Improving long-run growth, however, will take significant changes in school policy–something that is difficult to achieve politically. (6:06)

December 7, 2011 | Recorded on December 7, 2011

Ask the Expert: Bill Evers

Williamson M. Evers

This week, Hoover fellow Bill Evers hosted a forum with Stanford University students to discuss the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education’s list of best and worst events in education in 2011, as well as problems with the federal government’s effort to create a national curriculum.  Watch the video on Hoover's YouTube page. 

December 6, 2011 | Recorded on November 21, 2011

Grinding the antitesting ax—NCLB and high school exit exams

Grinding the antitesting ax—NCLB and high school exit exams

Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe, Hoover senior fellows and members of the K–12 Education Task Force, discuss the recent report on school accountability by the National Research Council (NRC). That report neglected the scientific evidence when it concluded that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and high school exit exams were not good policies. By the NRC’s own evidence, test-based accountability is valuable and investing in these programs has a rate of return that dwarfs that of virtually all governmental programs. (4:57)

November 29, 2011

Hoover Institution Experts Identify 2011’s Best and Worst Education Events

Best and Worst in American Education, 2011

To inform the public and shape education reform in the upcoming year, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education today released their annual list of the top five best and top five worst events in American education in 2011. Their list indicates that several positive developments led to greater parental choice, system transparency and teacher accountability; however, the worst events indicate that considerable room remains for improvement.

November 29, 2011

Hoover Institution Experts Identify 2011’s Best and Worst Education Events

Best and Worst in American Education, 2011

In an effort to inform the public and shape education reform in the upcoming year, scholars on the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education today released their annual list of the top five best and top five worst events in American education in 2011. Their list indicates that several positive developments led to greater parental choice, system transparency and teacher accountability; however, “the worst” events indicate that there remains considerable room for improvement.

Click here to read the full press release.

Click here to read the best and worst events in American education in 2011.

November 7, 2011 | Education Next

What Do the Latest NAEP Scores Tell Us about NCLB?

Now that Congress is talking about reauthorizing NCLB, it struck me that it would be worthwhile to see what the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tell us about the direction the nation has moved in the years since the law was passed...
October 12, 2011

What a Candidate Needs to Say

An imagined stump speech by somebody who “gets” education. By Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli.