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Analysis and Commentary

Betsy Devos And Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes In The U.S. Have Improved Significantly In Recent Decades

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, June 14, 2019
Back in April, speaking in front of the Education Writers Association, Secretary DeVos said that decades of reform efforts and increased social spending, both inside and outside of schools, “hasn’t ultimately improved anything for any students, particularly not for the most vulnerable students.” It’s a standard refrain from DeVos, and many other reformers as well, when making the case that past efforts have failed and it’s time to try something different.
Interviews

Michael J. Petrilli: Data-Based Decision-Making Is Great, As Long As Data Are Not Only Test Scores

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how high-performing schools use all sorts of data—and not just test scores—to improve their instruction and outcomes.

Analysis and Commentary

Betsy DeVos And Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes In The U.S. Have Improved Significantly In Recent Decades

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Back in April, speaking in front of the Education Writers Association, Secretary DeVos said that decades of reform efforts and increased social spending, both inside and outside of schools, “hasn't ultimately improved anything for any students, particularly not for the most vulnerable students.” It’s a standard refrain from DeVos, and many other reformers as well, when making the case that past efforts have failed and it’s time to try something different. Even my friend Rick Hess, after acknowledging big gains in math achievement, has argued that “a fair assessment” of the past two decades of reform “would admit that there has been a lot of action, but not much in the way of demonstrated improvement.”

Featured

Is Dumbing-Down Why Graduation Rates Are Up? In Both High School And College?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Start with two unlovable but immutable realities: First, there’s really no constituency for higher standards and greater rigor in education. Valuable though those things are in the long run for both individuals and society, they’re painful in the short run.

In the News

Frontline Research & Learning Institute's New Print Issue Of The Line Asks: 'Are We Delivering On The Promise Of Education?'

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia PR Newswire
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Frontline Research & Learning Institute today released the fifth print issue of The Line, a publication dedicated to encouraging civil discourse among K-12 education leaders by presenting diverse viewpoints on the most pressing issues facing education today. The Line reaffirms its commitment to progressing K-12 education by asking complex questions of publication contributors who include two former secretaries of education, heads of education policy organizations and nonprofits, teacher leaders, superintendents and other advocates. The fifth issue boldly addresses critical issues that have significant consequences for our communities.

In the News

How Anti-Semitism Became A Staple Of ‘Woke’ Activism On Campus

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Daily Signal
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Recent events in higher education have led many to conclude that college campuses are hubs of anti-Semitism.

In the News

School’s Purpose Is Indoctrination.

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Human Events
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The near sole purpose of present-day academia is indoctrination. This is a fairly bold thesis, but the evidence is in its favor.

In the News

KOLB: Why Are American Students So Uneducated?

mentioning Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Daily Caller
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Americans like to talk about K-12 education reform, but lasting accomplishments or significant achievements are few. It’s presidential campaign season now, so expect more education-policy bromides.

In the News

Unchartered Territory: 2020 Democrats Back Away From Charter Schools

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia MSN
Sunday, June 9, 2019

In 2009, a newly-elected President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to remove limits on charter schools, saying it "isn't good for our children, our economy, or our country" to hinder their growth.

Announcing the 2018 Winners of the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp Director’s Award

Monday, October 8, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA

Capping off an intensive week-long study and discussion of the core principles and tools of public policy, students were invited to apply their knowledge by researching and developing a policy proposal. Following the principles of Hoover scholarship, the proposals emphasize a specific recommendation using facts, data, and well-constructed arguments. The papers summarize the significance of the new policy and the expected result.

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