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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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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:

Teachers Unions at Risk of Losing "Agency Fees"
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape
By Mike Antonucci

Civil Wrongs
Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality
By R. Shep Melnick

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform
Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core and more
By Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West


Assessing Tradeoffs between Observational and Experimental Designs for Charter School Research
Matthew Ackerman
Anna J. Egalite

Performance Information and Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a School Accountability Regime
Samuel Barrows

Is Seeing Believing? How Americans and Germans Think about their Schools
Michael B. Henderson
Philipp Lergetporer
Paul E. Peterson
Katharina Werner
Martin R. West
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

Sept. 14, 2015
Boston Public School System Seeks To Increase Diversity Among Its Teachers
WBUR Boston

Sept. 4, 2015
Does the Partisan Divide Include the K-12 Curriculum?
Education Week

Aug. 24, 2015
The Federal No-Disparate-Impact Policy for Schools
National Review

Aug. 23, 2015
Common Core's Silent Majority
The Seventy Four

Aug. 13, 2015
Teachers and schools are funded at a higher rate than most people know
The Washington Times

July 16, 2015
Even Teachers Are No Fans of Forced Union Payments
The Wall Street Journal

May 12, 2015
Teacher Representation in America's Schools

April 11, 2015
Where Are the Teachers of Color?
The New York Times


The 2016 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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