Pioneer Institute

Cogs in the Machine: Big Data, Common Core, and National Testing

May 1, 2014

With the federal government’s increasing involvement in education, advocates of this national education system claim gathering immense amounts of data is necessary for the system to properly functi

How to Address Common Core's Reading Standards

Sandra Stotsky
May 29, 2013

Licensure tests ensure that new teachers possess the basic content knowledge needed for professional practice.

The Logic of Pension Valuation

Iliya Atanasov
November 20, 2013

In this policy document, the discount rate used to value pension liabilities has been at the crux of the raging debate over the cost and riskiness of public retirement systems, which manage t

How Common Core’s ELA Standards Place College Readiness at Risk

Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky
September 3, 2012

In this white paper for the Pioneer Institute, the authors write that Common Core’s standards for English language arts, their organization, and their division make it unlikely that Amer

Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core is Bad for America

Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins
May 1, 2012

In this report from the Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project White Paper (in association with the Washington Policy Center and the Pacific Research Institute), the authors note Co

Shortchanging the Future: The Crisis of History and Civics in American Schools

Robert Pondiscio, Gilbert T. Sewall, Sandra Stotsky
April 2, 2013

The collective grasp of basic history and civics among American students is alarmingly weak.

The Fiscal Implications of Massachusetts Retirement Boards’ Investment Returns

Iliya Atanasov
October 1, 2012

Throughout the US, the number and scope of defined-benefit pension plans have been on the wane for over a quarter century.

NonProfit To For-Profit Conversions By Hospitals and Health Plans A Review. Part 1

Jack Needleman
February 1, 1999

In this review, authored by Jack Needleman, the nationwide debate that has for the past several years, extensively focused upon the number of hospitals and health plans converting from nonprofit to

Closing Springfield's Achievement Gap: Innovative Ways to Use MCAS Data Drive School Reform

Dr. Kathleen Madigan, Theodor Rebarber, and Dr. Bruce Bean
October 19, 2009

Business leaders, educators, policy makers, and civil rights advocates are increasingly dedicated to fundamental reform to close the achievement gap that limits hope and opport

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