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Expand School Choice And Provide Fiscal Relief To Districts

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, April 29, 2021

In 2020, a generation of students suffered the largest loss of learning the United States has ever experienced. Districts closed their schools in mid-March, and only a fourth of all children returned to school for full-time, in-person instruction the following fall.

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Post-Pandemic Portfolio Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

For an entire school year, millions of students have been asked to learn mainly—if not exclusively—online. Children sit—or don’t sit—before computer screens, with glazed eyes, wandering minds, and attention distracted by background noise and music. Social isolation undermines the willingness to learn.

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Conclusions | How To Improve Our Schools In The Post-COVID Era

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

As the nation transitions from a public health focus in its schools to their education role, it is important to have a clear discussion of the direction and goals of America’s schools. There is no doubt that a key element of the nation’s historic strength and success has been the broad education of its citizens. But even before the pandemic there was vigorous discussion of how the schools could deal with new demands from the economy and do so in a more equitable way. The pandemic has amplified the need for picking up on this prior discussion and for making its desired improvements a reality.

COVID-19 could be the moment we turn to school choice as a road to equal opportunity

by Paul E. Petersonvia Dallas News
Sunday, January 10, 2021

States should broaden policies to support the school choice parents are demanding.

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Toward Equitable School Choice

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

For school choice to become more equitable, all parents must be allowed access to a wider selection of schools: a portfolio of options within school districts, an expanded number of charter schools, and school vouchers and tax-credit scholarships that can be used at private schools.

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How Badly Has The Pandemic Hurt K-12 Learning? Let State Testing In The Spring Tell Us.

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-named education secretary will immediately face a difficult question once in office: Should states, for the second year in a row, be given waivers from their annual obligation to assess every student’s reading and math progress in grades 3 through 8? Biden has indicated that, in matters such as pandemic-fighting, his administration will look at the data and follow the evidence. That approach should also apply in education.

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School Accountability—Past, Present, and Future

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Five years into implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this paper examines the past, present, and future of school accountability.

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When School Districts Let Families Choose

by Robin J. Lakevia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This paper examines in-district and across-district school choice opportunities and provides recommendations to maximize their effectiveness and access for students most in need of options.

Background paper for Toward Equitable School Choice.

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The National Charter School Landscape

by Anna J. Egalitevia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This paper summarizes the national charter school landscape by comprehensively reviewing the most up-to-date national and regional enrollment statistics, discussing the contemporary social and political factors affecting sector growth, and reviewing the research literature on the short- and long-run effects of attending a charter school or having one open near your district school.

Background paper for Toward Equitable School Choice.

HESI Background Paper

Does School Choice Make Segregation Better or Worse?

by Matthew M. Chingos, Tomas E. Monarrezvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This paper synthesizes the best available research on the effect of school choice policies on segregation by race and ethnicity.

Background paper for Toward Equitable School Choice.

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THE HESI SPEAKER SERIES | 2021

ABOUT

The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on the improvement of education policy and providing public education solutions for state education and policy leaders. Launched in 2019, HESI, led by senior scholars at the Hoover Institution, tackles fundamental issues in public education. Read more...

PRACTITIONER COUNCIL

The Practitioner Council of the Hoover Education Success Initiative is comprised of 15-20 leading education policy voices from across the country.  Collectively they serve as brain trust from which HESI members and authors draw insight and inspiration. Read more...

Chair
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education
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Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow
Distinguished Research Fellow
Executive Director
Distinguished Policy Fellow
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Hoover Institution's Education Experts Provide Solutions For Schools After COVID

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Four Hoover education policy experts are forcefully arguing that school systems cannot return to business as usual as they re-open from the pandemic.  Their newly released book, How to Improve Our Schools in the Post-COVID Era, explores in-depth the lingering extent of the current crisis, the foundational elements from the previous era that must remain, and the areas where reform and innovation are now ripe. 

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The Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases “Towards Equitable School Choice” An Evidence-Based Policy Paper Examining The Various Forms Of Public And Private School Choice In America

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The fourth education policy brief to be released by the Hoover Education Success Initiative in 2020, it comprehensively examines the past, present and future of school choice at the federal, state, and local levels, making recommendations on how state governments should proceed amidst uncertainty.

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With Schools Closing Around The Country And A Nominee For Secretary Of Education On The Horizon, The Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases An Evidence-based Policy Paper Exploring “School Accountability—Past, Present, & Future”

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The third of four education policy briefs to be released by the Hoover Education Success Initiative in 2020, it explores the past, present and future of school accountability systems at the federal, state, and local levels, making recommendations on how state governments should proceed amidst uncertainty.

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New OECD Analysis By Hoover Institution Fellows: Affected Students See At Least 3% Lower Career Earnings Because Of COVID School Closings

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Eric A. Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education and Distinguished Visiting Fellow Ludger Woessmann at Stanford’s Hoover Institution released an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  analysis on The Economic Impacts of Learning Losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This groundbreaking OECD analysis was presented at the G20 Education Ministers virtual meeting on September 5, 2020.  While not addressing when or how schools re-open, it points to the long-run harm to students and to the nation of the accumulating learning losses. 

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“The Integrity Of The High School Diploma Is At-Risk”—Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases Policy Briefing Exploring America’s “Diploma Dilemma”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

With state legislative sessions in full swing across the country, the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI), a newly formed research program at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has released “The Diploma Dilemma”—a policy brief that details how high school graduation rates continue to rise even as overall academic and career skill attainment remain flat.

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Newly Formed Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases Paper On Transforming Teacher Compensation

Thursday, January 30, 2020

As state legislative sessions begin around the country, the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI), a new research program at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has released “The Unavoidable: Tomorrow’s Teacher Compensation”—a policy briefing on the important connections between teacher compensation systems and student achievement outcomes.

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HESI (Hoover Education Success Initiative) November Symposium

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Friday, November 15, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosted the HESI November Symposium on Thursday, November 14, 2019 through Friday, November 15, 2019.

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HESI (Hoover Education Success Initiative) September Workshop

Thursday, September 19, 2019 to Friday, September 20, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

Over the course of two days in September at the Hoover Institution’s Washington D.C. campus, the Hoover Education Success Initiative hosted two topical workshops with contributing paper authors and invited respondents. 

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The Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI) focuses on providing state leaders with sound research-based recommendations to improve education in America.


Since passage in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have again taken charge of American education policy. That means their leaders must possess the vision, wisdom, and capacity to make the most of opportunities to better serve their students, parents, educators, and taxpayers. To support them in this ambitious undertaking, the Hoover Education Success Initiative provides policy recommendations in vital realms of K-12 schooling, grounded in expert analysis of what works.

Launched in 2019, HESI is a “solutions tank” led by senior scholars at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Its work incorporates the best available policy evidence as compiled by panels of research leaders in specific topical areas. The policy briefings are scrutinized and honed in consultation with the HESI Practitioner Council, a group of leading state policy makers and educational reform advocates.

HESI is not restricted to any specific policy areas but looks to inform states about a range of key topics of importance across the country. Examples demonstrating this can be seen in the major papers currently available:

This paper provides strong motivation for improving teacher compensation, notably for beginning teachers, but also explains how simply increasing pay without consideration of teacher effectiveness does not lead to improved student outcomes.

This paper outlines three functions that high school diplomas signal in America and the tensions among them. It argues for revamped career and technical education programs, increased rigor in academic courses, regular measurement of student competency, and improved data collection and reporting by states on a range of student outcomes.

This paper traces the evolution of school accountability, appraises the evidence to date regarding its efficacy, describes changes wrought by 2015’s Every Student Succeeds Act, and makes recommendations for maximizing the law’s value. It then turns to the future, urging state (and federal) officials not to forsake results-based accountability and high-quality assessments of student learning while recommending reforms for future implementation.

This paper outlines how many forms of choice—magnets, open enrollment, portfolio districts, charters, vouchers, tax credits, education savings accounts—have emerged in recent years and provides evidence that they are a notable advance from schools assigned on the basis of residence. It notes that the popularity of such options among parents and students is expected to increase and makes recommendations for correcting their shortcomings.

Thirteen contributing essays by leading expert authors were vital in informing the creation of these four major briefings. 

HESI continues to host research paper workshops and policy symposia on these and other timely K–12 issues, including policy challenges for state leaders that have arisen as a result of the global pandemic and the local school shutdowns that it precipitated across many parts of the country.

The initiative continues to strive to ensure that its research supports needed changes in education policy and practice at the state level. The central goal of HESI is to contribute directly to the ongoing reinvention of the nation’s education landscape and ultimately to drive enhanced outcomes for American children.


THE PRACTITIONER COUNCIL

The Practitioner Council of the Hoover Education Success Initiative is comprised of 15-20 leading education policy voices from across the country.  Collectively they serve as brain trust from which HESI members and authors draw insight and inspiration.  Each member occupies a unique space in the education system—sitting inside Governors’ offices and state legislatures, leading state education agencies and educational non-profits, convening other systems leaders on university campuses and in membership organizations.  Members provide input and guidance as pressure-testers of policy proposals, distributors of policy recommendations, identifiers of early adapters and connectors to potential partners.  Each member commits to an 18-month term of service, and participates in the annual HESI Symposium.  They serve an important role in the HESI network of collaborators.

For more information on the practitioner council, click here.