Senior Fellow and Associate Director
Brian Gill is a senior fellow and associate director in Mathematica’s Cambridge office. His research addresses a variety of topics in K–12 education policy, including charter schools, private management of public schools, No Child Left Behind, the measurement of teacher performance, districtwide instructional reform, and homework.
Gill is currently directing the National Study of the Effectiveness of Charter-School Management Organizations, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NewSchools Venture Fund. This is the first study to rigorously examine the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations that manage networks of charter schools.
He is also principal investigator on the first nationwide evaluation of the effects of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools, one of the largest and most prominent networks of charter schools in the country. A third charter-school research project that he directs is using a randomized experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of the Equity Project Charter School, which seeks to promote student achievement by hiring expert teachers who are paid $125,000 salaries. Gill’s work on teacher effectiveness involves conventional public schools as well: he leads a project providing technical support for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in its $40 million Gates-supported initiative to empower effective teaching. Meanwhile, for the US Department of Education, Gill is directing a rigorous evaluation of the achievement impacts of supplemental educational services offered under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Gill served as a member of the Brookings Institution’s Charter School Task Force, member of the National Working Commission on Choice in K–12 Education at the Brookings Institution, and senior advisor for school choice issues on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Longitudinal Study of NCLB.
He has published his work in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the American Journal of Education, the Journal of Education Finance, Education Next, Teachers College Record, Peabody Journal of Education, Contemporary Economic Policy, Theory Into Practice, the Handbook of Research on School Choice,and the Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy. His research on homework earned the History of Education Society’s award for best article. Gill holds a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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- Areas of Expertise
- Key Projects
- Professional Activities
- K–12 education policy, including charter schools, private management of public schools, No Child Left Behind, the measurement of teacher performance, districtwide instructional reform, and homework
- Education policy editor for Behavioral Science and Policy
- Member, Brookings Institution’s Charter School Task Force
- Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award (2008)