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Entries by Michael J. Petrilli from 02/2012

The Test Score Hypothesis

| Posted 02.01.2012 | Education

The entire school reform movement is predicated on a hypothesis: boosting student achievement, as measured by standardized tests, will enable greater prosperity. But is this hypothesis correct?

ESEA Waivers: Are They Worth the Trouble?

| Posted 02.14.2012 | Education

With a week to go until the February 21 deadline for the second round of Secretary Duncan's ESEA Waiverpalooza, states nationwide are studying the results of round one to figure out what federal officials did -- and didn't -- approve.

Memo to the World: America's Secret Sauce Isn't Made in Our Classrooms

| Posted 02.23.2012 | Education

A few weeks ago, a couple of Japanese scholars dropped by the Fordham Institute offices for a visit. These gentlemen were curious about how we manage to produce so many innovative leaders.

The "Teacher Effectiveness Gap" Was Just a Myth: 3 Implications

| Posted 02.28.2012 | Education

We have a lot of problems in K-12 education to address. Let's be grateful that we can take "closing the teacher effectiveness gap" off our to-do list.