In this week's podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio assess New York State’s decision to end timed tests, extract lessons from a former teacher’s troubled account of his time in the classroom, and discuss the most creative and worthwhile ideas that came out of Fordham’s ESSA Accountability Design competition. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the value of recess.

Amber's Research Minute

Martha Bleeker, Nicholas Beyler, Susanne James-Burdumy, Alyssa Maccarone, Kelly Boradaile, and Jane Fortson, "The Impact of Playworks on Student's Physical Activity by Race/Ethnicity: Findings of a Randomized Control Trial," Journal of Physical Activity and Health (July 2015).

Mike Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Education Commission of the States. An award-winning writer, he…

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Amber Northern is senior vice president for research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she supervises the Institute’s studies and research staff.  She has published in the areas of educational accountability, principal leadership, teacher quality, and academic standards, among others. Prior to joining Fordham, she served as senior study director at Westat. In that role, she provided evaluation services…

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Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in…

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Clara Allen is the Development and Staff Assistant at the Fordham Institute, where she assists with grant-writing initiatives, contributes to the operations team and manages Fordham's events. Prior to joining Fordham, she graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in educational studies. She has experience working in various development capacities with the American…

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Audrey Kim