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Analysis and Commentary

2019 NAEP Results Show There’s Something Wrong Going On. 3 Theories About What Might Be Happening In Our Schools, And Beyond

by Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Thursday, November 21, 2019

The New York Times headline pointed to “decline.” Politico used the word “slump.” And the Associated Press went with “lags.” Any way you say it, the latest scores from the Nation’s Report Card were bad, with trends getting worse over time. In particular, America’s lowest-performing students, who also tend to be our lowest-income children, are faring particularly poorly, especially in eighth grade, and especially in reading, but pretty much all across the board. 

Analysis and Commentary

Montgomery County Talks A Good Game On “Equity.” Now It Has A Chance To Walk It, Too.

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

There’s been a lot of talk about racial equity in Montgomery County as of late. It is motivated in part by a disturbing “racial equity profile” released in June, which shows dramatic disparities between white and Asian residents and their African American and Latino counterparts in employment, health, education and many other domains.

Analysis and Commentary

Put “Whole Language” On Trial

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The case against reading instruction that leads to illiteracy.

David Berlinski
In the News

“Erudite,” “Profound,” “Beautifully Wrought”: Peter Robinson On Berlinski’s Human Nature

quoting Peter M. Robinsonvia Evolution News
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Those are just some of the terms of apt praise applied to David Berlinsk’s new book, Human Nature, by Peter Robinson, Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How To Build A 21st-Century School System

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, November 18, 2019

Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at OECD, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss the upcoming PISA results, how high-performing nations work to support teachers, and what school systems can do to better prepare students for the future. The 2019 PISA results will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Analysis and Commentary

Nobel Laureates Aim Too Low On Global Poverty

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 16, 2019

The above is the title that the Wall Street Journal gave my article on the recent winners of the Nobel Prize in economics. Now that the 30 days is up, I’m posting the whole article below.

In the News

In Blaming Schools For Eroding Reading Skills, Are We Overlooking Surge In Children’s Screen Time?

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia AJC
Friday, November 15, 2019

In decrying disappointing U.S. reading performance, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looked at what occurs within schools, citing ineffective teachers, antiquated approaches, bloated bureaucracies, overpaid administrators, bad policies and "Big Ed."

In the News

PN-G Hack Seen As Lesson For Other School Districts

quoting Herbert Linvia Beaumont Enterprise
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
As forensic experts worked on Wednesday to restore access to Port Neches-Groves ISD computer files following a crippling cyberattack a day earlier, Superintendent Mike Gonzales said the district may never know whose computer allowed the malware to intrude.
Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: The Scarcity Of High-Quality Early Childhood Education

with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about the state of early childhood education for students of color.
Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret T
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Eric Hanushek Appointed To National Assessment Governing Board

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Hoover Education Success Initiative at the Hoover Institution, has been appointed to serve a four-year term as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board as the testing & measurement expert. His term officially began on Oct. 1, 2019, and will end on Sept. 30, 2023.

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