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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Impact Of Magnet Schools In San Diego

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 18, 2018

In San Diego, one in ten students attends a magnet school, and because admission is sometimes determined by lottery, researchers have been able to study the impact of attending a magnet school on long-term outcomes.

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In the News

Students Present 2018 Teaching Awards To Three Esteemed Faculty Members

featuring Amit Seru via Stanford Graduate School of Business
Friday, June 15, 2018
Students in the MBA, PhD, and MSx programs honored Professors Amit Seru, Peter Reiss, and Anne Beyer, respectively, for their teaching and service.

Why Are American Students Poor Readers?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia National Review
Friday, June 15, 2018

Many young Americans are poor readers, as shown by various international tests. Why is that? Leftists (such as Diane Ravitch) have a bunch of excuses, but they all fail, argues Professor Mark Seidenberg of the University of Wisconsin. In today’s Martin Center article, Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation’s K–12 expert, writes about Seidenberg’s challenging work.

Analysis and Commentary

What Do Test Scores Really Mean For The Economy?

by Eric Hanushekvia EducationNext
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It is increasingly common to hear public statements downplaying the results of student tests. Such was the widespread reaction after the annual release of the highly reliable National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores in April, often called the “nation’s report card.”


Michael Petrilli: Are Our Elementary Schools Ready For "Personalized Pacing"?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what it would mean for elementary schools to implement personalized learning.

Analysis and Commentary

Ending Poverty As We've Known (And Measured) It?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A big surprise—and mountain of confusion—is coming to everyone who cares about educating poor kids, not to mention every policy wonk in the K–12 realm. The definition of “poor” and “disadvantaged” is in flux for the first time in my decades of engagement with K–12 education, and the outcome is going to be a prolonged period of instability and inconsistency. 

Hearing on the Long Arm of China
In the News

History Matters: A Fellow Makes Sense Of China’s Present Through Its Past

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Glenn Tiffert, a Visiting Fellow, is among a new breed of historians who are marshalling digital technologies and the tools of data science to probe the past.  A specialist on twentieth-century China, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Michigan...

In the News

Disadvantaged Schools Don’t Need Smaller Classes—They Need Better Teachers

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Quartz
Monday, June 11, 2018

Great teachers have a huge impact on kids. Research has shown that students with highly effective teachers (those in the 90th percentile) learn 1.5 years’ worth of material in a year, while students with teachers in the 10th percentile learn just half a years’ worth of material in the same period. “No other attribute of schools comes close to having this much influence on student achievement,” Eric Hanushek, an economist at Stanford University, told the Economist.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Effects Of Public And Private School On Adult Life

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 11, 2018

Are graduates of private schools as active in the public sphere as graduates of public schools? David Sikkink, an associate professor of sociology at Notre Dame, finds that when it comes to volunteering and charitable giving, graduates of private religious schools are more likely to be engaged.

In the News

Did Easier Tests Cost Normandy Students The Right To Transfer?

mentioning Paul E. Petersonvia St. Louis Today
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On Dec. 1, 2017, the Missouri State Board of Education went into a closed session and ousted Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Yet that wasn’t the only controversial decision that day. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to classify the Normandy Schools Collaborative as provisionally accredited. That move meant that thousands of students lost the right to transfer to higher-performing schools. Now it seems that vote was made without all of the facts.


K-12 Education Task Force

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.

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