Focus on Charter High Schools
A new analysis of charter high schools, using data from Florida and Chicago, suggests that charter high schools are not only increasing post-secondary educational attainment but may also boost long-run earnings. Read the issue brief and the working paper.
Education Policy Research
Scientifically based methods are the hallmark of our work evaluating education programs and studying education policy issues. Our studies cover early learning experiences as well as education in the K-12 grades and college years. Our studies have provided important counsel to policymakers as they seek ideas for improving American education. We have also played an important role in advancing the state of the science in education research. Read more about our work on specific education topics.
New Education Studies Focus on Teacher Effectiveness and Access
The first, an evaluation of the Talent Transfer Initiative, found that a $20,000 incentive for high-performing teachers to move to low-performing
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools: New Findings on School Improvement Grants
Evaluation brief examining school turnaround efforts funded by School Improvement Grants (SIG) finds that schools implementing a SIG-funded intervention model were more likely than schools not implementing one to report having primary responsibility for setting professional development requirements and determining the length of the school day. Fact sheet | Press release
Social Solutions Pay for Less/Social Impact Bond (SIB) Webinar Series—Building a SIB-Ready Sector: Getting Ready—Webinar—May 8, 2014, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET), click here to register.
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting—The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy—Philadelphia, PA—April 3-7, 2014
Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy—New Players in Education Finance and Policy—San Antonio, TX—March 13-15, 2014
Active Living Research Annual Conference—Niche to Norm—San Diego, CA—March 9-12, 2014
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring Conference—Improving Education Science and Practice: The Role of Replication—Washington, DC—March 6-8, 2014
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Annual Conference—Washington, DC—January 23-24, 2014
American Economic Association—Philadelphia, PA—January 3-5, 2014
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education Lecture Series—Philadelphia, PA—November 11, 2013
Brookings Institution—Charter School Research: Generating the Evidence Needed for the Charter Sector to Reach Its Potential—Washington, DC—October 18, 2013
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness—Interdisciplinary Synthesis in Advancing Education Science—Washington, DC—September 26-28, 2013
University of Pennsylvania Workshop—Teaching Cases: Nuts and Bolts of Randomized Controlled Trials in Education—Philadelphia, PA—August 13-14, 2013
Jacobs Foundation—Good Enough: When is Evidence-Based Intervention Ready for Dissemination?—Zürich, Switzerland—May 30-June 1, 2013
Mathematica and the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education Forum/Webinar—Equal Access to Effective Teaching: What New Research Has to Say About the Problem and a Possible Solution—Washington, DC—December 10, 2013
Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education Webinar—Demystifying the What Works Clearinghouse: A Webinar for Developers and Researchers—December 3, 2013
Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers Forum/Webinar—Quality Assessments for Educational Excellence—Washington, DC—November 13, 2013
Mathematica Policy Research and the Institute on Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education—Addressing Teacher Shortages in Disadvantaged Schools: Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification and Student Achievement—Issue Forum/Webinar—September 12, 2013
Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University—Webinar—December 3, 2012
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research—Teacher Pay Incentives: Lessons from North Carolina's Teacher Bonus Program—Washington, DC—June 28, 2011
Jill Constantine, vice president, Director of NJ Human Services Research, and area leader for Mathematica's education research, testified before the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing on our evaluation of teachers trained through different routes to certification. Her testimony is available as an audio file or slides.