This five-year rigorous evaluation of the impact of teacher induction programs focused on two high-intensity teacher induction models and involved 1,009 teachers in 418 elementary schools in 17 medium and large urban school districts in 13 states.
- Education research
- Evaluation and survey design
- Survey research, data collection, statistics, and information systems
- Family Support
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Youth Development
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.
Supporting New Teachers: Evaluating Teacher Induction Models
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...
Mathematica's Abstinence Evaluation: Responding to a Changing Policy Climate
In 1996, Congress authorized $50 million annually for five years to states for abstinence education programs. Beginning in 2005, an additional $13 million was allocated to grantees providing abstinence education. Programs receiving these funds taught abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage...
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.