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Frederick Hess, AEI's director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, author, and popular speaker and commentator. He has authored such influential books as Spinning Wheels, Revolution at the Margins, and Common Sense School Reform. A former public high school social studies teacher, he has also taught education and policy at universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rice, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is executive editor of Education Next, a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. At AEI, Mr. Hess addresses a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

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The WSJ Steps Up on Race to the Top: Scrutinizing the “Selectivity” Standard

For awhile now, there has been some cause for concern that the famously tough-minded Wall Street Journal editorial page seemed to be drinking the Kool-Aid when it came to the much-discussed Race to the Top (RTT) grant program. So, it gives much satisfaction to note that this week’s WSJ featured perhaps the savviest editorial yet penned by any major newspaper on RTT.

The Accidental Principal

What doesn't get taught at ed schools?

Few States Set World-Class Standards

In fact, most render the notion of proficiency meaningless

Book Alert: Unlearned Lessons

Testing impresario W. James Popham has penned a volume that mixes anecdote, personal experience, and scholarly analysis to ask why American schooling has had such a terrible time designing, adopting, or employing good assessment.

How to Get the Teachers We Want

Specialization would lead to better teaching and higher salaries

The Accreditation Game

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (known broadly as NCATE, pronounced "en...

Crash Course

NCLB is driven by education politics

What Innovators Can, and Cannot, Do

Squeezing into local markets and cutting deals

The Work Ahead

Does school choice push public schools to improve?

Break the Link

The fact that schools of education could no longer rely on a captive body of aspiring teachers would expose them to teh cleansing winds of competition

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