Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Senior Fellow
Areas of Expertise
  • Education research
  • Evaluation and survey design
  • Survey research, data collection, statistics, and information systems
  • Education
  • Family Support
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
  • Youth Development
About Amy

Amy Johnson is an expert in evaluation and survey design, specializing in issues related to at-risk youth and teaching and learning. She is a key member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory team and has played a major role in important studies for Mathematica's state and federal clients, including impact evaluations of teacher induction; teacher preparation; abstinence education; and studies of Upward Bound, Ready To Learn, and other federally funded programs.

Johnson, who joined the firm in 1997, is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She serves as a referee for peer-reviewed journals and has presented widely to policy and practitioner audiences. She has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Key Projects
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    Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs

    Mathematica was commissioned to conduct a congressionally mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of abstinence education programs. Programs receiving these funds taught abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children and could not endorse or promote...

Related Case Studies
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    Building the Knowledge Base on Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness

    Mathematica designed and conducted three large-scale studies on the relationship between teacher preparation and effectiveness, using the most rigorous approach possible—random assignment of students to teachers from different kinds of programs—and compared student test scores to gauge teacher effectiveness.