What We’re Listening To: Paul Peterson on Measuring Up
Paul Peterson was interviewed by Bob Bowdon on Choice Media about a new study that looks at public opinion on school reform. The study finds that when people find out how their schools are doing compared to a national standard — which often means that finding out that their schools are not as good as they thought they were — they are more likely to embrace school reform. Because common core could help citizens better understand how individual schools measure up, it could lead to increased support for reforms like school vouchers.
The study “Information Fuels Support for School Reform: Facts about local district performance alter public thinking,” by Peterson, Michael Henderson, and William Howell, appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Education Next.