Education Next

A quarterly scholarly journal of the Hoover Institution that explores issues relating to education policy and K-12 education reform in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring

Ballots Not Barristers: Arizona Case Shows Limits of Litigation
While the competition is formidable, one case today best illustrates why the judiciary is ill suited to crafting education policy. Flores v. Huppenthal (formerly Home v. Flores and Flores v. Arizona) has been in federal court since 1992 and could very...
Choosing the Right Growth Measure
State education agencies and school districts are increasingly using measures based on student test-score growth in their systems for evaluating school and teacher performance. In many cases, these systems inform high-stakes decisions such as which...
Conditional Pell Dollars Miss Students Who Need Them Most
Education reform is a well-intentioned effort to improve outcomes for all students that is undercut by a misguided focus on achieving those goals on the cheap. The proposal I've been asked to discuss, which would condition Pell Grants on "college readiness,"...
Education Entrepreneurs Petersen
The Data Guys: Larry Berger and Jonathan Harber As the disciples of innovation scholar Clayton Christensen know, market-leading companies are rarely the ones that invent the future. Although large technology companies like IBM often work with...
For Education Entrepreneurs, Innovation Yields High Returns
Meanwhile, few sectors are more desperate for new ideas than the $600 billion system of K-12 public education. Many intrepid entrepreneurs have waded into the waters, hoping to improve outcomes for students. And many have failed or faltered in attempting...
From the Editors Common Core and the War on Self-Deception: Learning the Truth about Schools Helps the School Reform Cause
"Think Globally, Act Locally" is a slogan around which the public should rally as much concerning education as environmental issues. Since the American school is in sad shape globally, one expects the pragmatic, Mr. Fixit American public to be actively...
Historian Ravitch Trades Fact for Fiction: Latest Book Indifferent to the Standards of Social Science
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools By Diane Rayitch Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, is obviously not a work of scholarship, nor is it intended to be. The first half of the...
Information Fuels Support for Salool Reform
The Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS) seeks to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn" at various grade levels. For some education observers, CCSS will finally clarify for students, parents, and...
Mayoral Control in the Windy City: Rahm Emanuel Battles to Improve Chicago Schools
When former U.S. congressman and Obama administration chief of stat Rahm Emanuel marched triumphantly into the Chicago mayor's office in 2011, he promised to revamp Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in ways that had barely been contemplated in 16 years...
Needle
Low-income parents want good schools, he says. But demand for what schools are offering weakens in working-class families and diminishes even more for middle-class parents. One or two steps up the economic ladder, parents say, "I just want my kids...
Schooling Rebooted
Today's education technology holds immense promise, but what matters more than the tools themselves are how they are used in schools and in classrooms. In Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, Frederick M. Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that educators...
Target Aid to Students Most Likely to Succeed
The cost of college has been rising at an unsustainable rate. The federal government has tried to soften the impact of these increases on families and students by providing more assistance in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits. For the academic...
The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship: College Funds Boost Grades of African American Students
The Kalamazoo Promise provides college scholarships to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), a midsized urban school district in Michigan that is racially and economically diverse. Anonymous donors promise to pay up to 100 percent of college...
Underachieving in America: Researchers Document International Gaps, a Journalist Seeks the Cause
Endangering Prosperity, with three distinguished authors and an eminent introducer, is devoted to one major point: the United States is truly falling behind not only the East Asian countries that for some time have scored best in international comparisons...
Will Mayor De Blasio Turn Back the School Reform Clock?
"The scruffy young man who arrived in Nicaragua in 1988 stood out," the story begins. "Bill de Blasi[degrees], then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. A few paragraphs later, the...
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