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Analysis and Commentary

Keeping an Eye on State Standards

by Paul E. Peterson, Frederick M. Hessvia American Enterprise Institute
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

While No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires all students to be “proficient” in math and reading by 2014, the precedent-setting 2002 federal law also allows each state to determine its own level of proficiency…

Analysis and Commentary

Schwarzenegger knows schools need more than extra state money

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Jose Mercury News
Monday, May 22, 2006

In the governor's race this election year, voters are sure to be listening to what the candidates have to say about how our children are doing in school…

Analysis and Commentary

Abbott districts need better incentives

by Williamson M. Evers, Paul Cloptonvia Times of Trenton (N.J.)
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"[T]he cost per academically qualified high-school graduate in [Camden and Newark] is nearly $1 million."

Analysis and Commentary

Textbooks in the Middle East

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, October 5, 2005

When governments take responsibility for publishing school textbooks, such books invariably reflect what the leaders of that society want children to believe. Nowhere is this issue more crucial than in the Middle East, where national and religious passions are a constant threat to world peace.

Analysis and Commentary

Failing High Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Among the "talented tenth," those in the top 10 percent of test takers, reading scores have dropped four points since 1971 and math scores have not budged since first measured in 1978.

Analysis and Commentary

Good News in U.S. Education

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, August 10, 2005

In a test given regularly by this federal agency since the early 1970s, nine-year-old students earned the highest scores ever in both reading and mathematics.

Analysis and Commentary

Lifting School Standards

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tests are one of the cheapest and most effective means of raising achievement.

SPEAK NO EVIL: Freedom of Speech on Campus

with David Horowitz, Graham Larkinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, April 15, 2005

According to recent polls, instructors at American universities are overwhelmingly liberal: 72 percent of faculty members describe themselves as liberal, whereas only 15 percent call themselves conservative. Some critics charge that this ideological imbalance has created a code of political correctness that inhibits freedom of inquiry and expression in our universities. Is this true? And if so, what should be done, or can be done, about it? Peter Robinson speaks with David Horowitz and Graham Larkin.

Analysis and Commentary

Judging Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

There is no dispute about the charter school movement's growth to 3,300 schools enrolling close to a million children.

Analysis and Commentary

The Burden of Law

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2005

schools today are being strangled by a ton of laws, regulations, contracts, mandates, and rules.


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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