Paul E. Peterson
African Americans benefited the most
Half or more of student achievement gains on NAEP are an illusion
The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do
International and state trends in student achievement
Americans are learning more but are not catching up to the rest of the world
The true import of the Chetty study
A narrow-minded approach to school reform
What U.S. schools can and cannot learn from other countries
Photos: Additional images from the Education Next-PEPG Conference
The latest on each state’s international standing
Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever
Students learned 3.6 percent of a standard deviation more if the teacher spent 10 percent more time on direct instruction. That’s one to two months of extra learning during the course of the year.
How persuasive is it?
The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see Pyrrhic Victories? by Frederick M. Hess, Michael J. Petrilli, [...]
Over the decade, we have witnessed—perhaps contributed to—the advance of school reform.
Everyone’s local school needs to do better
Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?
All school evaluations, like all politics, are local
The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree
Most state standards remain far below international level
View the Underlying Data
School markets are creative, not static
Promising results from charters that educate teens
The legacy of James Coleman
Not as bad as it sounds
We get more minority teachers and test scores rise
In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless
The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.
Research can change the political agenda…if the circumstances are right
Download Complete Results Here (PDF).
But can we be sure about the students?
What kind of management does better than the district-run schools?
For years, our public schools have paid as little attention to personnel costs as General Motors has.
Today's choicest choice
Will he provide similar opportunities for others?
Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices
Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?
Is accountability the reform of the past?
The public supports a wide range of education reforms
NCLB’s faulty way of measuring school quality
The 2007 Education Next—PEPG Survey
A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report
Changing minds in the education establishment
Findings are other than they seem
What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future
Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you
Vouchers and the Test-Score Gap
Vouchers on Trial
A view from inside the courtroom
In the wake of A Nation at Risk, educators pledged to focus anew on student achievement. Two decades later, little progress has been made
New looks at the New York City evaluation
Racial progress eventually came to pass—everywhere but in public schools
Now it is certain, on its third anniversary, that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a monumental achievement. The accountability provisions of the law shine a bright light on the performance of schools across the nation, forcing many of them to attend to long-ignored problems. But new evidence confirms what was known when the law [...]
Johnny can’t read … in South Carolina. But if his folks move to Texas, he’ll be reading up a storm. What’s going on? It turns out that in complying with the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), some states have decided to be a whole lot more generous than others in determining whether students [...]
How Closed Negotiations with Unions Are Hurting Our Schools
A race to the bottom?
Good teaching—the kind that can routinely raise student achievement—is the most valuable of all education resources. When a teacher inspires, children learn, even when the building is antiquated, the Internet is missing, and classes are bigger than usual. So teacher quality matters. A lot. Yet the standard measure of quality today, the teaching credential or [...]
The What Works Clearinghouse declared the voucher study to be “a well-implemented randomized controlled trial.”
The America Achieves study reveals in an alternate way an international achievement gap that my colleagues and I have been identifying over the past three years.
How do Carnoy and Rothstein manage to raise U. S. educational performance to international standards simply by adjusting for the social-class background of its students?
Conventional wisdom says that Obama put one over on the GOP. The real story is quite otherwise.
Predicting what will happen in 2013 is a fool’s project. Consider 2012.
At this holiday season, ordinarily so joyful, all of our hearts are filled with sadness, thoughts, and prayers for the families of those 27 children and adults who lost their lives in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
According to research gathered by the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force, charter schools provided the fodder for more news stories in 2012 than any other educational topic.
Do graduation rates from high school have anything to do with student proficiency in reading and writing in 4th and 8th grade?
Poll reveals less trust in teachers, especially among swing voters
Several of the issues raised by Goldrick-Rab have no merit and none undermine the primary conclusion of our study.
Matthew Chingos and I have just released a study that for the first time makes use of data from a randomized field trial to identify the impact of school vouchers on college enrollments.
Some states are improving much more rapidly than others
Noted Indiana University professor, Elinor Ostrom, died this week at the age of 78. I cannot better express my appreciation for her life and work than by re-posting what I said at the time she became the first woman–and the first political scientist–to win the Nobel prize in economics.
My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble. So I watched the news last night with a worried eye after CNN told me that the exit polls in Wisconsin showed a tight race.
A unique survey of schools by our New York Whines on-the-scene reporters has revealed a misappropriation of public funds for private schooling in schools across most of Europe.
It is not the under-achieving students in urban centers who perpetuate the ongoing crisis in American education. They are simply doing their best to survive the challenges of family, neighborhood and circumstance. The threats come from the mindless educational potentates who have captured control of the best public schools in the country.
Readers interested in digital education should go to the very end of Ken Auletta’s article on Stanford’s president, John Hennessy, in the latest issue of the New Yorker.
Did you know that school bus drivers and cafeteria workers file unemployment claims whenever schools take a vacation break?
Matthew Yglesias concludes that “affluent American parents will continue to foot the bill for their kids to get schooled in person” rather than making use of online learning. But you could conclude that Americans—both affluent and otherwise—will be insisting that their children take their high school classes online so that they are not bullied or embarrassed in the classroom when they are not as skilled as others.
Can school districts be vehicles for introducing a choice-based system of digital education?
Should presidents talk about student achievement or jobs for teachers?
You Can Deny the Truth of My Critique of Broader, Bolder Theory, But Why Can’t You At Least Spell My Name?
In an ill-considered rebuttal, blogger Valerie Strauss denies that BBA disparages the value of school reform. She even denies that either BBA or Ladd ever meant to say that income had much of an impact on achievement.
Family income is associated with student achievement, but careful studies show little causal connection. School factors—teacher quality, school accountability, school choice—have bigger causal impacts than family income per se.
In Utah, new legislation has given school districts the opportunity to attract high school students from throughout the state to their online course offerings.
Give parents the information they need to pick their school of choice
During the 2010-11 fiscal year, the NEA invested $18.8 million dollars in a bewildering array of grateful non-profit groups and organizations
A lot of people, unhappy with both the Obama Administration and the Republican alternative, are searching for a middle way.
Did the federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), close the education gap? Now that Congress is talking about reauthorizing NCLB, it struck me that it would be worthwhile to see what the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tell us about the direction the nation has moved in the years since the law was passed.
Ed Next readers—or at least those who participate in our polls—are not all that different from the public at large, except that they seem to know more about the issues and are thus more inclined to take a position on them. That’s what we discovered when we asked the same questions of readers as were posed to a representative cross-section of the public as a whole in 2011.
The debate between blended and online learning will continue. Too much politically is at stake for it to be otherwise.
I am encouraged when Sandy Kress tells me that the moves away from accountability and merit pay that have taken place recently in Texas were forced upon Governor Rick Perry and Robert Scott, the state’s education commissioner, by legislative pressures beyond their control.
Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott was in enemy territory recently, telling the folks at Massachusetts’s Pioneer Institute (including some who favor Romney, such as myself [full disclosure] ) about the virtues of the Texas education system, a topic of national significance now that Rick Perry’s chariot has leaped to lead position in the Republican presidential nomination race.
The savvy, well-heeled people who populate our affluent suburbs are expected to know what is going on. Those who send their children to public school settle only for the best. Not surprisingly, most are happy with what they get. Yet it turns out that many, probably most, of the schools in affluent neighborhoods deserve no better than a “C.”
If there is no evidence as to which type of schooling is to be preferred, why not let parents choose which type of schooling is best for their child?
Podcast: Paul Peterson and Chester Finn discuss a study of Chicago principals who were given the power to choose which teachers to fire.
Now that President Obama has let both the expenditure and revenue-raising shoes drop, it is clear that the costs to state and local governments of the new jobs bill could very well equal—perhaps exceed—the benefits they might receive.
Information on the cost and performance of the Wellesley Public Schools may be available somewhere else in the vast reaches of the internet, but to quickly access accurate information you have to go to education.com
The U. S. government just provided the public with much the same information Education Next shared with readers a year ago: A comparison of state standards in reading and math at the 4th and 8th grade levels.
Thirty-two percent of U.S. students in the class of 2011 were proficient in mathematics when they were in 8th grade. Coincidentally, that places the United States in 32nd place among the 65 nations of the world that participated in PISA, my colleagues and I report today.
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