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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.

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Education Next is looking for a new manuscript editor. See the job description for details.

The Spring 2015 Colloquia Series begins on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Click here for speakers and details.

School Vouchers Help Low-income Minority Students Earn a College Degree - New research from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson.

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

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results.

For more information on the PEPG is 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship,
click here for full details.


Teachers Versus the Public:
What Americans Think About Schools and How to Fix Them

By Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson, and
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

By 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

Read the latest from Education Next:

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading
Commitments to Common Core may be driving the proficiency bar upward
By Paul E. Peterson and Matthew Ackerman

Single-Parent Familes: Revisiting the Moynihan Report 50 Years Later
An Education Next Event

An International Look at the Single-Parent Family
Family structure matters more for U.S. Children
By Ludger Woessmann


Experimentally Estimated Impacts of School Vouchers on College Enrollment and Degree Attainment
Matthew M. Chingos
Paul E. Peterson

Representation in the Classroom: The Effect of Own- Race Teacher Assignment on Student Achievement
Anna J. Egalite
Brian Kisida
Marcus A. Winters

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

March 24, 2015
Education Next Offers Policy Views, With an Edge
Education Week

Feb. 24, 2015
No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable
Los Angeles Times

Jan. 19, 2015
A rescue plan for the black family
NY Daily 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


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

School Vouchers Help Low-income Minority Students Earn a College Degree - New research from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson.

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

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard University
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