This free, online event was held on July 24, 2012, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network. Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: 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's authors are Paul E. Peterson, Eric A. Hanushek, and Ludger Woessmann.