EPI in brief - Latest news and publications from the Education Policy Initiative
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EPI in brief
Latest news and publications from the Education Policy Initiative
Fall 2016
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The wisdom of mandatory grade retention

In Brookings’ Evidence Speaks, Brian Jacob weighs in on the costs and limited benefits of mandated third grade retention for struggling readers.

Measuring student ability

Brian Jacob and Jesse Rothstein describe how student ability is measured across various test makers and why this matters. Review the paper and related brief.

The causes and consequences of test score manipulation

In a separate paper, Dee, Dobbie, Jacob and Rockoff find that the design and decentralized, school-based scoring of New York’s high school exit exams led to the systematic manipulation of test sores, and discuss important policy considerations.

College quality and degree attainment

A new journal article by Jonathan Smith and Kevin Stange evaluates the effects of college sector and peers on degree attainment.

UM launches new Youth Policy Lab

The Youth Policy Lab helps state and local agencies, social service providers, nonprofits and educators to improve life outcomes for Michigan youth, from birth through age 25. The lab is actively soliciting proposals for up to 24 months of onsite technical assistance.

Made possible by a $2.6m grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the lab is a partnership between the U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Survey Research Center at U-M's Institute of Social Research.

New measure of poverty

The Russell Sage Foundation recently awarded a $119k grant to Susan Dynarski and Katherine Michelmore, Syracuse University, for their research on how the duration and timing of disadvantage throughout school affects the measurement of income-based gaps in educational outcomes.
Susan Dynarski at Boston
Giving back to other first generation college students

"There’s a sensitivity that comes from being a first-generation college student," says Susan Dynarski. Those struggles inform her theories and drive her research agenda.

Dynarski shares her perspectives on the importance of expanding higher education access and attainment in a new multi-media presentation produced by Michigan News.


Nov 3-5: American Public Policy Analysis & Management meeting

Join us at APPAM's annual convening. EPI scholars will participate in thirteen talks, Ford School alumni reception and meet-ups at booth 24.

Nov 9: Opportunities in Michigan: Lessons from Leading Ed States

Amber Arellano (Ford School MPP), executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest, presents lessons from top-performing states for education in Michigan.

Nov 21: The Outlook for U.S. Education Policy in 2017 and Beyond

A Ford School Policy Talk on antipated education policy priorities post-election.

Feb 1: Failure Factories: When Education Policies Desert Children

Award-winning journalists present how district leaders turned five once-average Florida schools into Failure Factories. 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium event.

New fellows

This fall our first cohort of doctoral fellows enters the University of Michigan's Predoctoral Training Program in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research, supported by the Institute of Education Sciences.

EPI welcomes postdoctoral fellow Sylvia Robles (Harvard '16), whose research interests include the economics of education and labor studies.

Job market candidates

Five EPI-trained scholars enter the job market this year. A diverse group, their formal training spans economics, education and human development and social policy.
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