I am pleased to report that we at PEPG have been able to enlarge our capacity to fulfill our three core missions: 1) provide high-level instruction in education policy and governance; 2) undertake pathbreaking studies in school reform; and 3) engage with the larger school-reform community.
• Teaching: We have in 2017–18 nine education entrepreneurial fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School who are pursuing their Master’s in Public Policy and three postdoctoral fellows who are pushing the school-reform research agenda forward.
• Research: PEPG studies released this year include new findings on parent satisfaction with charter schools; in-depth analyses of Justice Antonin Scalia’s contributions to legal doctrine in education; 11th annual survey of U.S. public opinion documenting the changing public views on school reform; and new evidence on the long-term effects of Florida’s test-based grade promotion policy on high-school course performance and graduation.
• Outreach: Education Next continues to plant bigger footprints on Twitter and in the print and electronic media. Martin R. West and Paul E. Peterson have each launched weekly podcasts that are providing alternative ways to learn about current developments in education. Education Next has widened its coverage of higher education.
—Paul E. Peterson