The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.
- Education research focused on charter schools and effective instructional practices
- School Choice and Charters
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Joshua Furgeson specializes in education research focused on charter schools and effective instructional practices. He is a key member of Mathematica’s research team for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).
Furgeson holds diverse roles on the WWC. He leads efforts to create and update practice guides that provide practical, evidence-based recommendations to teachers and administrators. He also trains WWC reviewers and develops standards used to certify them. He serves as deputy principal investigator for the special education topic area and has reviewed well-known studies for WWC Quick Reviews. Furgeson director a project evaluating the Equity Project Charter School, an innovative model that attracts and rewards teachers with high salaries and extensive professional development. He was a task leader for Mathematica’s qualitative analysis of leadership practices at Knowledge is Power Program schools. He also led the rigorous experimental analysis for the National Study of Charter Management Organization Effectiveness.
Before joining Mathematica in 2008, Furgeson was a research director at the Argosy Foundation. He has held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Cathedral High School. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Education Finance and Policy and Law and Human Behavior. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
KIPP: Preparing Youth for College
Mathematica built on our initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.
The Equity Project Charter School Evaluation (TEP)
Mathematica describes TEP’s instructional and personnel strategies, examines student characteristics and attrition rates, and reports impacts on student achievement during the school’s first four years.
Media Coverage of Mathematica's Study of The Equity Project
Does paying teachers $125,000 a year make a difference?
High Salaries for Teachers and Significant Impacts on Student Achievement
By the end of the 2012–2013 school year, TEP’s impacts on student achievement were consistently positive across subjects and cohorts, with especially large effects in math.
The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...