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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.

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.


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