Tagged Education Reform

Active in Elementary School: Do State Physical Education Laws Affect Students’ Classroom Performance?

Childhood obesity in the United States is a growing concern for policymakers, teachers, public health officials, and parents. Over the past decade, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents in the US—or 12.7 million individuals—were categorized as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is about triple the rate in 1980….

Oklahoma’s Universal Preschool Program: Better Than OK

By William T. Gormley, Jr. Over the past decade, my colleagues and I have produced a series of peer-reviewed articles evaluating the effectiveness of Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program, which President Obama praised in his State of the Union Address. Oklahoma’s program, established in 1998, now reaches approximately three-fourths of the state’s four-year-olds. The “Sooner State”…

Why Evaluation Systems Can’t Identify Ineffective Teachers

By Kristin Blagg In 2009, the non-profit education reform organization TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) published The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act Upon Teacher Effectiveness. This report spurred the redesign of many state and district teacher evaluation systems to more rigorously assess and address teacher effectiveness. Last week, the New…

Investing in Innovation: The Economic Case for Early Childhood Education

Dr. Art Rolnick is a former senior vice president and director of research of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis and the author of the TEDx talk “The Economic Case for Early Childhood Development.” Recently, Senior Interview Editor Ingrid Stegemoeller had a discussion with Dr. Rolnick on the economic arguments behind investing in early childhood, a…

Interview with Dr. Alice Rivlin (Part I): On Apple’s Profits, Economies of Agglomeration, and the Future of the American Workforce

GPPReview Online’s Rob Wood recently sat down with Dr. Alice Rivlin, founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office, former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, and current Co-Director of the Greater Washington Research Program at the Brookings Institution. We discussed Apple, agglomeration, federal…

Interview with Jennifer Granholm: On Infrastructure Investment, AmeriCorps Expansion, and the Need for the Media to call out Obstructionists

Interview editor Ingrid Stegemoeller recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan. Jennifer Granholm  shares a few thoughts on the labor market and the recovery, and how Michigan offers a blueprint for other states. She also talks about her different experiences between the Bush and Obama administrations in getting things done…

The Gender Equality Paradox in the Middle East and North Africa

By Noora AlSindi The World Economic Forum has recently released The Global Gender Gap Index for 2011, and the global rankings are by no means a surprise. The Report, published annually since 2006, ranks approximately 135 countries based on their gender performance by benchmarking criteria such as economic participation and opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment…

Interview with Rick Hess: The Challenges for US Education Policy to stay Competitive in a Global Economy

On October 3rd, Executive Interview Editor Kathryn Short had a chance to sit down with Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  In this interview with The Review, he discussed his views on education policy and its role in making a competitive American workforce in a…