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Petrilli On The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show (56:40)

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Hal Ginsberg Morning Show
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and the status of public unions and agency fees.

In the News

What To Expect From New Education Chief John King

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Marketplace
Monday, January 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has a new boss, albeit a temporary one. With the new year, John King, Jr. became Acting U.S. Secretary of Education, after the departure of Arne Duncan. King is a former education commissioner of New York State, and more recently Duncan’s second-in-command.

Fall Retreat 2015

Podcasts From Hoover's Fall 2015 Retreat Now Available Online

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hoover Institution held its annual fall retreat during October 19 and 20, 2015. It offered presentations by Hoover fellows on a wide range of public policy issues, from US and world history to foreign policy to education and health care and the economic challenges of the future. Below is a selection of podcasts from the conference.

In the News

Report Card: Gains In D.C., Shaky Numbers In Maryland, No Change In Virginia

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia American University Radio
Thursday, October 29, 2015

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading, and the most recent test showed that scores in Maryland fell, while D.C. emerged as one of the few bright spots nationwide.

Analysis and Commentary

Heartbreak On NAEP

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Unfortunately, the rumors, predictions, and surmises were correct: Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are mostly down or flat. The worst news came in eighth-grade math, where twenty-two states saw declines. One of the only bright spots is fourth-grade reading, where ten states (as well as Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland) posted gains.

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In the News

Math Test Scores Down For The First Time In 25 Years

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia USA Today
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
For 25 years, through four presidential administrations, U.S. schools could rely on one small truth: Math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP test, always went up. Not this year.
Education and testing
In the News

Nationwide Test Shows Dip In Students’ Math Abilities

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

For the first time since 1990, the mathematical skills of American students have dropped, according to results of a nationwide test released by the Education Department on Wednesday.


The NAEP Is Falling Edition

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the fallen NAEP scores, the meaning of Obama’s pledge to reduce testing, and school dress codes.

Analysis and Commentary

If The Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have To Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan deserve credit for acknowledging this weekend that there’s too much testing in our schools today and that “the administration bears some of the responsibility.”...

In the News

Gifted Yet Disadvantaged Kids May Be Getting Short Shrift

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via US News and World Report
Monday, October 26, 2015

Under federal law, states and school districts must track the educational progress, or lack thereof, of poor students, minorities and those still learning English. And they're continually working to ensure those students don't fall behind, or if they do, that there's a plan in place to catch them up. But what about the country's highest-achieving students? Who's responsible for them? And what about disadvantaged gifted students who often lack support systems and depend entirely on public schools? 


Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI)

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