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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.


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."

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.

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Teacher Strikes, Teacher Pay, And Teacher Status

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It’s hard not to sympathize with the striking teachers in several states. They’re not very well paid, inflation is creeping up, a lot of classrooms are crowded with kids and lacking in textbooks and supplies, and a number of state and local budgets for school operations are extremely tight and sometimes declining.

Analysis and Commentary

Test-Based Accountability Deserves To Be Assessed Against A Valid Hypothesis, Not A Straw Man

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Last month I published a five-part critique of a recent AEI paper by Collin Hitt, Michael McShane, and Patrick Wolf that looked at the connection (or lack thereof) between test scores and long-term outcomes in school choice programs. 

In the News

Arizona Teachers Vote To Go On Strike

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 20, 2018

[Subscription Required] Teachers are asking for 20% pay raises and increases in state education funding.


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