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Generation Lost: The Pandemic’s Lifetime Tax (October 06, 2023)

Students’ Covid learning losses portent a future workforce with fewer skills, lower earnings

Student test scores are down, and it isn’t just because of COVID shutdowns (July 26, 2023)

Virtually no attention has been paid to the fact that there were major NAEP losses —heavily skewed against disadvantaged students — well before the COVID shutdowns.

Finding the Best Teachers for Post-Pandemic Schools (August 26, 2022)

Nobody is talking about schools resuming completely to normal this fall, but the economic problems caused by the pandemic would not be solved even if they did.

Permanent Economic Damage from Learning Losses (September 18, 2020)

Unless schools actually get better than they were in 2019, existing research indicates this will lead to permanently lower future earnings.

Costs of Past and Future Learning Losses (September 09, 2020)

For the United States, the already accrued learning losses are expected to amount to $14.2 trillion, and would grow if schools are unable to restart quickly.

School Funding in the Wake of COVID-19 (July 09, 2020)

Balancing widespread health, academic and political challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and schools will also face the prospect of reduced budgets as they attempt to resume instruction this fall.

Renowned economist and education researcher Eric Hanushek (Stanford University) joins CPRE Executive Director Jonathan Supovitz (University of Pennsylvania) to discuss the potential economic and workforce impacts of the pandemic, and how a prolonged downturn might affect students.

Focus on Teaching, Not Just Masks and Hand-Sanitizer (June 30, 2020)

Make schools better than they were by relying more on the best teachers.

The Research Challenges of the AI Labor Market Challenges (December 17, 2019)

Technological advances in the economy present both challenges for firms and workers tied to outmoded production methods and great opportunities for those able to adapt.

Professionalizing Teaching and Winning the Salary Wars (November 14, 2019)

The nation is stuck with a bad equilibrium in terms of teacher salaries: salaries are insufficient to attract new teachers who can fuel improved schools and yet they are not even high enough to satisfy current teachers.

Preparing all students to succeed during COVID-19 pandemic (November 04, 2019)

The single most important way to ensure that everybody can participate in the modern economy is to ensure that they have the skills that are demanded by the economy.

Teacher Pay Raises Aren't Enough: Adding evaluation would make all the difference for improving schools (November 04, 2019)

The nation is stuck with a bad deal on teacher salaries: salaries insufficient to attract new teachers who can fuel improved schools and yet not even high enough to satisfy current teachers.

Measurement Counts: International Student Tests and Economic Growth (October 01, 2019)

The PISA scores are a good index of the future quality of the labor force in each country, and the quality of the labor force in turn has been shown to be a decisive factor in determining the long-run growth rates of nations.

Students have already been saddled with economic losses from school closures (September 10, 2019)

Nobody is talking about schools resuming completely to normal this fall, but the economic problems caused by the pandemic would not be solved even if they did.

Budget 2019 needs to have a holistic view on where education in India needs to go (July 03, 2019)
With the new Indian government shortly coming up with its first full federal budget and with education sector outlays being actively discussed, it is time to take a broader, holistic view of where Indian education needs to go.
The War on Poverty Remains a Stalemate (March 18, 2019)
Our finding is that the SES achievement gaps have not narrowed over the past 50 years, despite all the money spent on that objective.
Ohio can play offense with the AI revolution by investing in quality education (August 29, 2018)

Ohio can build on relative strength in math education to shore up the educational skills of Ohioans and better position the state for the coming artificial intelligence revolution.

Banter #320: Eric Hanushek on teacher quality and student achievement (June 21, 2018)

This week on Banter, AEI’s John H. Makin Visiting Scholar Eric Hanushek discusses the relationship between teacher cognitive skills and student achievement.

Dr. Hanushek’s research finds that there are substantial differences in teacher cognitive skills across countries that are related to student performance. Dr. Hanushek will soon publish a new academic paper in the Journal of Human Resources on the subject. You can read the full paper and listen to Dr. Hanushek’s appearance on the “Political Economy” podcast with Jim Pethokoukis at the links below.

What Do Test Scores Really Mean for the Economy? (June 04, 2018)

Putting our heads in the sand is not the right answer. Test scores today say a lot about what our labor force will look like over the coming decades. Our current students' skills will dictate our economic future in the long run. Understanding the implications of higher skills—as measured by regular standardized tests—provides a way of assessing how our country as a whole will fare in the coming years.

Apprenticeship Programs in a Changing Economic World (June 28, 2017)

In a knowledge-based economy, early employment gains with vocational training may lead to later problems when specific skills become obsolete.

Emulating Germany’s Apprenticeship System Won’t Make America Great Again (June 23, 2017)
We should not delude ourselves into thinking that Trump’s apprenticeship expansion will substitute for our failing K-12 schooling system