Publications

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments examines previously unreleased items from three multi-state tests (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and one best-in-class state assessment, Massachusetts’ state exam (MCAS). The product of two years of work by the Thomas B...
Though charter schools are fiercely debated in Ohio, too rarely are the voices of charter leaders actually heard. This report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute surveys the leaders of the highest-performing Buckeye charters to take stock of their views on sector quality, accountability, and...
A thorough overview of how teachers are trained and licensed
More than twelve million American students exercise some form of school choice by going to a charter, magnet, or private school — or opting for homeschooling — instead of attending a traditional public school. Countless others use district-wide lotteries, attendance waivers, or interdistrict...
Whether you think the end game of the current “mixed economy” of district and charter schools should be an all-charter system (as in New Orleans) or a dual model (as in Washington D.C.), for the foreseeable future most cities are likely to continue with a blend of these two sectors. So we wanted to...
A thorough overview of Ohio's charter/community school governance framework
In Failing Our Brightest Kids , Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Brandon L. Wright argue that for decades, the United States has focused too little on preparing students to achieve at high levels. There are two core problems. First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough...
Report by Dara Zeehandelaar and David Griffith, with Joanna Smith, Michael Thier, Ross Anderson, Christine Pitts & Hovanes Gasparian Foreword by Amber M. Northern and Chester E. Finn, Jr. Questions of education governance are often considered moot by policymakers, who typically assume that the...
Like other states, Ohio has over the past few years put into place a standards and accountability framework with the clear goal of readying every student for college or career when she graduates high school. Given the difficulty and the outcry as a result of these changes, one may ask why we...
School districts across the land are contending with rising education costs and constrained revenues. Yet state policies for assisting school districts in financial trouble are uneven and complex. Interventions are often haphazard, occur arbitrarily, and routinely place politics over sound...

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