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Analysis and Commentary

The Way To Improve Educational Practice At Scale Is To Invest In R&D

by Michael J. Petrillivia Ed Excellence
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Last week, I argued that the education-policy field has reached a state of homeostasis, “characterized by clearer and fairer but lighter touch accountability systems; the incremental growth of school choice options for families; but no appetite for big and bold new initiatives.” 

Analysis and Commentary

Empowering Teachers Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You’ve seen plenty of comments and speculations on what last week’s election means for K–12 education (or will mean if they ever finish counting the ballots and filing lawsuits.) But not until this week did you see the conclusion by my friend Jay Mathews that education should be left to the teachers and the politicians should butt out.

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Teachers Need Sympathy—and Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Teaching can be a tough, poorly paid job. But teachers need to recognize that respect must be earned, and that their unions are doing them no favors.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Consequences Of Grade Inflation

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Choice Media
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses high school grade inflation.
Interviews

Lee Ohanian: California Democratic Party Battles A Common Sense Democratic Superintendent Of School Instruction

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses his California on Your Mind article "David Versus Goliath: A School Reformer Takes On The Democratic Party And Unions."

Analysis and Commentary

Point Of View: Oklahoma’s Math Standards Don’t Make The Grade

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia News OK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In spring 2016, Oklahoma adopted new math and English language arts (ELA) standards after making the decision drop the Common Core. In doing so, it was well within its rights. But Oklahoma also has a responsibility to make sure its standards are strong, clear and rigorous. For ELA, the state has accomplished this. But for math, it fell short.

Analysis and Commentary

A Survey Of Teachers By Teachers

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 6, 2018

Evan Stone, the co-founder and CEO of Educators for Excellence, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his organization’s new survey, "Voices from the Classroom: A Survey of America’s Educators."

In the News

Worthwhile Reasons To Move School Elections

quoting Terry M. Moevia News OK
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In political debates on education, it's often argued that state officials should defer decision-making authority to districts in the name of local control. Yet this potentially empowers school employees far more than the families of children served by those schools.

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.

Featured

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."

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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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