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Report: "Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance": (PDF)

An abridged version of the report in the journal Education Next:

A map of the U.S. that shows the annual rate of growth in student achievement in Math, Reading and Science by state, is available at:

TIME Magazine article covering the "Achievement Growth" research, published on July 16, 2012:

Press Release:  

Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Education Next, a journal of opinion and research 

Websites for study authors:

Paul E. Peterson

Eric A. Hanushek

Ludger Woessmann


A report released on July 16, 2012, provides new information on the places in the United States and around the world which have shown the greatest improvement on PISA and NAEP tests over the past two decades. The report will be featured in a conference held July 25-27, 2012, at Harvard University. At the conference several scholars presented additional papers that identify factors which cause or are correlated with system improvement either within the United States or internationally, and practitioners from the most improved places around the world will speak to the experiences of their home state or country.

This study was prepared under the auspices of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Education Next of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

In concurrence with the report's release, this Webinar featured two of the report's authors who presented a summary of the findings and then fielded questions from the audience.

The report authors are:

  • Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Eric A. Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Stanford University
  • Ludger Woessmann, Professor of Economics, University of Munich
Presentations (PDF)