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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.

HESI Policy Analysis

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.

HESI Background Paper

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.

HESI Background Paper

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.

HESI Background Paper

Private School Choice Programs: What Do We Know about Their Effects on Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students?

by Patrick J. Wolfvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This report describes the various types of private school choice programs in the United States, their motivation and growth over the past thirty years, and their programmatic effects. Major findings are that choice programs are increasingly important to the viability of a private schooling sector, which is experiencing enrollment decline; they tend to serve disadvantaged subpopulations of students; and the programs generally benefit both participants and the broader society.

Background paper for Toward Equitable School Choice.

HESI Background Paper

Answering the Call?: Explaining How States Have (or Have Not) Taken Up the ESSA Accountability Challenge

by Paul Manna, Arnold Shobervia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Monday, June 15, 2020

States have sought to exploit the flexibility that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides, and in the process have retreated from strong accountability measures.

Background paper for School Accountability – Past, Present, and Future.

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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...

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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.