Educational Institutions

THOMAS B FORDHAM INSTITUTE

  • Washington, DC
  • www.edexcellence.net

Mission Statement

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the nation's leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as on-the-ground action and advocacy in Ohio. Nationally and in our home state of Ohio, we embrace: High standards for schools, students and educators; Quality education options for families; A more productive, equitable and efficient education system; and A culture of innovation, entrepreneurship.

Main Programs

  1. K-12 education research
  2. K-12 education commentary
  3. Ohio education policy
  4. Ohio charter authorization
Service Areas

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National

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute conducts rigorous research and analysis on state and national education-policy issues. We have a special focus on our home state of Ohio, where we have both a policy shop out of Columbus and authorize charters in the Dayton area and beyond from the Gem City. We focus on issues of rigorous standards, high-quality choices for every student, and increasing the capacity of the education system.

ruling year

2002

President since 2014

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Michael Petrill

Keywords

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education policy, education reform, Ohio, Washington

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EIN

31-1816446

 Number

2413152823

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

K-12 education research

The Fordham Institute publishes and disseminates 10+ research projects a year looking at various issues in K-12 education, with a strong focus on high standards, quality choices, and building capacity.

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Education Research

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Program 2

K-12 education commentary

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is a thought leader in the field of education reform, using regular commentary in the nation's leading outlets to set the parameters of the education debate.

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Education Research

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Ohio education policy

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute also serves as a leader in education reform in our home state of Ohio. Here we use policy research and commentary to weigh in on issues like high-quality charter schools and the implementation of high standards. We regularly engage with stakeholders statewide, including newspaper editors, district leaders, and policymakers.

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Program 4

Ohio charter authorization

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute was the first nonprofit authorizer in the state of Ohio, and now oversees 11 schools serving more than 2,000 children. We're renowned as a model authorizer statewide and nationally.

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Education Research

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our first major goal is to publish ten major research projects, evenly distributed among three strands, annually. At least three annually will receive significant attention from the mainstream media (meaning coverage in national outlets such as the Associated Press, USA TODAY, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or the Atlantic), and more than 5,000 views on our website. Our reports will earn, on average, approximately fifteen media hits and be viewed (on average) 3,000 times.



    Fordham's overall goal is to continue to move education in a refrom-minded direction. Although difficult to quantify, this remains the overall goal of Fordham’s work. We measure this through quantitative metrics like the number of op-eds we place, the number of journals in which our reports are cited, and the number of times Fordhamites are invited to speak. We also measure this through substantive interactions and policy changes, such as a legislator incorporating our recommendations into a proposal. Nationally, in the next year, we will receive forty-five speaking invitations (half will be for a representative other than Checker and Mike), place twenty-five op-eds in local newspapers, have at least twenty qualitative interactions with stakeholders, and be cited in at least ten other journal articles.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Fordham has been building its capacity as a reform-minded, results-oriented think tank for the last seventeen years under the guidance of Chester E. Finn, Jr., Michael Petrilli and a superb board. Many of our regular research partners, and half of our senior staff, have been with Fordham for more than five years. Over the last year, we’ve expanded prudently, adding Victoria Sears to the research team (which now totals four) and Michael Brickman (Scott Walker’s former education-policy staffer) as our national policy director to increase our capacities in research and commentary. Since the start of our last KFF grant, we’ve divided our former communications role into two—outreach manager and editorial assistant—to give both our online commentary and our media relations the requisite attention. Our Ohio-based staff has steadily expanded its capacity. In 2013, after longtime Ohio chief Terry Ryan moved to lead multiple ed-reform efforts in Idaho, we engaged Chad Aldis from the Walton Family Foundation to lead our statewide work in Ohio and promoted Kathryn Mullen-Upton to the role of vice president for sponsorship and Dayton initiatives. She now leads our efforts to expand our portfolio of charter schools (currently at ten) and ensure they are serving Ohio’s students well, while Chad works with legislators and the governor’s staff (as well as municipal leaders in other cities) to enact reforms that can have a strong, positive impact on schools and students.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

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National

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute conducts rigorous research and analysis on state and national education-policy issues. We have a special focus on our home state of Ohio, where we have both a policy shop out of Columbus and authorize charters in the Dayton area and beyond from the Gem City. We focus on issues of rigorous standards, high-quality choices for every student, and increasing the capacity of the education system.

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THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Leadership

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President

Michael Petrill

BIO

Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country's most influential education-policy think tanks. He is the author of The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools, and co-editor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core. Petrilli is also a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next. Petrilli has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg View, Slate, and Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Fox, as well as several National Public Radio programs, including All Things Considered, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show. Petrilli helped to create the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, and Young Education Professionals. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Driscoll

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?