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EPI in brief
Latest publications and news from the Education Policy Initiative
Winter 2017
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Rethinking poverty measures

In "The Gap within the Gap," Michelmore and Dynarski propose a new measurement of persistent economic disadvantage to enable schools and policymakers to better understand achievement gaps and target interventions to the neediest students.

Getting more students to, and through, college

Hyman evaluates long-term spending as a result of Michigan's Proposal A, passed in 1994, and finds a positive correlation between increases in primary school spending and postsecondary enrollment and attainment.

Dynarski and Oster (IES predoctoral fellow) review promising interventions of a new randomized trial to improve community college graduation rates.

Stange and Andrews assess the influence of tuition price deregulation on disadvantaged student enrollment in high-return institutions and majors in Texas.

New edited volume on higher education productivity

Hoxby and Stange edit a new NBER volume, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. Introduction and papers by Ford School researchers include:

In "Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education," De Vlieger (Econ PhD candidate), Jacob and Stange measure variation in postsecondary instructor effectiveness in University of Phoenix algebra courses to better understand the role of instructors in promoting student success.

In "Faculty Deployment in Research Universities," Courant and Turner investigate differences in the cost of faculty and how this may affect resource allocations.
Michigan falls behind

In a recent Brooking's Evidence Speaks brief, Brian Jacob provides a national comparative analysis of education achievement. Jacob's analysis places Michigan last among 50 states in academic progress. In recent interviews (here, here and here) he offers insights on contributing structural and policy issues.

“There are a number of factors responsible for Michigan’s weak performance: a lack of adequate state and local funding for schools, the highly decentralized nature of governance that makes it difficult for the Michigan Department of Education to develop coordinated reforms, the lack of regulation and accountability in the charter sector, and the economic and political instability that have plagued Detroit and other urban areas..” - Jacob “Michigan test score gains worst in nation,” The Detroit News,  Feb. 17, 2017.
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Jacob also highlights the importance of federal education oversight. "Relying on local control [under ESSA] risks exacerbating the massive disparities in education performance across states that already exist," Jacob notes in the brief.


March 16-18: AEFP 42nd annual conference

Join Susan Dynarski, AEFP president-elect, and EPI researchers at
19 sessions at the 42nd annual conference in Washington, DC.

Winter 2017 visiting scholars

Leading researchers share their work-in-progress at our doctoral seminar.
Upcoming talks include:

March 22 - Benjamin Castleman (University of Virginia)

March 29 - Lesley Turner (University of Maryland)

April 5 - Michal Kurlaender (University of California, Davis)

Recent additions to our library

The Outlook for US Educaton Policy in 2017 and Beyond

How District Leaders Turned Five Once-Average Florida Schools
into Failure Factories

Psychometrics Mini-Course with Andrew Ho (Harvard GSE)

More videos available here.

Doctoral fellowship in education policy

Applications due March 10 for IES predoctoral fellowship in causal inference in education policy research. Open to UM social science doctoral students.

Detroit Data Fellowship

Now recruiting for a two-year fellowship with the Detroit Police Department.

Job market candidates

Five EPI-trained scholars are on the job market this year, with formal training spanning economics, education and human development and social policy.

Technical assistance available

UM’s Youth Policy Lab supports the growing demand for rigorous evidence about youth policy interventions and offers 24 months of pro-bono technical assistance to organizations serving Michigan youth. Applications due May 1.
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