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Analysis and Commentary

The Case For Holding Students Accountable

by Michael J. Petrilli, Adam Tynervia Education Next
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How extrinsic motivation gets kids to work harder and learn more.

In the News

New Data Show California Kids’ Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core

featuring Williamson M. Eversvia The Federalist
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

By 2014, California was the top state in the nation in eighth-grade algebra enrollment. That was the year Common Core went into place. It erased all those gains almost immediately, shows a new Hoover Institution analysis.

Analysis and Commentary

The Evidence On Test Scores And Long-Term Outcomes: Limited But Encouraging

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

For weeks now, I’ve been debating Patrick Wolf, Michael McShane, and Collin Hitt about the relationship between short-term test score changes and long-term student outcomes, like college enrollment and graduation. Most recently I proposed three hypotheses that those of us who support test-based accountability—for schools of choice and beyond—would embrace. Now let’s see how the evidence stacks up against them.

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Area 45: Charting A Course For Charter Schools

interview with Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Area 45
Thursday, April 12, 2018

School Choice – What Are The Choices?


Studying a Large-Scale Voucher Program In Colombia

interview with Paul E. Peterson, Eric Bettingervia The Education Exchange
Monday, April 9, 2018

In Colombia, a voucher program has awarded over 125,000 poor children scholarships to help them attend private high schools.

In the News

After Demanding Local Control, DeVos Finds That It Limits Her Influence

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The New York Times
Friday, March 9, 2018

After spending much of her life fighting for state and local control of education, Betsy DeVos last year found herself at the helm of the federal agency that she had long said stands in the way of educational innovation.


Michael Petrilli: Where Is The Next "Education Governor"?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what it will take to get gubernatorial candidates to embrace ed reform.

The Olympian Challenges Facing America's High Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what the recent graduation rate scandals say about the state of the American high schools. 

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I'm OK, You're Not Learning

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

The California-born self-esteem movement has morphed into “social-emotional learning.” But it still sidelines real academic skills. 

In the News

School Discipline Reform: Hard Lessons From The Front Lines

mentioning Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

In recent years, the school discipline pendulum has swung wildly, as policymakers, opinion-shapers, and interest groups have struggled over an inherently difficult problem.


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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