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Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs

June 1, 2021
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Christina Weiland, Erica Greenberg, Daphna Bassok, Anna Markowitz, Paola Guerrero Rosada, Grace Luetmer, Rachel Abenavoli, Celia Gomez, Anna Johnson, Brenda Jones-Harden, Michelle Maier, Meghan McCormick, Pamela Morris, Milagros Nores, Deborah Phillips, Catherine Snow
The COVID-19 crisis has brought unprecedented challenges to the high-quality early care and education (ECE) experiences that are essential for young children to thrive.1 Throughout the pandemic, early childhood policymakers had to quickly make...
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Charter Schools: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education

December 1, 2011
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Susan Dynarski, Michelle Croft, Caroline Hoxby, Tom Loveless, Mark Schneider, Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, John Witte
Charter schools offer choice to parents who would otherwise be constrained to having their children attend a residentially assigned traditional public school. The number of charter schools has increased steadily in the last decade, reflecting their...
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Rules vs. Discretion: Manipulation of NYS Regents Exams

August 1, 2011
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Brian Jacob, Thomas Dee, Jonah Rockoff , Justin McCrary
The challenge of designing effective performance measurement and incentives is a general one in economic settings where behavior and outcomes are not easily observable. These issues are particularly prominent in education where, over the last two...
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Principled Principals

July 1, 2011
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Brian Jacob
If principals have the authority to dismiss teachers, will they dismiss the less effective ones, or will they instead make perverse decisions by letting the good teachers go? Evidence from low-stakes surveys suggests that principals are able to...
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Student Achievement in Massachusetts' Charter Schools

January 1, 2011
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Susan Dynarski, Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Jon Fullerton, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, Christopher Walters
Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT, and the University of Michigan have released the results of a new study that suggests that urban charter schools in Massachusetts have large positive effects on student achievement at...
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Inputs and Impacts in Charter Schools: KIPP Lynn

May 1, 2010
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Susan Dynarski, Joshua Angrist, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, Christopher Walters
The charter school landscape includes a variety of organizational models and a few national franchises. The nation's largest network of charter schools is the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), with 80 schools operating or slated to open soon. KIPP...
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Evaluating NCLB

May 1, 2010
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Brian Jacob, Thomas Dee
How has the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act affected student achievement? This is no idle question, as the landmark federal law is long overdue for reauthorization. The Obama administration has recently urged Congress to add the issue to its already...
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To Catch a Cheat

July 1, 2006
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Brian Jacob, Steven Levitt
The pressures of accountability may encourage school personnel to doctor the results from high-stakes tests. Here’s how to stop...
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When Principals Rate Teachers

March 1, 2006
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Brian Jacob, Lars Lefgren
Elementary- and secondary-school teachers in the United States traditionally have been compensated according to salary schedules based solely on experience and education. Concerned that this system makes it difficult to retain talented teachers and...