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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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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

Visit the book's page

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


2014 Education Next/PEPG Survey: Poll results are available now.

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

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results here.

pepg in the news

Aug. 19, 2013
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

Nov. 8, 2013
Spinning America's Report Card
The Wall Street Journal

Oct. 9, 2013
U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills
USA Today

Sept. 16, 2013
Scholars: Throwing More Monney at Schools Will Not Make Them Better


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

Does student performance reduce imprisonment?
Kaja Hoiseth Brugard
Torberg Falch

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

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

The Effects of Early Grade Retention
on Student Outcomes over Time: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Florida

Martin R. West
Guido Schwerdt

Achievement Growth:
International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance

Eric A. Hanushek
Paul E. Peterson
Ludger Woessmann

Education Iron Triangle
Martin R. West
Michael Henderson
Paul E. Peterson

press releases and program news

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.

Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice - In this entry on the Education Next blog, Paul E. Peterson remembers a member of the PEPG Advisory Committee.

New Survey Shows Majority of Independent Voters Favor Charter Schools, Feel Unions Do 'More Harm than Good' - Available in Spanish here Overall, public says teacher salaries and tenure should be based heavily on student test performance; public has less confidence in teachers than previously reported.

First Systematic Study of School Vouchers & College Enrollment
Shows Large Effects for African Americans
College enrollment increases by 24% for those who attended a private school

Governor Walker to Deliver Address on Improving Education at HKS Conference
Governor Walker of Wisonsin to address PEPG "Learning from Improving School Systems at Home and Abroad" conference taking place on July 26th and 27th in Cambridge MA.

Hanushek, Peterson, and Woessman: Student Achievement Gains in U.S. Fail to Close International Achievement Gap
U.S. ranks 25th out of 49 countries in student test-score gains over 14-year period, report 3 scholars at
Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich.

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