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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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Equal Access to Excellence: Charter and District School Reform
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Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson receive 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy Prize
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Harvard Kennedy School launches new Fellowships in Education Entrepreneurs at PEPG
Multi-year grant will support tuition fellowships, policy research, and training.
Read the HKS press release here
Read about it in the Harvard Crimson.

The 2016 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results.


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

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion from the EdNext Poll
Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular
By Paul E. Peterson, Michael B. Henderson, Martin R. West and Samuel Barrows

School Closures in New York City
Did students do better after their high schools were closed?
By James J. Kemple

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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

Aug. 23, 2016
Why Does the NAACP Oppose Charter Schools?
U.S. News & World Report

Aug. 15, 2016
Clinton Abandons the Middle on Education
The Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2016
Professor Peterson Receives Prize for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform
Harvard Kennedy School

Dec. 3, 2015
Two Gifts Will Fund Kennedy School Fellowships
Harvard Crimson

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


Harvard Kennedy School launches new Fellowships in Education Entrepreneurs at PEPG - Multi-year grant will support tuition fellowships, policy research, and training

2016-17 Education Entrepreneurship Fellowships - Click for information on how to apply.

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

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 304
Cambridge, MA 02138

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