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Education Reform, High Standards and American Exceptionalism

Conservatives have always been champions of high standards and American Exceptionalism.

Did FL Legislators Make the Grade?

Education reform is not a turn-key operation. You don’t pass legislation, congratulate yourself on a job well done, and walk away.

Stronger Standards for a Stronger Country

Our education system has stagnated for too long, holding on to the standards of an outdated economy.

Might be summer, but education leaders aren’t resting

As we enter the summer months, education leaders aren’t resting. Local districts are preparing for—and welcoming—more challenging academic standards for students.

The one where we fact check

All children deserve to have a system that sets them up for success in life. Americans support their education system at a globally high level but do not receive globally competitive results in return.


Despite a still-recovering economy, in one industry alone, there are hundreds of thousands of open, good-wage jobs employers want to fill, but can’t because of a dramatic shortage of qualified candidates.

High Academic Standards Critical Today for Jobs of Tomorrow

As the movement to raise academic standards gains momentum in states across the nation, take a moment to read the latest on what people are really saying about this initiative.

Chubb and Clark Examine State Achievement Gap

Some states are serious, others Shirley when it comes to education reform.

John Chubb and Constance Clark have a very interesting new study out from Education Sector called The New State Achievement Gap: How NCLB Waivers Could Make it Worse or Better.

Florida, Louisiana Senate Education Chairmen: States Must Lead on Raising Standards

For every 100 ninth graders, 70 will go on to graduate high school. Forty-four of these men and women will enter college, and just 30 will return for their sophomore year. Only 21 will earn a degree within six years.

Should We Retain Kids to Raise Reading Achievement? Part II

Part II has arrived and Professor Shanahan shares additional thoughts on whether retention can improve student reading achievement. One of his statements worth highlighting: