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Analysis and Commentary

Yes, Impacts On Test Scores Matter

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Friday, April 20, 2018
All week I’ve been digging into a recent AEI paper that reviews the research literature on short-term test-score impacts and long-term student outcomes for school choice programs. Here I’ll summarize the paper and what I believe is wrong with it, and conclude by calling on all parties in this debate to discuss the existing evidence in much more cautious tones.
Analysis and Commentary

What Counts As School Choice In New Study Of Short- And Long-Term Outcomes?

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, April 20, 2018

The AEI paper focuses on a specific question: Is there is a disconnect for school choice programs when it comes to their impact on student test scores versus their impact on student attainment outcomes, namely high school graduation, college entrance, and college graduation rates?

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A Degree of Disappointment

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

“College for all” has diluted the value of a bachelor’s degree and diverted many young people from better paths toward the working world.

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Unscientific American

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

If we’re to withstand a torrent of unsound and biased research, we need to understand—and respect—scientific principles.

Analysis and Commentary

Evaluating The Impact Of School Choice On Short- And Long-Term Outcomes

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Last month, the American Enterprise Institute published a paper by Colin Hitt, Michael Q. McShane, and Patrick J. Wolf that reviewed every rigorous school-choice study with data on both student achievement and student attainment—high school graduation, college enrollment, and/or college graduation. They contend that the evidence points to a mismatch, specifically that “a school choice program’s impact on test scores is a weak predictor of its impacts on longer-term outcomes.”

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Peter Berkowitz On The Lars Larson Northwest Podcast (50:29)

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia Lars Larson Show
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses free speech on college campuses.

Analysis and Commentary

Findings About School Choice Programs Shouldn't Be Applied To Individual Schools

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Over the past few days, I’ve shown that the overwhelming majority of studies looking at bona fide school choice programs find positive effects on both short-term test scores and long-term student outcomes, especially college-going and college graduation. It is simply incorrect to claim, as the AEI authors did, that “a school choice program’s impact on test scores is a weak predictor of its impacts on longer-term outcomes.”

Analysis and Commentary

Three Education Reform Ideas For Wannabe Governors

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This year will feature a whopping thirty-six governors’ races, half of which are wide open, with incumbents who are term-limited or not running for re-election. Victors will have the opportunity to improve policies in many areas. But they’ve sadly said little about their ideas for education, according to an analysis by Rick Hess and Sofia Gallo of the American Enterprise Institute. 

Analysis and Commentary

Keep What's Valuable In The Discipline Guidance—But Drop The Racial Quotas

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

As the Trump Administration inches closer to a decision about what to do with a 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter sent by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, defenders of the Obama-era policy have ratcheted up the rhetoric. Because the document “simply gave further information about how [the law] relates to school discipline,” and just “encourages schools to reflect on whether its discipline practices are affected by racial bias,” rescinding it would “signal that discrimination is OK.”

Analysis and Commentary

Can Social Studies Get Even Worse?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Way back when you were young (i.e., 2003), the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation published a hard-hitting report titled Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? It lamented the manifest failures of social-studies education, identified a number of culprits, and recommended a series of fundamental rethinks and reforms.

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