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Career Readiness: Four Ways State Policymakers Can Help Transform the High School Experience for Students

via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, January 23, 2020

This essay provides an overview of the policy and practice of career and technical education in America, outlining the opportunities for modernization.

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Teacher Pensions and Teacher Quality: Drawing on Existing Evidence to Formulate New Ideas

via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Given the massive taxpayer investments that school districts and states are making in educator pension systems, it is time to reconsider how these retirement incentives impact teacher retention and student learning in our nation’s classrooms.

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The Big Bet on Adding Staff to Improve Schools Is Breaking the Bank: How Can We Do Right by Students and the Budget Alike?

via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rather than looking for any single big bet, education leaders should weigh the trade-offs of cost-equivalent options, intentionally choose an array of investment strategies customized to local needs, and consider staffing that can do the most for students with the limited dollars at hand.

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The Relevance, Effects, and Potential Unintended Consequences of High-Stakes Assessments

via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, January 23, 2020

This essay considers the relationship between high school graduation requirements, college admissions requirements, and required state standardized assessments.

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Ready or Not? Preparing All Students For a Meaningful Post–High School Experience

via Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Thursday, January 23, 2020

This essay provides a landscape analysis of high school graduation requirements across states, analyzes states’ recent student outcomes data, and names actions state education leaders can take to improve alignment and achievement.

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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.  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...

Practioner 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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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.