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The Education Exchange
25 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Ep. 262 - Oct. 3, 2022 - "Who Am I, What Are My Strengths, What Am I Good At?"
The Founder of Propel America, Paymon Rouhanifard, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how to best help students transition from high school to the workforce.
36 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Ep. 261 - Sept. 26, 2022 - Busing Boosts Integration But Not Learning, College-Going, Study Finds
A Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Parag A. Pathak, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Pathak's recent working paper, which investigates the effects of busing on integration, achievement, and college enrollment. “Still Worth the Trip? School Busing Effects in Boston and New York,” co-written with Joshua Angrist, Guthrie Gray-Lobe, and Clemence M. Idoux, is available now. https://www.nber.org/papers/w30308
27 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Ep. 260 - Sept. 19, 2022 - School Spending Soars, Driven by Costs of Benefits for Teachers
The director of education reform at Reason Foundation, Aaron Garth Smith, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Smith's latest analysis, which shows per-pupil spending increased in 49 out of 50 states during the 2020 fiscal year, while student enrollment declined in 22 states, plus the district of Columbia. Smith's report, "K-12 Education Spending Spotlight: An in-depth look at school finance data and trends," co-written with Jordan Campbell, is available now at reason.org. https://reason.org/commentary/k-12-education-spending-spotlight/
28 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Ep. 259 - Sept. 12, 2022 - National Test Shows Decline in Math, Reading Skills During Pandemic
The editor-in-chief of Education Next and member of the National Assessment Governing Board, Martin R. West, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the latest release of National Assessment of Educational Progress data, which shows test performance dipped for most fourth-grade students in both math and reading since the beginning of the pandemic.
25 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Ep. 258 - Sept. 6, 2022 - What's Causing the Teacher Shortage?
An assistant policy researcher at RAND, Melissa Kay Diliberti, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Diliberti's recent report, which collects survey responses from school districts through the 2021-22 academic year, and how schools are expecting teacher shortages for 2022-23. The report, "Districts Continue to Struggle with Staffing, Political Polarization, and Unfinished Instruction," co-written with Heather L. Schwartz, is available now. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA956-13.html
23 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Ep. 257 - Aug. 29, 2022 -Test Results from Spring 2022 Show "Cause for Hope"
The director of the Center for School and Student Progress at NWEA, Karyn Lewis, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Lewis' new research brief, which finds signs of student performance in math and reading rebounding during the 2021-22 academic year. The research brief, "Student achievement in 2021–2022: Cause for hope and continued urgency," co-written with Megan Kuhfield, is available now. https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2022/07/Student-Achievement-in-2021-22-Cause-for-hope-and-concern.researchbrief-1.pdf
22 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
Ep. 256 - Aug. 22, 2022 - Results of the 2022 Education Next Survey of Public Opinion
An Assistant Professor at George Mason University, David Houston, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the 2022 Education Next Survey, on which both Houston and Peterson are co-authors. "Partisan Rifts Widen, Perceptions of School Quality Decline: Results of the 2022 Education Next Survey of Public Opinion," by David M. Houston, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West, is available now. https://www.educationnext.org/partisan-rifts-widen-perceptions-school-quality-decline-results-2022-education-next-survey-public-opinion
29 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Ep. 255 - Aug. 15, 2022 - Why Are Students Making More Progress in Math than in Reading?
A Post Doctoral Researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School, M. Danish Shakeel, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss their new study, which finds that student achievement has increased since the 1970s. "A Half Century of Student Progress Nationwide" is available now at EducationNext.org. https://www.educationnext.org/half-century-of-student-progress-nationwide-first-comprehensive-analysis-finds-gains-test-scores/
31 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Ep. 254 - Aug. 8, 2022 - Enrollments Plunge at California Community Colleges
An Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, George Bulman, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic affected enrollment and performance in community colleges in California. "The Impact of COVID-19 on Community College Enrollment and Student Success," by Bulman and Robert W. Fairlie, is available now. https://www.edworkingpapers.com/sites/default/files/ai22-602.pdf
37 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Ep. 253 - Aug. 1, 2022 - When "Equity" Meant Owning the Limitless Upside Potential
The founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a nonprofit charter school network, Ian Rowe, joins Paul Peterson to discuss the opening of Vertex Academies, a new charter high school set to open this month in the Bronx, New York City.
33 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Ep. 252 - July 25, 2022 - Enrollments Rise at Catholic Schools in 2022
An adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and superintendent of Partnership Schools, Kathleen Porter-Magee, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how enrollment in Catholic schools increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Porter-Magee's brief, "Catholic School Enrollment Boomed During Covid. Let’s Make It More Than a One-Time Bump," co-written with Annie Smith and Matt Klausmeier, is available now. https://www.manhattan-institute.org/catholic-school-enrollment-boomed-during-covid
30 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Ep. 251 - July 18, 2022 - In Interview, DeVos Makes Case for “Education Freedom”
The 11th Secretary of Education of the United States, Betsy DeVos, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her experience in the U.S. Department of Education, and her new book, Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child. A review of the book by Peterson for Education Next is available now: "In New Book, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Emerges as a Modern Alyosha." https://www.educationnext.org/hostages-no-more-school-choice-advances-farther-than-anticipated/
30 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Ep. 250 - July 11, 2022 - Power of Teachers Unions Is Described in a New Book
An assistant professor of political science at Boston College, Michael Hartney, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Hartney's new book, how influential teachers unions are in shaping educational policy, and how parents have fared in their own efforts. Hartney's book, How Policies Make Interest Groups: Governments, Unions, and American Education, will be available in Sept. 2022 by the University of Chicago Press.
30 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
Ep. 249 - July 5, 2022 - "Huge gains" in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C., magnet schools
A Distinguished Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Macke Raymond, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss CREDO's latest study, which shows growth for students attending Innovation Network and charter schools in Indianapolis. The "2022 Indianapolis CREDO Study" is available now. https://www.themindtrust.org/indycredo/
39 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
Ep. 248 - June 27, 2022 - Study of For-Profit Schools Finds "Really Dramatic Effects on Learning"
A University Professor in Economics and the College and the Harris School of Public Policy, Director of the Development Innovation Lab, Michael Kremer, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Kremer's latest working paper, which examines the impact of enrolling in Bridge International Academies in Kenya. Kremer's paper, "Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya," co-written with Guthrie Gray-Lobe, Anthony Keats, Isaac Mbiti, and Owen Ozier, is available now. https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/2022-68/
34 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Ep. 247 - June 20, 2022 - Families Flee Minneapolis Public Schools
A senior writer and national correspondent at The 74, Beth Hawkins, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the ramifications of the Minneapolis teacher strike, which ended in March 2022. "Minneapolis Teacher Strike Lasted 3 Weeks. The Fallout Will Be Felt for Years," by Hawkins is available now at The 74. https://www.the74million.org/article/minneapolis-teacher-strike-lasted-3-weeks-the-fallout-will-be-felt-for-years/
23 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Ep. 246 - June 13, 2022 - Do New York City Charter Schools Fuel Racial Segregation?
An Assistant Professor at Temple University, Sarah Cordes, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Cordes' latest study, which measures the effect of charter schools on the diversity of nearby district schools. "Choice and Change: The Implications of Charter School Expansion for School and Neighborhood Diversity in NYC," co-written with Agustina Laurito, is available now. https://www.edworkingpapers.com/ai22-556
25 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Ep. 245 - June 6, 2022 - High School Grade Inflation "Really Dramatically Increased"
The lead research scientist in Applied Research at ACT, Edgar Sanchez, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Sanchez's latest report, which investigates how grade inflation has grown since 2010, and how inflation increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, “Grade Inflation Continues to Grow in the Past Decade,” co-written with Raeal Moore, is available now. https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/secured/documents/pdfs/Grade-Inflation-Continues-to-Grow-in-the-Past-Decade-Final-Accessible.pdf
33 minutes | May 31, 2022
Ep. 244 - May 31, 2022 - Gun Ownership Rates Decline, as School Shootings Spike
An assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, Daniel Hamlin, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Hamlin's research on gun ownership in America, and its relationship to school shootings over 40 years. Hamlin's paper, "Are gun ownership rates and regulations associated with firearm incidents in American schools? A forty-year analysis (1980–2019)", is available now. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047235221000672
33 minutes | May 23, 2022
Ep. 243 - May 23, 2022 - Basic, Proficient, Advanced
A Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, Chester E. Finn, Jr., joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Finn's new book, Assessing the Nation’s Report Card: Challenges and Choices for NAEP. Finn's latest piece for Education Next, “It Felt Like Guerrilla Warfare” — Student achievement levels in the Nation’s Report Card: a brief history of “basic,” “proficient,” and “advanced,” is available now. https://www.educationnext.org/it-felt-like-guerrilla-warfare-student-achievement-levels-nations-report-card-brief-history-basic-proficient-advanced/
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