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Analysis and Commentary

What Do Tests Tell Us?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 20, 2001

Grading scales may have drifted in the school so that most grades are As and Bs, without improvements in achievement.

Analysis and Commentary

Privatization: A Solution for School Inequities?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 6, 2001

The least experienced teachers tend to teach in the schools with the highest concentrations of disadvantaged students.

Analysis and Commentary

Testing Is about Openness and Openness Works

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 30, 2001

How much can one expect from a policy that just informs, with few stakes?

A Primer on America's Schools

A Primer on America's Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, July 16, 2001

In this volume the eleven members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education provide a broad overview of the American education system—pulling together basic facts about its structure and operation, identifying key problems that hinder its performance, and offering perspectives

Analysis and Commentary

How Bad Is the Education Bill?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 25, 2001

There will, in fact, be no fundamental overhaul of this LBJ-era legislation, despite decades of evidence of its failure. But there will definitely be a whopping price tag.

Analysis and Commentary

Do American Students Study Enough?

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Saturday, June 23, 2001

How can the most productive country on the planet have the least productive schools?

Analysis and Commentary

Conversion of a Standardized Test Skeptic

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 18, 2001

Testing is undoubtedly the school reform with the highest ratio of benefits to costs.

Analysis and Commentary

The SAT: Blaming the Messenger

by E. Donald Hirsch Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 28, 2001

No test of "alternative" skills has proved to be fair and valid.

Analysis and Commentary

The Nation’s Report Card in Peril

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 14, 2001

Unfortunately, Congress is about to act on legislation that could jeopardize the entire NAEP program.

Analysis and Commentary

Handicapped American Schools

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 7, 2001

Students who move from one school to another often lack the knowledge necessary for success in their new schools.


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The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.