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Analysis and Commentary

Child Poverty Is Down Sharply Since The Start Of The Ed Reform Era

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Monday, July 1, 2019

Over the last few weeks, I’ve presented evidence that student outcomes in America improved significantly from the late 1990s until the onset of the Great Recession. The progress was greatest and most widespread in math, but also strong in reading, and pretty good in science, writing, U.S. history, and civics. In all of these cases, gains were greatest for the lowest-achieving students, for students of color, and at the fourth and eighth grade levels. With just a few exceptions, the trends for twelfth grade have generally been flat.

Analysis and Commentary

Child Poverty Is Down Sharply Since The Start Of The Ed Reform Era

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Over the last few weeks, I’ve presented evidence that student outcomes in America improved significantly from the late 1990s until the onset of the Great Recession. The progress was greatest and most widespread in math, but also strong in reading, and pretty good in science, writing, U.S. history, and civics. In all of these cases, gains were greatest for the lowest-achieving students, for students of color, and at the fourth and eighth grade levels. With just a few exceptions, the trends for twelfth grade have generally been flat.

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.

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Empowering Students through School Choice, with Betsy DeVos

interview with Betsy DeVosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 3, 2019

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The 11th US secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, talks about how she’s empowering students and parents to find the best education through her school choice proposal. 

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Empowering Students Through School Choice, With Betsy DeVos

interview with Betsy DeVosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 3, 2019

The 11th US secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, talks about how she’s empowering students and parents to find the best education through her school choice proposal.

Analysis and Commentary

The Results Of Florida’s Education Reforms Are Impressive. Their ROI Is Totally Off The Charts.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Florida is celebrating the twenty-year mark of the A+ Plan for Education, which brought accountability, parental choice, and evidence-based practices to the state’s schools. And to be sure, it’s an occasion worth celebrating, given the Sunshine State’s strong record of educational progress since then-governor Jeb Bush and his legislative partners ushered in the integrated suite of landmark reforms.

Analysis and Commentary

The Results Of Florida’s Education Reforms Are Impressive. Their Return-On-Investment Is Totally Off The Charts.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Foundation of Florida's Future
Monday, May 20, 2019

Florida is celebrating the twenty-year mark of the A+ Plan for Education, which brought accountability, parental choice and evidence-based practices to the state’s schools. And to be sure, it’s an occasion worth celebrating, given the Sunshine State’s strong record of educational progress since then-governor Jeb Bush and his legislative partners ushered in the integrated suite of landmark reforms.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Should U.S. Schools Mandate Foreign Language Instruction?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses whether US schools should mandate foreign language instruction.

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Brown V. Board Of Education, 65 Years Later

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 6, 2019
Are children today getting the schooling they deserve?
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“End of History” Lessons

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The big education battles seem to have settled down, but history suggests they won’t stay settled. It’s time to consolidate gains and push the next wave of education ideas.

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