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Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s most influential education-policy think tanks. He is the author of The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools, co-editor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core, and co-editor of How to Educate an American. Petrilli is also a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and Executive Editor of Education Next. Petrilli has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg View, Slate, and Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Fox, as well as several National Public Radio programs, including All Things Considered, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show. Petrilli helped to create the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, and Young Education Professionals. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.

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A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Assessing the impact of national standards

Stay the Course on National Standards

Forum: A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?
Figure 1. The “below basic in fourth grade reading rate” versus the supplemental child poverty rate

Education Policy Helped These States Beat the Socioeconomic Curve

Indiana, Florida, Mississippi show signs of recent progress.
Figure 1. The “below basic in fourth grade reading rate” versus the supplemental child poverty rate

Perhaps Progress Against Poverty Helped Test Scores Rise

The pattern isn’t perfect. But over the past twenty years, the two lines appear to be moving generally in the same direction.

Child Poverty Is Down Sharply Since the Start of the Ed Reform Era

Let's celebrate the fact that our country has made real progress in the War on Poverty.

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