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Analysis and Commentary

What To Make Of The 2019 Results From The ”Nation’s Report Card”

by Paul E. Peterson, Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"Shame on us," "Return to accountability," "Focus on the low-performing students," and other reactions to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress results.

Analysis and Commentary

On NAEP, Bright Spots Amidst The Gloom

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Alas, it wasn’t hard to predict that this year’s results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress would be bleak. With the lingering effects of the Great Recession still serving as powerful headwinds against progress, it would have taken a miracle to see big gains at the national level. Truthfully, I expected worse news for fourth graders, given how poorly they did upon entry into kindergarten; in reality, though, it turned out to be eighth grade where the news was most dismaying.

In the News

Student Performance Lags On Nation’s Report Card

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Kold 13 News
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

America’s eighth graders are falling behind in math and reading, while fourth graders are doing slightly better in reading, according to the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card.

In the News

Higher Education Is Churning Out ‘Woke And Broke Graduates’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The College Fix
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A new column in National Review highlights how “Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude,” arguing institutions of higher education are churning out “woke and broke graduates.”

In the News

Would More Public Funding For Schools Drive Higher GDP?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Delaware Business Times
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

It was an unusual message for this group to hear, a blend of libertarians, free-enterprisers and outright conservatives.

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Five Things The President Can Do To Confront And Prevent A Homelessness Tsunami

by Lance T. Izumi, Michele Steebvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that over 75 percent of those living on the streets in California’s largest city are struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical disability.

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A New Approach: Adult Foster Care For The Homeless

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

On his visit to California in September 2019, President Donald J. Trump underscored the urgency of the homeless crisis in America’s largest state. On the eve of his visit, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a special report, “The State of Homelessness in America.” It attributes the problem, correctly, “to decades of misguided and faulty policies” and proposes deregulation of the housing markets, among other solutions.

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Seattle Schools Propose To Teach That Math Education Is Racist—Will California Be Far Behind?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

California’s latest K–12 test scores were released earlier this month. Despite spending 26 percent more per pupil after inflation since 2011, test scores remain low, and improvement is proceeding at a glacial pace. Just 40 percent of California schoolchildren are proficient at math. What should be done? Seattle’s idea is to teach their students that US math education is racist, is used to oppress people of color and the disadvantaged, and has been used to exploit natural resources.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: What Parents Can Do To Help Kids Prepare For College

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, October 28, 2019

Diane Tavenner, the cofounder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her new book, “Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life,” and a series of tips and questions for parents as their children begin the college application process.

In the News

New York’s Civic Education Renewal

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia City-Journal
Friday, October 25, 2019

With fresh new approaches, a city-based nonprofit is reviving students’ understanding of civics.


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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