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Analysis and Commentary

A New Era Of Accountability In Education Has Barely Just Begun

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

As we approach the fourth birthday of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), much angst remains around testing and accountability in education. ESSA released some steam from the boiling pot of education politics by turning a number of key decisions over to states and reducing the stakes associated with “high stakes testing.” But those politics still simmer. That’s partly because American children continue to spend lots of time taking standardized tests; because of growing interest in aspects of schools’ mission that go beyond academics, especially social and emotional learning; and because of questions around whether testing and accountability systems are actually helping to make our schools better.

In the News

Hoover Class List 2019-2020

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Review
Monday, September 23, 2019

In a country where most accuse college campuses of being “liberal bubbles,” Stanford is blessed by the presence of the Hoover Institution, which provides access to some of the brightest conservative minds in the nation.

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Meritocracy Is Not The Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 23, 2019

New York City’s public school system needs weaker unions and more excellence. 

Analysis and Commentary

Diversity Inc. Is Becoming Even More Dangerous

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, September 23, 2019

Applying “equality” to selecting brain surgeons and airline pilots.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Impact Of Education Savings Accounts In Arizona

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 23, 2019

Matt Beienburg, the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of education savings accounts as a school choice option in Arizona.

In the News

Raghuram Rajan’s Business Book Shortlisted For Major Prize

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Eastern Eye
Friday, September 20, 2019

A book by Raghuram Rajan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and tipped by some as a possible successor to Mark Carney at the Bank of England, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019. The Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (William Collins UK), by Rajan, 56, currently a Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is one of six titles in the running for the £30,000 prize.

In the News

“Intense Democracy”: How Two Academics Are Trying To Break The Outrage Cycle

quoting Larry Diamondvia Vanity Fair
Thursday, September 19, 2019

There’s a story famous among pollsters involving George Bishop, a University of Cincinnati political scientist. Almost four decades ago, Bishop, an expert in public opinion research who passed away earlier this year, devised an experiment to unleash on the American electorate. In a series of surveys, he asked a sample of people their opinion on whether the Public Affairs Act of 1975 should be repealed. Roughly a third of respondents offered a firm opinion one way or another. This was suspicious enough.

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Classes For The College Contrarian: The Comprehensive Guide To Getting More Out Of Stanford

mentioning Michael McConnell, John B. Taylorvia The Stanford Review
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The flexible nature of a liberal arts education is both a blessing and a curse; for the most part, Stanford students can pursue their interests in peace, avoiding the politicized classrooms that have become so ubiquitous on college campuses. The downside, however, is that it can be hard to navigate course selection without some guidance.


Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: All About AP

with Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Hoover Institution fellow Checker Finn and Andrew Scanlan about their new book on the past, present, and future of Advanced Placement.

In the News

U.S. Colleges Face Tough Choice: Take Money From China And Lose Federal Funding

quoting Hoover Institutionvia NBC News
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Critics worry that Beijing uses Confucius Institutes to promote Communist Party propaganda on U.S. college campuses — but not everyone agrees.


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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