Reforming K-12 Education

Reforming K-12 Education

The Hoover fellowship conducts extensive research in education policy. Specific issues of focus include expanding school choice, boosting American K–12 student achievement, ensuring school accountability, and increasing teacher effectiveness. Hoover’s education experts also engage the larger community of state and local policy makers, parents, and other stakeholders to develop solutions that are relevant, meaningful, and actionable. 

My personal passion is educational opportunity, because it is a partial shield against prejudice. It is not a perfect shield, I know, but it gives people a fighting chance. In my conversations, I want to discuss why the learning gap for black kids is so stubborn and what can be done about it.

Condoleezza Rice

What our Fellows are saying

Eric Hanushek

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Volker Senior Fellow

Margaret (Macke) Raymond

Distinguished Research Fellow

Conventional wisdom downplays student progress and laments increasing achievement gaps between the have and have-nots. But as of 2017, steady growth was evident in reading and especially in math. While the seismic disruptions to young people’s development and education due to the Covid-19 pandemic have placed schools and communities in distress, the successes of the past may give educators confidence that today’s challenges can be overcome.

- Senior Fellow Paul E. Peterson writing with M. Danish Shakeel in Education Next, Summer 2022

The preparation of those young people for citizenship is the ultimate reason we send them to school in the first place. It’s not just to teach them the Three R’s, important as that is, or to expose them to chemistry or poetry or computer programming. We educate kids in many ways and for many reasons. But none matters more in the long run that their readiness to participate in sustaining the vitality and integrity of our democratic republic.

- Senior Fellow Chester E. Finn, Jr. in Flypaper, a publication of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, September 1, 2022

Vibrant, high-quality instructional materials can promote active student engagement, as can dropping the boundaries between schools and their communities. Coupling academic learning and exposure to people working on real-world problems can deepen student thinking and open possibilities for further learning.

- Distinguished Research Fellow Margaret (Macke) Raymond in How to Improve Our Schools in the Post-COVID Era, a volume of the Hoover Education Success Initiative, May 2021

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Eric Hanushek

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is internationally recognized for his…

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Thomas Sowell

Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. He writes on economics, history, social policy,…

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Caroline M. Hoxby

Senior Fellow

Caroline M. Hoxby is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. She is the Scott & Donya Bommer…

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Margaret (Macke) Raymond

Distinguished Research Fellow

Margaret “Macke” Raymond has served as founder and director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University since its…

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Paul E. Peterson

Senior Fellow

Paul E. Peterson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and editor in chief of Education Next: A…

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Chester E. Finn Jr.

Volker Senior Fellow

Chester E. Finn Jr. is the Volker Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Finn has devoted his career to improving education in the United States. Finn is…

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Michael J. Petrilli

Michael J. Petrilli

Visiting Fellow

Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s most influential education policy think…

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Terry M. Moe

Senior Fellow

Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University. He has…

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William Damon

Senior Fellow

William Damon is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, and a professor of education at Stanford…

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