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Exam Schools:
Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools
Chester E. Finn, Jr. & Jessica A. Hockett

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"[T]his book raised important new questions and illuminated largely unknown facts. . . . Finn and Hockett have done something rare in public policy debates: They've raised new issues."--Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

"If you are interested in giving your child or children a superior education, this book is a must-read."--Nano Khilnani, Biz India


"As a proud graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, I have a deep and abiding appreciation for the importance of exam schools in our educational system, and this book arrives in the nick of time. Finn and Hockett pull back the veil of mystery surrounding these schools to show us where they've succeeded, where they've fallen short, and what we can learn from these remarkable institutions to improve the education of all Americans."--Andrew Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Looking at America's most selective public high schools, Exam Schools determines what ingredients are necessary for developing an outstanding secondary school in a public context. Giving us reasons to believe that education reform is possible, this illuminating book will restore optimism, help us find a direction, and chart our course. Anyone who cares about American education should read it."--Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, author of Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education

"This engaging book investigates the important but woefully understudied phenomenon of academically selective public high schools in the United States. Given that there is virtually no systematic research available on this topic, Exam Schools fills a critical gap."--Martin West, Harvard University

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