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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.

Published Articles & Media

Obstacles to a Culture of Improvement

Our traditional public school system is not always hospitable to teachers or leaders willing to take risks to get better.

How to Help Schools Use Evidence-Based Practices

Here's how local communities, state education agencies, and philanthropists can help.

Allowing Researchers to See What Goes On in the Classroom

Technology might allow us to collect detailed information about classroom practice that would help us learn what’s working and what’s not.

As We Reach the End of Education Policy, We Need a Golden Age of Educational Practice

While policymakers might be taking a break from education policy, we cannot afford to take a break from educational improvement.

The Concern about Subgroups in ESSA Accountability Systems May Be Overblown

In Ohio, schools with poor performance for subgroups but high grades overall are quite rare.

The Case for Adding a Second 2nd Grade to High-Poverty Elementary Schools

Even with high-quality preschool, a fantastic elementary school, and longer school days and years, there’s just not enough time in the six years from kindergarten through grade five to help all low-income kids catch up to the grade-level expectations they will face in middle school.

How to Reverse Grade Inflation and Help Students Reach Their Potential

A new study looks at how easy or hard it is today to get a good grade in high school and whether that has changed over time.

Finding the Sweet Spot Between Defeatism and Utopianism When Setting School Standards

High expectations are as critical as ever. But it’s only when we combine them with a pragmatic approach that we have a chance of actually achieving them.

Where Education Reform Goes from Here

Education reform may be down, but it’s surely not out.

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