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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 Forms of 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 Forms of 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 Forms of School Choice.

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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 Forms of 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 The Past & Future of School Accountability.

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The Future of School Accountability

by David Steiner, Alanna Bjorklund-Youngvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Monday, June 15, 2020

This paper reviews the best elements of accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and outlines an accountability 3.0 framework that would require changes to ESSA. 

Background paper for The Past & Future of School Accountability.

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Learning from the Past: School Accountability before ESSA

by Thomas S. Deevia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Monday, June 15, 2020

This paper discusses the design and evolution of school accountability in the United States, research on its effects, and implications for current policies being implemented under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Background paper for The Past & Future of School Accountability.

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The High School Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Hill
Monday, February 17, 2020

How hard should it be to earn a high school diploma? The way high school diploma requirements are currently evolving across the United States virtually ensures that the nation will continue to backslide in social equity, economic well-being and international competitiveness.

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Better pay for teachers makes perfect sense. But getting there won’t be easy.

by Jay Mathewsvia The Washington Post
Friday, February 14, 2020

As I expected, many readers reacted heatedly to last week’s column on a proposal to reduce teacher retirement plans so that teachers who produced the best results could be paid more.

Diploma Dilemma
HESI Policy AnalysisFeatured

The Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How to realize the potential of today’s students and strengthen our country’s economic and social vitality in the decades to come.

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FEATURED POLICY ANALYSIS

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.  On issues ranging from career pathways for students to compensation pathways for educators, from the role of school choice in the lives of families to the role of early education for our youngest children, this “solutions tank” is addressing some of the country’s most challenging education policy topics. 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 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 the improvement of education policy and providing public education solutions for state education and policy leaders.


With the passage in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are again in charge of American education policy. That means state leaders must possess the vision and the capacity to make the most of a new opportunity to better serve their students, parents, educators and taxpayers. To support them in this ambitious undertaking, the Hoover Education Success Initiative seeks to provide state education and policy leaders with policy recommendations that are based upon sound research and analysis.

Launched in 2019, HESI, led by senior scholars at the Hoover Institution, tackles fundamental issues in public education.  On issues ranging from career pathways for students to compensation pathways for educators, from the role of school choice in the lives of families to the role of early education for our youngest children, this “solutions tank” is addressing some of the country’s most challenging education policy topics.

Each year, HESI hosts research workshops and policy symposia on important topics that are ripe for improvement and reinvention. Grounded in solid evidence and reliable research, as well as comparison of policies and programs across various state landscapes, the Initiative’s findings and recommendations in each topic area are outlined in concise topical papers.  These papers become clear memoranda to state leaders that summarize findings and recommendations.  

HESI’s findings and recommendations also benefit from thorough discussion with members of its Practitioner Council, which consists of policy leaders from across the United States that ensure that HESI products are rooted in on-the-ground perspectives and best practices.  HESI’s unique approach is designed to foster much-needed reforms and innovations in America’s public education systems.  Its central goal is to contribute directly to the ongoing reinvention of the nation’s education landscape and to ultimately drive enhanced outcomes for our nation’s 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.