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Established in 1996 under the direction of Paul E. Peterson, the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements. Located within Harvard University's Government Department and the Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PEPG continues to fulfill its core missions:

• provide high-level scientific training for young scholars who can make independent contributions to scholarly research;
• foster a national community of reform-minded scientific researchers; and
• produce path-breaking studies that provide a scientific basis for school reform policy. Read more...

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Current and Past Issues


Read the 2014 EdNext-PEPG poll results here.

Read the EdNext poll article by Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West.


Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think About Schools and How to Fix Them
Paul E. Peterson
Michael Henderson
Martin R West

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Watch a live discussion of the book and its findings

The Wall Street Journal featured the book in "Notables and Quotables"

Not Just the Problems of Other People's Children
Eric A. Hanushek,
Paul E. Peterson and
Ludger Woessmann

The book Endangering Prosperity is the result of the original three-part series of reports on the state of American education in international perspective.

Education Next has published an abridged version of this new report


The 2015 PEPG Annual Report is now available.

PEPG and the Ifo Institute will jointly host a workshop on Public Opinion and the Political Economy of Education. Click here for details.

2014 PEPG program report: Read the latest update on PEPG research.

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results here.

pepg in the news

Sept. 21, 2014
How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It
The Wall Street Journal

Aug. 19, 2014
The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure
The Wall Street Journal

June 13, 2014
The fall of teachers unions
Politico Pro

May 20, 2014
U.S. 'in denial' over poor math standards
BBC News

May 13, 2014
Study finds U.S. students lag behind those in other industrialized countries
Washington Examiner

April 28, 2014
Notables and Quotables: Teachers vs. the Public
The Wall Street Journal

Feb. 9, 2014
Six keys to economic opportunity
The Washington Times


The Value of Smarter Teachers: International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance
Eric A. Hanushek
Marc Piopiunik
Simon Wiederhold

Competitive Impacts of Means-Tested Vouchers on Public School Performance: Evidence from Louisiana and Indiana
Anna J. Egalite

The Uneven Performance of Arizona's Charter Schools
Matthew M. Chingos
Martin R. West

Virtual Schooling and Student Learning: Evidence from the Florida Virtual School
Matthew M. Chingos
Guido Schwerdt

Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think About Schools and How to Fix Them
Paul E. Peterson
Michael Henderson
Martin R. West

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School
Eric A. Hanushek
Paul E. Peterson
Ludger Woessmann

Which Teachers Choose a Defined Contibution Plan? Evidence from the Florida Retirement System
Matthew M. Chingos
Martin R. West

The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Matthew Chingos
Paul E. Peterson

press releases and program news

PEPG is accepting applications for its 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship. Click here for full details.

The 2015 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

The First Hard Evidence on Virtual Education - In this entry on the Education Next blog, Martin R. West points to findings supporting continued experimentation with technology-based innovation in K-12 education.

Effective Schools Help Students Outperform Expectations Based on Cognitive Skills - Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.

Support for Common Core Slips, But Majority of Public Still In Favor - 2014 EdNext poll finds while the public, on average, gives 50% of teachers in their local schools an A or a B grade, 22% are given a D or an F

U.S. Students from Educated Families Fall Short in Math Proficiency on Global Stage - U.S. ranks 27th out of 34 OECD countries overall; 28th among students with at least one college-educated parent

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School - A sobering new book on the long-term cost of a stagnant U.S. education system.

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