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The Unfulfilled Promise Of High-School Choice

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

At first blush, high school would seem to be the part of K–12 education where choice should work best—and do the most good. Students are older, more mobile, more independent, with ideas of their own, often beginning to think about the directions they may take in life as adults.

Analysis and Commentary

A Teacher-Centric Approach To School Reform

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 16, 2018

Students in Washington, D.C. have been making large gains on NAEP, and many credit the transformation of the teaching profession that has taken place in DCPS over the past decade.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Education Reform Goes From Here

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, July 12, 2018

After two decades of mostly-forward movement and many big wins, the last few years have been a tough patch for education reform. 

In the News

To Whom Does The Future Belong? What Skills Will Be Needed To Thrive?

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia myAJC
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Has education reform hit a wall? 

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Brushing Up on “Truth Decay”

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Separating fact from fiction is an elementary skill. So why don’t we teach it in elementary school?

Analysis and Commentary

Crowdsourcing Request: Best Educational YouTube Channels For Kids

by Michael J. Petrillivia Ed Excellence
Monday, June 25, 2018

As a recovering Waldorf parent, I’ve long had a complicated relationship with screen time, but have come to see its benefits, especially if the focus is on quality over quantity. This has inspired me to publish lists of my favorite TV shows for young kids and for families; a compilation of educational videos; and a list of recommended apps. Now for the next frontier: YouTube.

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.


What Do Test Scores Really Mean For The Economy?

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Monday, June 4, 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: The Case For Holding Students Accountable

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli makes the case for holding students accountable and notes extrinsic motivation gets kids to work harder and learn more.
In the News

Op-Ed: The Myth Of Sisyphus And The Achievement Gap

quoting Eric Hanushekvia NJ Spotlight
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The tension between Americans’ belief in equality of educational opportunity and personal liberty means there will always be an achievement gap.


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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