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Study Finds Declining Student ...

Sep 26, 2018 by

Curriculum centralization has failed to improve international competitiveness—it’s time to re-think curriculum standards-based reform...

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Video Highlights Long-Running ...

Sep 11, 2018 by

BOSTON – A new video highlights the work of Will Fitzhugh, who for years has operated The Concord Review, a journal that...

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New Documentary Highlights Imp...

Jan 22, 2018 by

Read op-eds about the film, by Raymond Flynn, former Ambassador to the Holy See, and Pioneer’s Jamie Gass in The Daily Caller, The...

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Study: Updated Massachusetts K...

Dec 12, 2017 by

Read news coverage: “Report warns of falling test scores” (Salem News, Newburyport Daily News, Gloucester Times). Both 2010 and 2017...

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Commemorating The 100th Annive...

Apr 7, 2017 by

On Tuesday, April 4th, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston, Pioneer Institute held a forum (see press...

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Study Highlights Best Practice...

Jan 10, 2017 by

Massachusetts should be cautious in updating its highly regarded history standards BOSTON – As Massachusetts sets about the...

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Curriculum deserves swift retu...

Oct 27, 2016 by

“It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery,” British dramatist John Gay wrote about Jonathan Swift’s 1726...

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Common Core Incompatible With ...

Oct 12, 2016 by

Singular focus on workforce development conflicts with Catholic schools’ academic, spiritual and moral mission BOSTON – The...

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Teaching American History: A S...

Aug 25, 2016 by

Thomas Birmingham – It’s often said that what isn’t tested isn’t taught.  At the same time, recent federal laws compel far too...

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The Education Writers Associat...

Apr 28, 2016 by

by Richard Phelps – Many billions have been spent, and continue to be spent, promoting the Common Core Standards and their...

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Sacrificing high standards to ...

Feb 24, 2016 by

This February marks the 190th anniversary of James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel “The Last of the Mohicans,” a masterpiece of...

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Fordham’s PARCC v. MCAS Report...

Feb 16, 2016 by

by Richard P. Phelps – The Fordham Institute has long been at work on a study of the relative quality of tests produced by the...

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Study: Poor Performance of Oth...

Nov 14, 2015 by

Attacks on MCAS for not producing “college-ready” graduates demonstrates lack of understanding of test’s purpose BOSTON – Political...

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What Two 1993 Massachusetts Ed...

Nov 4, 2015 by

An op-ed in Tuesday’s Boston Globe urges Massachusetts policymakers to adopt the Common Core-aligned PARCC test because MCAS is...

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Testing the Tests: Why MCAS Is...

Oct 27, 2015 by

Study:  MCAS Less Expensive, More Rigorous and Provides Better Information than PARCC  Authors call for state to phase out both PARCC...

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New Book: “Drilling through th...

Sep 28, 2015 by

With Common Core Collapsing, New Scholarly Book Informs Debate about Academic Quality, Cost, and Illegal Federal Role in K-12...

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Pioneer Statement on 2015 MCAS...

Sep 23, 2015 by

The release of 2015 MCAS results together with a patchwork of preliminary 2015 PARCC testing results provides little new information...

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Teach the tale of Emmitt Till

Aug 27, 2015 by

By Jamie Gass – Oh, what sorrow, Pity, pain, That tears and blood Should mix like rain In Mississippi! And terror, fetid hot,...

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New Study Proposes School Vouc...

Jul 30, 2015 by

Program would offer vouchers of $6,000 to $8,000 at no net cost to taxpayers BOSTON – In the wake of a North Carolina court...

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Study: Common Core and Two Tes...

Jul 22, 2015 by

Study: Common Core and Two Testing Consortia Violate Federal Laws, Are Unlikely to Improve Academic Achievement “Competitive...

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