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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

School Choice, Test Scores and Long-Term Outcomes: The Evidence Is Ambiguous

Review of studies finds few situations where school choice boosts long-term outcomes but not short-term ones.

Are There Schools of Choice That Hurt Test Scores but Not Long-Term Outcomes?

We know that a handful of school choice programs as a whole worsened achievement but improved graduation rates. What we don’t know is whether there was a similar mismatch at the school level.

A Closer Look at “Mismatch” in School Choice Studies

The impacts of school choice programs on test score gains and longer term outcomes are not really as out of sync as they may first appear.

What Counts as School Choice in New Study of Short- and Long-Term Outcomes?

Results for early-college high schools, selective-admission exam schools, and career and technical programs are different from those of the charter and voucher schools normally included in such studies.

Evaluating the Impact of School Choice on Short- and Long-Term Outcomes

A new paper argues that a school choice program’s impact on test scores is a weak predictor of its impacts on longer-term outcomes.

What to Watch For When the NAEP Results Are Released Next Week

Will the flat national trends continue? Did the switch to tablet-based assessments have an impact on the scores? What's the story in D.C, Indiana, Miami, Chicago, and California?

Which Urban School Districts Have Been Moving in the Right Direction on NAEP?

These will be the school districts to watch when the newest NAEP scores are released in early April.

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

Which States Are on a Hot Streak Coming Into the 2017 NAEP Release?

The District of Columbia, Indiana, and Tennessee clearly have momentum going into the 2017 NAEP release, with the broadest gains in both subjects and grade levels

NAEP Gains Over the Past 25 Years: A Closer Look at the Trends

How have U.S. students performed over the past twenty-five years on NAEP?

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