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Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS)

The Impact of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: New Evidence from Michigan

Feb 1, 2017, 8:30-10:00 am EST
Weill Hall, Room 1220
The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using various research methodologies.
Ford School
EPI Working papers

The Changing Federal Role in School Accountability

January 30, 2017
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Brian Jacob
This is a point / counterpoint. The goal of the article is to discuss the influence of school accountability policies on educational inputs (e.g., funding, teacher quality, instructional practices, and school organization) as well as outputs (e.g.,...
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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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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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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...
EPI Working papers

Educational Expectations and Attainment

January 1, 2010
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Brian Jacob, Tamara Wilder
This paper examines the role of educational expectations in the educational attainment process. We utilize data from a variety of datasets to document and analyze the trends in educational expectations between the mid-1970s and the early 2000s. We...
EPI Working papers

The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement

November 1, 2009
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Brian Jacob, Thomas Dee
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act compelled states to design school-accountability systems based on annual student assessments. The effect of this Federal legislation on the distribution of student achievement is a highly controversial but...
EPI Working papers

The Persistence of Teacher-Induced Learning Gains

June 1, 2008
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Brian Jacob, Lars Lefgren, David Sims
Educational interventions are often narrowly targeted and temporary, and evaluations often focus on the short-run impacts of the intervention. Insofar as the positive effects of educational interventions fadeout over time, however, such assessments...
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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...